Debbie Crawford, the Neil Lyon Group’s Showing Specialist, has been a licensed broker for over 20 years, ten of which placed her in the top-producing category in her Tucson market, as a well-respected specialist in resort and gated community markets. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2017, her presence at showings and inspections guarantees the services of a consummate and highly experienced professional.
When the Communist party took over British-controlled Hong Kong in 1949, Debbie Crawford’s father gathered his wife and five daughters and smuggled them out of the country. They immigrated to the United States and settled in Tucson, Arizona, where he raised his family (eventually welcoming a son into the fold) and started a retail business. Debbie’s father had been well-educated in China and wanted his children to have the same opportunities in the United States. Following his example, Debbie and her siblings all pursued a college education and she obtained her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arizona.
Having started life with a major continental crossing, it is not surprising that the desire to travel is in Debbie’s bones. She has satisfied that appetite many times with trips back and forth to her native city, Hong Kong, as well as visits to Thailand, China, England, France, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
In Tucson, Debbie satisfied her yen for active living by engaging in extensive outdoor activities – particularly, yoga, hiking and tennis. A highly competitive streak and natural aptitude for the latter led her to be invited to join the tennis team at Pima Community College in Tucson. She was named “All American” both years that she played.
In 1985 Debbie married and she and her husband, Richard, had two daughters. While their girls were growing up, she was a full-time mom and volunteered for the Arizona Kidney Foundation and Tucson’s Junior League. To escape the hot Arizona weather, Debbie and her family would often spend their summers in San Diego where they had a second home in the Gas Lamp District.
As her children grew and became less dependent on her, Debbie translated her taste for adventure and interesting architecture into real estate. She joined Coldwell Banker Realty in 1995 and later joined Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Tucson. For over twenty years, she specialized in high-end properties and gated communities and earned the distinction of being a top-producing broker. Her professional designations include Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI) and Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ACR).
In 2016 Debbie decided it was time for a change of scenery. Her husband of 31 years had passed away and the mountains, food, art and culture of Santa Fe called to her. After 50 years in the Arizona desert, she moved to the City Different in 2018 joined the Neil Lyon Group at Sotheby’s International Realty. Since then she has become a trusted member of the team, applying both skill and exuberance to all her interactions. In between enjoying her regular pastimes, Debbie visits her daughters and her grandchildren in Oregon regularly, is training a new puppy and enjoying love “the second time around” with her new life-partner, Eric.
I am definitely a “People Person.” Growing up in a large family fostered my social skills and instilled in me a love for big gatherings and meeting others from different cultures and backgrounds. I am also a person who loves adventure and is not afraid of change. I am sure my family’s exodus from China that carried me across several continents at the age of nine contributed to this fearlessness.
As the eldest of my five siblings, I have always played the role of helper and caretaker. This is a huge part of who I am today. I raised two daughters and nursed my husband when he suffered for many years with a terminal illness. As a Realtor I find nurturing the desires of others to find just the right home is an extension of my passion to help. Ensuring that the single largest purchase that most people make in their lifetime goes well is very satisfying. I have the best interests of my home buyers at heart and my past clients will tell you that I am an advocate for them and do everything possible to make their decision-making easier.
In another life, I might have been an interior designer. I take great pleasure in envisioning with my clients what their new home will look like and how they will fit their lives into it. I find life in Santa Fe so rich that it is easy to point the way to that life for others. I am sure the fact that Santa Fe is so visually intriguing prompted my own desire to move here. Replete with history, art and many things to do, it combines the best of the old and new in an intimate and very vibrant setting.
A city with less than 80,000 people affords many opportunities to develop close community and good friends. The Neil Lyon Group is a team that thrives on relationships between colleagues and with our clients. I enjoy working with our team in the effort to provide our clients with fabulous homes in a city that has so many great things to offer.