Is it any wonder that many of my clients become friends?

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268


The life of an independent real estate broker is exciting especially if you work in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in California.

I really value my "independence" with my own office, my own hours, especially in this vibrant art community that has been found by vineyards who have opened up wine tasting rooms all over town. And what goes with wine? Excellent food, of course, so top chefs have opened restaurants in our one mile square town that attracts visitors from all over the world.

And many of these visitors decide to stay or at least buy a second home, often with the thought of retiring here someday.

Not a day seems to go by that a buyer will call me and ask what I think about a certain property since I have been a stakeholder in Carmel-by-the-Sea since 1995 and have seen several ebbs and flows in the economy and neighborhoods change over the years.

Although I can give them my impressions and some of them will actually make offers on a home sight unseen, I advise them to come and see for themselves. Why? Even though photos of the home can tell a buyer a lot, there is nothing like actually being there, seeing yourself living in the home, driving the neighborhood, seeing that sunset on the beach for yourself.

Back to my independence as a real estate broker, I love that I don't have anyone to answer to except myself. No managing broker with franchise rules, team members who become interchangeable, transaction coordinators who duplicate a lot of the work, and all manner of others who seem to be involved that it can get confusing.

What brought on this blog that makes me thankful that I'm an independent real estate broker? An owner of a large brokerage firm called to tell me that they were looking for a "mentor", someone who will also look over other agents paperwork.  Much as I like to help others, the reality of that is pretty scary: do most agents even know what they are doing? Need their hand held? And the answer is definitely "yes" and that should make anyone pause. 

As an independent broker since 2009, I am very confidant in my own abilities.  

When you hire me as your broker, my focus is totally on you, my client. I am there for you from start to close. I will work closely with necessary professionals that get involved in transactions such as the title company and your lender. I urge you to get advice from your own lawyer or tax attorney when the situation warrants it. Think about it, buying a home is a big financial deal, a huge investment. 

I love it when past clients call me to ask my advice about events, restaurants, art galleries and whatever else is happening in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Is it any wonder that many become friends?




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Hella Rothwell at Carmel Beach during Concours WeekCarmel-by-the-Sea Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Course California

Whether buying or selling oceanfront, oceanview, commercial or any type of real estate in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel Valley and Big Sur, I can help you. Call me and let's meet in my Carmel-by-the-Sea office in Su Vecino Court on Dolores between 5th & 6th.

Or we can just chat on the phone to discuss your real estate needs.

Are you out of the area? No problem, I often never even meet my clients. The whole transaction is handled long distance.

As an independent real estate broker licensed in California and Hawaii, I can represent you with residential real estate, commercial properties & investment opportunities.

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Member: National Association of REALTORS, California Association of REALTORS, Hawaii Association of REALTORS, Del Norte Association of REALTORS, Honolulu Board of REALTORS. Also MLS Listings in California.


Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

Tel. 831-626-4000 

Fax 1-877-822-9332

ROTHWELL REALTY INC.: Su Vecino Court, Lincoln & Dolores between 5th & 6th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921


MAILING: P.O. Box 4554, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921


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Comments (8)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I think as a small company you do get to know your clients on a mor personal level

Mar 18, 2019 08:52 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

William Feela - That's pretty much what happens. Maybe it's my personality because I seem to really get involved in their lives. In any event, I love it.

Mar 18, 2019 09:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Hella... I've always been associated with large companies and like it that way. And I have just the same kind of relationships with my clients as you described yours. I think it has more to do with the agent than the company.

Mar 18, 2019 09:32 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Nina Hollander - When I got that call, it brought back memories from when I worked for a large corporation.  Even though I worked pretty much on my own (I was public relations and advertising executive for large chains of hotels), I was still accountable to them and their internal rules and regulations.

Mar 18, 2019 10:01 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - it is a great feeling when you love what you do and know who you are.  People want to work with you naturally.  Congratulations on a great post.

Mar 18, 2019 09:49 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Grant Schneider - Thanks. Always nice to start the week off on a positive note.

Mar 18, 2019 11:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - What a bright and cheery photo and blog post about your Independent Brokerage Firm and near-by attractions! It sounds so quaint and beautiful! I can understand why you have a cheery disposition and why you love what you do for your client, many who are repeat buyers and sellers!

I spent many years at a Big Brokerage Franchise and something they were always trying to do and persuade agents to do was recruit! Recruit! Recruit! I don't have time for that nor did I like doing that. There were mentors there too and I know it takes a lot of time to babysit for agents who are licensed but need that hand-holding. 

From what I know about you, you are a phenomenal woman who works well independently and I wouldn't hesitate to send referrals your way. 

Mar 18, 2019 01:40 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Thank you so much, I appreciate that. Have had great success connecting with referrals with my "independent ways".

Mar 19, 2019 02:38 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella. Clearly you are very happy and very successful as well.

Mar 19, 2019 05:50 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Sheila Anderson - It certainly helps to be in such a beautiful place.

Mar 19, 2019 02:57 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hella I can't imagine being an associate managing broker with a big company. I too enjoy being a small broker and if I ever do decide to hang my license with another firm it will be as an agent only. I have zero desire to watch over agents anymore.

Mar 19, 2019 01:06 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - No sterile office for me.  I love the sales part, connecting with buyers and sellers often at my office. It's my own "stage with 1940s art and antiques, yet comfortable modern couch and chairs. Even have "slice of ocean" view. And located right in the middle of excellent restaurants, etc.

Mar 19, 2019 03:03 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I love large companies and personalized support systems. Could not live without my transaction coordinator. But we are all different.

Mar 23, 2019 12:25 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hella, I too became my own Broker in 2009, and also have many clients that are now friends.   It is a wonderful feeling! 

Mar 25, 2019 10:32 AM