After a successful career in business and finance, Susan Helton’s personable fun style led to her natural inclination and interest in architecture, home décor and working with people as a Realtor. Before entering real estate, Susan worked as a CPA and International Tax Specialist, beginning her career for Coopers and Lybrand, one of the Big 4 accounting firms. This gave her the skill set to understand and interpret the financial side of a real estate transaction from a high-level and unique position. Susan Helton’s career change to residential real estate allowed her to combine her creativity and love of meeting people with her experience in finance. Susan provides a professional, strategic financial approach unmatched by her peers, and effortlessly partners that skill with an emphasis on friendly, personal client service that goes well beyond expectations.
For Susan, the creation of a long-term relationship goes far beyond the individual transaction. Many of her highest-end clients delight in working with Susan repeatedly because she understands the logic of tax and finance (even for home owners who own multiple properties and investment properties), while still understanding the inherent importance of building a foundation for one’s family and friends in the home of their dreams.
Susan Helton is a Luxury Properties leader in the Monarch Beach office of Berkshire Hathaway California Properties, while still serving her clients in the greater Pasadena area after living and working there for several years. Susan’s broad architectural and historical knowledge in each location helps homebuyers feel immediately acclimated, while home sellers know they’ve found a true partner who understands the eclectic and unique value of their homes.
Susan graduated from the University of South Florida with a double major in Finance and Accounting and holds a CPA license in the state of California. Susan and her husband, Mike, share couch time with two terribly active Jack Russell Terriers; Joe Cool and Lucy. In addition to spending time with her family, Susan enjoys being out in the great Southern California weather, playing tennis or her practicing at her new interest in golf.
‟I was lucky enough to have Susan guide me through all the critical and important steps in the purchase of my first home. Her energy and enthusiasm in the face of any obstacle was much appreciated. There was never a time when she was not available or willing to change her plans to deal with my needs or answer any questions. She always has the best i … nterest of her clients at heart, and her market knowledge and professional approach ensures that the house buying process goes as smooth as possible. I am sure Susan will be my first call for my next purchase, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services” Read More ▾
‟Susan is an absolute pleasure to work with, she is professional, diligent, patient and really keeps her clients needs top of mind. Susan worked closely with us to help us find a home that we are happy with. I am a busy mom and new to the West coast and Susan really helped us get situated. I would definitely work with Susan again and would absolu … tely recommend her to anyone” Read More ▾
‟Susan did a great job at negotiating the price for our condo in Pasadena. There was 8 offers on the condo and we were the one who got it. This place is priceless to me now. If I ever consider buying another condo I will definitely have her as my agent again.”
‟We met Susan at another Open House. From their, the relationship developed into her representing us as both a seller (with her colleague) and a buyer. She was quite helpful and informative and had a good idea of what we were looking for early on. She understood our concerns about various properties and tried her best to help with some of our own h … iccups/complications. I certainly would recommend her as she is easy to work with and kept us and all things moving. Thank you.” Read More ▾
‟I would recommend Susan as your real estate agent if you are planning on selling your home. Her Finance background and experience as a CPA at a "Big Four" CPA firm brought unique business experience to the process. I trusted her judgment when recommending a pricing strategy and throughout the negotiation process. She was able to combine her local a … rea knowledge of the local real estate market with her finance skills to advise in every step of the transaction. She always put our needs first and had our best interest at heart. In addition to her keen business acumen, Susan has an eye for design. She recommended small changes in our décor that made a big impression among other agents and potential buyers. As a result of her business acumen and design knowledge, , we received several competitive offers after our first week Open House. Our sale concluded without a hiccup at a price above our listing. We have retained Susan’s services for our other properties and will continue to work with her in our real estate transactions” Read More ▾
‟Very accommodating and helpful. She is also a nice person and fun to be around. Showed me several homes until we found the right one. I highly recommend her to anyone in my situation who wants to buy a home in Dana Point.”
‟We were so fortunate to have found Susan Helton at Berkshire Hathaway to assist us in our home search in the Laguna/Dana Point area. As relatively new residents to the area we thought we knew most of the neighborhoods but Susan showed us so much more. And while my wife and I had different priorities, Susan was masterful after just the first few day … s in showing us properties that we could both get excited about. We found a terrific home in an area we were unfamiliar with previously and Susan helped us negotiate a terrific price and 'included items' list. I very highly recommend Susan for her market knowledge, understanding, responsiveness and professional expertise” Read More ▾
‟Susan is awesome! We purchased a home via short sale about a year ago and Susan was an amazing resource--indefatigable, always using the latest technology and analytical tools to provide information and answer our many many questions, provided quick answers with patience, explained the ins and outs intelligently and effectively, and she used all re … sources at her disposal to help us decide to purchase our home. With her background as a CPA she was also fluent in the language of numbers--very important! She is aggressive in meeting her client's demands, genuinely nice, and a true asset to have on our side. We were very happy with her services and are happy to recommend her to all” Read More ▾
‟We worked with Susan Helton for the purchase of our home. At the time, we were moving to California from abroad, and were not familiar with the real estate, mortgage and escrow procedures in the US. Susan was incredibly helpful working through these challenges with us. Susan has profound knowledge of the market and excellent contacts within the … local community. She helped us secure our home in spite of having to compete with several very competitive offers. Her CPA background gives her the knowledge and the contacts to help clients work through the mortgage and banking part of buying a home. After the completion of the purchase Susan continued to be extremely helpful with various aspects of the after-sale situation. We cannot thank her enough for all her help and would absolutely recommend her to any prospective homebuyer” Read More ▾
‟We walked into Susan's office, new to the area and gave her a budget to work with. This was in a hot market with limited inventory so she had her work cut out for us. Susan was tireless in selecting options and previewing homes and showed us almost 30 homes. Once we picked one she was truly our advocate from beginning of negotiations to final accep … tance. I was moved ten times in my prior corporate life and never had this level of service and professionalism. We could not be happier with our new town home” Read More ▾