Monterey Bay Realty
(831) 212-4549

Doug Byrd did superb work in preparing and selling our mom's house in
Capitola.  The house sold for $20,000 over asking.  

Doug's strategy for selling turned out to be perfect, and his creative ideas
for staging and getting the house ready for buyers no doubt added to the
sale price.

Highly recommended.

Paul Lacques

Doug Byrd is a professional, conscientious, and motivated realtor who strives to maximize every transaction for his clients. He is extremely responsive, pro-active, detail oriented, and relentlessly focused on excellent customer service. His candid approach to real estate investment enables you to make a sound judgment on your own terms, but not on your own. Lastly, his deep knowledge and market intelligence became more visible as we continued to work together throughout each step of the transaction. He has helped my father with successful acquisitions, and he has helped me with successful dispositions. Selling or Buying, I consider him to be a very reliable agent but most importantly, a great guy.


Troy Hinds

-Vice President, Commercial Development at Sullivan Solar Power


For anyone looking for a realtor that you can trust and feel comfortable with Doug Byrd would definitely be your guy. It can be a little intimidating with all the realtors out there, not knowing if they’re doing it for the check or if they really do want to help you.  Doug was actually recommend through our mortgage consultant (Citi bank) because they love working w/ him so much.

We were so glad we went with him, we never once felt pressured or stressed working with him. He was so on top of everything.  Out of the 100 times I called or emailed him he responded right away, which really put things at ease since buying a home can make you anxious waiting for responses. 

I must say you’re a pretty patient guy!  It took us 40+ homes to see and you never once hesitated on taking us to another and especially on our schedule with our baby.  Really enjoying our little place in Aptos!


Thank you again Doug !

Love Jarod and Jenn


Dear Doug,

We can't thank you enough for helping us buying our dream home. We could not have done it without your expertise and support. You did a lot more for us than we ever expected. You gave us amazing personal attention and you were very attentive to our concerns and needs. This way, a potentially very stressful process (given the short time frame we had) turned into a smooth transaction. We always felt in good hands and very well represented.  We truly appreciated how you were always on top of things, explained everything in detail to us, how you kept us informed every step of the way and how tenaciously you negotiated on our behalf.
Thank you not only for your integrity, fairness and professionalism but also for your kindness. 
We truly appreciate you checking in with us once in a while to see how things go. We consider us very lucky that we have met you and will happily recommend your services to anyone who is considering buying a home in the area. You are the best! 
And thank you again for all you have done for us. 
M. & I. Hohensee
Rio del Mar

Dear Doug,

I have known you for many years (since I was in diapers actually). You sold my parents their house nearly 25 years ago and also sold my brother his past two houses. I am very happy to say that I took their advice and went straight to you when I was ready to buy! I still remember my mom urging me to call you every time I looked at the real estate listings in the newspaper. There is a reason we all chose you to sell us our homes, and I believe it is largely because of your integrity and unrelenting passion for the people you represent. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first came into your office but you made the process of buying our first home painless .  Not only did you find us our first home but you may have found us our "forever home." To say that you found us, in your words, "a screaming deal," would be the understatement of the century.
You offered to help us move and nearly 3 months later you continue to call to see what you can help with. I believe that speaks volumes to the kind of person you are. Amanda and I are so grateful for everything you have done and continue to do for us. We could not be any happier in our home and we both see a long life filled with many memories here.
 Thank you,
Daniel Robbins and Amanda Paredero

We worked with Doug on the sale of our parents home of 60 years. Needless to say, it was a challenge as Brian's dad could not get the job done on his own. Doug hatched a plan and found the people to do what needed to get done, and checked in and supported Brian's father every step of the way, both physically and emotionally. We often remark that Doug was the reason this "project" was completed so easily.

F. Nelson

Santa Cruz 


Doug Byrd is an amazing person and friend.  We trust Doug implicity as our family Realtor.  When my husband and I were ready to buy our first home the market was hot.  We thought we would have to live in a dump if we were going to buy. Doug found an incredible home for us under market value.  It was his speed and finesse that got us into our first home.  Within hours of the listing, we had our offer signed by the seller.  There were 11 more offers the very next day. 

