Meet the Team

Mike Ameel, Broker - Coto de Caza Real Estate
Mike Ameel
Licensed Broker, REALTOR
CA BRE License # 00480081

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Mike Ameel is a Real Estate Broker celebrating over 40 years in the business, and having sold over 1,000 homes since 1974. Initially serving the family, he now also serves their children and grandchildren too! Mike has specialized in Coto de Caza and the surrounding areas since moving his family to Coto in 1993 from Irvine, and is one of the top agents in the history of the community who is actively involved and has extensive knowledge of the area. He first joined the Ridgeline Committee in 1994, which helped to reduce the number of homes built in the Pinnacle Development from over 200 to 74, preserving Coto’s beautiful ridgeline, and then joined the fight in 1998 with the “Coto Residents Against the Airport Committee” in order to dispute an international airport at El Toro, which would have been a disaster for home values and quality of life in the area due to its proximity.

Mike was also a Founding Executive Board Member of the Bell Tower Foundation that built the regional community center located in Rancho Santa Margarita, a Founding Member of the Board of Governors at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club, Chairman of its Membership Committee, past President of the Coto de Caza/RSM Rotary Club in 2002 and Chairman for the CZ Master Ad Hoc Future Governance Committee that is responsible for investigating future governance options for the community of Coto de Caza.

His hobbies include offshore fishing in Mexico, Panama and Alaska as time permits, shooting trap/skeet and sporting clays, wine dinners and tasting at the club and at Hanna’s, Texas Hold ’em, and playing golf on the weekends with his buddies.

Mike has been married to his wonderful wife Linda since 1977 and has two amazing daughters Cathy and Melissa, who have followed in his footsteps. Mike also has 5 beautiful grandchildren.

Catherine Marusich
Licensed Broker, REALTOR, Certified Mobile Notary Public
CA BRE License # 01347668

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Mike’s eldest daughter, Cathy has had her Real Estate License since 2002, and most recently became a broker in 2013. Her first taste of the business was in middle school when she began inputting numbers into spreadsheets for the management of an apartment complex that Mike owned in San Bernardino. Soon after, she programmed her own spreadsheet using Excel, and automated the process, saving many hours of work. She is also a mobile notary public, transaction coordinator, is well versed in the use of DocuSign, and enjoys being a part of Coto de Caza Real Estate’s one‐stop shop. In 2014, Cathy furthered her experience and career goals by earning her real estate Broker license.

Cathy loves to take on the challenge of finding the perfect home for her clients, and has had many happy customers over the years. She is dependable, trustworthy, determined and tech savvy, and enjoys fixing and taking apart all things broken. Cathy has been married to her husband Tony since 2007, and they have 3 beautiful daughters, RoseLynn, AnaLeigh and Aurora.

Cathy is proactive when she sees a problem that needs to be addressed, and enjoys making an impact in her community to help it become an even more wonderful and safe place to live.

Melissa Said
Licensed REALTOR
CA BRE License #01717306

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Melissa Said is the youngest of Mike’s two daughters, has had her real estate license since 2005. Melissa handles the property management of over 20 properties in the area. She is trustworthy, dependable, and ‘on the ball’ when it comes to managing concerns related to the properties she manages.

Melissa has been married to her husband Jason since 2007, and they have 2 beautiful children, Keira and Jameson.

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