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: Why is the condo and townhouse market lagging in the South Bay?

Even during this pandemic, the single-family housing market in Santa Clara County has experienced a strong uptick. The condo and townhouse market, however, has been lagging behind. “We are seeing less buyer activity in the condo and townhouse market,” said Sandy Jamison, broker owner of Tuscana Properties and president of the Santa Clara County Association...

Collins: Prop. 19 offers approach to free up housing inventory

It is widely accepted that the high cost of housing locally is in large part due to an imbalance of supply vs demand. While building more units would be the best solution for our housing crisis, this path has become increasingly more difficult. Construction is very expensive and the pressure from neighborhood groups that do...