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: How can first-time home buyers compete?

Many Bay Area renters and tenants believe homeownership is out of their reach, but is that just a common misconception? “According to a survey conducted last year by the California Association of Realtors, first-time home buyers accounted for 49.4% of the transactions in Santa Clara County for 2020,” says Oscar Wei, deputy chief economist of...

Collins: An unprecedented opportunity to address the housing crisis

This month’s column is very personal to me because it really represents an intersection of two of my professional career paths—retail and housing. Before my role as CEO of the Santa Clara Association of Realtors, I spent nearly a decade working at the San Jose retail icon, Mel Cotton’s Sporting Goods. In 2005, I left...

Collins: A deep dive into the San Jose condo market

What a wild ride it’s been in the San Jose condo and townhouse market. For this month’s column, I wanted to go all the way back to March 2020 when the shelter in place order was first issued and compare the market trends to today. There was much made of “urban flight” when we first...

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