April Brandes

Real Estate Consultant

April Brandes

April Brandes

Real Estate Consultant
Phone: M: 949.562.8899 949.562.8899 mobile
Phone: O: 949.837.5700 949.837.5700 office
Office: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
27742 Vista Del Lago 1 Ste
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Certified Negotiation Expert

April Olewiler Brandes has lived in Southern California her entire life. She received her bachelors degree cum laude from Pepperdine University, Malibu.  Immediately after college, she accepted an executive position with the So. California Professional Golfers Association. She and her husband Mark Brandes then married and founded Brandes Portraiture, Costa Mesa and Westlake Village, a luxury portrait studio, which became a leader in the international photographic industry.

April oversaw the company’s strategic planning, branding and marketing in both Orange and Ventura counties.  Her three decades of experience in marketing high end portraits has been an invaluable foundation for providing strategic and practical insight to her clients.  A long-term investor in real estate, April learned that to make wise investment decisions, you must be ready for the opportunity when it comes.  Her ability to help clients wisely evaluate opportunities empowers her to work in their best interests.

April devotes herself as an agent with Coldwell Banker and is dedicated to helping her clients thrive in the often emotionally challenging experience of buying and selling properties.   April is proud to have the expertise and integrity of her team at Coldwell Banker to assist her in every phase of the complex real estate transaction.

April has long enjoyed the California coastal lifestyle.  She grew up sailing the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and loves bicycling along the meandering coastline. April enjoys spending time with her large family and has been passionately involved in numerous charities.  Her current efforts are to support coffee farmers in Uganda and foster youth locally.

If you’re looking for a great experience buying or selling your most valued possession, you’re looking in the right place.  Call or email April today.  949.562.8899.


"April Brandes is a gem to work with. She is hard working and tenacious in finding homes for people to buy and sell. She is dedicated to her clients, giving her best to them by treating each of them as if they were her only clients. She spends a lot of time with each one to achieve the end results they were hoping for."

  -Joann Tattersal, Client

"Success is something that all of us wish to attain. But if it were so easy, everyone who wanted it would have it – It’s exclusive to a handful of people who did extraordinary things in their lives to get them to where they are today. And it wasn’t because they were lucky or because it was just handed to them. Being successful is all about how badly you want it and how much you’re willing to work for it – APRIL BRANDES, you have proven that you have what it takes! I have been so blessed to know you and to have worked with you; I am so looking forward in being in escrow with you again! Your integrity and attention to detail are the traits of extremely successful people and you have perfected those traits!"

  -Tricia Onsgard, Client

"We were fortunate to have a desirable home, well priced in a good neighborhood and our house sold in a couple of days. As always it’s the details that get you. In the 11th hour some troublesome issues came up with the buyer but April knew just how to handle the situation and removed the stress from our lives. I would highly recommend April if you need an accomplished Realtor to assist you on either part of the transaction."

  -Will and Laurie Ergas, Client

"When I first started the process, selling and buying a home at the same time seemed like such a huge endeavor. But with April’s expertise and guidance, it all came together. April guided me through the entire process! I never felt lost. Her support and friendship was amazing and kept me calm. April orchestrated two homes to close at the same time! And before I knew it had the keys to my new home in my hands. My husband and I are so thrilled and grateful to April for her wonderful guidance. We are excited to start this new chapter in our lives!"

  -Nelly Swauger, Client

"April is Amazing, and a hard working agent that YOU KNOW she has YOUR best interest at heart- She isn’t just trying to make a sale, she is trying to create a HOME for your family! Without telling me what to do, she helped me think through what would be both wise and “right” for our family. If April hadn’t pushed me a bit into going back for a second look at a home we thought we didn’t like, we would have missed out on the perfect home for all 5 of us! We think of her as a family friend now."

  -Amber Zdrakas, Client

"My family and I were looking to move for quite some time but had very specific criteria. April was more than supportive and always willing to help us look. Her responses were always prompt and she listened to what our needs and wants were and helped trouble shoot and go through the process of elimination. Her customer service and eye to detail is impeccable and I loved that she helped build our home with us as we sifted through properties! she has carried us all the way thru to the end of the process and beyond! I came home to a sweet vase of sun flowers with a little note! How much more kind and thorough can an agent get?!!"