The market is very different today.  We continue to trust Doug's advice and expertise because of his experience and candor.  Also, his advice is in service to us, not to himself.  We understand that Doug profits when properties change hands, yet, he advises us against that right now.  His success has come from developing long-term relationships, serving his clients' best interests regardless of the market.  We choose to work solely with Doug because of his proven commitment to us.  Regardless of how our family and needs change, we continue to rely on Doug's advice in all real estate matters. We proudly, happily and confidently refer all of our family and friends to Doug.

The Smiths



Dear Doug,

Over the years we’ve had the pleasure (and unfortunately sometimes the displeasure) of working with quite a few agents as we’ve bought and sold several homes, but I have to say that our experience working with you was by far superior to any other.  The sale of our home in Boulder Creek came at a difficult time (both personally and in terms of the market condition) and was rather complicated.  Neither one of us was familiar with the “Short-Sale” process and we found ourselves feeling so grateful for your expertise and professionalism throughout the whole process.  You made us feel really taken care of and somehow managed to shelter us from some of the more unpleasant aspects of the transaction – AND, you managed to get us more than we expected for our home in an extremely down market.  We highly recommend you both personally and professionally.  You truly stand out as a Man of honesty, integrity and client loyalty.

When the time comes when we are ready to purchase another home, we definitely will use your services again.

 Thank you so much,

Austin and Donna Ahern


Doug Byrd has been a tireless advocate for us during the extremely difficult process of selling our home and purchasing a new home. He helped us navigate the complicated and turbulent waters of a short sale and in the end helped us purchase our dream property. We can’t thank him enough for all of the time and energy he spent counseling, supporting and caring for us throughout the entire process. We couldn’t have done it without him!
Carl and Julie Ray


