Agent Profiles: Wayne & Marlene
Wayne Heck and Marlene Hassel met in 1991 when they were at Waterfront Homes, where they developed a partnership that has endured to this day. Today, they are proud to be agents with Villa Real Estate, and couldn't feel luckier to serve clients in the Orange County area. With over 60 years of combined real estate experience, similar work ethics, and an evidenced pattern of success, their joint expertise provides a broader scope of skills and strengths to better serve their clients, whether buying or selling.
A native of California, Wayne graduated from San Diego State University and has been an entrepreneur ever since. He and four partners took over the Quiet Woman in Corona del Mar and turned it into a successful venture. After ten years, he opened his first Haagen-Dazs shop in Newport Beach, followed by two more. His latest venture is a shoe and sandal store in Downtown Disney. He was also a Varsity baseball coach at Newport Harbor High School, bringing the team to the CIF finals!
Wayne got his real estate license in 1991. He began this “other career” at Waterfront Homes in Newport Beach. There he partnered with Marlene Hassel, which has turned into a successful collaboration for nearly 30 years. He has been privileged to work at Villa Real Estate since its founding.
Bringing decades of expertise in the real estate business and deep roots in Newport Beach, Wayne is highly regarded by professionals in his field. He is well connected, involved with, and is esteemed in the Orange County community. Throughout his businesses Wayne has built a reputation founded upon integrity, excellence, and hard work.
With his wife Cate, they have one daughter and two little grandsons. The Hecks have lived on Lido Isle for the past 33 years. Wayne and his family attend Mariners Church and actively support several ministries. Wayne is on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Cate is on the board of Kerus Global Education.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Marlene Hassel’s real estate background dates back to 1988. Since then, she has consistently been recognized as one of the highest-performing agents in the coastal Orange County area.
As a Southern California native and Newport Beach homeowner, she has an intimate understanding of local neighborhoods and all price ranges. Working throughout Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, and Costa Mesa, Marlene has sold nearly 200 homes and represented hundreds of buyers and sellers within these desirable enclaves.
With a background in marketing and advertising, Marlene is well-equipped to seek out the most advanced methods in effective property exposure. She has a keen ability to identify the full potential of a property, as proven in her success as an investor who has remodeled and built many homes.
Marlene applies decades of in-market knowledge and expertise, and renowned negotiating skills, to ensure that her clients achieve the most positive financial outcomes. These distinct market advantages – coupled with her tireless work ethic and meticulous attention to detail – have earned her an impressive roster of repeat, referral, and multi-generational clients.
In her own words, Marlene says “being a realtor is more than just a profession to me - it’s a passion. If my clients aren’t happy, I’m not happy.”
Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, Villa Real Estate was established in 2013 by Southern California’s leading luxury residential real estate professionals to ensure that clients in Coastal Orange County receive the most strategic, innovative, and effective representation available in an ever-evolving market.
Villa thinks beyond today – with an up-to-the-minute pulse on the market – to deliver both their agents and their clients state-of-the-future marketing materials and advanced technology tools. Villa Real Estate professionals and clients stay ahead of the curve, achieving better results more quickly and seamlessly than ever before.
Villa also deploys comprehensive Search Engine Marketing (SEM) campaigns and makes it a priority to stay ahead in today’s marketing ecosystem. Villa’s marketing team is comprised of experienced professionals who live and breathe marketing, tech and media – across all platforms.
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Coastal Orange County homebuyers come from a wide range of local and international communities and are often drawn to our area for its world-class lifestyle, exceptional residential properties, and year-round Mediterranean climate.
Villa Real Estate is seeing the significant impact of international buyers in our market, with a high percentage of these buyers interested in purchasing premier homes in our area’s most exclusive enclaves, including the Pelicans in Newport Coast, Crystal Cove, Shady Canyon, and landmark waterfront and oceanfront properties.
To seize these international buyers for our clients, Villa Real Estate has developed the region’s most far-reaching and strategic international marketing campaigns for its clients’ homes. Beyond placing your home on a website or two and checking the international marketing “box” as many of our competitors do, Villa Real Estate has researched and identified the top 25 foreign markets who are transacting in our region and has partnered with the top luxury residential real estate websites serving those markets.
Through a market-exclusive partnership with the highly selective Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate network and its website, LuxuryRealEstate.com, Villa Real Estate agents are part of an international affiliation of leading luxury real estate professionals spanning more than 85 countries. This partnership provides Villa agents with access to a database of international real estate agents and foreign individuals of high net-worth.