  -Maygin, Client

"We’re fortunate to have found April. She has been a wonderful help to us in finding a home, especially since we were out of state. She gladly did all of the hard work; drove all over Orange County to view homes, sent in at least a dozen applications, and coordinated the lease agreement with ease! What could have been a daunting task was made easy with April’s help! Thanks again!"

  -Chris and Christina McSparron, Client

"April is the prototype of a real estate agent. She is efficient, intelligent, persistent, charismatic, ethical, and honest. I think what distinguishes her from my experiences with other agents in the past is her communication ability and professionalism. April’s professionalism is made obvious by the efficient, honest, and ethical way she goes about her work. Her passion for her work is obvious, but we also felt that she had our best interests in mind and not in the rhetorical sense which is the reality in most cases. Working with April is like having a friend that is extremely knowledgeable about her profession, will provide you with the honest feedback you would expect from a real friend, and follows through with what she says she will do. There are not many people I feel confident giving my highest recommendation to, but I have no qualms about giving that endorsement to April."

  -Andy and Xiao Jun Lei, Client

"As a first time home buyer, my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. You had the patience to walk us through the whole process, while providing us with invaluable knowledge for the future. Thank you for always striving to find the best options for us. Your positive attitude resonated with us throughout the whole experience."

  -Jason Shin, Client

"We are so grateful for all that our long-time friend and real estate agent, April Brandes, did for us in our search for beach front homes. She exhausted every avenue, even contacting out of the area agents, and was relentless in her pursuit of property for us. Plus, we were working with very tight time constraints as we had to re-invest because of a 1031 exchange, and she was extremely cognizant of that fact. We highly recommend April Brandes to find just the right home for you!"

  -Melanie and David Nankivell, Client

"Working with April was an extremely pleasant experience. April is very knowledgable in the real estate field. She was thorough and concise in providing information and explaining the various steps. April maintained regular contact via email, text messages and telephone calls. I look forward to recommending April to my friends and family as well as working with her again. "

  -Nadia Guiterrez, Client

"I am so grateful that I met April. April researched the particular area’s market and the seller before she/we approached the seller. While any negotiation brings anxiety and uncertainty, she was calm, and taught be to be calm, by being well prepared, and I really enjoyed the process. I felt like I was part of a team. I respected April and her professionalism, but far more important thing was that I was able to trust her because of her character, personality, and sincerity.As a first time buyer, I thought I could find my house without an agent, but I found that I was wrong. I was very lucky to have her as my Realtor! Thank you, April! "

  -Junko Kuga, Client

"April was such a wonderful person to work with in helping us to find the perfect home. Everyone’s idea of what kind of house will meet their needs is different and April listened to all of our thoughts and concerns and was very supportive. We liked that she pointed out the pros and cons of places we were considering. It does not help if a realtor just says every place you look at is perfect because you know they just want you to buy a house. She was very honest about the properties we viewed and helped us immensely. She was very responsive every time we called. She was extremely professional and made certain that she could help in any manner to make our transaction go smoothly. We felt that she went way beyond what was expected of her to make sure that we were happy with our new home and the escrow process. In the last days of escrow, we had a few concerns arise and she did such a good job in taking care of everything. We would highly recommend April!"

  -Pam Persinger, Client

"I was in a uniquely challenging season when I sold my home this summer. April provided me with unsurpassed support and guidance. I was so grateful that she was able to sell my home in less than a week. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

  -Marcia Ann, Client

"My wife and I had a fantastic experience working with April to buy our first home. April was by our side, guiding us every step of the way. We started the process by going to look at houses, just to get a feel for what it was like. As first time home buyers, April did everything possible to make us comfortable with the process, and never pushed us beyond our comfort zone. As we zeroed in on the property we wanted, April worked tirelessly to get us there. We found a great condo in a wonderful neighborhood, and in our price range. My wife Jilaa and I can’t thank April enough for how hard she worked, how much time and energy she devoted to us, how she made herself always available for us, and how easy she made the process for us to buy this house. We have been at our new home for a month now and couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished in buying for the first time. We couldn’t have done it without April’s help!!"

  -David and Jilaa, Client

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