Prestwood Partnership Success

Prestwood Partnership Success

Just as parents are busy buying backpacks, school supplies and new outfits in preparation for “Back to School”… Terra Firma Global Partners is thrilled to announce we closed out the 2016-2017 school year with over $30,000 in donations to Prestwood Elementary as part of our Prestwood Direct partnership!

In their latest school newsletter “Prestwood Connection,” the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) stated “we are beyond grateful for their continued commitment and contribution to our school and the tangible benefits the funds from this program have provided to our students and educators! If you or someone you know are considering moving or selling please give them a chance to show you just how much they step up to support the relationships they represent!”

In the Fall of 2015, Terra Firma Global Partners entered into the three-year, highly innovative agreement of financial support with Prestwood Elementary School in the City Sonoma. Terra Firma has pledged to donate 10% of every commission earned from a sale/closing in The Prestwood School “Sphere of Influence,” comprised of the Eastside, Carneros and Four Corners neighborhoods in Sonoma.  This partnership, “Prestwood Direct”, is the funding mechanism that generates funds to enable a host of school programs that Prestwood Elementary would otherwise be unable to afford.

Here are a few of the highlights that the Prestwood Direct fund paid for this past year…

  • Maker Lab
  • iPads to support the Coding Program
  • Classroom aides in every classroom for an hour each day
  • New headphones for the computer lab for new state testing
  • Teacher grants for grade level enrichment

Unlike individual Realtor donations and/or sporadic fund raising, this program provides a long- term horizon of funding to the school with the goal of increasing year-over-year donations based on the success of the program and the ability for Prestwood Elementary School and Terra Firma Global Partners to mutually benefit. In consideration for receiving funds from Terra Firma, Prestwood has made a commitment to actively support and promote the company within the Prestwood district and families to engage or refer Terra Firma in the sale or purchase of real estate in the school’s Sphere of Influence.

“Terra Firma is excited to be participating in a very significant way to support our local public schools and community in Sonoma Valley. We look forward to looking for other opportunities to scale this kind of program into other market areas we serve. We are especially proud of our individual associates who have agreed and embraced such a generous commitment from their respective earnings as well. They give our company’s core value of donating “time, talent and treasure” real meaning.” said Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo.



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Artisan Group in Tahoe

Artisan Group in Tahoe

Last week the Terra Firma Global Partners team took a little “road trip” to join their fellow Artisan Group members at their annual real estate symposium in beautiful Lake Tahoe! Representatives from the six (now seven! Welcome Zephyr SF!) Artisan Group firms came together for the annual networking opportunity which included an exclusive estates property tour, luxury real estate symposium and networking event.  Hosted by Chase International, the event brought together some of the most successful and experienced agents in California and Northern Nevada.

The event kicked off with a Luxury Home Tour of 24 of the most prestigious properties currently listed for sale (by Chase International) throughout the entire circumference of the lake. Prices for these magnificent homes and estates range from $1 million to nearly $20 million. The crowd favorite was of course the $20M lakefront home located in Homewood, complete with six bedroom suites, a large game/media room with pewter-covered bar, sauna, and living room with folding glass doors that opens to a spacious deck, ideal for enjoying the gorgeous lake view!

Following the home tour, the group enjoyed the chance to mix and mingle, match faces with names, and enjoy each other’s company at the evening lakeside cocktail party located at “Twin Pines”, a rustic, yet elegant Julia Morgan-Designed Lakefront Estate. Built in 1928, the historic residence, featuring rolling lawns to the water’s edge, was the ideal venue for members of the Artisan Group to network and socialize with other members of this prestigious organization. The delightful evening reception was hosted by Clear Creek Tahoe, a private golf resort.

Lastly, the main event was a symposium on luxury real estate held at Edgewood Golf Course Clubhouse — also lakeside! (We were spoiled by the choice of venues this weekend, truly!) The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Jeff Culbertson, a highly respected 39-year veteran of the industry, who was named one of the “Most Influential Real Estate Executives” by Real Estate Executive Magazine. Following the keynote speaker, a panel consisting of leading luxury agents shared insights and best practices when working with the affluent market. Jaime Pera represented Terra Firma Global Partners on the panel of top agents, all members of Artisan luxury brokerage firms.

All in all, it was an awesome event in a fabulous location, networking with the best of the best! As Sonoma associate Tracy Reynes declared, “I’ve never handed out so many business cards at any networking event in my life!” … The hallmark of a successful networking event!


