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Broker / Owner
Darcy Alkus Barrow
Managing Partner / Owner
Diane "Dee" Marotta
Director of Leasing / Luxury Leasing & Relocation Consultant
Director of Leasing / Luxury Leasing Consultant
Director of Leasing / Luxury Leasing Consultant
Administrative Director / Luxury Leasing Coordinator
Christopher Barrow is the co-managing partner/co-founder of Foundation Homes International (FHI) along with his wife, Darcy Alkus-Barrow. In 2010, they created the firm, which now manages more than $140 million of long-term, single-family residential rental property, primarily in Marin and San Francisco counties.
A licensed real estate broker and current President-Elect of Marin/Sonoma NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), Christopher oversees leasing, investment property management and relocation services for the company. He also regularly represents buyers and sellers in local real estate or investment-related transactions.
Together the Barrows co-manage the firm's team of agents, property managers and support staff.
"Our entire business is geared toward successfully matching highly-qualified tenants with the area’s top properties," said Christopher. "The decision to hire our management company is a lifestyle choice. Darcy and I both manage and actively work within the company to support our client’s visions and long term growth.”
Christopher is a third generation San Franciscan who was raised in Marin. He has been in the real estate industry since 2005, consistently a top-performer in his market. Christopher has served as an expert witness in real estate court cases, a speaker for Genetech/Novartis, as well as a speaker for local NARPM chapter. He is a local Toastmasters member, and member of the Wake Up Warrior (http://wakeupwarriormovie.com) movement. He is a frequent participant in local and national real estate conferences and education seminars, a 2019 Platinum Tony Robbins Partner, as well as Bigger Pockets Professional member and local Bigger Pockets meet-up host. He hosts quarterly Landlord Education Seminars for investors in Marin and San Francisco.
An avid fitness enthusiast and two-time survivor of Stage III colon cancer, Christopher is an advocate for holistic cancer support and a participant in various cancer organizations and fundraisers. He currently serves on the board of local non-profit Cleaning4Kids.org which helps children going through chemotherapy. He was featured as “Mr. March” in the fundraising 2007 Colon Cancer Survivors Calendar, and several other cancer related publications. He sits on the board for local nonprofit Cleaning for Chemo Kids. The Barrows also run their own non-profit, The LifeBoost Charitable Fund, dedicated to supporting People, Places and Pets locally and beyond.
Among his other community activities are:
Marin Foster Care Association events --including annual company sponsorship of MFCA’s family summer picnic and annual holiday party.
Sparkle Annual Holiday Drive
The Taylor Lynn Foundation (a San Rafael based non-profit offering microgrants for under privileged children)
The Marin Humane Society
Operation Underground Railroad
When not working or with his family, you’ll most likely find Christopher at the gym, running or cycling, listening to a podcast, or yelling loudly at a Golden State Warriors game. He and Darcy reside in his hometown of San Rafael with their three dogs and daughter.
The Marin-based husband and wife team, Christopher Sean Barrow and Darcy Alkus Barrow, have co-founded and are co-managing partners of Foundation Homes International in Kentfield, CA which specializes in managing and selling Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco properties.
As a Managing Partner for Foundation Homes, Darcy Alkus Barrow oversees marketing, technology and business development, as well as hiring, operations, and office relations. Together the Barrows co-manage the firm's team of property managers, agents and staff.
"If you're not moving forward you're falling behind," says Darcy. Known for her no-stone-unturned marketing philosophy, both she and Christopher are actively involved in overseeing the company's book of business from start to finish.
Darcy, a Malibu native transplanted in the Bay Area since 2000, comes from an entertainment industry family and background.
Among the community activities in which the Barrows participate are the Marin Humane Society, Wildcare and Adopt-a-Family, as well as host various Foster Child and At-Risk Youth drives throughout the year through the company. The Barrows also run their own local non-profit, the LifeBoost Charitable Fund.
Michael D. Kass is the Portfolio Manager and a Senior Leasing Agent at Foundation Homes in Marin County. He specializes in single family home management and has a wealth of knowledge about all things maintenance-related for higher-end homes throughout Marin County.
Michael, born and raised in Marin, joined the firm in 2010 after a career in sales and marketing with several Marin County companies. CCRM certified, he handles property mangement and leasing throughout Marin.
A graduate of San Marin High School in Novato and Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Michael has extensive knowledge of Marin County. In his spare time you'll find Michael hitting the trails on his mountain bike or perusing the local Farmer's Markets with wife Maggie.
