About Me

My real estate experience reaches back to three generations of my family. Simply put, it’s in my blood. But I had an interesting journey in the government and banking sectors before coming back to my roots as a REALTOR®.

After graduating from Rutgers University with a double major in Economics and Political Science, I joined the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as an Assistant National Bank Examiner (ANBE). In the three years I was there, I really enjoyed traveling across 10 states visiting national banks, learning how they ran, understanding risk management issues and learning the lending side of the business.


Because I was not exactly the picture of an austere ANBE, I transitioned into the loan origination business and earned my real estate license. Over the next 20 years, I went through several economic booms & busts so I can understand what my clients have also gone through – from foreclosures and short sales, to qualifying for loans and buying new homes. I worked as a Personal Banker at Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank in Lafayette during  downturns.


I was mentored throughout most of my loan career. And it’s what I enjoy most about real estate in being able to help guide my clients to achieve their goals – whether it’s obtaining the most favorable financing, locating a new home or maneuvering the waters of downsizing.  

While I was at Gateway Savings & Loan in Oakland, I identified many phantom “missing files” for the loan servicing department. This ability to find the good deals, the unusual, or in real estate terms, the “hidden gems,” is what sets me apart from most real estate agents. Whatever your needs, I have the drive, research and analytical skills to deliver the best real estate solutions for my clients.

However, being in the banking and savings and loan industry meant mergers, layoffs and job uncertainty. It just wasn’t for me anymore. So I went into partnership with my mom as a mother-daughter REALTOR®/lender team in a Help-U-Sell office. As the recession started, I found there was a lot of inventory out there with few buyers. A move to another real estate group increased my business and expertise in short sales with the guidelines to protect my clients. 

Then a series of family tragedies struck within a 15-month period. I experienced the unexpected death of my sister, the death of my beloved golden retriever and the loss of my mom. Determined to persevere, I perfected my real estate sales skills rising from the ashes like a Phoenix to enjoy my best year in real estate this year in 2013. During this period, a former client, Larry Felts, became a very close friend and we eventually married. 

 My clients say that I do whatever it takes to meet their needs. Having been a notary, a loan officer, a loan underwriter and now, a real estate agent, I work hard to explain the process to my clients making sure that they understand what we need to do to evaluate the worthiness of a home and complete the transaction with no surprises.  I stay current with industry trends to be sure my clients get the best opportunities with the greatest protections.

Now I find myself with a healthy sense of humor and I am absolutely loving selling real estate. The industry is always changing and there is never a dull moment. I’ve been living in Lamorinda since 2008, continuing to help first-time and move-up buyers to acquire property, but am now focusing more on  helping seniors downsize or resize into their next homes. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I’ve also just completed an industry credential in staging homes and am finishing a year long program for the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation to round out my skill set as a REALTOR®. 


As part of striving to always improve my skills and do as much as I can for my clients, I made the decision to partner with an exciting and new agency, FUSION Real Estate Network, Inc. I’ve always wanted to build my own brand and company, so this change was liberating, and gave me the freedom to focus on how I believe my clients should be treated. It allows me to have a fulfilling career helping others. It feels good knowing that I can provide better service by working under my own name and my own principles. And I’m gratified to be running a real estate business based on service. I am now practicing and approaching my real estate skills “as an art.” With my daughter heading

to college, I see this as a new chapter in my life. 

If you work with me, it’s important that you know me as a person. I believe if you feel the way I do—you are much more comfortable doing business with people when you understand how they work and why they’re in business. I want you to pick an agent that’s the right fit for you. Even if that’s not me, it won’t risk our friendship.  But, I would appreciate the opportunity to apply for the job by at least giving you a listing presentation. When you or someone you know is in need of a REALTOR®, I ask that you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I greatly appreciate it and hope that I can earn your business should you ever need a real estate agent.


With gratitude,


Hollie Felts-Howell