About the SVN Highland Commercial Team

Nevada County’s Premier Commercial Real Estate Agent Team

Lock Richards

Lock Richards, commercial real estate brokerLock serves as a Managing Director and Broker for SVN Highland Commercial, specializing in the sale and leasing of office, industrial, retail, land & multi-family properties in Nevada County.  He has been active in the commercial / investment real estate industry for more than 25 years and has completed over 1,000 transactions.

Richards founded Highland Commercial in 1999 and quickly grew his firm into the region’s most respected commercial real estate company.  In 2003, he affiliated with one of the largest commercial brokerage firms in the nation – Sperry Van Ness.  Over the past 9 years Richards has brokered the majority of all commercial land deals in Nevada County.  He has also completed many of the region’s highest-profile commercial property transactions.  Richards is also very active in office, retail and industrial leasing and now counts such national firms as National Semiconductor, 2Wire, Tektronix and Linear Technology Corporation as his clients.

Prior to moving to Nevada County, Richards spent several years in corporate real estate. At Beazer Developments West and Hanson Properties West in San Francisco, he managed several large-scale, formerly industrial properties, and transitioned them into successful developments, including a half-million square foot office park in the heart of Silicon Valley (now home to Microsoft Corp.) and a Home Depot/Food For Less shopping center in Hayward, California. Richards was also responsible for the disposition and project management of a portfolio of land and improved properties valued at over $40 million.

Richards began his career in Sacramento working in office leasing for Buzz Oates Enterprises / Sylva-Kirk & Company. He also spent several years in office leasing and sales in the East Bay Area at Norris, Beggs & Simpson.  Richards has been a licensed California real estate broker since 1990. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. lock.richards@svn.com.

Susie Richards

Susie Richards, commercial leasing specialistSusie serves as an Leasing Specialist for SVN Highland Commercial, specializing for the past 14 years in the leasing of office, industrial and retail properties in Nevada County. She is a state of California licensed real estate agent.

Prior to becoming an advisor, Richards served as an assistant with SVN Highland Commercial. She focused on marketing, database development and property research while gaining invaluable knowledge of the commercial real estate industry.

Previously she enjoyed a 22-year career in sales in the hospitality industry working for such companies as the Four Seasons Hotels, Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts and Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco. Her hospitality experience culminated in the position of director of destination services for the Resort at Squaw Creek, where in less than three years she grew her division into a multi-million dollar revenue center.

A native of England, Richards graduated from London University and moved to the United States in 1981. susie.richards@svn.com.

Nancy Leslie

Nancys New Color PhotoNancy serves as Transaction Coordinator and Marketing Assistant for SVN-Highland Commercial.  She is a licensed California real estate agent and has been with the company since 2007. Nancy is integral to keeping the firm firing on all cylinders.  She handles marketing, escrow coordination, data base research and client services in assistance to Lock and Susie.

Prior to joining SVN Highland Commercial, Nancy worked in real estate finance as a loan officer for Stanford Mortgage in Grass Valley, and held several marketing positions in Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry.

Nancy resides in Grass Valley with her husband Mike and her lovely German Shepherd Zach.

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