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Sell Your Home

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About Me

CA DRE# 01901727

I have been selling real estate full-time in Santa Cruz since 2011 and have been a licensed Broker since 2015. I am a consistent top producer specializing in selling single-family homes and multi-family investment properties with an emphasis on listings.

I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and creatives, giving me a keen business sense and an eye for aesthetic detail.




Years of Local Experience



Properties Sold



RealTrends Individual Producing Agent in Santa Cruz



Volume Sold


We engaged Sam and his team to sell our remotely located, unique log home amidst a historically challenging real estate market. He provided advice on staging, pricing, and local contractors who could help us put on the finishing touches, to get the house prepared for market. Despite many properties being listed for months (in addition to our home being somewhat unconventional and niche in style), we were in contract within a few weeks! Sam and his group were able to help us navigate through some strong emotions of letting go of a family home, in addition to first-time seller anxieties. Throughout the often-confusing paperwork processes involved in escrow and municipality transactions, they were able to help us stay the course with negotiations and closing. We are grateful for the efficient process and positive outcome.

Gwen C

Seller, Bonny Doon

Simply put, Sam was AWESOME. He has friendly personality and style to his brokerage that is backed up with sound market knowledge…. He was never pushy, or over aggressive, but knew exactly the right time to push my wife and I into the right direction….Buying a home is incredibly nerve-racking and we could not have done without Sam and his wonderful team….If you are looking to buy or sell a home on the Westside of Santa Cruz, Sam is the best agent you can have!

Nick G.

Buyer, Santa Cruz

When I decided to sell my house I wanted the best team for the job. My partner and I found that in Sam Bird-Robinson and his outstanding team at Compass. We interviewed several agents in the area and Sam stood above the rest, particularly in terms of: outstanding marketing collateral, extremely personalized service in preparing the home for market, advertising and social media reach, and availability during each stage in the process. At our initial meeting, we stated that sales price and a smooth transaction were top priorities. Sam delivered on both. I sold my home for over the asking price and closed escrow without contingencies in just 5 days. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and I credit Sam and his team with contributing mightily to such a positive experience. I highly and without hesitation recommend Sam Bird-Robinson.

Erik T.

Seller, Santa Cruz

Sam and his team are experts in reading the market and determining just the right preparation of the home for sale given the funds available and also they know how to respond to bidders to obtain the best price for our home. The bottom line is that our place sold for $133,000 more than the listing price in less than a month. Prior to and during the listing we were mostly available remotely while Sam’s team supervised preparation of our home for sale, including inspections, required home improvements, coordinating payments and helping us to approve mountains of paper work. During the listing we were in the process of moving to Washington state and were very busy preparing our new home while Sam’s team continued their efforts with minimal involvement by us. Thank you Sam and team.

Robert V.

Seller, Scotts Valley

Sam and his team are incredible! Communication was always on point, there were never any confusions or questions. They go out of their way to take the stress out of a stressful time period and it works. Our family is deeply thankful for all the work they have done for us and we could not recommend Sam and his team more. If you end up with Sam as your agent, consider yourself lucky, he just gets it. Plain and simple. No hidden agendas, no rush, he truly wants to help you get what you need.

Daniel L.

Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam helped us sell our Scotts Valley home in a short amount of time for above asking price in a difficult market. The service and support we received when we were selling our home was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Sam & his team were with us every step of the way, doing things I never even knew a realtor did (Sourcing specialists, calling utility companies, meeting movers). Sam regularly checked in with us to see how we were doing, he understood the anxiety and sadness that we felt about selling our first real family home and didn’t take it lightly. Now that the home is sold, I feel like I can really let go and embrace our new family home, and it was Sam and his team that got me there. If you want service, support, and the best price for your home, don’t hesitate to work with Sam Bird-Robinson!

Candace E.

Seller, Scotts Valley

We sold our house with Sam and his team and they were truly a critical resource. Our situation had its hurdles in order to get on the market in the timeframe and at the quality we wanted—moving across country, finishing a guest house project, making updates to the primary residence, and the arrival of a baby! Sam and his team helped us get through it all and get to market quicker than I anticipated. They offered different resources, advice, lending a hand for odd things, and the occasional therapy session along the way 🙂 They marketed our house really well and helped us close at a great sale price. Thanks ya’ll!

Ben C.

Seller, Santa Cruz

I hired Sam Bird Robinson to sell a duplex I owned in Santa Cruz. It was a very stressful time for me and since I live several states away I was apprehensive about how the process would work. Needlessly so as it turned out. Sam, and the awesome Savannah, kept me informed at every turn, handled all inspections and repairs, and held my hand whenever necessary. Sam did an outstanding job negotiating with prospective buyers and I ended up selling for more than asking price. Supportive, responsive, caring, and above all knowledgeable, truly an expert in his field. It was obvious Sam was always acting in my best interests and I highly recommend him without reservation.

