I began my real estate career in San Francisco in 1999 with a flip of investment property, successfully purchasing, renovating and selling residential and commercial real estate in the Bay Area. In 2006 I obtained my Broker’s license, the highest license in the industry.
My innate instincts in negotiations, as well as my passion for working with my clients is why I love being in real estate. I fell in love with houses and architectural design while looking at houses as a child with my mother. I feel the history and energy each house is unique, and I believe that it’s important to match each buyer with the correct house, exceeding the specifications and style/location match to create a partnership.
I found an opportunity in distressed sales during the recession, performing valuations for banks. To date, I’ve completed over 155,000 valuations for corporate clients. With my extensive background in dealing with the foreclosure crises in San Francisco and the East Bay, I have a strong knowledge of real estate law and am familiar with commercial property management and valuation.
During the time I worked with bank owned properties, I also became intimately familiar with the people who were affected by the crises. Many of those affected had addiction problems. For many years I was a patient advocate for addiction treatment. I worked with now CA Governor, then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to help create a program that serves hundreds of addicts to this day, 14 years later. I have also worked as a patient advocate consultant (volunteer) with the SF Department of Public Health. Working within my community is extremely important to me.
My strengths are integrity, loyalty, organization, dedication and discipline. I work hard for my clients and get the deal done. With extensive investment background, I excel in creative negotiation and gaining the upper hand at the negotiation stage.
My philosophy is to assist my clients in a sound financial decision that will aid them for years to come. I guide clients through the intimidating and daunting process of buying in a seller’s market and can assist them in the very detail oriented process of buying a property that needs repair or is income producing. This requires an agent with more than basic knowledge in traditional real estate.
I was born into a family with four generations of contractors. Coupled with years of remodeling homes personally, I love working with both investors and people who feel that their property has aesthetic challenges. My keen creative eye can envision the potential of a property, oftentimes when others cannot. The same eye for potential allows me to help sellers showcase their property in a way that appeals to buyers. Having a background in valuations greatly assists me in pricing, as I am intimately familiar with the area’s ever changing micro-markets.
I am certified as a Probate Specialist through the California Association of Realtors. I have decades of experience working with attorneys, contractors, estate liquidators and other industry professionals that can help. While some Realtors will present a large team that can assist you with your sale, I work with a smaller group of professionals that will get the job done without over burdening you.
You may find me enjoying the outdoor life in Berkeley. I enjoy jogging and hiking as well as the local art, music and poetry scene. Meditation, natural medicine and dance are important parts of my rich inter-personal life. I know that a balanced life is a good life. I focus on constant evolution, personal growth while enjoying wellness and natural medicine.