The Artisan Group is an alliance of premier independent luxury real estate firms throughout California and Northern Nevada who have joined forces to create a greater level of service for their clients and agents. For more about The Artisan Group and the areas we serve, please visit the website at



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TFGP Named “Best of North Bay Business”

TFGP Named “Best of North Bay Business”

We are thrilled to announce that we have been recognized by NorthBay Biz for being a 2017 award winner in their 28th annual readers poll. They received more than 2,250 ballots containing 54,000+ votes in the 37 different categories. There were more than 1,000 companies and individuals who received votes, so it’s quite an honor to have emerged as a winner!

We have also been recognized by North Bay Biz for the 5th consecutive year as on of the “Top 500 Businesses in the North Bay”.

A huge THANK YOU to our team of associates and support staff. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them. Read more about our story and team here!



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Let’s Talk Luxe

Let’s Talk Luxe

On March 1st, Terra Firma Global Partners proudly sponsored The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco‘s  5th Annual Wineries Boot Camp, hosted at the Lincoln Theater in Napa. Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo, TFGP’s Vice President and Broker, kicked off the event with opening remarks.

The Wineries Boot Camp is growing in popularity each year among wine country influentials, with more than 300 marketing, sales and hospitality managers and operating staff, representing 100+ Napa and Sonoma wineries, attending the event. The Boot Camp program provides a networking and corridor-talk environment that remains unrivaled, and compelling program content to address the current business environment.

So what does that have to do with real estate and Terra Firma Global Partners?

Terra Firma is a proud member of Luxury Marketing Council, representing the luxury real estate market in the North Bay.

Members of The Luxury Marketing Council are companies, organizations and individuals who:

  • Are purveyors of luxury products or services
  • Pursue bottom-line, results-oriented marketing strategies and activities
  • Recognize the potential of innovative collaborations and relationship marketing
  • Are seriously committed to an open sharing of information and the energetic pursuit of creative collaborations and partnerships
    that bring measurable value to their customers

Instantly recognizable and widely respected in the markets we serve, Terra Firma Global Partners is the best way to open doors, put your best foot forward, and achieve all of your personal and financial objectives. We collaborate with clients to design and implement a tailored, full-service marketing strategy for each Estate/Luxury opportunity utilizing our relationships with traditional and new media outlets – and leveraging the most emergent technologies and social media strategies – to ensure maximum exposure for every property we represent.

Terra Firma Global Partners fosters a culture of partnership in which all clients and listings are represented in a collaborative environment by all of our agents, thereby ensuring our clients and listings have the competitive edge, and that buyers have access to information and opportunities in advance of traditional outlets. That is how we stand apart in both the representation of Sellers and Buyers and why we are now synonymous with luxury real estate sales.

For more information about our approach to luxury real estate, visit our Estates page.


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Proud Partner of the Napa Valley Give!Guide

Proud Partner of the Napa Valley Give!Guide

‘Tis the season for giving!

Along with the festive gatherings with family and friends, tree lightings, holiday parties, and gift exchange, this is also the time of year when we take a moment to count our blessings and give back to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Since its img_1118inception and for the fourth year in a row, Terra Firma Global Partners is proud to be a Community Partner of the Napa Valley Give!Guide which makes giving easy! In its first three years, the Napa Valley Give!Guide has raised almost $600,000 for non-profits in Napa County. Because of the Napa Valley Give!Guide‘s Community Partners, every single dollar donated through the Napa Valley Give!Guide goes directly to the chosen non-profit.

The Napa Valley Give!Guide has a great, super easy to use website as well as a printed catalog. All 43 non-profits are featured with a description of their services, in categories ranging from animal rescue to senior img_1117care to environmental causes and everything in between. On the website, you can search the non-profit by category or alphabetically. Donate to 1 non-profit or 20 — all in one transaction! The Napa Valley Give!Guide has made giving as easy as ordering on Amazon! We are truly honored to a partner of such a wonderful organization making such a positive impact in our local community.


We encourage you to check out the Napa Valley Give!Guide website and donate today!
Donations are being accepted NOW through December 31st


Top 10 Reasons the Give!Guide is a GREAT way to do good:

  1. Because YOU care.
    You’re inspired to be a part of this community of givers.
  2.  It’s local.
    Each participating nonprofit focuses their work right here in Napa County.
  3. Puts you in the know.
    At a glance, increase your awareness about the missions of 43 fabulous organizations.
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    The Napa Team representing at the Give!Guide’s Kick Off Celebration

    Giving won’t break the bank.
    Donations begin at $10, but you may give as much as you like and vary amounts to each nonprofit.

  5. Save time.
    Use the catalog and give to one or many groups with a single check. Or donate via with a credit card: No checks to write, no envelopes to address.
  6. Donations are tax-deductible.
    You get tax receipts from each nonprofit to whom you give.
  7. Real-time ticker brings you right into the action.
    Current donation totals appear on the website.
  8. Powerful tool to help kids learn about generosity and philanthropy.
  9. Big Give Days.
    Each Saturday, five donors, no matter how much or to whom they give, are drawn at random to receive incentive gifts worth $100 or more.
  10. You make a choice. You make a difference. Give!Guide makes it easy.


