Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Margot Delfino is a real estate overachiever

MARGOT DELFINO, women in business.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Margot Delfino

From page WIB17 | January 31, 2014 | Leave Comment

The first thing one learns about Realtor Margot Delfino is she’s very proud of her family’s history in El Dorado County and wants to continue that legacy in her own way.

An Apple Hill native raised on a farm, Delfino said her father was the county agricultural commissioner for 33 years and is the last surviving member of the original founders of Apple Hill.
Delfino spent her childhood years working alongside her parents and six siblings on the family ranch, Kids Inc. Rather than get up and watch cartoons in the morning, she and the family would be out clearing the land and planting apple trees, pumpkins, Indian corn and other produce. The ranch is still owned and operated by the Delfino family.

Her mother, who is now battling cancer, gave most of her life to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, said Delfino. She was instrumental, along with others, in establishing the Upper Room, the Mother Theresa Maternity Home and youth programs at the church. Delfino said this article is dedicated to her.

“That’s where I got my work ethic,” she said. “I had major overachiever parents and I’m just trying to keep up.”

In real estate for 24 years, Delfino said she got into the business right out of school when she went to work for Coldwell Banker. Although happy there for 23 years, last year she and lawyer David Becker decided to go into business together and formed Delfino Becker Real Estate.

“Coldwell Banker was very good to me,” said Delfino, “but real estate has become increasingly litigious.” Saying she often went to Becker for advice when working at Coldwell Banker, being a partner with him allows her to quickly deal with increasingly complicated legal situations that can arise in real estate. “We’re a great team,” she added, smiling and calling him the best real estate attorney in the county.

Delfino said on average she does $10 million in sales a year with her team, selling anything from cottages to castles. In jeans and boots as often as business attire, she said one-fourth of her sales consist of finding new owners for farms, ranches and vineyards in the county and three-fourths is selling residential properties.

Describing her strengths as a Realtor, Delfino said she has a life-long knowledge of the entire county, has 24 years of experience selling real estate, has a strong work ethic, a gift to gab, loves to work with people and market property, and considers herself a steward of the land. “I love the county and want to continue the work of my dad to preserve agriculture here,” she said.

In addition to running a business, Delfino is married and is a mother to one son, two step-sons and one step-daughter. Aside from caring for her family, she helps care for her parents and is also very dedicated to her clients.

“That takes a lot of time,” she admitted, saying real estate is a job where there are no weekends, no nights, no holidays and no sick days. “But the positive side is you have your own business, can make your own hours and have more flexibility in your time so you can spend it with your children.”

Delfino Becker Real Estate can be found on the second floor at 263 Main St. in Placerville. Delfino can be reached at 530-306-1481, or at


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