Our Team


“We are an innovative team, using technology to blend the boundaries of Real Estate and story telling.” - Sean Payne

Sean Payne
Lic. No 01732991

Sean has been full-time Realtor for over 10 years and provides a luxury level of service to his clients. He has been a top-producing agent for most of his career, and while he works with all buyers and sellers, his specialty is the marketing using the latest technology to showcase properties. When selling a home, as Realtors, we are in fact selling a neighborhood, community and most important, a lifestyle.

A modern day Real Estate Consultant not only needs to know how to navigate through the sales process, but also needs to be an exceptional storyteller. Sean prides himself in knowing and using all the latest tech tools in an effort to create a story for your home, and make sure that story is put in front of the right audience.

From modern websites and social media, to video production, and latest virtual reality/ 3D tours, to the use of predictive analytics; every tech advantage will be leveraged to make his listings look incredible, and get in front of the correct target audiences.

Sean is currently a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the California Association of Realtors (CAR) and the North Bay Association of Realtors (NORBAR). In 2010 he was selected as a “Future Leader” through NORBAR, where he was given the opportunity to interact with state legislators and advocate for increased homeowner’s protection. In 2011, he was elected by his peers to sit on the council for the Petaluma Chapter of Realtors, then served as vice president in 2012 and president in 2013. Sean was named Petaluma’s “Realtor of the Year” for 2013. He currently sits on a select panel of Realtors as a tech advisor to Pacific Union.

Sean is originally from Petaluma and it continues to be his home, but he markets and sells properties all over Northern California. Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties are The Payne Real Estate Team area of focus.

Aside from working with traditional buyers and sellers, Sean specializes in ranches and land, investment properties (income producing, multi unit), as well as the listing of probate and trust properties.




Nieves DeMartini
Lic. No 01459123

Nieves De Martini was born in San Francisco, then raised in Marin County. After attending Sonoma State University, she remained in Sonoma County where she has lived for over 20 years. Nieves has vast knowledge of both counties in regards to schools, recreation, transportation, activities, shopping, and neighborhoods, which has proven to be a tremendous asset to clients when purchasing or selling a home.

Having been a licensed real estate agent since 2004, Nieves has studied the changing market conditions and understands property values intimately. Sellers benefit from her guidance in the preparation of the home for market, recommendations pertaining to what pre-sale inspections are appropriate, and ultimately the in implementation of a strategic and aggressive marketing plan.

Buyers also gain advantages by using Nieves to represent them in their home search. She will schedule immediate showings of new listings, provide experienced counsel when writing an offer, and use sharp negotiating skills in order to secure the home of your dreams.

Nieves De Martini is a member of the Petaluma Chapter of Realtors, North Bay Association of Realtors, and California Association of Realtors. She was formerly with Frank Howard Allen Realtors for nine years before joining Pacific Union and Christie's International in 2013.




Dee Tagapan
Client Concierge

For the past ​6 ​years ​Dee has worked as a Real Estate Assistant​. Her duties have included​ pre-marketing, ​marketing, ​property ​​management​ details​, ​escrow related details, ​data sourcing​ and entry​, ​and customer service. ​As a result, ​she has gained vast experience in the ​successful ​management​ of Real Estate ​​​​processes.​ Dee's understanding of the Real Estate marketing and sales process will ensure that both buyers and sellers have a flawless experience when working with The Payne Real Estate Team.

Desiree Lou Tagapan
Client Concierge
Payne Real Estate Team
415-858-0060

Dee provides administrative support to The Payne Real Estate Team, and acts as a client concierge. In the case of sellers, she will help schedule inspections, contractors bids, and moving services. For buyers, she helps set appointment showings, schedule inspections during escrow, and fulfill any client requests while team members are meeting with other clients.




Working with The Payne Real Estate Team

The Payne Real Estate Team brings you 25 years of Real Estate Experience. We function as a team and not as individuals working together. Real Estate is a fast moving industry with many details. We use technology and collaboration tools to know exactly what each team member is working on, so your transaction is seamless




For Buyers

When working with us regarding the purchase of a home, The Payne Real Estate Team will provide buyers with a variety of tools to stay in front of the market, including the best email home search notifications in the industry, (ask us to see a sample), as well as smartphone apps that allow The Payne Real Estate Team to instantly send you information on homes the moment we walk through them for the first time. We give you that personal touch, and are always just a phone call or text away.

For Sellers

There are two steps when marketing a property. The first is to create an intricate and compelling story, and the second to to make sure the right people hear that story. It’s the second step, (behind the scenes), where most of the work is done, (and money spent). Feel free to have a look at our featured listings as an example of our marketing. Our aerial photography, video, and 3D tour quality is second to none. In order to learn how we will accomplish the second step for your home, contact us to schedule a private consultation.



About Pacific Union

When you list your property with Pacific Union, it becomes plugged into a network of over 600 top-performing Real Estate Professionals who work with thousands of local buyers. In fact, Pacific Union Real Estate Professionals have a higher average sales volume than agents at any other company in the market.

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About Christie’s International

Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only network of the most prestigious boutique Real Estate firms in the world. And through our exclusive relationship, we are connected to 1,350 offices in 46 countries granting access to the most discriminating buyers the world over.

We are the exclusive affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, and Sonoma counties, enhancing our ability to market your property to high-net-worth buyers in over 46 countries through a network of more than 32,000 Real Estate Professionals.