To whom it may concern:
When it came time for me to sell my Aptos, California condominium, I had no idea to whom to turn for service. Being a novice in this area, I discussed the matter with a San Mateo friend who has had a long career in real estate. How fortunate for me that she recommended Doug Byrd, realtor-associate for Coldwell Banker in Aptos.
He provided excellent service in every way. He was consistently available to answer any of my questions, and I had many, since I had rarely dealt with selling property. He was clear in his descriptions of what the whole process entailed. With his experience, he was calm, patient and knowledgeable when any problem arose; a rather complicated one did, dating back some twenty three years. It got solved.
Downsizing is always a difficult process. Doug helped far more than required as I went through the process of deciding/moving what I wanted to keep and emptying out my home.
If you need service in the real estate area, I most highly recommend Doug Byrd. In a smooth fashion, he got me a good price for my property. He was a fine choice for me, and I am sure he would also be for you.
Kieran McCormick
Dear Doug,
Thank you for the excellent service you provided in selling our property at 1780 Jose Ave., Santa Cruz, CA. Your assistance in coordinating the inspections and other aspects of the process was much appreciated, particularly  those activities that needed attention when we were not in the area. In real estate good communication is very important. You always listened carefully and kept us informed and addressed our questions and concerns in a timely, professional manner. We appreciate the experience, professionalism and integrity you brought to the process in this transaction, as well as those in the past where you represented our interests.
Bernarr and Claudia Pardo
Dear Doug,
Esther and I appreciate the time and help you gave us in locating our new house. We appreciate the time and patience you spent with us in deciding which home to pick. We also appreciate you keeping us up dated each day. You made buying the house easier then I thought. Again thank you for your help and I will recommend you to people that I know that might want to buy or sell a house in the near future.
Chuck and Esther Beckman
Dear Doug,
You took the stressful event of buying out first home and made it TOO EASY. You handled every detail and explained it all in plain english. You treated us as a member of your family and we are grateful to you. You will be our family's realtor for life!
Paul Ramos and Megan Castro
Dear Doug,
I would like to thank you for the work that you have done for me in the past two years in regards to purchasing my homes. I thank you, first of all, for showing me what it would take to purchase my first home. I really had no idea what it would take and you made it very easy for me. I have always heard that purchasing a home is one of the most stressful thingsthat a person could do, not so with me, I found the entire process extremely painless. Not only did you find a reasonably priced home for me, it has increased in value to the tune of $150,000.
Jennifer and I would also like to thank you for helping us purchase a second home. Not only did you find us a remarkable deal (yet again), you made it a very low stress process like beofre. Jennifer was surpirised at how low stress the process was as it was her first experience in purchasing a home. You took the stress out of the situation which we appreciated very much because it could have taken a toll on our relationship. You gave us great advice in the risks and rewards with purchasing a second home while still owning the first.
We would like also to extend our gratitude for helping us rent the house out, even though you did not receive compensation. Everything is going very well and much of that is a credit to your efforts.
Thank you,
Patrick Dimick
Dear Doug,
After all of the help we received from you during the purcahse of our first home, we would like to write a letter of reccomendation for you. Not only were you knowledgeable of the market, but you knew when to push us a little so we would not miss out on an oppurtunity. We are grateful for that encouragement. Due to our type of loan things took a lot of time, but you followed through with every step of the process.
Before we were recommended to you from another one of your clients, we tried working with others, but they didn't seem to know what was going on and would show us house that were off the market, not in our price range or not what we were looking for. Menawhile, the prices of homes were rising every day. If we didn't have your help, we would be out of the market for a home in Santa Cruz County.
We would tell anyone looking for a good realtor to call you for help.
Steve and Sarah Watson
Dear Doug,
We both would like to thank you for your great assistance in buying a house. We felt yo treated us very well during the process. We also felt ectremely comfortable talking to you about our financial situation and our personal needs. This was very important to both of us.
Buying our first home was stressful, exciting and time comsuming. With your help, we felt very confident and at ease with our decision.We love our hoem a nd would liek to thank you for helping us find our treasure.
April Skalland and Nathan Murray
Dear Doug,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your efforts in finding me a home in the Santa Cruz area. Your hard work helped to make my transition from San Francisco a very smooth one. You were able to meet my highest expectations while accommodating the timing of my move amidst numerous scheduling difficulties.
Now that I 've settled in, I am enjoying the excellent location and its close proximity to the beach and Capitola Village. In fact, I often walk into the village on weekends. My new home easily accomodates all of the furniture I brought from San Francisco (no small fete). The new neighborhood is great. It is scenic and quiet and all of my new neighbors are very friendly.
Please note that I have recommended your services to several of my friends and associates in the area. I look forward to working with you again when I'm ready to move even closer to the beach.
Best Regards,
Art Crumpler
To whom it may concern,  
I have known Doug Byrd for 13 years on a personal and professional basis. Doug has handled two escrows for me over the last 8 years. He has many years of experience in the real estate business, which he utilizes when representing clients in what ever market, wheather it be commerical or one's personal home. Doug's ethics and resources in the real estate business are unquestionably of the highest level. I can, and will continue to recommend Doug to anyone without reservation.
Robert W. Norton  
Dear Doug,
We are in the middle of monsoon season here in Tucson, Arizona: I find the storms refreshing but I do miss the foggy mornings on the Monterey peninsula. It is pouring rain today so I am going to take a minute here in the office to write to you.
Being a recent widow with a lack of business experience, it was overwelming to find myself making all the decisions on selling real estate we had owned and improved for 22 years.
The price analysis you did was right on target and you guided me to sell at the best price possible. A seven acre horse ranch with a 2700 square foot house is a unique property in the area and it could not be valued simply by "comparables x square feet of house." You went the extra mile and spent the time and money it took to market and find the perfect unique buyer. In fact your marketing program was so effective I recieved multiple offers at asking price or above.
Properties like this also have more disclousre requirements, necessary inspections, and pitfalls to avoid. Your knowledge of the real estate industry and excellent follow through took this offer successfully to escrow close. You protected my interest and made sure all real estate and loan papers werer filed correctly. I appreciate the extra time you spent making this, not just a sale, but a clean sale.
Your abilities and your honesty, integrity and guidance were invaluable to me.
Myself and my animals are settled in our new home here in Tuscon - We all "thank you" for helping make our relocation a pleasant adventure.
With much appreciation,
Esther Holubiczko 
Dear Doug,
I would like to thank you for all you did for us in the sale of our property in Aromas. We were very grateful for your knowledge and experience on rural properties. You certainly covered all bases for us and we were so confident that sale was totally fair to us and to the buyer. In the future we may be looking to purchase another property and we will definitely call on you. Again thank you.
Jean and John Carpenetti