Laif McClellan

Laif McClellan

Realtor at Sereno Group

Santa Cruz, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Real Estate

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Laif McClellan's Overview


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Laif McClellan's Summary

Prior to finding his true calling in Real Estate, at the young age of 19 Laif began a career in construction. He started out as a rough framer and ultimately ended up as a Foreman specializing in residential remodels. Over the next 8 years, he gained invaluable experience in project management and budgets, as well as great insight into homes and their inherent problems.

In 2005 he moved to the Bay Area and obtained his real estate license. This was a natural fit due to his experience in contracting, and the fact that he had been raised in Real Estate by his mother, Mary Margaretich, who was always a top producing agent in Santa Cruz.
Laif quickly became a top selling agent in his area, and decided in 2009 to become a partner at his Real Estate Brokerage, creating the new branding for the company which was now named “Fohl and McClellan Real Estate.” It became a perfect blend of experience and expertise mixed with innovation and technology, which is exactly what Laif believes is needed in today’s market.
One of the many skills he learned from being a business owner was anticipating the market and adjusting the strategy as needed. During the Real Estate recession, his firm decided to form an investment pool and capitalize on the under priced and blighted homes that were plaguing the market. Their goal was to improve target neighborhoods while making a profit. They started in 2009 and continued until 2011, and during this period Laif helped manage an investor pool of over $5 million and participated in over 80 purchases, rehabs and sales.
In 2011, Laif decided to part ways from the company he had helped build and then joined the Sereno Group Real Estate Brokerage in order to better focus on the development side of Real Estate. The blending of his construction knowledge and Real Estate expertise has become his passion and where he excels the most.

Specialties: Residential Real Estate, Income Real Estate, Investing, Construction

Laif McClellan's Experience


Sereno Group

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Real Estate industry

November 2011Present (2 years 11 months) Santa Cruz, CA

Having grown up in Santa Cruz and Aptos, I have always felt that this area is home. In 2011 I was compelled to go back to my roots and move back to Santa Cruz.
After meeting with Chris Trapani and Ryan Iwanaga, hearing their vision and experiencing their culture, I knew this was the only place I could work. I immediately joined their team.
When I’m not working on real estate I almost always have to be outdoors. On my off time you will find me Boating, Wakeboarding, Dirtbiking, Camping, Fourwheeling, or Snowboarding. I have a passion for life and want that to always come out whether its work or play.

Self-Employed; 11-50 employees; Real Estate industry

January 2004November 2011 (7 years 11 months)

I assist sellers, buyers and investors in selling or purchasing Real Estate in Bay Area. As a homeowner and active investor myself, I am able to guide clients to make profitable decisions in any market.

Self-Employed; 11-50 employees; Real Estate industry

20052011 (6 years)

Owner / Realtor



January 1996January 2004 (8 years 1 month)

I have extensive training and experience in construction in residential Real Estate. I have done new construction as well as every aspect of a remodel.

Laif McClellan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Real Estate
  2. Construction
  3. Investments
  4. Investors
  5. Investment Properties
  6. Short Sales
  7. Sellers
  8. First Time Home Buyers
  9. REO
  10. Residential
  11. Single Family Homes
  12. Condos
  13. Foreclosures
  14. Relocation
  15. Buyer Representation
  16. Selling
  17. Home
  18. Buying
  19. Listings
  20. New Home Sales
  21. First Time Buyers
  22. Negotiation
  23. Realty
  24. Contract Negotiation
  25. Luxury
  26. Relocations
  27. Land
  28. Referrals
  29. Real Estate Development
  30. Residential Homes
  31. 1031 Exchanges
  32. Real Property
  33. FHA
  34. Real Estate Transactions
  35. HUD
  36. Move Up Buyers
  37. Income Properties
  38. SFR
  39. ABR
  40. New Homes
  41. Townhomes
  42. Vacation Homes
  43. Seniors
  44. e-PRO
  45. Rentals
  46. Council of Residential Specialists
  47. Property
  48. Listing Homes
  49. Real Estate Financing
  50. Resellers

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Laif McClellan's Additional Information


Real Estate, Investing, Construction, Wakeboarding, Dirtbiking, Camping , Snowboarding, Boating, Four Wheel'n

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