Sandy K.

Seller, Santa Cruz

How do we sell an out-of-town investment property during a pandemic?!! We called Sam Bird-Robinson and his “Dream Team” (Savannah & Jenessa) and they Made. It. Happen! Passionate. Positive. Communicative. Honest. Transparent. Knowledgeable of the local market. Consistent & regular follow-up and follow-through. Access to great resources. Spot on advice. Strong negotiation skills. In short, all that we were looking for in an agent and so much more. Without ANY hesitation, we can say that Sam is one of the best real estate professionals that we have ever worked with. He made the process smooth, easy & fun. We would highly recommend Sam to anyone looking for a realtor in the Santa Cruz area.

Denise and John R.

Sellers, Santa Cruz

We found Sam 5 years ago when we were looking to purchase a condo in Santa Cruz for our children to live in during college. At that time it was a challenging buyers market yet he made it happen quickly for us! 5 years later it was time to sell. Not only did he coordinate painting and carpet for us (we live in So Cal) he made sure everything was done right from first to last! Literally days before we were to go on the market the world stopped with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made what was a traumatizing and frightening situation into one we felt comfortable navigating through. He kept in constant touch and reassured us with his vast knowledge of the area and market trends that we would make the sale happen. We listed in May and had a buyer within 10 days! Closed in 30 and we are so grateful as we are now in escrow for our dream cabin home. I can not recommend Sam highly enough as a Realtor®. He is sharp, empathetic, and very thoughtful in how he transacts his business. I would refer him to anyone and if we ever are back in NorCal would use it again!

Debbie D.

Seller, Santa Cruz

Purchasing a home on the Lower Westside of Santa Cruz seemed like an impossible project. As quickly as properties were listed, they were sold, usually at well above the asking price. We first met Sam at an open house, and while that listing didn’t work out for us, he offered to spend a rainy winter day driving us to look at every house on the market so he could get a better idea of just what we were looking for. A short time later, he called to say he had located an off-market house he thought we should see. Sam represented us through the complex process of inspections, negotiations, offers, counter-offers and a seemingly endless number of documents. Throughout the entire transaction, he was a calm presence, patient, professional and always available to answer questions. Thanks to Sam we purchased a great house at below the asking price! Since then he has kept in touch and as a Santa Cruz resident, he has been a great source of information and referrals. Sam was thorough and dependable and I recommend him highly.

Joann S.

Buyer, Santa Cruz

Trustworthy and Honest. How many people use those two words when describing their Real Estate Agent? I stumbled upon Sam while perusing Trulia, looking for a home in Santa Cruz. When I reached out to see if I could view one of his listings, instead of rushing to make an appointment, he took the time to get to know our family’s needs. He really listened. He actually steered me away from his listing and recommended looking at a house off-market. In this environment of such low inventory, it was amazing to find someone who knew the market so well! He is such a wealth of knowledge – he knew what neighborhood would be family-friendly and have the best schools for us. He skillfully guided us through a very long escrow, and we now own this wonderful home. He helped us through each step of the way with a helping hand and a friendly face. He was always honest, patient, gentle, and amazingly informative. We would not have landed our home without his help. I can’t recommend Sam enough.

Laina R.

Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam was the absolute best Realtor® we could have hoped for. We came to him during the holiday season when there was very little inventory, and yet he managed to find us the perfect home before it was officially on the market. This is what he does on a daily basis: listening to his clients, verifying regularly that everyone is on the same page, and then searching painstakingly for the right property. But that is just where the process begins. He connected us with an excellent loan officer as well as local tradesmen who will help us make the house our own. We are “older” clients, and things have grown far more complex than when we last bought a home, but Sam was always right there with sound advice and guidance. He navigated the complexities of the process with an instructive intelligence that helped us be calm, rational, and patient in what at first seemed an impossibly daunting undertaking. We will be forever grateful.

Jerry & Helen P.

Buyers, Santa Cruz

My husband and I worked with Sam as the agent for our third home purchase. This purchase is an investment property. Our offer was second in line and my husband and I were initially so disappointed when we did not get the home. Sam continued to communicate with the listing agent, building and maintaining rapport. When the first offer fell through, our offer was considered and accepted. Successfully we closed on the home purchase and it’s proven to be a solid investment. This isn’t the first time we worked with Sam. He presented an offer on another home for us. And through the process he asks probing questions, keeping our best interest in mind. His positivity shines through and his skills in listening ensured the home purchase at the right time for our family. Sam’s high integrity is so apparent. He put in the time and effort to meet our objectives. My husband and I are grateful to consider him our Realtor®.

