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About Barbara Burnell

Over a decade ago Barb was fortunate to be introduced to Ironwood by dear friends from her home in Sun Valley, Idaho. After just a 30 Day Trial Membership at the Country Club in 2009 she knew this was the place they had been looking for and joined the club as a full member, making Ironwood her new desert home.

After a long and successful real estate career as an Idaho broker and award-winning agent, Barb decided to earn her California Broker's License and continue her career in the community of Ironwood she loves, and where she works as an Associate Broker in the Onsite Office.

Her talent for meeting people and helping them integrate into the community was developed during her years as an officer's daughter in a military family, where moving frequently was a way of life. Everyone in her family was born in a different state or country.  Barbara was born in Coronado, California, a California girl from the start. She has visited every state in the union, lived in many (attending three high schools in three different parts of the country) and spent eight years living in Europe. She taught social studies in Germany to the Department of Defense school students at Stuttgart American High School, and GED classes to American soldiers.

After earning a BA in History and Psychology from Birmingham Southern College (she also attended UCSB, George Washington University, and the College of Idaho over the years) Barbara earned a Masters in Education and Counseling, graduating magna cum laude from Boston University, and has followed through with her education in real estate to become a Global Luxury agent with Coldwell Banker. Her professional achievements continued, including consistently award winning years as a "Top Producer." Coldwell Banker has awarded her the International Sterling Award for exceptional performance in 2019, The President's  She is ranked among the top sales professionals in the network. Barb is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist in Coldwell Banker's Global Luxury division (CLHMS) and has earned their coveted GUILD designation. Coldwell Banker's marketing tools are impressive offering a broad multi media approach including tv spots, print and on line advertising locally, nationally and internationally.

Barbara's extensive experience in real estate over her long career has helped her with both buyers and sellers. She has continued her tradition of personal service to her clients working in Palm Desert and the Ironwood Country Club community where she has lived since 2010. A great deal of her success comes from referrals from past clients who have become friends. She is an active member of the club playing bridge, golf and tennis when her schedule allows. She describes herself as a tall sporty woman with a loud laugh. She is a strong family woman, and devoted to her children and grandchildren, all of whom love to visit this wonderful community. Ironwood is where she lives, works and plays, and she can help you make the Ironwood Community your desert home as well.

The Coldwell Banker On Site Team is uniquely dedicated to the success of this community. We are all members of the Country Club and are the only agents who truly support its success by contributing a portion of our office commissions to the Ironwood Country Club. We not only sell homes here, but also the wonderful desert way of life offered throughout the Coachella Valley.