MEET THE TEAM

Neal Johnson

Neal Johnson

Owner - Certified Appraiser

Main Phone: (714) 863-4043
Email: appraisedbyneal@ffp-us.com
License: AR #021036
About - Neal Johnson
Neal entered the real estate industry immediately following graduation from Cal State Fullerton in 1991. Along with his degree in Real Estate Finance he obtained his appraisal license the following year. In 1997, Neal and his partner opened their own appraisal company and in 2006 Neal’s interest in the business was brought under the Freedom First Properties umbrella. The appraisal division continues to successfully operate today.

Neal’s evaluation experience is extensive and includes valuing property for traditional loan purchases, relocations, new construction projects, bankruptcy and tax purposes, as well as legal proceedings for divorces. He has also provided expert witness testimony in court. His current clientele includes asset valuation management companies, major lenders and mortgage brokers such as Wells Fargo, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase and local family law, probate and trust attorneys.

Melinda Johnson

Melinda Johnson

Owner - Broker - Realtor® - Attorney

Main Phone: (714) 863-5485
Email: soldbymelinda@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01764472
About - Melinda Johnson

Following her graduation from UC Riverside with a degree in Economics, Melinda continued her studies at Pepperdine School of Law. She served as managing editor of the Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Amjur awards in real property and in wills, trusts and estates. Melinda spent the next twelve years in the legal field most notably as in house Counsel for Boeing Capital Corporation.

In 2006, Melinda obtained her broker’s license and helped her husband, Neal, launch Freedom First Properties with the thought that her legal and business skill set would provide a distinct client advantage. Recognizing this, local attorneys seek Melinda’s assistance and she continues to be recommended, selected and even court appointed in divorce, probate and trust administration cases. Most importantly, Melinda believes she has found her true passion which is reflected in her success.

Melinda is ranked in the top 3% of real estate agents nationwide.

Allison Kean

Allison Kean

Realtor®

Main Phone: (951) 313-7604
Email: soldbyallison@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01902344
About - Allison Kean
Allison is a graduate from Cal Poly Pomona where she received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Sales. In 2010 she decided to pursue real estate and become an agent with Freedom First Properties. It gives her the right mix of working independently but being supported by a team of professionals who make it easy to provide exceptional service to her clients.

As a Southern California native, Allison is knowledgeable with all of Orange County and the Inland Empire areas. Besides doing real estate she loves event planning and spending time with her family.

Becky Thomas

Becky Thomas

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 315-3438
Email: soldbybecky@ffp-us.com
License: BRE #01897321
About - Becky Thomas
Becky follows the old adage which is, “to treat people the way she likes to be treated.” This lifelong philosophy has served her well especially in the real estate business. Becky was born, raised, and still lives in Orange County with her family. Her knowledge and work ethic combined with the experience and support from Freedom First Properties is why she feels she can offer a client exceptional service. Becky joined the company in 2011 and she can help a client with any real estate transaction such as buying, selling or investing.
Carmen Priestley

Carmen Priestley

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 307-2585
Email: soldbycarmen@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01990845
About - Carmen Priestley
Carmen has been an entrepreneur since the age of 19 which has given her vast business experience. She has been self employed her entire career. With licenses in both California and Nevada, she believes that real estate is a family’s greatest investment. Embracing any challenge, Carmen is dedicated to providing her client’s with exceptional service and always works relentlessly on her clients real estate goals. She prides herself on giving 100% each and every time. She places a high degree of emphasis on the care and needs of each client and maintains constant communication with them throughout the entire buying or selling process. She measures her success in real estate through the satisfaction of her clients.
Christin Gonzales

Christin Gonzales

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 401-7801
Email: soldbychristin@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #02038710
About - Christin Gonzales
Christin brings over a 20-year history of successful, executive level sales and business experience to her real estate transactions. As an account executive in the cosmetics industry, Christin has managed and helped develop their California businesses while conducting seminars, sales classes, industry trend shows, and master classes that focus on empowering women of all ages. She is a wife and proud mother of three and is excited about bringing her business and sales experience, as well as her enthusiasm, to her real estate career with Freedom First Properties.
Dan Brough

Dan Brough

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 400-2814
Email: soldbydan@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01715103
About - Dan Brough
A powerful husband and wife duo, Dan and Stephanie Brough work as a team on their client transactions. In the Real Estate business since 2005, Dan first joined Freedom First Properties in 2009 because he valued the company’s entrepreneurial approach, client focus, and access to an in-house attorney and appraiser for the benefit of his customers. Stephanie joined the team in 2011.

