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To serve my customers to the utmost, advanced courses have honed my sensitivity to the needs of Seniors & Human Diversity and my skill on the Internet. I enjoy finding that home of Value & Integrity.
A Short Biography with Inserted Philosophy
One's self is a hard judge as to whether one is apart or different from anyone else in this or any other business (a Jim Bath, not a Confucius!) But, I won't let this space go to waste and leave you in the dark about The Guy In Paradise. Elsewhere you have access to the keywords of my life from Honolulu and Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) to my Real Estate currency with Paradise Realty of Venice (Florida). I do think my background, interests, experiences and successes have made me a well-rounded individual with both depth and breadth. During my college days at the University of California-Davis and University of Wisconsin-Madison, I developed a "Save-The-Planet" lust, that was hard to part with, even when it became obvious that it distracted me from the rigors of basic research on insects and the viruses that they transmit. So, I have 'painted with smaller brushes' in research and real estate, but conceptually kept the 'broad brush stroking'for my teaching opportunities and counseling my children and grandchildren to 'save' the Planet!
So, 20 years as a student; 22 years as a University Professor, including a 1.5 year stint in the Executive Branch of our Government; and 23 years as a residential remodeler, repairman and maintenance man is a fairly full plate. My academic excitement was and is in Biology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Virology and Horticulture. Beats me to what it all adds up, but I can tell you it has been rewarding and mind-fulfilling. I still wish I could use that "BIG BRUSH" to paint our PLANET all the colors of the rainbow, put sense to the way we utilize resources and do what we need to do to sustain life on EARTH!!! Yes, when we are out on a property search mission, we will have lots to talk about because I love hearing what others have done in their lives and what they think about all sorts of issues. Cheers from JIM-IN-PARADISE...I look forward to meeting you and getting the right property for you and yours!
What Can a Caring, Sharing Earthling Do For You?
I do not try to be everything to everybody; I would only be kidding myself and shorting my customers. I have particular skill in helping people find property that possesses both structural quality and value. I have been fortunate in life to have had hands-on experience in the residential building and repair trades, beginning way back in the mid-50s when I was a Carpenter Apprentice during High School and College summers near Disneyland in Southern California.
Throughout my career as a University Professor and Administrator, I also kept my tools active in repair of rentals and the building of a garage, a stable and a room addition. I feel that my teaching, research, extension and administrative experiences gave me the tools with which to be a REALTOR(R) of considerable depth, skill and personal connectives. My customers have often mentioned that is satisfying to meet a real estate agent who can go way beyond opening the home for a showing. Yes, I enjoy giving folks all of the detail and assessment that they wish, on the spot. I try to have everything on hand to answer their every pertinent question! I also do not hide the ugly stuff, like an aging Air Conditioner, but instead pick up an estimate should one want to replace it. Thoroughness doesn't work for everyone, but for me it is the only way, regardless of consequences.
So, I probably excel on the Buyer Side, where my love for extensive property searching pays benefits for the customer and me. However, when I work from the Seller's Side the owner also gets an unusual level of effort from me. Why, you wonder? Because I use my creative bent to prepare and distribute nifty Listing Reports, Brochures and Flyers. Plus, I love to do Open Houses, where I meet people from all over this Planet and get the word out about the Guy From Paradise. In 2009, I sold 2 properties where I was both Listing and Selling Agent, due to my extensive Open House approach to exposing property to potential buyers or their friends, and I repeated that "double" again in 2011. Were I much younger, I would surely open up a Brokerage, which would serve as a channel for my graving for activity involving lots of detail, data analysis and fiscal responsibility!
I don't do Income Property, Commercial Property or Vacant Land, but others in my Company pick up the slack there. However, whenever I say Yes to anyone they get my full attention and effort. I have always been that way; it makes putting one's head on the pillow at night oh so gratifying!
Expressions of Thanks from Customers
"I thank you, Jim, for being so helpful throughout the many steps in Contract to Closing. Being fairly challenged physically, I don't know how I would have managed to get to the attorney twice, the bank once and to closing, itself. I was not aware that REALTORS also could be so helpful and take the time that you did, Jim, to thoroughly explain all of the details of Contract and the HUD Closing Document. I hope to see you often! Kaye G., November 2007
"Well, we made it even though our Short Sale purchase took 2+ months! I am very pleased with the home that I am renting to the mother and daughter that were there before. I am thankful for your follow-through, patience and communications. I needed to hear your weekly reassuring comments that we were still 'alive' in the process. Thanks, too, for your skill and help with that door replacement we did on the side of the garage. Keep your eye out for another good one under $75K. Bill O., December 2008
"A BIG thanks to you and Donna for all the dinners out during the year on the market and for moving everything to your garage to store until Jean could get down with a trailer. It was nice to have someone we could trust handling all the issues while I was in and out of re-hab and out-of-state in Indiana. You have taken a big load of stress off of my mind. Thanks again and give a ring every now and then" Marge M., March 2009
"Hi, Jim: We are very pleased with our maufactured home in Sandalwood Park, Venice. We have done some painting and some re-decorating, and the carpet cleaned like a champ, as you said it should. You know, we were a little nervous having you represent our interests in the purchase since you were the Listing Agent as well. But we must admit that we couldn't have been better represented with a single buyers agent. We really appreciated that you acted so fairly throughout and never made us feel like the owner was your favorite. Thanks again for all your efforts in getting us a home in our favorite Park!" John & Shirley T., March 2009
"Thanks, Jim, for all the hard and professional work that you did for us in the purchase of our new waterfront home in Venice. We appreciate the extra tasks that you completed at no charge to us. We thank you and Tim Paradiso again for the lovely gift "Picnic Basket for Four" along with the bottle of real Champaign and The History of Venice book by Kim Kool. We look fwd to seeing you in the Fall!" Mike & Barb L., April 2009
"I knew that you would be the one who would sell my dream home on Robert's Bay, in Venice. And, then when I saw how nicely and informatively you set up my home for showings, anyday of the week, and then hosted 15 Open Houses in 4 months, I knew you were the one! I hated to sell the dream but I had to, and it sure eased my pain as I watched you operate with full professionalism. It helped alot too knowing that you would not entertain 'low-balls' and would show the place liberally to fin that right buyer. AND YOU DID SO IN SPADES! Thank you again and again, Jim!" Margaret B., April 2009
"I met Jim while considering a move to Venice and meeting with him for several days before realizing that I had too many issues in California to give up. He sure does provide Exemplary Service, and he puts his background in Home Remodeling to great use in finding homes of both value and integrity. He enjoys the technical side of real estate as well as the himan side. If you have not met Jim, you are missing a humorous, witty, clever man who is driven for Professionalism of the hiqhest quality!" Val B., May 2010
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