Trinkie Watson

Trinkie Watson

Trinkie Watson, Broker CLHMS, CIPS, CRS

Certified: Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation

Regional Lake Tahoe Real Estate Broker
CA BRE# 00326518 and NV#001022
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A San Francisco native, Katrine ‘Trinkie’ Watson spent her first seven years in Woodside, California. She lived in San Francisco until her move to Lake Tahoe in 1966. A descendant of the John Breuner family, her California heritage goes back four generations. Watson attended Harker’s School for Girls in Menlo Park, Grant School, Burke’s and Hamlin’s in San Francisco, The Branson School in Ross, Mill’s College, University of Wisconsin and University of California, Berkeley, from which she graduated. Education was very important to her family.

Watson’s business career started as a receptionist with Standard Oil of California at the Bush Street headquarters in San Francisco. She matriculated to the travel department, where she routed auto trips on maps across the country. An opportunity to work for the 1964 Republican Convention took her to Milton Esberg’s Public Relation’s firm, where she worked on fundraisers for San Domenico school in Marin and the Republican Finance Committee for the Republican Ball.

In 1966, returning home from a trip to Aspen and Sun Valley, Idaho, with friends, Watson suggested a stop in Squaw Valley, where she ran into an old friend that had married and just acquired a vacation home there. Negotiating a rental agreement with them for residency to “try it” for a year, she ended up staying.

Her first job was as tennis hostess at the Incline Village Racquet Club, then she went on to Alpine Meadows for the winter to man the information desk.

The following summer, Watson obtained her real estate license and worked as a fill-in secretary for John Reilly Jr. at the base of Alpine Meadows .The door opened as she became office manager for General American Development Company which brought to market Kingswood, Alpine Peaks, Brockway Springs, and Glenshire, after which, it was time to step to the plate and migrate to real estate sales.

She dipped her first toe in the water while handling rentals, during which time she learned to ride a motorcycle. A motorcycle was more appealing than a used car, so, a bright orange 125 Kawasaki was her transportation of choice. A couple of closed deals enabled a new yellow Pinto with hatch back for her two German Shepherds, Baron and Nelson.

Watson then moved to Truckee and resided in a cabin on the river––or, a shack on the tracks, depending on which side of the 700-square-foot cottage you were standing. That move led to successful lot and home sales and a subsequent invitation to be the broker for Stillwater Cove in Crystal Bay, Nevada.

In 1985, another move to San Diego with friends in the art business seemed like a good idea along with taking a position with a small brokerage in Rancho Santa Fe. A stint with Mercedes Benz of San Diego provided some income but was not a starring role. After two years, the urge to return to Lake Tahoe motivated Watson’s return to Truckee, where she opened the California office of Chase International at the end of 1989.

In 1996, she opened a small Chase office in Tahoe City and added another small office in Homewood; then, in 2001, she combined the two offices into a larger space on West Lake Boulevard near Tahoe City. When Starbucks took up a space in the new Customs House, Watson moved the office there in January 2008. An additional office in the Truckee Hotel was established in 2005 and an office Squaw Valley was added in 2008.

Over the years, Watson has held many positions and awards, including president of the incline Village Board of Realtors®, president of the Tahoe Sierra MLS, president of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, board director of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, and Realtor of the Year, along with many more.

Katrine ‘Trinkie’ Watson, a California and Nevada Regional Lake Tahoe Broker®, was the 1995 President of the Incline Village Board of Realtors®. In 1996, she was selected Realtor® of the Year in Incline Village, and she was 1997 President of the Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service. In the real estate business for 44 years, she is a resource for fine residential properties in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin. Trinkie graduated with a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a believer in continuing education in her profession.

Through the National Association of Realtors®, she has earned the designations of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Residential Brokerage Manager (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate, Realtors® Institute (GRI), Leadership Training Graduate (LTG) and Performance Management Network (PMN) as well as Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS). Trinkie’s extensive leadership background began in school and continues today as an officer or director of numerous organizations. She is President of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival for the third time and is Chair of the Cancer Advisory Council for the Tahoe Forest Health System, a member of the Orthopedic Advisory Council and is also a Director on the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Board. Trinkie is a dog lover and is raising her 8th German Shepard.

Watson has established a strong reputation for successful marketing and sales of high-end properties, including lakefront homes (over 80 lakefront properties in California and Nevada sold to date), estates, and Sierra Valley ranches.

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Certified: Harvard Law Schools’s Program on Negotiating

– Realtor Trinkie Watson recently earned a certificate from the Program on Negotiation from the Harvard Law School after attending an in-depth, week long workshop. The course was led by Bruce Patton, a Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is also the co-author of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, as well as Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. “Real estate is all about negotiations,” Watson said. “This course really broke it down and gave us tools to navigate through a variety of complex situations, allowing me to further meet the needs of clients. It was an amazing opportunity.” The Program on Negotiation was founded in 1983 and is a consortium program between Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University. Nearly 100 students and professionals representing 18 countries attended the workshop. Only five of those taking part were in real estate. The certification is just one of Watson’s many accreditation and professional achievements.



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Cheryl Luther, Realtor

CA BRE# 01927573

Born and raised in Northern Arizona, Cheryl brings to Trinkie’s team an experienced back ground in customer service, executive office skills and property management. After graduating, Cheryl worked at Denali National Park, Alaska, meeting like-minded individuals who came to Tahoe for skiing and boating. Back in the lower 48’s, Cheryl was the operating manager for Ski West Vacation Rentals & Realty for six years. This gave her an upper hand when transferring to her Real Estate career. Currently Cheryl is Trinkie’s marketing coordinator and transaction officer as well as a licensed Real Estate agent. Cheryl is tech savvy, up on trends and statistics and has a wealth of knowledge. When not indulging in Real Estate she is the President of the Alder Creek Middle School Parent Teacher Organization and the Scholastic and Fundraising Coordinator for the Truckee Youth Pop Warner Football and Cheerleaders. Cheryl is also an Ambassador for the Truckee Chamber of Commerce and an advocate for the Kid Zone Museum. Recently Cheryl joined the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation Board as the Secretary. Health and wellness is an important piece of the puzzle for Cheryl.Being involved with her two children, spending time with her husband, bike riding, hiking, and downhill snowboarding along with participating in other outdoor events are what keep her going with a positive attitude and outlook on life! Cheryl is always willing to go the extra mile for clients, friends, co-workers and family.

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