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About Us

We believe that everyone deserves to buy and sell San Diego coastal real estate with confidence.

Our Story

Team Cairncross is an award winning San Diego based real estate team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties that specializes in representing sellers, buyers, and developers in San Diego’s coastal neighborhoods. Led by associate broker Steve Cairncross, a San Diego beach native with nearly 40 years of full-time experience, the team carries on a family tradition of real estate brokerage that dates back to 1965 with the founding of Cairncross & Associates in Mission Beach, San Diego. The modern team consists of five highly proactive agents who support each other with boots on the ground, industry and community relationships, and a robust past-client network to provide more opportunities, better solutions, and best in class strategies for their clients.


The team’s portfolio includes over $1.5 billion in resale transactions from fixers to luxury estates and over $300 million in new construction sales including the exclusive representation of some of the most iconic new developments on our coastline in recent history. As a seller’s agent, their style is hands-on, full-service, and tried and true. They feel strongly that presentation and marketing strategy make a profitable impact for their clients. As a buyer’s agent, the team works hard to provide off-market opportunities, to be readily available to tour properties, and to provide full-time support from house hunting to closing. Whether representing a seller or buyer, Team Cairncross brings decades of experience and meticulous attention to detail to every transaction to protect their clients.

Meet The Team

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Awards & Recognition


2022 Platinum Recognition of Excellence awarded by the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego Association of Realtors: This is a top honor awarded to less than 1% of all real estate professionals in San Diego County!


2021 Ranked #2 Team (2-5 Agents) for Sales Volume in San Diego County, San Diego Business Journal: The Business Journal publishes a list of the top 100 residential real estate teams by sales volume. Team Cairncross ranked #2 in 2021.


2017 - 2022 Berkshire Hathaway's Chairman's Circle DIAMOND: The highest designation for agents and teams whose sales production is in the top 1⁄2 of 1% of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sales associates in the Global Network. Team Cairncross is also the #1 ranked Small Team (5 agents or less) in San Diego County for # of transactions 5 years in a row. 


2015 McNaught-Davis/Knox Award, La Jolla Real Estate Broker Association: Presented by the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers to that REBA Member who best exemplifies the qualities of: Personal Integrity, community activity, service to the real estate profession, salesmanship, and cooperation with associates.


2017 Award of Excellence, Mission Bay (92109) Real Estate Broker Association: A recognition of distinction in the Real Estate community. Given each year to a member who continually strives to promote a positive impression of all aspects of MBREA and the community. Recipients have proven to be dedicated, not only to their profession but also to cooperating with others and giving back to the community


2003-2016 #1 Sales Associate in Office, RE/MAX Coastal Properties

2003 -2016 Repeatedly #1 Agent in San Diego, Top 3 Agent for California, and Top 10 Agent Nationally, RE/MAX.

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