Dan and Stephanie both have a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from UC Riverside. Together they enjoy seeing different properties, exploring design and architecture, and working with clients to help them successfully navigate their real estate transaction.

Diane Greenbaum

Diane Greenbaum

Realtor® - Hablo Español

Main Phone: (714) 694-3827
Second Phone: (760) 275-4848
Email: soldbydiane@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01912414
About - Diane Greenbaum
A married mother of two, Diane has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from CSU Chico and a master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. She had a successful career in education before making the decision to follow her other interest and become a real estate agent. Diane brings ten plus years of experience buying and selling property and she’s a true professional who puts her clients first by working hard to earn their business. Together with the support and services provided by Freedom First Properties, Diane feels she has a winning combination for any client. Diane focuses on properties in Orange and Riverside counties and the Desert communities.
Hannah Dalton

Hannah Dalton

Realtor®

Main Phone: (951) 314-0522
Email: soldbyhannah@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #02094308
Jack Fletcher

Jack Fletcher

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 400-7072
Email: soldbyjack@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01319990
About - Jack Fletcher
After graduating from college in business and accounting, Jack served in the military for two years and spent time in Vietnam. He came home, married and started a successful office furniture business which allowed him to purchase his mini-ranch in Yorba Linda. Today, he still lives and stables his horses on the property.

Jack retired from his business in 1999 but missed working with people so he decided to become a real estate agent. He has found it very satisfying and his 25 years in business has given Jack an edge in understanding what it takes to be a successful agent. Many clients have remained his friends and Jack considers it a privilege to be asked for his assistance in buying or selling a home. He specializes in the North Orange County area.

Jennifer Paino

Jennifer Paino

Realtor®

Main Phone: (805) 807-6061
Email: soldbyjennifer@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01874092
About - Jennifer Paino
For 12 years, Jennifer worked in the medical industry. She graduated from UC Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Real estate began as a hobby through personal investments and in 2009, Jennifer decided to make a career change and become a full time real estate agent. Since then she has worked at Freedom First Properties and enjoys the autonomy that comes from an independently owned brokerage with unlimited access to appraisal and legal expertise. Jennifer enjoys helping families in their search for homes or to assist in making real estate investments. The most rewarding experience is navigating from the start of a property search to closing escrow…and handing a client the keys to their new property.
Jo Leachman

Jo Leachman

Realtor®

Main Phone: (310) 864-9905
Email: soldbyjojo@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01775662
About - Jo Leachman
Jo brings a multidimensional level of education and work experience to Freedom First Properties. She joined the company in 2014 and is a realtor, real estate stager, organizer and paralegal. Her career started in earnest in the film industry where, as a producer, Jo developed negotiation and problem solving skills by concurrently dealing with multiple issues, personalities and projects. She has learned to be efficient and resourceful in finding solutions to even the most challenging of situations.

These skills have served her well in real estate. Jo knows how to listen and work with a client to find them the right home. She can add value in the sale of a property assisting with home organization and staging in order to achieve the desired result, and get the home sold. Jo has a bachelor’s degree in History and a Paralegal certification from USC.

Justin Roach

Justin Roach

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 299-8126
Email: justinroachcr@gmail.com
License: DRE #0197630
Katie Dvorak

Katie Dvorak

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 323-7844
Email: realestatebykatie@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #02095130

Kelsey Simas

Kelsey Simas

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 420-3872
Email: soldbykelsey@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #02078783
Marc Smith

Marc Smith

Realtor® - Appraiser

Main Phone: (714) 305-2409
Email: soldbymarc@ffp-us.com | appraisedbymarc@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #01956931 | AL #043579
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About - Marc Smith
In 2006, Marc began working in real estate. He joined the valuation division of Freedom First Properties in 2012 as a licensed appraiser and expanded his capabilites in 2014 with a Realtor’s license. Marc enjoys interacting with people and doing property appraisals because it gives him the opportunity to be out in the community and meet new people every day.

