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: What does SB 9 and SB 10 really mean for our neighborhoods?

When Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 9 and SB 10 into law, the headlines read, “It’s the end to single-family zoning.” However, contrary to popular belief, SB 9 does not prohibit the building of single-family homes, but rather offers a choice to existing homeowners of how they can develop their property. Prior to the passage...

Collins: How do school ratings impact real estate?

Homebuyers conduct a considerable amount of research before they ever contact a real estate agent. One of the criteria high on a buyers’ list is the quality of neighborhood schools and how those schools rank against other districts. Just last week, Lupe Silva of Silva Real Estate Group had a buyer who was initially searching...

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