#1 in Listings, #1 in Closed Escrows,
#1 in Total Dollar Volume
Top Producer & Circle of Champions, every year.

Dave Dawson

I specialize in selling residential and residential income properties along the Santa Cruz coastline and in our local mountains. I am a listing specialist well known for innovative marketing and honed closing skills. These abilities also make me an excellent buyer's agent.

The best real estate decisions are made with the benefit of experience and perspective. I have been in business in Santa Cruz since 1981. In addition to real estate, I have professional experience in banking, economics, accounting, and small business management. My unique understanding of real estate is complemented by the extensive network of business and governmental contacts that I have developed over many years. I am relentless and thorough in both negotiating contracts and solving problems. I have done this with great success for nearly forty years.


  • 2009-2020:  Top Producer Award at Bailey Properties.

  • 2017, 2020 #1 Listing Agent and Closed Escrows (Santa Cruz office) 

  • 2015 #1 In Closed Escrows Companywide. 

  • 2014 #1 in Listings, #1 In Closed Escrows, #1 In Total Dollar Volume - Companywide

  • Experience with city, county, regional, state and federal agencies affecting Santa Cruz County properties, e.g. County Environmental Health, City and County Planning,  Resource Conservation District, National Resource Conservation Service, Regional Water Resources Control Board, County Tax Assessor etc.

  • Former owner of Harbor Marine, Inc. at the Santa Cruz Port District. The leading Boat Yard and Chandlery for the Monterey Bay, servicing both recreational and professional sailboat racing and recreational and commercial fishing fleets.

  • Construction experience in commercial redevelopment, residential remodeling, new home construction, and environmental restoration.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 1978 and an International Economics Honor Society member.

  • Post Graduate classes in taxation and valuations from Golden Gate University and the AICPA.

  • Banking experience at Crocker National Bank in San Francisco Corporate headquarters.

  • Accounting experience at Pfanner and Tate Accountancy Corporation in Sacramento as the Auburn Branch Manager.

  • Assistant to the Controller at Squaw Valley Ski Corporation.