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Visit us in Novato!

Visit us in Novato!

Novato, CA, November 10, 2016 – Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo announced that the firm has expanded its Marin County presence by opening its first permanent office in downtown Novato and hiring five new associates in recent months.

The new office is located at 999 Grant Avenue, Suite 103, in Novato. We have leased approximately 740 square feet on the first floor from building owner Umpqua Bank, an Oregon state-charted bank. The two-story office building is a total of approximately 20,500 square feet.

Marin County is very familiar to our co-founder, Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo. For more than 20 years she owned Bayside Management, one of Marin’s leading property management and investment brokerage services firms.

“Bill and I are absolutely thrilled to open a Marin County office in such an iconic Novato location and gorgeous building. We are excited about the talented and enthusiastic team of professionals that have recently joined the team from various other local brokerages to represent our firm throughout the communities and neighborhoods of one the best places to live in the U.S.,” said Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo.

The Marin office is our 9th location in the North Bay. We started operations in Marin County with a temporary office in San Rafael in 2014 when Jaime Pera joined the firm. Our Sebastopol-based residential brokerage services company has six offices in Sonoma County and two in Napa County. The business has been growing from its inception in the second half of 2010. That first year, we closed 19 transactions for a total sales volume of $19 million. In 2015, we closed 363 transactions for a total sales volume of $239 million. Our company now has over 55 sales associates, and as an “invitation only” firm, continues to look for like-minded professionals in key market areas with which to grow the company.


Get to Know Novato…

Love to get outdoors? With over 3,600 acres on open space, more than anywhere else in Marin County, Novato is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Biking and hiking trails will take you through marshlands and woodlands alike, through open space and coastal hills, and up Mt. B_dsc5309mlsurdell with views of Stafford Lake. Maybe bird watching is more your thing? With 500 acres of wetlands, Rush Creek Preserve is where you will find up to 196 species of birds as well as wildlife such as coyotes, mule deer, fox, bobcat and more.

One of the more unique outdoor activities Novato offers is mushroom foraging. The rainy winter months in the coastal woodlands create the perfect environment for wild mushroom growth. A little leery about picking the “right” mushrooms? San Francisco-based forageSF offers guided expeditions in West Marin and along the Sonoma Coast, the perfect way to safely explore wild

Are you a golfer or equestrian? Novato is home to two 18 hole public courses. Indian Valley Golf Club offers a challenging course which overlooks nearby Stafford Lake. Bay Club StoneTree Golf Club features a Craftsman-style clubhouse with views of Mount Burdell and the surrounding wetlands. Looking to enjoy Novato’s scenic beauty from horseback? Two equestrian facilities offer riding lessons, boarding and training services, camps, and riding parties for children and adults alike.

Novatoold-town-novato also offers the charm of boutique shopping in historic Old Town as well as the convenience of bigger retail stores like Pier 1, Old Navy, and Marshalls. If you are a “foodie” you will appreciate the culinary scene with food and farm tours — exploring local wine, artisan cheese, shuck-you-own oysters and more. If you are an avid museum go-er you won’t be disappointed. Novato is home to the Marin Museum of Modern Art, Hamilton Field History Museum, Space Station Museum, Novato History Museum, Marin Museum of the American Indian, and the Olompali State Historic Park.

Lastly, if you are looking for fun for the whole family, Novato has two great parks for families. Pioneer Park offers nine acres of family fun including an updated playground/structure, BBQ/picnic tables, walking paths, and even movie nights. Miwok Park is also very popular and offers horseshoe, bocce, hiking, as well as a playgroud/structure and BBQ/picnic tables.


If you are looking for more ideas and suggestions for what to do in Novato, just stop by! We look forward to seeing you!



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Love Where You Work!

Love Where You Work!


For the second consecutive year, Terra Firma Global Partners was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay by the North Bay Business Journal (NBBJ).

The annual event, now in its 11th year, is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the most innovative and top-notch employers in the three North Bay counties of Marin, Napa and Sonoma in which the employees, not management, does the voting. Terra Firma made the list last year and once again is considered one of the best places to work in the fewer than 100-employees category.

The entire process from nomination to awards takes about several months and includes an anonymous employee survey and reviews from NBBJ’s editorial staff. Terra Firma is growing and currently has a team of 53, including management, administrative staff and real estate associates.

img_2180Terra Firma’s collaborative culture, emphasis on client service and consideration toward each other are some of the reasons that its “employees” (most are independent contractors/real estate agents) consider it a great place to work. Yet flex time for staff, the management’s leadership style, regular company events, civic support and community engagement (for fun and business) are other reasons Terra Firma Global Partners was recognized as a Best Place to Work.

