Lydia has been in the real estate business since 1998 when she originally became an agent for Harold Cranston and Cranston Real Estate. In 2004 she purchased the company from Mr. Cranston and became the Broker and Owner.
Born and raised in West Virginia, Lydia graduated from St. Marys High School in St. Marys, WV and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV. Her real estate education was obtained through Hondros College in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.
Lydia is also a Certified Microsoft Master Instructor and handles all technological aspects of Cranston Real Estate including our technical marketing, 360 Virtual Tour programs, Web Site and network systems. She provides in-house trainings for all salespersons as well as one-on-one computer support.
She is a member of the National Association of Realtors®, Ohio Association of Realtors, West Virginia Association of Realtors®, Elkins Randolph Board of Realtors®, REBAC, SAREC and an officer for the Marietta Board of Realtors®. She is also active in community organizations and causes such as the Marietta Chamber of Commerce, Marietta Pedestrian Safety Advocates, and serves on the Board of Directors for Mountain Hospice serving Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Pendelton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker Counties in West Virginia.
Lydia is a designated Internet Professional through the National Association of Realtors with the e-Pro designation. She also has achieved the SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation and has special training and certification to serve her customers age 55 and older.
In addition, Lydia is also an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) and an Accredited Buyer Representative Manager (ABRM®). This designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. Additionally, she holds the Accredited Staging Professional designation for Home Staging.
The Eco-Broker designation has also been awarded to Lydia. EcoBroker is the premiere green designation program for real estate professionals. EcoBroker Certified® professionals help clients market properties with green features, save money, and live comfortably, through energy efficiency and environmentally-sensitive choices.
Lydia is a Resort and Second Property Specialist and is involved with representing sellers and buyers for resort and second home real estate investments.
She resides in Marietta, Ohio with her husband John and daughters Elena and Carmen. Her personal interests include spending time with her family, flying, playing the piano, involvement with church/community organizations, traveling and her dog, Lewis.