Bart Tipton

Real Estate Agent/Broker

“Bart Tipton, founder and team leader for Prestige Properties, has been in the service industry for most of his life. Bart has a pharmacy degree from Drake University and has over 18 years of sales experience. He has transitioned from co owning Majestic Properties which has been the #1 team in Kern county over the last 3 years with over 150 million dollars in closed sales to form Prestige Properties to better serve his most important asset…….The clientele.

Prestige Properties commitment to extraordinary customer service, market knowledge, proven marketing skills, and ability to manage the sales process efficiently and effectively are just some of the reasons that make the team one of the most sought after real estate teams in the Central Valley.”

Rebekah Banta

Real Estate Agent

Rebekah is a Native of Bakersfield and raised in the real estate industry, Rebekah’s roots go back 4 generations of residential builders/developer’s in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Her expertise in finding her clients the perfect home for them is uncanny. Rebekah’s passion for real estate, trustworthiness, and strong desire to help others achieve their home ownership dreams makes her a very sought after buyers agent that keeps growing a long list of happy clients.

She is very family oriented being married and having 3 young children. She has developed super focused listening skills and patience to help her clients understand the buying process each and every step of the way. She is very motivated and dedicated to building lasting relationships with her clients and she looks forward to helping her clients find the perfect home.

Heather Mckinley

Real Estate Agent

“Heather has been a top producer in real estate for years and loves the feeling of walking her clients through the home buying or selling process.  She believes home is what grounds people to their roots and what keeps them sane at the end of a long work day.  The home creates a space for family, community and creating lifetime memories. Nothing gives her more pleasure than having a hand in making that possible for her clients.

She is committed to being present and available to her clients from the beginning to the end of the experience.  Knowing that buying or selling a property can be daunting, overwhelming and downright scary, she take her client’s trust very seriously.  Her goal is to make the process, easy, comfortable and fun! As an expert in Bakersfield, Bear Valley Springs/Tehachapi and Los Angeles/Beverly Hills, she has a vast understanding of each market and can advise her clients thoroughly.

Some things you may not know about Heather but may want to:  She is a total carb junkie, lover of all things bread, hates cilantro, hot weather and any soda other than regular Pepsi (it has to be regular).  Proudly from Everett, WA, just outside of Seattle and Fresno, Ca., she studied Journalism at California State University, Northridge before becoming a real estate agent.  She is with the man of her dreams, Zach Skow, Founder and Executive Director of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. They have four rescued dogs, Baloo, Maggie, Lily and Oliver and two horses, Lucky & Presley. If she’s not cozying it up in her home, her restless soul takes her traveling to explore new places and experiences.”

Judd Welte

Real Estate Agent

Born and raised in Bakersfield, Real Estate has been a big part of Judd’s family life. Growing up he was always helping his parents paint and rehab many of their rental homes at a very young age, some are now known as the Westside Parkway we know today.

Judd graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1995 and has been married for over 16 years to his wife, a North High graduate Christy Welte, who is also a Realtor in Bakersfield. Together, they have 3 children. They are avid off-roaders, desert and dune campers. They also love to spend time at their place at the coast.

Judd has also been in the Mortgage industry for many years so he can help to make sure you are getting the right loan for your purchase or refinance. Just ask him, he loves to help his clients save money.

Real Estate runs deep into the Welte family, so you know when you work with Judd, or Christy, you’re getting years of experience and a true passion to help others find their dream home or investment property.

 One thing about Judd is he is a great communicator with his clients, which means he answers his phone when it rings and he’s excited to talk to YOU!

Christy Welte

REAL ESTATE AGENT

Christy Welte has been married for over 14 years and has 3 beautiful children. She was born and raised in Bakersfield and started her career in the real estate field in 2004. She has been involved with many aspects of real estate for most of her life from owning homes and being a landlord, to having family members in the mortgage profession and eventually becoming a Realtor. She prides herself as a hard worker, honest and staying on top of the current market trends and conditions. She is here to help buyers find their dream home and to help sellers get top dollar for their property. She would love to help you with your next real estate transaction!

