Donna Cartwright first started in real estate as a licensed agent in 2005 with Keller Williams Realty in the Riviera Village of Redondo Beach, where she quickly earned Top Producer awards. In 2009, she earned her real estate Broker’s license and joined First Manhattan Realtors in Manhattan Beach. In 2017, Donna joined RE/Max Estate Properties, the #1 real estate company in the South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Westside for the last 10 years running. Donna is also a designated “Senior Real Estate Specialist” (SRES), “First-Time Home Buyer Specialist,” “Certified Transaction Coordinator” (CTC), and a “Palos Verdes Specialist” (PVS), who represents clients in the acquisitions and dispositions of luxury real estate on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, throughout the South Bay beach cities, and all over Southern CA. With her 15+ years in the real estate industry, you have an experienced, local Realtor who is also a native to the area.
Donna earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Major in Accounting, from the University of San Diego (USD). Having been a contract auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) under the Department of Defense (DoD), Donna sharpened her knowledge and skills in precise valuations, strategic negotiating and gained experience in the nuances of contracts while auditing multi-billion dollar price proposals and conducting incurred cost audits for companies like Rand Corporation, Teledyne, Inc, Hughes Corp, and R&D Associates. After leaving the DCAA, Donna performed internal audits and consulted for her family-owned, multimillion-dollar, 1900-employeee DirecTV Sales & Installation company where her findings contributed to the company’s overall success. Her application of numbers, and attention to the details while maintaining her focus on the bottom line, is an invaluable service which she brings to all her clients. Donna is well-known for looking into the most minute details of her client’s needs, making sure they get exactly what they asked for!
Donna is also a CA credentialed teacher and taught for 8 years in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD). When Donna became a Realtor, it was natural for her to host free, public informational seminars on relevant real estate related topics in collaboration with other real estate-related professionals. Donna’s experience and training in education is evident; her ability to explain complex topics and simplify them is a gift that comes naturally to her. She knows how important it is to educate her clients about the local market and the buying and selling process to enable them to make the best, most informed decisions regarding the sale of their home or purchase of a new home.
Donna was raised in Rolling Hills Estates. Within weeks of graduation from the University of San Diego, Donna started her first job as an auditor and moved from San Diego back to the South Bay. Donna lived for a couple years in South Redondo Beach, then moved to Manhattan Beach where she lived for a decade. Shortly after having her second son, Donna moved to Rancho Palos Verdes so that her two sons could have an upbringing similar to her own. Both of her sons, Matthew and JD Plough, attended the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (as did Donna). Her oldest son attends college at Loyola Marymount University and her youngest son will be starting his freshman year at the University of Arizona. Donna is a true native to the South Bay and believes it is the best place in the world to live. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the PV Peninsula or South Bay beach cities areas, Donna is your expert Realtor.