Sam moved to Tahoe in 1991 from the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing corporate sales management experience to the ski industry at Porter’s Ski and Sport, where she planned new store openings, trained sales associates, and oversaw operations and sales goals. In 1998 Sam moved her creative sales and leadership skills to her real estate practice. Most recently, she worked with Tahoe Mountain Realty for almost 5 years where she provided knowledge of residential real estate practices throughout the Tahoe Basin, while offering insight to developers on amenity programming for Mountainside. She then joined Pacific Union International in The Village of Squaw Valley to work closely with Intrawest’s initial development team in preparation for a new sales launch. In 2015, Sam joined Sierra Sotheby’s which was a natural fit with the company’s level integrity, superior marketing strategies, and artful presentation of properties to qualified buyers in the Tahoe and Truckee luxury market.
Extremely familiar with the local markets and clientele, Sam brings passion and knowledge for all that Tahoe has to offer her clients, understanding firsthand the benefits and lifestyle that her clients seek. Sam has a reputation for earning trust and having a tireless drive to guiding her clients to what is right for them. With longevity in the business, over 80% of her business comes from repeat clients and referrals.
The Swigard family has been local since the 1960’s. Sam and her husband Jeff are well connected and respected throughout the Tahoe area, with a name well known through Jeff’s ownership of two hardware stores. They enjoy all snow sports in the winter, and boating, hiking, and camping in the summer. Sam is avid cross country skier and hiker, while Jeff enjoys motorsports and coaching their two sons and community children through Truckee High School shooting sports and Truckee Little League.