“The fact that most of the votes came from people that could literally vote with their feet and take their business elsewhere is very flattering to Heidi and I,” said firm President and co-founder Bill Facendini.img_0348

Added Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo: “Our goal from the very beginning six years ago was to build a quality team, thinking that it would raise everyone’s game, and it has. Getting this recognition is very satisfying because it validates what we set out to do,” she said.

Companies making the list include accounting firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, technology firms, engineering firms, construction companies and health care companies, just to name a few.

All of the 2016 recipients will be recognized at an awards reception in September, and will also appear in a featured section of the North Bay Business Journal.

… And here’s why! A few excerpts from the Employee Survey…

Question: What Makes Your Company Great?

img_5532-copy“Bill, Heidi, and Betsy. They don’t just go the extra mile, they go hundreds of extra miles every year for their team and their clients.”

“TFGP is the gold standard as a real estate brokerage. Their dedication to industry excellence and giving back to the communities they serve is what sets them apart.”

“Good management systems, good leadership, good communication, excellent quality control and standards of practice”

“Putting needs of clients above our own”

Question: What could be done to improve the workplace at your company?

“I’m at a loss to think of anything here – but what is important is that if I did think of something, I would share it with the firm’s leaders and it would be welcome.”img_2187

“Nothing comes to mind.”


“Can’t think of anything”

“Nothing, happiest I’ve ever been working in real estate.”


Question: What makes your company family friendly?

“Huimg_4711ge respect for work/life balance”

“We are in the business of housing families. Our culture is to incorporate all aspects of someone’s life and goals into their real estate endeavors. Families are a major part of it.”

“The owners and management are the most caring people to work for.”

“Family first is the motto. I am given the flexibility to create a schedule that works for me and my family, and allows my #1 job as ‘Mom’ to take priority.”





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Tracy Reynes Joins the Team

Tracy Reynes Joins the Team

Sonoma, CA, August 9, 2016 –Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo, Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders, have announced that Tracy Reynes has joined the firm as a Sales Associate and will be based out of Terra Firma’s Sonoma office on Maple Street as she serves clients in the Sonoma and Napa valleys.

A North Bay REALTOR® since 2014, she previously worked with the Wine Country Group.

Tracy learned organizational, customer relations and project management skills over many years in the culinary and event planning fields subsequent to earning a Culinary Arts degree from the acclaimed CaliHeadshotfornia Culinary Academy in San Francisco. In addition, as a California resident for nearly three decades and a wine country home owner for several of those years, she possesses vital, in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market, as well as of schools, services and other aspects of life in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys.

Involved in her community, she is a Director and Secretary of Sonoma League for Historic Preservation and is an active volunteer with the Sonoma Community Center and Sonoma Film Festival. In addition, she is a Board member of Sonoma Valley High School Boosters Club and Sonoma Little League, and coordinates all volunteer staffing for both of those organizations.

Tracy Reynes can be reached at 707.775.7654 or

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Sue Bonzell Named Best REALTOR® Sonoma County

Sue Bonzell Named Best REALTOR® Sonoma County

We love that this Press Democrat contest was called “Best of Sonoma County: Real Life” … because buying and selling real estate IS real life! It’s a huge milestone and can be very stressful at times. That is why finding a real estate agent you can TRUST is huge. And we believe the quality of the professional serving our clients will be the difference between satisfactory and superior performance. With that said… we are THRILLED to announce…


Sue Bonzell Named Top REALTOR® in Best of Sonoma County 2016 Real Life Winners

Contacts: Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo: 415.272.4192 or or Media Consultant Gary Marsh: 415.999.3793 or

Sebastopol, CA; August 1, 2016 Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo, Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders, announced today that Sue Bonzell was named “Top REALTOR® in Best of Sonoma County 2016 Real Life Winners” people poll.

The online survey, which was sponsored and published by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper after a nomination process by anonymous local residents, features a number of “best in category” services, including Best Bank, Best Car Mechanic, Best Dentist, Best Doctor, Best Health Club, Best Local Boutique, Best Physical Therapist and Best Real Estate Agent (Bonzell), among others.

Bonzell joined Terra Firma Global Partners in August of 2015 as a Sales Associate and serves residential real estate buyers and sellers throughout Sonoma County. She is based in her home town of Sebastopol.


Sue Bonzell is a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Sonoma County. In addition she plays an important role with Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County by serving on their Client Selection Committee. She also serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association/Sonoma County Chapter. She is a second-generation Realtor® who serves as the events director for the North Bay Association of Realtors.

Sue Bonzell can be reached at or phone: 707.481.9102.

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