“It’s not about houses; it’s about people.”
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Re/Max Gold Realtor Jane Layton takes this statement to heart every time her phone rings or someone walks through her door. For nearly 23 years she has helped clients buy and sell homes, guiding them through a transition that can, at times, be stressful and building a professional and personal partnership that often lasts beyond that closing date.
“If they let me, I treat their wants and needs as if they were my own,” Layton said. “It’s always a little hard once it’s over and they move on with life. But I keep in touch, and hope they call me for real estate questions or just to tell me what’s going on in their lives in the next chapter.”
Layton said about 90 percent of her business comes from repeat clients and referrals. She credits her integrity and uncompromising professionalism. Layton has closed more than 500 transactions in residential, commercial and multi-family real estate in the Sierra foothills and surrounding communities. Her networking with brokers, mortgage consultants and title experts ensures that clients have the most up-to-date information and she uses all the advertising tools at her disposal to get a property noticed — home magazines, newspapers, direct mail, the Internet, agent tours, public open houses, etc.
Layton, an El Dorado County Association of Realtors Top Achiever (life member), is also passing her knowledge on to the real estate profession’s next generation.
“The longer I do this, the more I feel compelled to teach,” she said. “This year I am working on bringing in new team members so that I can help guide the next generation of Realtors in developing an attitude of service, great marketing and negotiating skills, a strong work ethic and superior market knowledge.”
In addition to giving back to the real estate community, Layton gives her time to several worthwhile, charitable causes. She serves on the United Outreach Board of Directors, which dedicates its time to providing food and a safe, secure shelter for local homeless people. Visit uoedc.org for more information.
“Our community would be stunned if they really understood how many families with children are homeless in our midst,” Layton said.
She’s also going on her third year as a member of the Cameron Park Design Review Committee, helping the community plan for future development and booster its identity.
Born on the East Coast, Layton first came to California during her college years, attending the College of San Mateo and the University of California, San Diego, (after a stint at the University of Dijon, France) before graduating magna cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She moved to El Dorado County in 1990, where she and husband Dan raised two daughters. Jenna now lives in Alaska and recently got married there. Danielle opted for the other side of the country, living in Maine where she works at a university and continues her studies. “Thus Dan and I continue to be bi-coastal and visit them whenever possible,” Jane said.
In addition to enjoying her job, Jane and Dan love the outdoors and have hiked trails near and far (from El Dorado County to Ireland to the Himalayas).