CAL Estates Group - REALTOR®
About CAL Estates Group
With more than 25 years of full-time real estate experience, we bring a lot to the table. Our partnership is based on a shared vision of compassion, creativity, collaboration, and integrity. Our complementary strengths, personalities, and passions take our client's experience from excellent to exceptional. With a focus on both short and long-term lifestyle dreams, helping buyers and sellers is more than a routine for us. Whether you are buying your first home or selling your multi-million dollar estate, we will bring the same high level of commitment and service, while customizing a strategy specific to your needs and your best outcome.
Carol Ann Walls-Sandell
I LOVE what I do! I have been a licensed Realtor® for over 15 years, and with active real estate licenses in both California & Illinois, I bring a unique perspective to our clients.
Before following my Real Estate passion, I spent years honing my customer service, marketing, and technology skills in the Hospitality industry. Not only did I own my own restaurant, I managed several well-known Chicago restaurants, was New Concept Manager for a franchised organization with 200+ stores, and Sales Manager for a tech firm that helped restaurants find technology solutions. I learned to embrace and get creative about what technology can do for business and how to market online. I believe this modern sense of marketing possibilities is an important part of what I bring to the real estate table. My background has also provided me with a strong sense of service, which helps me bring a personal touch to our client relationships.
I started my real estate career in Chicago and immediately joined the amazing brokerage, Dilbeck Real Estate, in early 2015 when I obtained my California license. Why California? Southern California averages 287 days of sun per year, endless opportunities for adventure, great schools and universities, snowcapped mountains and beautiful, sandy beaches.
I am living in the mid-century, Glendora home where my husband Greg grew up, along with our 17 y/o daughter, and rescue animals (currently two dogs and one cat).
The incredible Southern California scene has been my home all my life. After growing up in Uptown Whittier, I lived on campus at the University of Southern California, where I started my first year as a Music Major. I “sing” and play the piano by ear, which is to say that I don’t read music very well. I shifted focus and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and a minor in Cinema History and Criticism.
Before diving into my real estate career 11 years ago, I was the Animation Producer for The Simpsons. Working with a crew of about 150 creative and talented people for almost 20 years was the experience of a lifetime. Artists are crazy, and I say that from the bottom of my heart.
Now as a seasoned Realtor, and former Branch Manager, I enjoy working with Clients on their dream homes as well as my additional role of continuing to offer support and advanced training to my fellow Sales Partners.
I’m a long-time resident of La Verne with my husband, Mark, two sons and our Wheaton puppy dog, Zoe. We are sports fans, food lovers and nature buffs. If you bring me chocolate, I am your friend for life. Lake Tahoe is my second home, so if you ever need ideas of where to go or what to do while visiting or are considering a second home in a beautiful place, I will happily be your virtual tour guide.