Posted September 4, 2016 in Realtor Spotlight
How long have you worked in Real Estate?
I have been practicing as a real estate broker since 2001, giving me 15 years of the most demanding and rewarding career of my life.
What is your specialty?
My team and I specialize in residential and investment properties. Even in this bullish real estate market, there are still distressed properties that need TLC; homes which an investor can rehabilitate and place on the market ready for new homeowners to move into without the added expense of repairs in order for them to enjoy their newly purchased home.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy or sell a home?
I encourage Buyers or Sellers to work with a professional Realtor® when buying or selling properties. Buying or selling a home is a complicated process. Each property is unique with characteristics that are not all readily apparent at first pass. An experienced Broker will protect your interests, advocate for you, and smooth out any bumps on the road to closing, taking a lot of the stress away.
What is the most unique property you’ve listed or sold?
The most unique property that I have showed (but not sold) is an acreage property near Lake Merwin which featured a 3,000 square foot ranch home with its own bomb shelter.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in real estate?
Selling three condominiums to three separate buyers in a single day, and on New Year’s Eve Day at that.
What is the most challenging/gratifying aspect of what you do?
There is both a challenge and a reward in working with clients who each have unique personalities and tastes. Thankfully, only on rare occasions, have I encountered clients who’ve displayed multi-faceted preferences, and preferences in obvious conflict with each other. Stop me if you’ve heard this: “I would like a waterfront home along the Columbia and I only want to pay $250,000.” Having empathy and understanding of your clients has substantial impact towards a rewarding client/broker relationship.
What do you see in the future for real estate sales/prices?
I see improvement in the near term. It’s clear that homeownership matters. As economists would attest, homeownership is good for the economy. Most homeowners typically sell their home in 7-10 year cycles. That cycle can contribute to economic growth and job creation because each home sale tends to have a multiplier effect, by boosting home remodeling, home improvement and furniture stores, moving companies, mortgage businesses, etc. According to NAR, one new job is supported for every two homes sold. With a healthy economy, home ownership will increase and inevitably, prices will follow.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hobbies, volunteering, family, fun?
My wife, who also happens to be a Broker, once told me that I will work 8 days a week if there’s such a thing. I do occasionally take time off to support my favorite past time, which is golf, and will sign up for any charity event involving golf. My other passion is my family who all love to get together and eat wonderful meals.
What do you like about living in this area?
The climate and the people of SW Washington (Portland included) are both chill in a good kind of way. Having been born and raised in sunny Southern California, I grew out of my surfer shorts and have come to love the cool grey Northwest life. The beach is only a couple of hours drive to satisfy the surfer dude in me, while most of the time I bask in the green spaces that is all around us, while that Mount Hood view is so fantastic and immovable that I could almost write poems about it.
Anything else you would like our readers to know about you and your company?
Together with my wife Zenny, we own and manage a boutique brokerage called Location Realty. We have six Brokers who are very team-oriented and we help each other out considerably. We also provide our clients very personalized service with a goal towards making them feel valued, confident, and secure during the course of, and even after the close of their transaction.