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

In 2017 Sean Payne and Nieves DeMartini decided to formally create The Payne Real Estate Team (#HousesOfPayne) bringing nearly 30 years of Real Estate sales experience in Petaluma Ca. Whether it be a luxury home, a 300-acre ranch, a classic Victorian, a modern marvel, or an entry-level home, Real Estate can move at an uncomfortable pace, requiring expertise in order to successfully navigate.

We represent buyers and sellers of all types, and when the transaction is done, they’ve actually enjoyed the process. We operate as a team and not a group of individuals, with each member focusing on their strengths to make the transaction process comfortable.

Sean and Nieves are always just a phone call, text, or email away. And in the event there is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately, we have additional support systems in place, including a (living/breathing) client concierge, as well as an A.I. assistant (we named him “Homie”, ask for an introduction).


Lic. # 01732991

Sean has been practicing Real Estate full-time since 2006 and has been a top-producing agent throughout his career. While building his reputation on hard work and integrity, his specialty is using technology to portray a lifestyle while showcasing a property.

A modern-day Real Estate Consultant in Nicasio 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 and make sure that story is put in front of the correct audience. From modern websites and social media to video production, virtual reality and 3D tours, to professional staging, to the use of predictive analytics; every advantage will be leveraged to make a property look incredible, and get them in front of the correct target audiences.

Sean has extensive experience with buyers and sellers of all property types, including ranches, land, equestrian estates, wine-country homes, trust and probate sales.

In 2010 he was selected as a “Future Leader” through the North Bay Association of Realtors, where he was given the opportunity to interact with state legislators and advocate for increased homeowner’s protection. Sean was named Petaluma’s “Realtor of the Year” for 2013, (where he is originally from), but his area of expertise is throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties


Lic. # 01459123

Nieves De Martini was born in San Francisco, then raised in Marin County. She currently resides in Sonoma County where she has lived for over 20 years. Having grown up in a real estate family it was a natural fit when she obtained her license in 2004. Nieves is known for attention to detail through the real estate transaction process and is constantly monitoring the changing market conditions to understand property values intimately.

Sellers benefit from her guidance in the preparation of the home for the market, recommendations pertaining to what pre-sale inspections are appropriate, and ultimately the implementation of a strategic and aggressive marketing plan. Nieves has a 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.

Buyers 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 was a Top-Producing agent with Pacific Union International before joining Compass in 2018.


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“We really believe he is directly responsible for making a difficult deal work and we couldn’t be happier. He is calm, confident, knowledgeable, personable – an absolute professional!”
K Tehranchi,
“Nieves is so professional, creative, and thinks outside the box. She clearly has a gift for negotiating and compromise and never did we feel uninformed or excluded from any part of the process.”
Gregory T,
“Nieves was wonderful to work with! She answered every call, responded to very text, had answers to all of our questions and took care of everything. Could not have asked for more. Simply Perfect.”
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