SLO County Homes

About Us

Keith Byrd was born and raised in the SF Bay Area (Pleasant Hill) and moved to San Luis Obispo in 1978 to attend Cal Poly. It was at Cal Poly where he met his future wife, Stacy, in Spanish class. Their first date was a Mariachi concert on Cinco De Mayo at Cuesta College and an after-concert stop at Spikes (for potato skins!).

After Cal Poly, Keith worked in Silicon Valley and Stacy was a school teacher. Keith worked at companies that were pioneers in computer networking and the Internet (Cisco Systems, 3com) and was Vice President of Marketing for multiple successful startup companies. Keith and Stacy loved the Central Coast and made several trips each year with their three daughters.

Keith on KCPR (1979)
Keith family
Keith's Family -Xmas 2019

In 2002, Keith decided to retire from Silicon Valley and move his family to the Central Coast. It was his experience of selling and buying his home that prompted him to get his real estate license. Keith developed SloCountyhomes.com which was one of the first online home search sites on the Central Coast. He was a finalist for the National Association of Realtor Technology Achievement award and served as a board of director for the local MLS association. During his real estate career, Keith was with Patterson Realty, Century 21 Hometown Realty, ERA Sea Wave Real Estate, and Compass Real Estate. Keith’s wife is a teacher for the San Luis Obispo Office of Education.

Tanya Knowles, Broker Associate (license #01879393), has been licensed since 2010. She and Keith have worked together in real estate since 2008. Tanya also owns her own successful real estate transaction management company where she has managed thousands of real estate transactions in the past few years. Tanya brings extensive knowledge and experience to a transaction and is a pleasure to work with.