About Today Sotheby's International Realty

Today Sotheby's International Realty has a long history of success in San Mateo County dating back to April, 1990, when it began as Today, Inc., a one-office firm in San Carlos founded by broker/owners Jeanne Garde and Jim Meader. In 24 years it’s grown to include almost 100 sales associates.

Today Sotheby's San Carlos finished the first quarter of 2013 with a market share 35 percent greater than its next closest competitor and is on track to surpass $1 billion in total sales in 2014.

Since the start, Today’s strategy has been to empower individual associates, giving them the support and freedom to function at the highest level possible. In 2013, those associates closed more than 1,200 transactions. For the year, Today had the highest per agent productivity rate among San Mateo County Association of Realtors member firms, both in terms of number of completed transactions and total sales volume. The firm finished the first quarter of 2013 with a market share 35 percent greater than its next closest competitor and is on track to surpass $1 billion in total sales in 2014.

Under Jeanne and Jim’s leadership Today’s has created a culture of empowerment and cooperation with an understanding that the client IS the associate, over time earning Today the reputation as the “office where everyone wants to be.” Never content to rest on its laurels, Today Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to growth and change, constantly integrating into its business the most current technology, the best possible support staff and the best market strategies into its operations in an effort toward keeping Today Sotheby’s International Realty the best real estate company on the Peninsula.

 

LEADERSHIP


Jeanne Garde

Jeanne Garde, co-owner and Managing Broker of Today Sotheby’s International Realty, began her career in San Mateo in 1981. She has been a licensed real estate broker for more than 30 years. A former President of The San Mateo Association of Realtors (SAMCAR), Board Chair for MLSListings.com and Director of The National Association of Realtors (NAR), Jeanne was awarded Director for Life of The California Association of Realtors (CAR) for her services. In 1990, with husband Jim Meader, she founded Today RE/MAX Real Estate in San Carlos, which became Today Sotheby International Realtors in 2010.

Jeanne, who has a B.A. from St. Mary’s and an MBA from Pepperdine University, was named “Realtor of the Year” by SAMCAR in 2004. She’s spent her career taking an active role in shaping the policies of the real estate industry, serving on numerous regional and national committees for SAMCAR, CAR and NAR. She’s also active in community and charitable efforts and has served as a member of the San Mateo County Civil Jury.

In the past 24 years, Jeanne has seen her brokerage become a leader in real estate on the San Francisco Peninsula and a fixture in San Mateo County. She’s committed to stewarding its growth as Today Sotheby’s International Realty continues to evolve, expand and succeed.

 

JIM MEADER

Jim Meader is the co-owner and CEO of Today Sotheby’s International Realty. 24 years after founding the San Carlos office with his wife, Jeanne Garde, Jim remains the driving force behind Today’s commitment to current technology, having introduced a number of cutting-edge tools and practices to the company. His leadership in this area is a major reason for Today’s unparalleled success in the Peninsula market.

Jim’s strategy is to anticipate technological need before they arrive. In doing so he’s positioned Today’s as an industry leader in adopting tools that streamline processes and introduce new functionalities like live video feeds for sales meetings and creating virtual property tours. His approach was developed during a 20-plus-year career in real estate, dating back to the founding of Today Inc. in 1990. He is active in his community and in the Peninsula real estate industry and has made several appearances in local media to discuss real estate and the local market.

 

ROBERT BRISBANE

Vice President, General Manager and Chief Operations Officer Robert Brisbane joined Today Sotheby’s International Realty in October, 2013, after previously serving as the Managing Broker at KW Peninsula Estates and McGuire Real Estate. He’s responsible for recruiting and training sales associates and for creating a new marketing division within Today’s.

A lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert is a 1986 graduate of UC Berkeley and 1990 graduate of the Hastings School of Law. He’s been a licensed real estate broker since 2004 and spent seven years (2006-2013) as a Managing Broker. From 2008 to 2014, Robert served on the Board of Directors for the San Mateo County association of Realtors (SAMCAR), in 2007 Robert chaired the organization’s Education Committee and has acted as liaison to SAMCAR’s Education, Elections, Ethics, Technology and Young Professionals Committees.

Throughout his real estate career, Robert has dedicated himself to agent education, coaching and creating programs to benefit new and established agents. His commitment to both his firm and to its individual agents is unsurpassed.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


We understand that achieving success as a real estate firm means making meaningful connections with the community and providing support, both locally and nationally, for worthwhile causes.

Community involvement is a multi-faceted, ongoing emphasis at Today Sotheby’s International Realty. We understand that achieving success as a real estate firm involves more than buying and selling homes. It also means making meaningful connections with the community and providing support, both locally and nationally, for worthwhile causes. Everyone at Today’s, from individual associates to managers and support staff, is committed to serving the public beyond their real estate needs.

At Today’s, community and charity involvement take on many forms. Most recently, Today Sotheby’s International Realty became a national co-sponsor of the Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition Program at Komen Race for the Cure® events. In addition, it’s been the official real estate sponsor of Children's Miracle Network since 1992.

On the local level, Today Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of Toys For Tots, the San Carlos Art and Wine Festival, local Concerts in the Park, the San Carlos Farmer’s Market and a consistent sponsor of numerous local school causes and events.

 

TECHNOLOGY


Today Sotheby’s International Realty has a long tradition as an early adopter of technology. The company is based on the belief that it’s important to provide the most innovative tools, thorough training and a service-oriented staff to enable agents to be at their most competitive in today’s hot real estate market. Today invests heavily in the most innovative real products. In 2013 alone, Today partnered with touchCMA, giving associates and clients access to the only dynamic, digital Comprehensive Marketing Analysis in San Mateo County, RealScout, a full-featured platform that allows buyers to search for homes by features in a way not possible with traditional MLS, and a full San Mateo County community video library in partnership with the RealHomeTour. In addition, Today’s new mobile website and agent mobile websites were launched in Fall of 2014.

 

GLOBAL REACH


Today’s is part of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, which currently spans 45 countries and territories worldwide, employing 12,000 sales associates in approximately 600 offices. Sotheby’s International Realty places over 7,500 referrals annually and recently implemented a media strategy designed to deliver 700 million impressions in places like Google, YouTube, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The BBC, The Telegraph, The Financial Times and major media outlets in China and Hong Kong, as part of an effort to drive incremental brand awareness and direct leads to our network members.

 

LOCAL EXPERTISE


We at Today Sotheby’s International Realty are very proud of the traditions we’ve created during almost 25 years of service in San Mateo County. During that time we’ve become one of the leading agencies on the Peninsula, a position we take very seriously. We’re committed to continuously refining and honing our approach, always learning more about our company and our community in an effort at guaranteeing Today Sotheby’s International Realty remains “the” real estate company for you.