Sandy Rostad: A Prosperous Partnership
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN CARLOS — After working in the insurance industry for two decades, Sandy Rostad was primed for a major transition after she decided to partner with her husband in the real estate field. “My husband, Mike, was working full-time as a firefighter and part-time as a real estate agent,” she recounts. “We had recently become parents, and we figured that if I joined him in real estate, it would give us more flexibility and simplify our lives a bit.” Sandy describes her introduction to real estate as both exciting and nerve-wracking. “When I first started, the market was at a pretty tumultuous point, so I was kind of thrown into the midst of it. It was somewhat intimidating, but my passion and determination enabled me to overcome my fears and be successful.”
Today, as a realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty, Sandy says her favorite part of her job is being a helpful resource to buyers and sellers alike. “I get a lot of satisfaction from building relationships with my clients, helping them through the process and achieving a positive outcome for them. It’s very rewarding to see them happy with the results of my work.”
Having grown up in San Mateo, Sandy now resides in San Carlos, where she and Mike appreciate the small-town atmosphere. “We’ve been in San Carlos for more than 25 years,” she says. “A lot of people are interested in moving here because it’s so nice, so for us, it’s not just a great place to live; it’s a great place to be in business as well.”
Outside of work, Sandy enjoys activities like cooking, exercising, and spending quality time with friends and family, including her and Mike’s grown children, Jessica and Cory. Additionally, she likes taking advantage of the Bay Area’s diverse recreational offerings. “Mike and I enjoy getting out and about, whether going for a hike at Half Moon Bay or taking a day trip to San Francisco.”
In regard to her career, Sandy espouses the importance of professional integrity. “The market is very competitive in this area, so it’s crucial for a realtor to operate with honesty and integrity,” she says. “We feel that treating others the way we would want to be treated is key, and I think a lot of our client referrals come as a result of the reputation we’ve earned for being ethical and honest.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she could retire tomorrow, Sandy says she’d do some extensive traveling. “We’ve been to Europe a few times, but never for more than a couple of weeks, so we’d probably go for a little longer. That would give us a chance to really get to know some of our favorite places, as well as visit some new ones.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer, because we aren’t as confined to the indoors.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Curl up in front of the fire and read a book or watch a movie.
Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
A: The unconditional love of my family.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?
A: A chocolate chip cookie or brownie.
Q: If you could speak any language fluently, what would you choose?
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A: Italian. I think it’s a really pretty language—plus, it would help me the next time we’re vacationing in Italy.