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Scott Aurich And Caroline Haines Named 2019 Realtors Of The Year

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:31 am | Updated: 1:01 pm, Thu Jan 9, 2020.

The Coronado Real Estate Association, an organization with 180 members, recently named Scott Aurich of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and Caroline Haines of Coldwell Banker West Realty their Co-Realtors of the Year for 2019. The plaque reads, ‘In recognition of your cooperation, ethics, integrity, community service and service to this association and the entire real estate industry.’

Haines, who also won the award in 2013 and 2015, was pleasantly surprised by the honor, and said what winning again in 2019 with Aurich as the co-winner meant to her. “To be voted an award by your peers is the biggest compliment anybody could have. I love what I do, so it’s not hard. I will say to be acknowledged makes you feel very good and it’s recognition that you worked hard. I do the best I can every day. Winning this with Scott has put a whole different perspective on the award. He’s been the No. 1 producer in Coronado and supported CREA so much. He shows up and comes to almost every Wednesday meeting, which shows there is worth to the meeting because he does come. That’s what I love about Scott. He is very thorough and responsive, and he answers his phone. It’s a compliment that I won the award with him. The way he does sell real estate, there is no chip on his shoulder, no ego involved, and we have established a very nice, respectful relationship with one another.”

In a separate interview with Aurich, he talked about his award and Haines, who is the immediate past president of CREA. “The award reflects a commitment to the community, helping build the association and building the real estate industry. I have worked hard to promote Coronado. The award is more geared to the time and energy that goes into making the association better. Caroline is most deserving of winning again. She has a great personality, she handled and ran the meetings, plus she’s fun with a little edge. Caroline is a superstar in terms of what she did for CREA. I just show up and attend the meetings because going there can make a difference. Caroline has made a great difference in CREA and I am humbled to accept the award with her. It feels good to be respected and appreciated by your peers.”

The criteria for the CREA Realtor of the Year Award, as outlined above, reflects that it is a service award. If the award was based solely on total sales, Aurich would have retired the trophy years ago. Aurich estimates the total value of the real estate sales he has handled total $1 billion in his 32 years as an agent and broker. Each of the last three years his sales have exceeded $100 million.

Aurich provided some history relating to the Coronado real estate market. “When I moved here, Anthony Furlano owned the market. Then he passed away and Gwen Hovland, who in my mind is a legend, flourished and was incredible. She taught me so much from just watching her, including that people find emotion in real estate. Gwen thought people don’t buy real estate on just numbers. When she retired, I was asked to join Power Players, which is a group of associates and brokers from around the county, to be the Coronado representative. It’s a really special group of people and we meet for lunch once a month.”

Aurich and I collaborated on an article in May 2011, when he and his wife of nearly 35 years Wanda Aurich, were named to the Board of Trustees of Rady Children’s Hospital. “That lasted six years,” Aurich said. “It was a fantastic experience and a great organization. They perform a great service for the community. It costs a lot of money to provide healthcare to the community They make people empowered to do that.”

One of the more interesting things about the Aurichs is they have lived in Coronado for 32 years in a total of 17 different houses. When asked for an update about his housing situation, Aurich laughed and said, “We have built hopefully our second forever home at Ninth and Adella. We’ve been there three and a half years, which for us is a long time.”

Aurich is a Broker Associate with Pacific Sotheby’s International, and has an office in the courtyard area behind Miguel’s Restaurant. He took a minute to explain how his office has grown over the years. “Shelly Klessinger is a licensed broker as well and she has worked with me for eight plus years as both a sales associate and with her own properties. She handles the marketing and my transaction coordination, which are full time jobs by themselves. Shelly does all of that and is my right and left hand. She gets things done. About three or four years ago, I had more listings than I could handle myself. We needed more agents and we brought in Beth Aiello, who is fabulous. Then Tyler Mathews was just getting into the business and he wanted to start. Then after Tyler we added Mariane Abbott, and then Bridget Carlson asked if she could come aboard. She just sold a $3.5 million property. We are all independent, help each other and cover for each other. We network together and there is great energy in the group. They are a great crew for open houses for listings and I like having them around.”

Aurich has no plans to retire from real estate, but there is another project that is near and dear to his heart. “Real estate isn’t something I would retire from. You can only play so much golf and poker, which leaves plenty of time for selling real estate. It’s been a fun run and I’ve been really lucky. We recently purchased Sunnyside Stock Farm, now Sunnyside Stables, which is a boarding facility with 50 plus horses. Our son Scotty is 33 years old and is working as a substitute teacher in the South Bay with special needs kids. He is also helping with real estate and managing apartments in town. Ultimately, we want to set up an equine therapy program in the South Bay and Scotty is working on his certifications to teach that. Scotty has a gift for that, he does a great job and it’s special person who can work in equine therapy. It turns out that over the last year and a half, I’ve been getting equine therapy in a way. I go ride and enjoy my horse. Scotty is going to run the stables and make some improvements. Right now Wanda is doing all the work, setting the books up. We have eight rental properties as part of the stables.”

Haines is a self-described ‘Idea person,’ created the Mitchell-Searfus Memorial Paddle Board Races that will hold its third annual event June 6, 2020. “It started with an idea I had to honor Lorton Mitchell and Stan Searfus was going to run it for us. Then Stan suddenly passed away. It was a group effort through CREA, and they continue to be part of it. This year’s event went really well, and we are working on developing more races to attract more people. We wanted it to be a community event and we may open it up to professionals. We raised $9,000 the first year and $7,000 this year. We try to pick a time in the summer when there aren’t any scheduled conflicts.”

Three weeks ago, Ascent Real Estate became Coldwell Banker West, which didn’t faze Haines in the least. “I worked for Coldwell Banker in Orange County for 23 years. I love our location (944 Orange Avenue), our office and our group. No matter the name of the company, it’s the person who sells the real estate.” Haines has been in real estate sales since 1987, the last eight in Coronado. “I work in all of San Diego County and I just got a new listing in Jamul. But I do focus on Coronado and do other areas as well.”

Recently Haines served as both the president of CREA and was on the board of directors of PAWS of Coronado, which has an agreement with the City of Coronado to serve as the community’s animal care facility. “I still volunteer,” Haines said of her involvement with PAWS. “I do the Yappy Hours and the Pennies for PAWS. We have acrylic banks all over Coronado and we empty them out. We’ve raised almost $6,000 with Pennies for PAWS.”

Haines had some final thoughts about the 2019 Co-Realtor of the Year Award. “To be voted an award by your peers is the biggest compliment anybody could have. I love selling real estate. I took a little time off last year and I like to see people having fun and being happy. No amount of money is worth as much as the acknowledgement of your peers.”

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