Marilyn Garcia

Broker Associate

Marilyn Garcia

Marilyn Garcia

Broker Associate
Phone: M: 510.981.3035 510.981.3035 mobile
Office: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
1495 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 947091410

My Philosophy

I believe: 

(1) in treating people the way I want to be treated;

(2) that knowledge is power; and 

(3) that beauty (broadly defined) comes in attention to details.


My goal is to make your real estate experience as smooth and seamless as possible, while helping you make informed, strategic decisions to maximize your equity.

For sellers, I want you to walk away with as much money in your bank account as possible. This means balancing the cost and return of preparation work, and choosing a pricing strategy that considers current market conditions.   A meticulously prepared property with a well-chosen listing price can make a significant difference in your final proceeds.

For buyers, this means finding a home that not only meets your current needs, but is also a good investment for the future.  You will always get a candid assessment from me of any property you are considering-- I point out not just the highlights of prospective homes,  but also issues and concerns that may affect future value.  When we find the perfect property, I will help you put together an offer that is enticing to the sellers, while minimizing the cost and the risk to you.

I am straightforward and easygoing, but also highly organized and detail-oriented. I have excellent relationships with the local real estate community, and use those to find opportunities and advocate on behalf of my clients. Whether buying or selling, I welcome the opportunity to work with you and help you achieve your goals.



I’ve worked as a full-time licensed real estate agent in Berkeley for over 15 years, combining my background in economics with a passion for the unique and varied architectural styles of the area.

Prior to becoming a realtor, I taught macroeconomics and the economics of financial markets to undergraduates and masters students. I earned my PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley

My background trained me in analytical thinking and rational decision making, and informs my understanding of the local market.

I hold the professional real estate designation CNS (Certified Negotiation Specialist), and am a firm believer in tough but civil negotiation.


Professional History

Real Estate Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker, Berkeley, CA.  A top producer locally, and among the top Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. 

Past Awards:       Top 100 agents, SF Bay Area

                          Berkeley Office:  Top Producer

                          Berkeley Office:  Top Buyer’s Agent

                          Berkeley Office:  Top Listing Agent

                          International President’s Circle (Top 5% of all Coldwell Banker agents internationally)

                          International Diamond Society

Economics Professor, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.   Taught courses in Macroeconomics and Money and Banking at the undergraduate and master’s levels.

Economics Visiting Professor and Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley  Taught intermediate macroeconomics lecture course to 300+ students.



Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., B.A., cum laude

University of California, Berkeley, CA, PhD in Economics


Professional Associations / Designations

National Association of Realtors

California Association of Realtors

Berkeley Association of Realtors

Certified Negotiation Specialist (CNS)

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialist

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS)


With Hundreds of Agents in the Berkeley Area, Why Choose Me?

Market Knowledge

My background in economics, including a PhD from UC Berkeley, gives me a deep understanding of markets and pricing, combined with in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market. I produce and publish a regular real estate newsletter analyzing the latest market data for Berkeley. I also continuously view available homes in the area, and follow up to see the final sale price.  This ongoing accumulation of knowledge helps me stay up to date with the current market and current home values.

Community Mastery

As a longtime Berkeley resident, a parent, the wife of a local business owner/furniture maker, and a former UC Berkeley graduate student and instructor, I am extremely familiar with the area. I can guide you to everything from school scores, to farmers’ markets, well-respected local contractors, fantastic tapas, or favorite neighborhood parks and playgrounds.

Negotiation Expertise     

Tough but civil negotiation – these are my watch words. The keys to successful negotiation are creative thinking, gathering information to evaluate the mindset and alternatives of the other side, effective communication, and always keeping the ultimate goal solidly in mind. I have compiled a track record as a firm and successful advocate on behalf of my clients.


Recent Sales

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