Hannah H.

Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam was an excellent representative for us as we sold our home in Aptos. Sam gave us information and guidance on listing date and price, but never pressured us and let us decide what we were comfortable with. We initially were unsure about selling during the holidays but then listed late in October and by early December we had closed a deal and moved. Sam recommended we get our inspections and repairs done early, which turned out to be worth the effort as we ended up selling quickly and at full price. He always offered to help with any of the tasks before us, and I suspect he did a lot more behind the scenes than we realized as we were busy packing and planning our next step. He is easy to work with and conducts himself professionally and with integrity. I also respect him for promising not to represent the buyer and the seller on the same transaction.

Nancy B.

Seller, Santa Cruz

I can’t say enough good things about Sam after our experience with him as our Realtor® for our first home purchase. We’re fortunate to call him a friend as well, and I would say that he strives to make friends with all of his clients so that he can really understand them and what they are looking for. As a young parent himself, he is passionate about helping young families stay in Santa Cruz, and he succeeds. He searched persistently for us for a long time, and he used his connections to find us an off-market home in the exact area we wanted. He also worked very hard to negotiate a fair price for everyone involved. He is very responsive and present as a Realtor®, and he supports you through the emotional roller coaster that is buying a home with patient guidance and humor. I’ve already recommended him to others, and I will continue to do so.

Hannah H.

Buyer, Santa Cruz

I have bought and sold 8 different homes in the past 33 years, and this was by far the best experience. Sam was incredibly patient with me as I waited for the right time to “pull the trigger”, and he kept me informed and updated on market conditions for several months, never once pressuring me to do anything that wasn’t right for me. When the time came to sell, Sam gave me great advice for staging and had a comprehensive marketing plan in place that was way beyond anything I expected. His advice was spot on and we sold the house for well over asking within a week with 7 offers. Sam did everything he promised and then some. He was always available and a complete professional. Sam had my best interests in mind from day one and the results were amazing. I’d give him 6 stars if I could.

Jeff M.

Seller, Santa Cruz

Sam was perfect from beginning to end, and my wife and I could not have asked for more. His marketing with the video and professional brochure was excellent and the open houses were well planned and brought in lots of traffic even though the weather was rainy. We were very impressed with his skill in handling multiple offers and negotiating the best price for us! Closing moved flawlessly, and everything wrapped up from the day we visited him in Santa Cruz until the money arrived in our account in less than a month! Sam is the best Realtor® we’ve used in the last 40+ years over multiple transactions. He was earnest, always listened to our requests, and delivered a lot more than we expected. I will definitely recommend Sam in the future.

Gene H.

Seller, Cupertino

Working with Sam was awesome from day 1 for both my fiancé and I. We knew absolutely nothing about real estate or the buying process and the thought of purchasing a home along with moving and planning a wedding was super stressful. Sam made it easy and stress free for us. My fiancé and I had a blast looking at houses with Sam and we eventually found one we could see ourselves sharing our lives in. In a competitive market with multiple bidders he helped us write the winning offer on the house and location we wanted. Sam was super helpful through the whole closing process and continues to check in on us even after the deal closed and we moved in. Highly recommend Sam and his team to anyone looking for real estate in Santa Cruz County.

Brent P.

Buyer, Capitola

We could not be more satisfied with Sam Bird Robinson as our real estate agent!! He was kind and calm throughout our out-of-state search for a house in Santa Cruz. He is knowledgeable as well as patient. He never once dropped the reins and he was always there to take our calls. Sam asked all the right questions in order to help us find that perfect fit house for us. His commitment and support were unyielding. His support staff was also terrific -available and clear in communications. We made it through a cross-country search with a 1031 exchange with Sam as our guide and we absolutely and without any reservations recommend him as the best Realtor® in Santa Cruz. We love OUR house! Thank you, Sam.

Leslye L.

Buyer, Santa Cruz

Featured Listings

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2169 La Madrona Drive

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 3173 Sq. Ft


601 34th Avenue

Legal Duplex | Two 1 Bed/ 1 Bath Units | 1354 Sq. Ft


1212 W Cliff Drive

4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 3,141 Sq. Ft.


226 Kelly Lane

2 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 1,189 Sq. Ft.


1925 Granite Creek Road

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 19.22 Acre Lot


1509 Tera Court

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 1,410 Sq. Ft

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116 Gharkey Street

5 Beds | 6 Baths | 4,300 Sq. Ft.


250 21st Ave

3 Beds | 4 Baths | 2,869 Sq. Ft.


25 Ortalon Avenue

5 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 3,525 Sq. Ft.


11440 Empire Grade RD

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 3,369 Sq. Ft.

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