La Jolla Realtors Joan Schultz and Darcy Delano-Smith recognized for client satisfaction and philanthropy


• Joan Schultz of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in La Jolla voted tops in client satisfaction: 2014 marked an unprecedented achievement for Joan Schultz of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, as her clients and peers again voted her a recipient of San Diego Magazine’s “Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agents” award. Schultz is now a seven-time winner of the award, which is the result of a survey of more than 31,000 recent home-buyers, subscribers and industry experts.

Agents were rated on their service, communication, integrity, negotiation, market knowledge and closing preparation.

“I am very proud of this because the standard of service that I provide is something I focus on every day,” said Schultz, a San Diego resident since 1972. “It’s very gratifying to think that my clients voted for me.”

Schultz is a USD grad who has been working in real estate for the past 33 years. Having gotten her start in the industry when she was just a teenager helping her father and grandfather, who were land developers in New York, she possesses a thorough knowledge of building materials and techniques, marketing and land valuation.

To provide her sellers with maximum exposure and match her buyers with the information they need to achieve their goals, Schultz maintains membership in La Jolla’s renowned Top Producers Group. A Fine Homes Specialist, she is known for her negotiating skills, discretion and sense of accountability to her clients.

Community service has always been important to Schultz, a previous recipient of the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association’s McNaught-Davis/Knox award as well as the La Jolla chapter of the Soroptimists’ Woman of Distinction award. She is an avid supporter of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force (FIDF), and Jewish Family Services.

Joan Schultz can be contacted at (619) 261-3804, e-mail or visit

• Darcy Delano-Smith of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in La Jolla honored for philanthropy: La Jolla Realtor Darcy Delano-Smith of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty was honored Nov. 13, 2014 with a 10 Best Dressed Award. Founded and produced by Leonard Simpson, the awards annually honor 10 men and 10 women who are recognized not simply for their fashion sense, but more importantly for their giving spirit and philanthropic efforts.

The 2014 10 Best Dressed Award Gala, was held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, with proceeds from the evening benefiting Dress for Success San Diego, a local non-profit aimed to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women and their families thrive in work and in life.

Born in San Diego, Delano-Smith graduated from La Jolla High School and received her B.A. in History from UCLA and UC San Diego. Growing up among a family of Realtor entrepreneurs, she learned real estate from an early age and said she knew it was the career she was meant to do. Delano-Smith has been selling real estate in San Diego and California since 1987, and joined Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in 2011.

“Real estate is really about getting to know people, listening to their needs and goals and helping them achieve their dreams,” she said. “My business affords me the opportunity to get to know each of my clients on both a professional and personal level and find out the causes they are most passionate about. Many of the philanthropies that I’ve supported are ones that I have learned about through my clients.”

Delano-Smith was a board member on the Foundation of La Jolla High School 2008-2011. She and her daughter, Cameron, were members of the San Diego Chapter of the National Charity League for six years. She has been a supporting member of Childhelp USA for the past 25 years, chairing four fundraising galas for their San Diego chapter. She helped start and support the Luau and Long Board annual event for cancer research. Recently, she has become involved with the Dolling Foundation.

Darcy Delano-Smith is based in Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s La Jolla office and can be reached at (858) 361-2097 or e-mail

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