San Rafael, CA, May 3, 2018 – Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo announced today that Elena Barbagelata has joined the firm as a Senior Associate and will represent home buyers and sellers throughout Marin and Sonoma counties from her Marin base. A licensed agent since 1996 and Marin County resident of 25 years, Ms. Barbagelata has worked in almost every aspect of real estate including residential sales, commercial leases and property management.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Terra Firma team and be able to focus on what I really love to do, selling homes in Marin,” said Ms. Barbagelata.
She was born and raised in a real estate family. Her grandfather sold real estate in San Francisco back in the 1800’s. Her aunt was one of the first female brokers in the county, but it was her father, John Barbagelata, that started Barbagelata and Company Real Estate over 65 years ago. The family business was built on the foundation of integrity, hard work, and always putting the client first. She started working in real estate at an early age, hosting her first open house when she was only 15.
After attending Dominican University and San Diego State, Ms. Barbagelata traveled extensively throughout the U.S., visiting over 35 states and explored all over Europe as well. She lived in Italy for over three years where she worked as an English teacher, teaching adults professionals and the Italian Air Force. While in Europe she became fluent in Italian and Spanish. When she returned to the U.S. she continued to work as an ESL teacher and later worked in public relations as an event coordinator. Her experience teaching and working with the public has definitely served her well in her real estate career by giving her the ability to understand the specific needs of diverse groups of people. She has a long history as an adept communicator and a skilled negotiator which has been a great benefit to her clients.
In addition to raising her children, the San Rafael resident gives her time by fundraising and volunteering in the local schools, serving her parish of St. Anselm, and working on the issue of homelessness in the North Bay.
About Terra Firma Global Partners
A Real Estate Company for Life
Terra Firma Global Partners (www.terrafirmaglobalpartners.com) is a locally owned and operated boutique real estate company with offices in Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties. Founded in 2010 by real estate veterans Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo, the company’s vision is to provide clients with a personal experience that keeps them a client for life, giving them the trust and confidence to refer friends and family to Terra Firma for all of their real estate needs. The firm has been voted one of the best places to work in the North Bay for three consecutive years and company co-founder Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo was recognized in 2016 as one of the North Bay’s top women business leaders by the North Bay Business Journal.