When you choose Southern Sierra Properties, you'll directly benefit from the WEALTH OF TALENT, EXPERIENCE, AND EXPERTISE not found at any other  company in the Kern River Valley!

The Graduate Realtor Institute designation is considered the nations number one designation. All the agents at Southern Sierra Properties either have this valuable designation or are in the process of acquiring it.

Click here to learn more about the GRI and the R.E.Masters designation

With every transaction, A Realtors with the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation, A Licensed Real Estate BROKERS, A Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Real Estate Master (REM) are on staff to assist you.

The Certified Residential Specialist is the highest designation awarded to salespersons in the Residential sales field. 

Seniors Real Estate Specialists® are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers age 50-plus.

Click here to learn more about the CRS and the SRES designation






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JEANNIE VERDUGO - Broker, Realtor, CRS, SRES, GRI, R.E. Masters,
Residential Specialist
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Jeannie brings us a wealth of experience, talent and a “stellar” background ideally suited to representing the interests of our valued clients.  She has twenty (20) years of direct and continuous residential selling experience right here in the Kern River Valley. She is a past president of the Kern River, Lake Isabella Board of Realtors.

Jeannie is the first and only realtor in the entire Valley to hold the prestigious, nationally recognized, designation of Real Estate Master!  In addition, Jeannie is the only “Certified Residential Specialist” in the Kern River Valley. She also has earned two other nationally recognized designations: Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and the GRI(being a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute).

Prior to moving to the Kern Valley, Jeannie completed a twenty five year career in the banking/lending industry. She purchased and sold loans in the secondary mortgage market. She supervised the corporate escrow department, managed ten profit centers for her employer and supervised three branch offices.

Jeannie’s sparkling personality, dedications to her work, outstanding leadership, and her extensive knowledge of all facets of the selling and buying process makes her a consummate Real Estate professional.

Jeannie is also an elected officer of the Kern River - Lake Isabella Association of Realtors, currently serving as Treasurer of the organization.

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Anna Stenzel - Realtor 
Residential Specialist, Senior Sales Executive
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Anna a multi-faceted professional having experience in a wide range of occupations, all of which contribute to her outstanding performance in Real Estate sales. Anna has been successfully listing and selling Real Estate here in the Kern River Valley for many, many years. She has the knowledge and ability to handle the most complicated and detailed real estate transactions. 

Anna is a dynamo, working full time at her chosen profession. Clients can always reach her easily and can count on a quick, helpful response. People trust her with their single largest asset - their home! It is a responsibility Anna takes very seriously. She gives 110% because she knows that her success is ultimately her client's success. 

Having a thorough working knowledge of the available inventory enables her to do a superb job in matching a client's dreams with the perfect property. She understands all facets of lending and can guide customers in obtaining the lowest cost mortgage available. She is a real "stickler" for detail and is a great guide in helping steer clients through the complexities and technicalities of the sales and escrow process. Her friendly and personable manner is real asset to the company. 

Anna's hard work places her in the top 10% of all Kern Valley Realtors. She attributes her success to skills in communication, attention to details, problem solving and working well under pressure. 

In addition, Anna is so well respected by her peers that they have elected her to the office of President of the Kern River - Lake Isabella Association of Realtors.

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GRI - Graduate Realtor Institute Designation

This designation is considered the nations number one designation. To become a GRI, one has to complete the most comprehensive Real Estate training available to Realtors in the nation.

A GRI has superior knowledge of all aspect of real estate and has acquired technical skills that set them apart from other realtors.

It shows buyers, sellers and other real estate industry members that these Realtors are true professionals and have a very solid grasp of every aspect of the complicated world of real estate. 

This designation may only be obtained by successfully completing a rigorous educational curriculum requiring 92 hours of live course instruction taught by a statewide faculty selected on the bases of extensive experience in their specific are of expertise

The GRI designation is earned by competing a 14 course program of specialized and advanced education.  It involves intense study covering many special aspects of Real Estate such as:

Legal Issues - Disclosures Contract Law - Investment Property - Creative Financing - Tax Strategies - Marketing Strategies - Cost Basis - Tax Exchanges - Cash Flow Analysis - Technology Applications-  Development and Construction - Capital Gains - Mortgage Programs - Professional Conduct

All the agents at Southern Sierra Properties either have this valuable designation or are in the process of acquiring it.

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The R.E. Masters program is for GRI designees that have the desire to elevate their real estate knowledge base to the next level. The R.E. Masters program is offered only through live lecture instruction by California's foremost Real Estate educators whom are all leaders and innovators in their chosen field of real estate related business. Currently, Jeannie Verdugo is the first and only realtor in the entire Valley to hold the prestigious designation of R.E.Master!

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Who Are the Seniors Real Estate Specialists®?

Seniors Real Estate Specialists® are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers age 50-plus. The SRES® Council awards the SRES® Designation to those members who have successfully completed its education program.

By earning the SRES® designation, your REALTOR® has demonstrated necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50-plus through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. Both Tom Poplawski and Jeannie Verdugo  hold the SRES designation and have received special training, get regular updates, and are prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.

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  Certified Residential Specialist

The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.

Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements.  

CRS training gives an agent in-depth knowledge about business planning, making listing presentations, negotiating and closing smoother transactions, and working in the buyers’ and sellers’ best interest.

At Southern Sierra Properties, Jeannie Verdugo has completed the rigorous educational and production requirements to earn the Certified Residential Specialist Designation. She has many resources at her fingertips — strong referral network of more than 45,000 CRS members; timely and timeless news and information found in the bimonthly magazine, and networking opportunities locally through CRS Chapters and nationally at events such as Sell-a-brations®, the Council’s annual educational conference, and National Committee Meetings held twice yearly. 

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