About Trade-In Real Estate

Helping homeowners get out of sticky situations is our passion. Foreclosure, owning a burdensome property, probate, divorce or any other situation that might call for you to side step the usual, lengthy real estate selling process. At Trade-In Real Estate, we buy your home for cash so you can continue to do the things you love.

Trade-In Real Estate is a real estate solutions company based out of Santa Cruz County, California that focus on buying properties off-market (with no commissions). We’re a family owned business and focus on helping homeowners like you find solutions for a quick sale for your home.

Our Core Values


Community-minded, family owned business

About John Flaniken

  • 2023-24 Rotary District 5170 Lt. Governor & Int. Chair
  • 2021 REALTOR of the Year, Santa Cruz County Assoc.
  • SC County Housing Advisory Commissioner, 2021-2025
  • President, Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise 2021-2022
  • Launched Investment Brokerage Trade-In Real Estate in 2018
  • Director for SC County Association of Realtors 2017-present
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker since 2010- Top Producing Broker
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent since 2004- Top Producing Agent
  • Chemistry Degree- University of California, Santa Cruz 1999

After five unfulfilling years in Corporate America, Real Estate seemed like the right career path. Since 2004, I have represented hundreds of buyers and sellers in high-end, investment and bank owned sales. My science background taught me not to be attached to an outcome, only the best solution. This allows me to bring sincerity and respect to my work.

Providing creative real estate solutions is a privilege. I recognize how special this community is, and why people live and own property here. Over the years, I have grown to appreciate the intimate involvement I have in the most important financial decision a Homeowner will make. This is why I am honored when people refer me to their friends and family.

How We Work With Homeowners

If you have any questions about how we work, what the sales process looks like, or how to avoid foreclosure, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Call Trade-In Real Estate Today. (831) 222-1521

The Pros & Cons Of Selling Your House To A Local
Professional Home Buyer– FREE Guide: 

Download our FREE Guide here. You can Contact us if you have questions, want a no hassle situation evaluation, or want to learn more about how a professional home buyer can help you sell unwanted properties for cash.

Get the FREE Guide and then give us a call at (831) 222-1521 and we’ll discuss what your home is worth and what we offer with our Cash Offer Program.