Camara Scremin: An Ever-Changing Dynamic
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAUSALITO — Camara Scremin had an established profession in the financial sector, but she decided to leave it all behind to pursue a career as a real estate agent. “Prior to getting into real estate, I spent several years as a corporate manager at a mortgage banking firm, hedging interest rate risks and selling off mortgages to Wall Street,” she recounts. “Eventually, I decided I wanted to work for myself, so I got my real estate license. I immediately loved real estate—I basically took to it like a duck to water. Plus, my financial background gave me an advantage because I already knew all the underwriting guidelines.”
After achieving success in the Marin County real estate scene, Camara took things to the next level by turning her greatest competitor into her partner. “Nadine Greenwood and I both worked in Sausalito and frequently competed with each other for listings and clients,” she explains. “However, we also had a mutual respect for one another and often helped each other out. The problem was we kept finding ourselves in situations where clients would have to choose between us. Eventually, we thought, ‘Why don’t we make this decision easy for our clients and team up?’ So we did, and it has worked out beautifully.”
Today, Camara says she enjoys the daily challenges her job brings. “No two clients are the same—each brings a unique perspective and set of needs, so that keeps things interesting. It’s an ever-changing dynamic, and every day there’s a new challenge.”
A resident of Sausalito (where she lives with her husband, Dennis), Camara appreciates the vibrant character of life in the Bay Area. “I moved here from Southern California when I was in my late 20s and have since loved every minute of it,” she says. “The natural beauty, the cultural diversity, the intellect of the citizens…we have the best of everything here.”
Outside of work, Camara engages in a variety of active pastimes, from outdoor activities to attending local theater productions. “I love being outdoors, whether hiking or kayaking,” she says. “I’m also a theater buff and enjoy going to plays in San Francisco.” Additionally, Camara is an avid traveler. “Dennis and I do a big trip every year—our last one was to Greece.”
In regard to her professional career, Camara expresses her appreciation for the many friends and acquaintances she’s acquired through her work. “Nadine and I often become close friends with those we work with and represent, and I think that’s one of the biggest signs of our success,” she says. “Real estate is a fairly intimate transaction—you’re getting into the depths of people’s minds and hearts, and what they’re looking for in life. That’s why it takes a relationship built on trust to get from square one to the final transaction. I’m happy to say that, for us, this relationship often goes beyond the transaction into the long term.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Camara says she’d invest more time toward community volunteering. “Right now, my career limits the amount of time I’m able to give to charity, but in the future I’d like to slow down and do more volunteer work. From seniors to at-risk youth, there are a lot of people who need help, so I look forward to being more closely involved with that.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: I have two: Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley and Poggio Trattoria in Sausalito.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Orange is the New Black.”
Q: What’s your favorite theater production?
A: “The King and I.”
Q: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a child?
A: A cowgirl—that was my costume for about eight years in a row.
Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?
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A: I’m big into vampires, so probably Count Dracula.