Connecting With The Land
Country Property, Ranch Estates and Residential Specialist
Cory Maguire discovers paradise in West Sonoma County
Born and raised in Honolulu, Cory Maguire absorbed aloha ‘aina (literally, “love for the land”), a cultural tradition of personal connection to place. While she still feels deeply connected to her island roots, Cory left Hawaii at the age of 19 to see other lands. Moving initially to San Francisco, she spent the next five years working on cruise ships, travelling much of the world. That travel “was educational,” says Cory. “It humbles the heart, makes you appreciate what you have, see things with a new perspective.”With this new outlook, she traded in her sea legs for a ticket back to California. “When I first visited Sonoma County in 1978,” Cory continues, “I had an immediate feeling that this is where I would eventually settle.” It did take a few years, but after founding a string of successful Lake Tahoe businesses–including the area’s first brewery, still going strong today–she made the move in 1994. Cory has since discovered only more to love about beautiful Sonoma County.
“I got involved! Among other things I served on the Land Use Advisory Panel, where I brought a homeowner’s perspective to the issues faced by the county, working alongside other industry professionals–civil engineers, well and septic specialists, surveyors, etc. This sharing became educational as well, giving me the perspective to view a property as a whole. More than that, I realized how deeply we feel connected to best land practices.”
This love for the land is what first led Cory to work in real estate. “The profession is an ongoing dialogue with the land,” she says. “It enables me to work with people in a capacity that has heart and meaning.” Cory understands each client’s hopes and goals so she can apply her knowledge and experience for the best end result, and share a little Sonoma county aloha ‘aina.
“I’m proud to participate in professional associations, in membership and leadership capacity, where I can share and discuss local issues and how they affect buyers and sellers. When the distressed market was in its infancy, I found it important to be involved on a legislative level. This active awareness of developing local and national policy has helped me keep my clients on top of their options.”
2015 – Present: Secretary, Board Member, Western Sonoma County Historical Society
2009-2012: Board of Directors ~ California Association of Realtors
2009: President ~ North Bay Association of Realtors
2006-2010: Board of Directors ~ North Bay Association of Realtors
2005: President ~ Sebastopol Chapter/North Bay Association of Realtors
2005: Fundraising Chair ~ Habitat for Humanity