Achieving Real Estate Dreams

Hythe Realty is a women-owned company that guarantees the best results for clients  

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Seasoned broker Vera Nelson and Realtor Barbara Richardson King put their clients first with their brokerage Hythe Realty Inc, stripping the process of corporate or financial priorities. Clients and agents are drawn to the women-owned company because of their commitment to outstanding service and to the community.

“We really wanted to do something that totally focuses on the client,” Nelson says. “Whatever their needs, whatever the scenario, we are there for them during the entire journey. It’s not a cookie-cutter solution, and it’s not transactional for us. 

King adds, “Our leadership focuses on a high level of ethics and integrity. We are passionate about what we do and about helping people achieve their real estate dreams and their goals.”

Longtime partners in the business and Pasadena natives, the two women realize the launch of Hythe Realty in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic was ambitious, but more importantly it was a spiritual journey. 

“We felt it was the perfect time to get the message to clients that we understand the essence of their journey in good times and in challenging times,” Nelson says. 

The name Hythe Realty is eye-opening. The term “hythe” means small port, safe haven and/or soft landing. In other words, it is somewhere clients can hang their hat. Hythe Realty primarily serves Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, although they cover all of Southern California as well.

“If that’s where you’re going to find the home, that’s where we’re going to go,” Nelson says.

Nelson is a 20-year veteran of the real estate industry and living proof of the B.A.M. effect: broker, adviser and mentor. She began her real estate journey in 1999 and eventually became a top producer for Century 21 Master-San Marino, which she was affiliated with until 2010. She then became a broker associate, mentor ambassador and a top producer for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/CB Realty from 2010 to 2020. 

Being in the top 2% of her chosen field is not by chance for Nelson. She knows how to set the agenda to lead the negotiations. 

“You don’t only represent your client,” Nelson says. “You have to have a relationship with the buyer’s agent or the seller’s agent. It’s a whole relationship-building journey from the beginning to the end. 

King, a veteran Realtor in town, was voted “Realtor of the Year” two years in a row, which represents her commitment to excellence and service to her clients. As a native Pasadenan, her knowledge of the area is unparalleled. 

In addition, King serves on several locally based community and nonprofit boards of directors, representing her commitment to improving and strengthening neighborhoods and the community. 

The team

Hythe Realty’s team consists of highly motivated and technical professionals, trustworthy real estate agents that will help guide clients during the home search. King and Nelson have trained all team members so that they are well versed in Hythe’s mission of service first. 

As technology continues to direct the path forward, Hythe Realty has several team members that provide the highest level of technology to help buyers find the perfect home quickly and to expose sellers’ listings to the broadest possible qualified buyer pool, resulting in the best price and terms.

Their in-house designer/Realtor, Wanda San Juan, has worked with renowned interior designer, author and television personality Nate Berkus, who is also Oprah’s designer. San Juan got her start in real estate by staging properties and buying and selling homes. 

“Hythe Realty stages homes because, after all, a showing is comparable to a first date,” San Juan says.

Nelson adds, “It’s nice when clients walk in and you see the looks of amazement and pleasure on their faces. They can’t believe it. Then when their home sells for top dollar, we’re right there with them. It’s not just to close, it goes beyond that. Now our relocation experts move in to find new housing in nearby or distant locations. We also have an incredible resource list of professionals that provide a myriad of needed services.”

The luxury market

In a historic year for luxury real estate, California saw its all-time price record shattered. More than 200 homes traded hands for more than $10 million, and two sold for more than $100 million. In the long-ago days of 2019, the $10-million-plus market fell well short of 200 deals.

Every home, whether 800 or 8,000 square feet, is a castle. In the end, it’s all about presentation.

“Everything is so grand sometimes with real estate and sales,” Nelson says. “To genuinely have each person’s harbor, their port, their safe haven is a pleasure. We’re going to help them do what they need to do in their lives to navigate their next chapter or make it easier for them. It’s more than a modern luxury market. It’s not just about giving statistics. It’s the ‘extra’ things, like a concierge service.”

King and Nelson also have extensive experience with VA home loans and frequently work with members of the military, veterans and their families.

“It’s not about the commission and the money,” Nelson says. “It’s about the passion for what we do to really find the right haven for people, or the right spot. Everyone has their place, and we’ll go find it. We have a deep respect for our military members and veteran community. Now it’s time for us to serve them.”

A first impression

A testament to their success, Hythe Realty has received many positive reviews from satisfied clients, praising them on their experience, vast market knowledge, positive and friendly attitude, ability to navigate challenging negotiations, and more.

“If you are looking for high standards, exceptional expertise, genuine care and someone who fights for you, then Hythe Realty is the only name you need to know,” says Kianna Dorman, an active-duty Air Force member. “All thanks to them, I’m proud to say I’m a first-time home buyer.” 

Hythe Realty also gives back to the community, specifically organizations like Black Girls Code, Surfrider Foundation USA and the Pasadena Educational Foundation. The movement isn’t something Nelson and King brag about. Often, they keep the donations to themselves. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a joy in it. 

“It’s not just a real estate company,” Nelson says. “It’s not an organization — we’re alive, we’re fluid, we’re moving.”

King adds, “I definitely agree. I think a ‘business’ is something that focuses on the bottom line of the client.  I take every situation and we build a custom package for each situation.  We listen, we care and we perform!”

“Hythe has solutions for every unique situation, and for every client, ‘We can give more,’” Nelson shares. “We can protect more. We can grow more. I think that’s the essence of Hythe Realty. We have that personal touch. It’s that connection with people.”

Vera Nelson

Founder | Broker

CAL DRE No. 01333471


Barbara Richardson King

Founding Partner | Global Estate Director

CAL DRE No. 00903286


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