On a personal level, she is passionate about living a clean, healthy lifestyle and excels in the home decorating field. Christy is also a great listener for her clients which enables her to assist them with their needs better, negotiating the best possible deal for her clients, and developing great relationships with other professionals in the industry to better serve her clients.

Austin Powell

REAL ESTATE AGENT

Austin Powell is a native of Bakersfield and has a passion for helping homeowners both sell their home and find the home of their dreams. Austin was first licensed in Texas in 2007 while attending college. Austin also has an extensive background in the solar industry owning his own solar company which he is the go-to agent to help any solar leasing or buying questions his clients may have. His affable personality and attention to details give him a distinct advantage in getting the job done in a pleasant and efficient manner.

Austin has been married to Korie Powell, the love of his life, since 2006. Together they have three beautiful children and a rescue English bulldog named Izzy. Austin and Korie love to travel both internationally and domestically. Most of all, they both love Jesus and choose to make Him the center of everything they do in their life and business.

Shandy Grantham

Real Estate Agent

Shandy Grantham has taken her passion for real estate and helping others and turned it into a successful career. Knowing Bakersfield and surrounding areas like the back of her hand, she knows exactly what it takes to sell your home and how to get your offers accepted!

Shandy is extremely dedicated to working hard for you and making the buying or selling transaction as seamless as possible.

She is a positive, uplifting, and dedicated Realtor you will enjoy working with!

Jackie Sorensen

Transaction Coordinator

“With over twelve years of experience in Real Estate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Jackie thrives in all things administrative.  She works as a liaison between real estate agents, clients, escrow companies and mortgage brokers.  Her goal is to manage every escrow transaction with a high level of professionalism and efficiency to ensure a smooth and successful closing for all parties involved.  Jackie also has her Real Estate license and is a CA Notary Public.  As a Christian, she strives to honor God in the workplace.  She believes in hard work, honesty and maintaining a high standard of integrity.   Not only is she a committed professional but a devoted wife and mother, as well.  Her passion for faith and family is evident in her work as she coordinates and manages one of the most important transactions that a family will ever make. 

Chelsey Frapwell

Inside Sales Agent

“With a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and over three years of real estate experience, Chelsey works at easing prospecting buyers into the home-buying process. Whether you are ready to buy in a month, six months, or a year, she will make sure you are up-to-date with listings that match your criteria and set with the most compatible Prestige agent when the time comes.

Her and her husband recently began a new chapter in their lives by welcoming their sweet baby girl into the world. Becoming a mother is Chelsey’s greatest achievement and biggest blessing. She challenges herself daily to thrive as a daughter of Christ, mother, wife, health advocate, and full-time ISA. In any spare time, she focuses on her passion for fitness and health by helping her clients reach their goals both physically and mentally.”

Kala Knox

Buyers Specialist

Kala has resided in Bakersfield for 27 years. Her family has invested in all areas of Kern County since 1991 which created a passion for this industry at such a young age. Kala is the epitome of honesty, integrity, and a “nose to the grindstone agent” which ensures
her clients that they are always well taken care of. Kala’s expertise and market knowledge have been key to her successful record. Her witty and outgoing personality makes it a fun and easy process so her clients can relax and enjoy the home buying
process!

Some fun facts about Kala: Mother of 2 daughters. Enjoys being outside, running, a sucker for campfires and the mountains. Loves spending as much time as possible with friends and family.

“My main goal is communication. Making sure everyone is working as a team to execute a smooth transaction. Getting to know my client and who they really are. Starting off the process with a strong and professional relationship with my clients is great, but when that relationship develops into a friendship it’s priceless. That is why I love my job.”

Irais Perez

Buyers Specialist

Irais Perez has been in the customer service industry for over 10 years. She will go to great lengths to make sure that her clients are satisfied beyond their expectations. Enthusiasm, hard work, and personal service go into everything she does. Irais specializes in residential sales while her husband specializes in commercial real estate.

Her sharp listening skills and commitment to excellence ensures that she will stay on top of all the intricate details of each transaction to provide a smooth and stress-free experience. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, please don't hesitate to call her anytime. Irais is also fluent in Spanish.

Bethany Faulkner

Buyers Specialist