About Empire | Empire's Blog
Empire Realty Associates is a boutique real estate brokerage founded in 2002 by 23 agents and Chairman of the Board Judi Keenholtz, based on the belief that the client is best served by a local company with deep roots in the community.
Many of the founding partners have worked in local real estate for 20 years. Empire Realty has since grown to nearly 100 associates who work from two beautiful offices in Danville and Walnut Creek.
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What makes Empire Realty different is our culture, meaning “our approach to business.” We share the knowledge and resources to put our clients’ needs at the center of each transaction.
Empire Realty’s executive team and talented staff create a thriving, energetic environment to support the goals of our partners and associates.
Board of Directors
Membership on the Board of Directors for Empire Realty is an honor and a responsibility. Board members must be partners in the company and are voted into their term by the agent-partners of Empire. A board member completes a 1-year tenure, during which time he or she guides the policies and initiatives of the company.
2013/2014 Board Members
Sara Ardell brings over 20 years experience in the corporate relocation arena to Empire. Her attention to details is unsurpassed in the industry. In addition, Sara has an extensive network and access to many different relocation channels to help corporations with group moves as well as individual clients.
Contact Sara | Relocation Information
Corporate and Operations Manager | Michelle Lee
Controller | Karen Marano
AGENT SUPPORT TEAM
Director, Agent Resources | Mary Ellen Mancino
Director, Marketing | Lisha Fabris
Creative Director | Coleen Van Meter
TRANSACTION LIAISON & BROKER REVIEW
TLC/Sales Coordinator | Darren Banke
TLC/Sales Coordinator | Kay Fisher
TLC/Sales Coordinator | Kayte Enea
One-Stop Mortgage Services
Empire Realty’s in-house mortgage bank supports our clients and provides some of the best rates and lending options available, customized for any financial situation. Our banking relationships allow us to meet contractual obligations on escrows as quickly as 21 days and keep clients informed throughout the entire process. To provide these services, Empire Realty partners with RPM Mortgage, based in Walnut Creek, CA.
RPM knows what it takes to be a successful leading mortgage bank and broker, and they passionately and consistently provide superior service. In addition to their strong commitment to the communities they serve, RPM delivers detailed communication throughout all phases of the mortgage process, creating exceptionally satisfied customers.
An independently owned and family-operated mortgage company, RPM has been serving customers since 1985, and their network has grown to over 35 offices in California, Nevada, and Texas.
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