Rebecca Negard, Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Rebecca Negard as recipient of a 2016 REALTOR® Award of Excellence for the Tri-Cities area. She was recognized for her support of veteran’s causes. At recent NSDCAR marketing sessions, Rebecca has collected furniture and donations for young veterans and their families. She is a member of American Legion San Dieguito Post #416 in Encinitas. “I’m very passionate about helping veterans who may have suffered post-traumatic stress,” Rebecca said. “The American Legion is a safe place, it’s a community of kindred spirits where we can mend broken spirits. Now that they’re away from the battlefield, we must do whatever we can to help them with the battles at home.” Rebecca also serves on the NSDCAR Encinitas District Council.
But did you know that Rebecca didn’t go on dates in high school because she did not want to stay in Wisconsin? “I was afraid of marrying a boy who would want to stay there, and I didn’t want to,” Rebecca said. “I didn’t want to stay there forever. I wanted to see the rest of the world. Wisconsin didn’t resonate with me.”
Rebecca was born at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, in the Territory of Alaska, before Alaska became a state (in 1959). At age 2, her family moved to Wisconsin, and later to Stevens Point, Wis., located in Portage County. “It’s a lovely community, smack-dab in the middle of the state,” said Rebecca. “It’s a wonderful place to be from, but, as a young person, I decided that I wanted to leave. California was the place for me.”
In 1974, Rebecca moved to San Francisco. “No, I was not a flower child hippy, but I loved the city because it was so beautiful and fun,” she said. “I was a capitalist. I sold t-shirts on the wharf. I went out with friends to the coolest restaurants, everybody loves to socialize there.” Rebecca began her real estate sales career in 1979.
But, then, everything changed in San Francisco at 5:04 p.m. on Oct. 17, 1989, when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the region. It lasted approximately 15 seconds and caused an estimated $6 billion in property damage. It caused 63 deaths and nearly 3,800 injuries. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the area since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The earthquake began just minutes before the start of a World Series baseball game at Candlestick Park between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.
“I was just wrapping up things at my real estate office on Union Street when the ground started shaking,” Rebecca said. “I hid under a desk but nothing in the office fell over. I got in my car to drive home. On the way, I drove through the Marina District and saw people looking dazed, standing outside of crumbled buildings. It looked like a war zone. It was surreal.”
Rebecca recalled the story about a homebuyer who had closed escrow on a fourth-story condo in the Marina District and then went to Europe on vacation before the earthquake. “She returned to find her property had become a parking lot,” Rebecca said. “The condo complex had collapsed and the rubble already had been removed, scraped clean.”
A year after the earthquake, Rebecca moved to San Diego. After a year of working with Sun Harbor Reality (later acquired by Coldwell Banker Residential Group in 1993), Rebecca opened her own company, America West Mortgage, in 1992. In 1993, she became a broker and opened California Reality Associates. In 2007, she joined Sotheby’s International Realty office in Rancho Santa Fe. Today, she lives in Lake San Marcos.
Rebecca enjoys spending her spare time with her two Vizsla dogs (the Vizsla is a Hungarian Pointer breed). The dogs are named Sail and Caymus. “One dog is named after the Caymus Cabernet wine because I owned a restaurant and a wine store in San Marcos,” Rebecca said.
“It’s important to stay involved in the community, that’s why I admire our Association so much,” Rebecca said. “NSDCAR has so much great people who are committed to doing high-quality work. At NSDCAR events, I feel a sense of belonging, like it’s home. Our members are active in supporting their communities, which makes North County feel even more like home to me.”