Happy Investment Buyer

Terry did an excellent job of representing in both sell and buy transactions. She knows the local market very well. She encourages sellers to fix up their properties to increase sales prices and has great design ideas. She knows lots of people to work on the property to get the best price. She  works well with everybody even when agents on the other side of the transaction are weak. In a difficult buyers market, she used her connections to find a unit off the market I could buy and it fit the bill perfectly. I would recommend Terry to anyone wanting to buy or sell!

Andrea R |

Stellar Job!

"Thank God my wife found Terry. My wife could tell immediately that Terry knew how to help us buy our dream property and that we must work with her. We have worked with many Real Estate people looking for the perfect property to build our dream home up and down the entire west coast. My wife after having been involved in buying and selling property for years could tell Terry was special from the start. We located a property that we became very invested in. It was a Short Sale and we were so glad we had a Real Estate professional who had been successful buying Short Sale property before and someone who obviously spend a good amount of her time updating herself with this very fluid area of the market. We knew from the outset that if Terry couldn't get us this property then no one else would have been successful. The process was horrible with bidding wars and the bank asking for a lot more money then I had right at the end of the process. We know that this process under Terry's guidance went very smooth due to her very careful pre-planning and expertise. Terry always checked to see if we were OK about everything and continually came up with very creative approaches . She was always very professional and is a true expert in her field. What we liked about Terry is that she pursued this property as it was going to be her own. I don't know if I ever want to go through a Short Sale process again, but Terry made it seem easy even though at many points in the process there were times when it seemed the property was slipping away. In addition to keeping contact with us throughout the process Terry always makes sure that everyone involved including the bank loan people, the other agents and even the escrow company are all on the same page. She also knows how to deal with all kinds of people which is a real asset in having her as our Real Estate professional. I would highly recommend Terry to anyone who is looking to buy a home in the Santa Cruz area. She is the BEST."

Bob and Adrianna |
Laguna Beach

Smooth as Silk

"If you want an agent who anticipates every step in the real estate process, you need Terry. If you want an agent who keeps you informed and calls you with the answers before you have even thought of the questions, you need Terry. If you want an agent to buy or sell your property in the most professional manner, and without drama, you need Terry.
Make it happen with Terry Ballantyne

Jan H |

Obstacles and Challenges All Overcome

Terry is an absolute pleasure to work with. We just went through a challenging purchase that might have been impossible without Terry's help. Her experience, professionalism and people skills shone throughout the entire process. We went into bidding up against cash offers on an unusual tenant  occupied property. Terry helped us craft an offer that satisfied us as well as the seller. She navigated us through some tricky politics with grace that left all parties involved pleased with the outcome. We couldn't be happier!

Jeremy W |
Santa Cruz, California

Two Solid Successes

We can not say enough good things about Terry. She helped us buy and sell our first home and purchase our second. Terry is so knowledgeable about Real estate and about the area. For our first home she really walked us through the process that we knew nothing about. She answered all our questions  and sometimes answers them for a second or third time! We would highly recommend Terry for all things Real Estate!

Kim and Paul |
Aptos. California

Long Distance Relationship

Terry Ballantyne was a long-distance referral for my husband and myself after we had already decided on another realtor.  We made that one last phone call to Terry Ballantyne and are we happy that we did! We live in Alaska and our rental home was located in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was difficult arriving at the decision to sell this property in the first place. My husband was very attached to what was his “first” home in the redwoods. To complicate matters we were living far away in Alaska and juggling a stressful summer of surgery and other demands pulling us in every direction. Terry was a blessing in every way.

Mary D. & Greg B.

Trusted 'Go To" Girl

Terry is a gem! She has the charm, confidence, knowledge, experience, connections and everything else that you might need while buying (or selling) a home. With Terry, we purchased two homes then sold one. When a friend, and later a family member, wanted to buy a home, we recommended Terry with the  utmost confidence and of course, she came through for them as well. I can happily say that Terry and I are still in touch with one another and she cares for me now as much as she did when I was her active client.

ML |
Aptos. California

First Time Fixer

I really don't know where to begin:) Terry is one of the kindest and hardest working people I have ever had the privilege to work with. Terry recently helped my husband and I buy our first home together. This journey was not all smooth sailing since it was fixer i distress,  but Terry was there helping and advising every step  of the way. I can't thank her enough! Not only was she kind and helpful to my husband and I, she also connected with the seller and was able to be there for her as well. I honestly don't think we would have gotten this house if it wasn't for Terry.

Natalie W |
Santa Cruz

Checked Every Box

I have used Terry Ballantyne on four separate occasions, both buying and selling homes in Santa Cruz, CA.

I sold previous homes in LA so I had a comparison.

1. Terry works at your pace but doesn't let fear and inertia ruin your progress.

2. She provided excellent pre-sale guidance, so the money I  spent preparing the home for sale was returned to me in a great sale price outcome.

3. I was proud of the way she staged and marketed my home. I felt it would bring top dollar and it did. She met with my gardener, painter, and handyman to ensure a great result.

4. She encouraged me to get all the reports ahead of going on the market which proved invaluable. We didn't make one concession to our great sales price!

5. Terry took care of details, she included the cost of the propane in the tank as part of the sale. (I had just filled it.)

6. Terry communicated every step of the way, so I wasn't worrying or wondering. And she let me make the important decisions without pushing me.

7. And just as important, Terry was professional yet friendly and approachable during the course of the sale and treated other real estate professionals and buyers with respect and care. I could not recommend her enough ... You will be very happy!

Nicki |
Santa Cruz, California


We were so blessed to stumble upon Terry. We had just gone through a deal not working out with an  agent that did not fight for us.

Being a first time home buyer and trying to get into a market with so many potential buyers, we were struggling through the process. After going to an open house, the agent  there referred us to Terry.

She came out to meet us and worked through another potential offer, of which we didn't get but she was there fighting every step of the way. The next house we put an offer on, was accepted and we found ourselves in escrow with the worst possible listing agent. That listing agent made the whole experience so difficult, but without Terry's guidance and her TENANCITY we would have never gotten through the process at all, but  we closed in 28 days.

It was a miracle that we got through and we had our angel Terry with us every step of the way. Always fighting for us. She is our fairy godmother!! Now we are settled in our home and have since bought the parcel next to us. Without Terry, this would have just been a dream. She helped make this a reality and we couldn't be happier. She is the best!!

Nicole S |
Boulder Creek, California

Fabulous Preparation Skills

"6 out of 5 stars! Terry is a real professional. Her experience, knowledge, honesty and assistance made selling our property an easy stress free experience. She did exactly what was needed to present a home for a quick sale. She suggested some minor improvements, had it staged and did a great job marketing it. She worked very hard and communicated frequently throughout the process. We highly recommend Terry and would not hesitate to use her services in the future!"

Rick and Tina |
Spindrift Complex