For Marc, honesty and integrity are essential components to both his personal and professional relationships. It is what brought him to Freedom First Properties along with the opportunity to work and learn the appraisal business from owner, Neal Johnson. Marc received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cal State Fullerton.

Stephanie Brough

Stephanie Brough

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 943-5624
Email: soldbystephanie@ffp-us.com
License: BRE #01187976
About - Stephanie Brough
A powerful husband and wife duo, Dan and Stephanie Brough work as a team on their client transactions. In the Real Estate business since 2005, Dan first joined Freedom First Properties in 2009 because he valued the company’s entrepreneurial approach, client focus, and access to an in-house attorney and appraiser for the benefit of his customers. Stephanie joined the team in 2011.

Dan and Stephanie both have a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from UC Riverside. Together they enjoy seeing different properties, exploring design and architecture, and working with clients to help them successfully navigate their real estate transaction.

Terri Howard

Terri Howard

Realtor®

Main Phone: (714) 794-8156
Email: soldbyterri@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #02007951
Christina Friesen

Christina Friesen

Referring Agent

Main Phone: (714) 595-2500
Email: christinafriesen@me.com
License: DRE #01149363

Nicci Beimer

Nicci Beimer

Referring Agent

Main Phone: (949) 813-9197
Email: soldbynicci@ffp-us.com
License: BRE #01885223
About - Nicci Beimer
Nicci is a married mother of two who joined Freedom First Properties as the Director of Short Sales in 2008. Finding huge success in her negotiations, Nicci realized her passion for working in the real estate industry and became a licensed Realtor in 2010.

Nicci enjoys all aspects of a real estate transaction whether buying or selling and uses her Human Resources experience to remain fully attentive to her client’s needs from beginning to close of escrow, and beyond. Freedom First Properties allows Nicci’s “clients first” philosophy to excel in an ever changing market. The unlimited access to appraisal and legal expertise ensure that our clients are always first while receiving the best service in the industry.

Audrey Holloway

Audrey Holloway

Escrow Officer

Main Phone: (800) 957-6377 ext. 2
Second Phone: (951) 236-4460
Email: audrey@ffp-us.com
About - Audrey Holloway
Audrey has been in the real estate business for over 20 years. She joined the team in 2012 to manage in house escrows for Freedom First Properties. As an escrow officer it is Audrey’s job to make sure the real estate transaction proceeds on schedule and all legal documentation is received and properly executed. Audrey does a fantastic job keeping all the parties in the transaction up to date, and on task, even when challenges arise during the process. With the complexity of real estate, a good escrow officer like Audrey is a critical component to a satisfied client and a successful transaction.
Deby Casterline

Deby Casterline

Real Estate Services Manager

Main Phone: (714) 720-3691
Email: deby@ffp-us.com
About - Deby Casterline
In 2012, Deby joined Freedom First Properties to run the Property Management division. Her responsibilities include preparing leases, managing client accounts, and addressing tenant requests in a timely manner.

Deby loves the flexibility and variety of the job plus she enjoys the personal interaction with her clients. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton and worked in human resources before getting into property management.

Kristi Cornett

Kristi Cornett

Director of Operations

Main Phone: (714) 860-8373
Email: kristi@ffp-us.com
License: DRE #02104479
Tiffany Chahine

Tiffany Chahine

Office Manager

Main Phone: (949) 235-6000
Email: tif@ffp-us.com
About - Tiffany Chahine
Tiffany has worked at Freedom First Properties since 2010. She is responsible for managing the company’s back office operation and is the go-to person when someone needs help getting something done. She loves the diversity of her job and the fantastic work environment that allows her to tackle any challenge presented during a real estate transaction.

Tiffany graduated with a business management degree and she received a lifetime achievement award from the National Parent Teacher Association where she has served as President and Treasurer.

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Freedom First Properties navigates and simplifies the property management process for our landlords with a comprehensive offering of services.

Our full-service property management division focuses on properties in Orange county and portions of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

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Freedom First Properties offers valuation and expert opinion services for family law, probate and estate planning clients as well as for our clients that are buying, selling or investing in real estate.