Neil Collins

Chief Executive Officer, Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS


Real Estate Columnist

Neil Collins is the CEO of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®.

Born and raised in Santa Clara County, Neil graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Business Administration and Management. He has an extensive background in customer service going all the way back to the early 1990s where he was the General Manager and Buyer for Mel Cotton’s Sporting Goods.

He has also been a small business owner and entrepreneur, opening up Trailsloggers in Downtown Campbell in 2005. Shortly thereafter, he became the President of the Downtown Campbell Business Association and helped launch First Fridays, Art Walks, Wine Walks, Big Bands & BBQ and a whole host of Downtown centric events that played a large part in improving Downtown Campbell’s vitality.

In 2010, Neil took over as the CEO of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce and became the CEO of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® in 2013.

Collins: Will this market offer homebuyers an opportunity?

Based on past market cycles, one would predict the recent wave of volatility in the stock market would cause hesitation among would-be homebuyers that are considering cashing out their stock options in order to purchase a house. Another prediction would be that the Federal Reserve would consider withdrawing scheduled interest rate hikes to keep the economy...

Collins: Why aren’t more homeowners selling?

Santa Clara County saw one of the hottest housing markets in a decade last year, but 2022 has started out with some of the lowest available inventory ever. This month, we will be taking a dive into the reasons that homeowners are not selling and why turning over housing stock is critical to maintaining vibrant neighborhoods....

Collins: Will the housing market slow down in 2022?

Overall, 2021 was one of the hottest years for the housing market in a decade. Low-interest rates were the key driver of the market and consumers redefined what “home” meant to them. The pandemic continues to have a lasting impact on the real estate market. We see consumers’ desire for more space and larger homes....

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