Real Estate | Estate Appraisals | Estate Sales & Auctions
Lisa brings her decades of estate experience to CalEstates. The owner (and mom) of this family enterprise, she has several professional designations in addition to her experience, to include; Certified Estate Specialist, Senior Real Estate Specialist, Realtor with Sotheby's, Graduate Personal Property Appraiser, and Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (Fundraising auctions for local non-profits).
She brings her family business to assist you in your family affairs, be it the personal property, the real estate or all of the above.
Lisa enjoys history - Where homes & collections are concerned, it's an important component. The provenance of items, or even special stories related to cars, homes & boats helps sell those items for top dollar.
From our family to yours...We are in this together!
Our family is here for yours, it's that simple. We bring an incredible amount of talent, experiences & training to your estate, from the personal property you have acquired to the real estate you hold dear. We carefully select our clients, just as they select us. The match, comfort, and sense of connection is important to the success of a sale, be it for your property, collectibles, business, vacation property, cars, boats or all of the above.
When we work with clients, integrity & communication is key. To say we work well together, and know each other considerably would be an understatement. The skillset we bring to your estate transaction is quite strong. Top amongst those who work with estates is Trust, Integrity, Communication & Follow-thru. We are a family. We all have clear skill sets, and have worked together for decades. We bring that bundle of experience, training and integrity to you.
Kera Bartlett Binns
Kera was the inspiration (in 1986) for the start of the estate sale business. She was born in Berkeley! Since, Kera has assisted in numerous sales, from organization to packing, pricing and marketing.
Kera graduated from Occidental College, and more recently, Carnegie Mellon's MBA program. Kera's skills at organization (she is the spreadsheet queen in the family) and keeping us on track is invaluable to details that need to be covered.
Kera as always had a smile that brightens any room. When working with clients she is the perfect connector.
Please Note: Additional team members come on (we have our favorites of course) when an estate requires labor, security, sales assistants, and specialists in a category we do not have the expertise in, such as farm equipment, industrial sales, and certain business enterprises. We have very experienced connections across the country in real estate, collectibles, all commercial assets, fundraising and more.
Alexa, a graduate of Scripps College (also born in Berkeley) is the super creative one in the family. With an eye for detail, layout, staging, and turning any room into a masterpiece, Alexa shines.
Alexa is also the internet guru. She has incredible skill for marketing campaigns, the use of social media for promotion and is an avid networker. Her youth is certainly to our advantage, having grown up with the internet!
Alexa loves people. She is an incredible listener, which is so key in a business that involves families, estates and buyers.