To treat all prospects, customers and clients with respect, compassion and sincerity, using old fashioned service with today’s technology to provide client-focused real estate services, tools, education, responsiveness and guidance, and enable you to reach your unique real estate goals with a minimum of hassle and frustration, and have you feel you are my only client
THE JOURNEY: After 15 years in corporate Human Resources positions, my wife and I opened a successful art gallery in Cambridge, MA. Shortly thereafter I obtained my real estate license and began working for RE/MAX Destiny in Cambridge (home of Harvard University and MIT).
3 years later my wife and I made a huge decision to relocate to Carlsbad California in the Spring of 2005 (photo at right is of Cambridge's Harvard Square in winter), and bought our 9th home in the La Costa area of Carlsbad so we could be near the beaches.
I began working for RE/MAX Associates in Encinitas in June 2005 which later changed to RE/MAX Moonlight Beach, created after RE/MAX Associates was sold in 2008.
I am now with SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE in Carlsbad and have been since January 2011. I still work primarily out of my home office but meet with clients at our Carlsbad office at 2055 Corte Del Nogal.
In addition to my corporate business skills and experience, I have now been a primary home buyer and seller 10 times, and have bought and sold a rental property, a business condo, and 2 vacation properties (one waterfront), in 4 different states. So I understand consumer issues from the buying and selling viewpoint, and have had some harrowing experiences, all of which benefits YOU when you are buying and selling a home.
I KNOW RELOCATION :
I have relocated a significant distance 4 times and I understand it well (if you want to learn more about relocation and how to do a good job of moving, visit Carlsbad Relocation A to Z). And I love writing about living here in San Diego, my most recent move - there is lots of information in my blog Fans of Coastal San Diego but these days I concentrate on the blog you are visiting now. I have moved with very young children, pets, and cars. I also understand the business side of relocation, including Corporate Relocation Programs, from my years as a Human Resources professional.
Be sure to check out my RELOCATION TIPS VIDEO SERIES on my YouTube Channel for the important things you should know about the relocation process, whether you are moving a short distance or across the country. Call me at any time at (760) 840-1360 if I can answer any questions.
Training, education and technology are incredibly important in the real estate business, and are expected, if not demanded, by today's buyers and sellers. And in my opinion using technology is essential to working effectively in today's real estate market. BUT it's not ALL about technology - there's the human side of real estate that is paramount in every transaction.
I obtained my e-Pro designation soon after I received my license in order to expand my technology expertise.
I am 1 of about 3% of all REALTORS in the US with the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, which required advanced coursework in technology, referrals, buyer and seller strategies, business planning and marketing, and had rigorous production requirements. The value for you as a buyer or seller are the many advanced strategies I know how to use for marketing your home or helping you find the right property, and the experience I have had in a wide range of buying and selling scenarios. The use of technology is key in this market when working with buyers and sellers (e.g., home searching, marketing, communication, digital photography, video, electronic signatures), and for daily business operations and communications. But lots of what I do is still face to face, and it all depends on what is best for YOU! How do YOU want to communicate - phone, text, email, in person??
I also completed my SFR Certification (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource) which focuses on helping homeowners who are in hardship situations and owe more on their homes than the value in today's market. Short sales are a major challenge, and knowing what to do to protect client's interests is key. If YOU have or may be getting to, a hardship situation with your home, please don't wait - get some guidance right away so you know what your options are. And be sure to talk with your lender before your situation gets worse!
I have the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) certification since I also focus on senior buyers and sellers(i.e., communities that are age restricted to 55+).
I am very excited about the skills, techniques and strategies I offer my clients to better serve their needs in our increasingly challenging and competitive market. I am active in the National Council of Residential Specialists organization to support their educational programs in Southern California and to continue my own education in the real estate business, and served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of the CRS as Area Vice President for San Diego, as the Treasurer for 2008; I served as Secretary on the Board for 2009, President-Elect for 2010, President for 2011, and Immediate Past President for 2012, as well as continuing my involvement as Chair of the Technology Committee (including the Chapter website and blog) through to 2014. I served on the National Communications Advisory Panel for the Council of Residential Specialists for 2011, was a committee member of the Council's National Education Forum in 2012, and Chaired this National Committee in 2014. I was o a Regional Vice President covering the New England Chapters for 2014 and 2015, a great honor and privilege (and fun to visit my old stomping grounds in the Boston area!), and will serve in that role again in 2016. I will also Chair the national Membership Development Committee for CRS.
Referrals are an essential part of my business; being introduced by you to your valued friends, family and neighbors is the best compliment I can receive, and I treat each and every one with the utmost care. So don't keep me a secret if you have gotten to know me, even if we have not yet worked together!
I also have a large and ACTIVE REFERRAL NATIONAL DATABASE I use whenever I can for outbound referrals, so I can help you if you are moving from this area, but can also assist friends and family all over the country who need help finding a qualified real estate agent to assist them in buying and/or selling. I know a ton of top real estate agents around the country in all major cities and beyond, and I can help you or your friends find just the right person to get them through their buying or selling transaction successfully.
To learn more about the benefits I offer you with my advanced training and education as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), click on this link to my Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Member Profile.
Lastly, I am a big beach lover, both EAST and WEST.
So you will learn a lot from me about the areas near the Southern California beaches of North San Diego County, especially in Carlsbad where I live, and neighboring Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach/Mission Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, San Elijo Hills, and Vista.
I don't get to enjoy the beach as much as I would like, but try to take some time to appreciate the beautiful coastline we have whenever possible. If you have questions about the beaches and the communities nearby, or want to know more about what it's like to live on or near the beach, please feel free to ask...I'll tell you what I know, OR find out what I don't.
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