About Shirley Smith,


About Shirley Smith

As a native Californian, I purchased my first property when I was 19 years old. Having a knack for remodeling, I continued to purchase and project manage several renovations in the USA and Australia, where I lived for many years.

My former career as a psychotherapist, executive coach and best-selling author of five books, provided me with solid negotiation skills, as well as the ability to really listen. I know how to ask the right questions to draw out what people truly need and desire in a home or investment property and accentuate the key features to focus on in selling a property for maximum profit.

Since moving back to California in 2015, I have purchased my own home as well as two investment properties in Coronado and Imperial Beach. Two homes were built from the ground up and the third was a total remodel, making a very ugly house into a beautiful and functional beach house. Additionally, I have helped numerous clients sell, purchase and invest in California real estate.

Shirley Smith

My Approach to Real Estate

I would be honored to be the one to facilitate your real estate journey. I believe that buying and selling real estate is a unique part of your life. No two buyers are the same and no two sellers are the same. I can help you navigate the real estate market in San Diego regardless of what your current situation is. Additionally, I have relationships with top realtors and first-class marketing throughout the USA and overseas! As a previous psychotherapist, I understand what drives people’s choices and their decision-making process. I use my skills to better understand my buyers and sellers, helping them get the results they want.


Looking to invest or purchase? Let me help you find your next ideal home or investment property.


Thinking about selling? I would love to help you sell your home for maximum profit. The right “price” is not the only important factor in selling your property. “Presentation” is equally vital. Let me show you the marketing and presentation skills I’ve used to “wow” buyers and maximize your results.

My aim is to bring you resources to:

  • Preserve your wealth
  • Minimize your tax
  • Optimize your real estate “buy–sell–hold” timing

I’d love to hear from you and am happy to answer any real estate questions you may have.


  • Certified Home Luxury Marketing Specialist
  • Certified Military Relocation Professional
  • Coronado Real Estate Association
  • La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association
  • Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®
  • California Association of REALTORS®
  • National Association of REALTORS®

REALTOR® & Best-Selling Author

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Kind Words From Happy Clients

Megan L.


“Shirley is such a fabulous realtor! I am beyond blessed that I had her by my side investing in my first home. I have always wanted to live by the beach and Shirley helped make my dreams come true. She made the home buying process extremely easy by always looking out for my best interests. She always answered my calls and texts when I had questions. Shirley is extremely approachable, intelligent, enthusiastic, and so very kind. I highly recommend giving Shirley a call if you are buying a new home or selling.”

Richard & Mary M.


“Shirley is simply amazing! We were first time home buyers and had little information about the whole buying process. She helped us in every way possible and everything went smoothly! Thank you again, Shirley, for the time and effort you spent with us. Most of all, for making our first experience as easy as it was! Meeting you was a blessing indeed!“

Lou & Elinor M.

Sellers & Buyers

"If you want to sell your property and get a good price, call Shirley Smith. She is generous, determined and a good communicator, giving us frequent briefings about developments. You can count on Shirley to deliver!"

Catherine R.


"My husband and I worked with Shirley to purchase a home in Imperial Beach and really can't say enough good things about her. She is knowledgeable, approachable, personable, endlessly patient, and incredibly generous with her time (including mornings, evenings, and weekends over the course of several months). She answered every question and explained every form and every part of the process clearly and thoroughly. Buying a home in this market is challenging, but working with Shirley made it as painless and straight forward as possible. We highly recommend her."

J.C. & Tong


"Shirley did a fantastic job helping us with our first home purchase! She was very responsive and always available to answer any questions and provide much needed guidance. We bought a new construction home from a big builder and Shirley seemed to know exactly how to deal with the seller, negotiate and get what we wanted. From finding comparables, through negotiations of price and upgrades, scheduling closing, dealing with escrow and up to closing, her responses and initiatives were always prompt, thorough and accurate. Her energetic demeanor really inspired confidence, both in our purchase and that we chose the right agent. I hope we're in our new home for a long time, but if we were to move, I couldn't hesitate to work with Shirley again or give her anything but the highest recommendation."

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