"Michael Kass, our agent, found the perfect tenant for our unusual home in the San Anselmo hills. All through the process he was communicative, thorough, on time and completely professional. He is trustworthy and does what he says he going to do. He knows his market, the intricacies of his business and his clients. I can't wait to refer him to my friends and acquaintances!"
Industry veteran Victor Mitrani is the Portfolio Manager at Foundation Homes. Victor, a longtime San Francisco and Bay Area resident - and homeowner himself - has been working in the property management industry in San Francisco and Marin County for over 8 years. With a background on the maintenance side of management, Victor prides himself on prompt and accurate communication.
Dee Marotta has done it all: whether it's live on a houseboat in Sausalito, a home in Tiburon near the bay, or enjoy the California warmth of San Rafael, she knows each town in Marin like the back of her hand. With over a decade of local Marin real estate experience, you're in good hands when you're with Dee.
When not working, you'll find Dee enjoying time hiking through Marin's backtrails, cooking for her teenage son, or playing with her adopted kitty.
Shawn Walker is a Director of Leasing / Luxury Leasing Consultant and comes to Foundation Homes with a history of luxury property management, leasing, and consumer relations. He’s managed over 350 units in San Francisco ranging from small single family homes to medium sized apartment buildings and is an expert at leveraging technology to provide an amazing experience for landlords and residents alike.
A Southern California native, Shawn has spent the last decade exploring Marin County. On his days off he can be found on a road trip through wine country, running the trails of Marin, exploring the local dog parks with his German Shepherd, or enjoying trendy local spots like Bar Bocci with his new fiancée.
Heidi Smith is a Director of Leasing / Luxury Leasing Consultant at Foundation Homes International, striving always to offer the utmost customer service possible while utilizing technology to maximize the client experience. Originally from San Diego, Heidi comes from a real estate industry family background. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University and obtained a Master's Degree in Culture, Environment and Sustainability from the University of Oslo in Norway.
After living abroad for nearly a decade, Heidi moved back to the Bay Area in 2010. Heidi is passionate about travel and runs a nonprofit cultural exchange program based in Marin County. In her free time, you'll find Heidi bodysurfing at one of Marin's gorgeous beaches or spending time with those she loves.
Languages spoken: Spanish, French, German, Norwegian (including limited Danish/Swedish)
Rebecca Avela is the Administrative Director /Luxury Leasing Coordinator at Foundation Homes International. She comes to Foundation with vast experience in sales, relationship management, and hospital administration, having been responsible for new account acquisition, account management and retention, initiating marketing campaigns, and business development. With a wealth of top corporate training under her belt, career highlights include positions with Bank of America, the largest credit card payment processor in the nation - Elan Merchant Services - and UCSF Medical Center. Her medical administrative experience included supporting chiefs of service across various locations, supporting multiple physicians, running clinical trials, participating as a lead in technology roll-outs, offering concierge services to VIP members, and driving revenue to all time highs.
Rebecca's core values of customer service, managing client expectations, and delivering proof positive outcomes never go out of style. Her position in the residential real estate market is fueled by a perfect combination of love for people, work experience, sales-mentality, need for true community, and a passion for helping people realize their dreams…….and to feel delighted with their choices.
Rebecca is passionate about her community and giving back, and eagerly helps direct Foundation's non-profit initiatives. When not working, you'll find her seamlessly juggling life as a mother to two awesome kids, wife to an amazing husband who works for Google, and perhaps sneaking away to a wine country spa on occasion for a day to herself!
Sharon Alkus the accounting coordinator for Foundation Homes. She graduated from San Jose State Univ. with a business degree and minor in Real Estate. She is a third generation CA native, and a member of the Daughters of American Revolution.
At the beginning of her career, Sharon successfully ran one of the first pioneer programs using the giant IBM “bookkeeping computer”, via data“cards” to run the accounting for five local offices. (Sharon adds, "Back then that was a big thing!") In the 90’s Sharon was the operations manager and bookkeeper for a west coast company that interfaced with banks to obtain real estate marketing opinions across the United States creating the forms, accounting systems, and utilizing the then new technology of computers, to track the reports.
In 2000, Sharon continued doing accounting, working in the computer/marketing industry and also branched out to do photography, professionally working for a local newspaper. She won cover photo for the California Country Magazine, and various county fair awards.
In 2014, she moved to the Bay Area area, where she began utilizing her strong accounting skills at Foundation Homes. She's also in charge of much of Foundation's professional photography!
Sharon lives in Greenbrae with her dog Paris ("my little helper") and two kitties, and spends as much time with her young grandchildren as possible.