Ellen Politz Realtor
Ellen Politz joined Terra Firma Global Partners’ Napa Valley Office in 2011. With more than 20 years of finance and real estate experience, Ellen’s expertise sets the stage for her clients’ elevated real estate experience. Premier service, extensive market knowledge and skillful negotiating are the foundation for Ellen’s approach to helping buyers and sellers reach their goals. Despite starting her career in during an exceptionally challenging time in the real estate market, Ellen has been a top producer each and every year. Ellen is passionate about real estate, and it shows.
Whether Ellen is guiding Sellers to prepare their property for market, which includes extensive valuation, staging, facilitating inspections and/or repairs, or helping Buyers to find the home of their dreams or investment property, she focuses on developing a plan that explores and evaluates all options in the current market. She offers extensive knowledge with a variety of property types including luxury estates, country/acreage, downtown vintage, fixers, condos as well as multi-family units. She has proven success representing both Buyers and Sellers in “multiple-offer” situations, knowing how to effectively advocate for her clients. Ellen also brings construction and project management experience, having managed several property renovations and property management of personal investment properties. In all transactions, keeping her clients informed and part of the process is her key concern.
Ellen also has a proven track record with short sale transactions and distressed property sales. Having worked for over a decade with national and local banks such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Napa National, Ellen has a strong understanding of not only the nuances of finance, but how to navigate the challenges of distressed properties at all levels. Her experience as a pre-foreclosure consultant provided her with the acumen and negotiation skills to successfully close over 95% of her short sale transactions.
In addition to her branch and district management experience, she also led successful marketing initiatives for the banking industry. Specifically, she was tasked with increasing the retail presence for Napa National Bank and Lakeside Bank in Chicago. She now leverages that experience to showcase and develop the most expansive and effective “launch” programs for her listings.
Finally, Ellen represents the additional values so important to Terra Firma—giving back to her community. She spent ten years supporting curriculum and fundraising programs for Mt. George Elementary School, St. John’s Lutheran and Justin Siena High School. Ellen also helped to maximize fundraising and net profits for St. Helens Co-op Nursery School. Now that her children are grown, she is focusing her efforts around Napa’s low income community, volunteering regularly with the Napa Food Bank and Yellow Roof Foundation.
P. & A. Falo
“Ellen Politz is fantastic in every sense of the word. There is no such thing as "too far" for her. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the Napa real estate market, knows the area like the back of her hand (she rarely used her GPS!), is a tough negotiator that fights for her clients, and gives you her honest opinion on things. We were searching for a rental property (possible forever home down the line) for many months and even though things didn't work out (at no fault of Ellen's), she kept us engaged, on path and focused. There was no point in time that we did not feel fully supported by Ellen. Every question we had she had an answer for, and if she didn't have the answer, she would find out. And if something didn't feel right about a house, she would let us know immediately. And we never felt like Ellen was doing this for a paycheck. Helping us find a home simply felt like something she enjoyed doing. Now that we've found our home, my wife and I miss our weekend adventures with Ellen looking at the latest homes that come up on the market. We were blessed to have the opportunity to work with Ellen. We have no hesitation in recommending her to each and everyone one of our friends and family, even if they're not looking in the area, and we would not hesitate to work with her again. Thank you for everything Ellen!”
“Ellen is an excellent broker. We were purchasing 2 rental properties and were referred to her by our accountant. Not only was Ellen able to find us suitable properties in a ver tight market, she was able to get us the necessary contractors to make them rent ready. She even worked with a rental agent, so we would know the potential rents of the properties were were viewing. She and this agent made suggestions on what fix ups were needed. She always followed through on everything, every step of the way. We would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for real estate in this area.”
J.& J. Koylka
We have worked with Ellen 4 times and have been extremely happy each time. She is very efficient and has kept us informed through each phase of all 4 transactions. While this sale was fairly routine the previous transaction where we purchased our current house was difficult to say the least. Ellen definitely earned her commission through due diligence and great follow through. We would recommend Ellen to anybody looking to either buy or sell their home/property.
M. & K. Davis
The Team of Jen and Ellen was Amazing! I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. This tandem worked like a well oiled machine and they has US in mind throughout the entire process. here honestly is not one thing Ellen or Jen could have not differently that was within their own control. They are a great team & able to work seamlessly together by utilizing their individual strengths.
Ellen was a perfect agent for us. She is knowledgeable and experienced. Ellen was very accessible throughout the process. She provided us with all the information we needed to make decisions.
D. & K. Fitzgerald
Ellen put in an incredible amount of work and time to insure a good and timely sale and purchase of our homes. The success was in large part due to her diligence and perseverance in the face of a difficult sales agent and seller.
D. Ficeli & C. Coors-Ficeli
Jen and Ellen are a dynamic duo to me and my family when it comes to all things real estate. They have guided and counseled us at every step of the way in buying two houses and selling one. I feel like they are our advocates at every turn. They are extremely well-versed in the market, strategic in their approach and provide a human touch throughout the process. Their chemistry also kept a potentially stressful time enjoyable. They are the benchmark and we will always work with them.
C. & C. Conyers
Our experience with Ellen was very professional and courteous. They did their pre-listing research
M. & N. Simmons
"We have worked with Ellen on multiple transactions. We always felt like we were in good hands and that you represented what was in our best interest whenever it came to deal with the other agent, lender, etc… It was truly the first time ever we did not need to second guess or micro-manage our Real Estate Agent to be sure our interests were being fairly represented. We intend to refer you to anyone who asks!!"
“Ellen is very professional, ethical, and pro-active. She is always available to answer questions, and calm the jitters associated with real estate transactions. She communicates well not only with her clients, but also with the other agents and professionals (lenders, inspectors, title officers,etc) associated with the transaction. My husband and I worked with Ellen on a regular sale, a short sale and an REO sale – we were confident in her ability to help us navigate these transactions and would hire her services again in a second.”
“Ellen Politz is professional, friendly and knowledgable. She helped us understand the details and took the time we needed. What a terrific real estate agent. I can recommend her highly!”
“Ellen was extremely helpful every step of the way!”
“Ellen was professional and knowledgeable. She handled the interface with the bank and title company for me as I had moved out of the area. I would have been lost without her expertise in short-sales.”