Mary Mortensen is a 4th generation Californian. She was born in 1962 and was raised on Via de la Paz in the Palisades. "One of the things I loved about living on Via, was every 4th of July, the parade would pass right in front of our house! My parents would always throw a fun 4th of July party and all the neighbors would congregate."
When she was 10, her parents moved to the Huntington Palisades, where they still reside 43 years later. Mary attended Methodist Preschool, Corpus Christi, Paul Revere, and Palisades High. After high school, she attended Santa Barbara City College, and then began her career in banking, following in her fathers footsteps. Her Great Grandfather was the founder of both Santa Monica Hospital and First Federal Bank during the depression era. Her father was President and Ceo of First Federal Bank until he retired in 1996.
For 23 years her focus was in residential lending. It was evident after the mortgage crash, that she wanted to do something else. "All the lending regulations strangled the process, and it was difficult for even well qualified borrowers to get approved. Real estate was always in my blood. Growing up, my father and I used to drive through the Palisades and Santa Monica looking at open houses and checking out different neighborhoods. It never bores me, and to this day, we still like to go to open houses together."
The Palisades is a unique, and wonderful place to live and grow up. You have the mountains with endless hiking trails nearby, miles of beautiful coastline, and a town where the pace is slower than neighboring Santa Monica. Many people that are fortunate to buy here, never leave! Thus, friendships that began when you are a kid, continue throughout your adulthood.
I have to say, that working at Berkshire Hathaway, is like having an extended family. Everyone gets along and willing to help out at a moments notice.