Real Estate Philosophy
Purchasing or selling real estate requires managing hundreds of details, knowing requirements, regional disclosures, negotiating skills, and how to effectively manage entering into the escrow process once a home is found or when an offer gets accepted. My approach is centered on communicating well with my clients and helping to clarify and educate in terms of the intricate market nuances and specific area knowledge that is involved when buying or selling a home.
As a Realtor®, I am here to help buffer the stress involved in completing a successful transaction.
I hope that you will choose to have me represent you in either a buying or selling capacity. My job often requires the mental acumen of an attorney, and the well grounded people skills of a therapist — all mixed together with a tour guide. I can offer my clients not only an enjoyable experience, but an effective experience as well.
Change is rarely a comfortable process, and buying or selling a home ranks among one of the most stressful events that people undertake in their lives. People sometimes feel that a real estate transaction can have the same stress-producing qualities as getting married or having a child, and it is my job to keep clients sober and to help them realize that even though buying or selling property is not like running down to the corner store, it is still in the end just a purchase like anything else, and is subject to the same dynamics as other products that must adhere to the dictates of supply and demand.
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A Bit of My Background
I am a life-long east bay resident. I graduated in 1996 from UCSC with a double major degree in anthropology and theoretical linguistics. I was a substitute teacher for Contra Costa County where I worked with SED and “at-risk kids” — I also was a substitute at the middle school and high school level before going to work at Oakland Public Schools where I helped to run the educational television station KDOL as an associate producer of math-related programming and distance learning curriculum. I am technically savvy and I play well with others.
I have done work in graphic design and have a high level of skill with such programs as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator – my marketing skills are top notch. Technology is an important area for me and I have been involved in staying on top of computer development since I built my first 386sx with a 50mg harddrive back in 1993 for use in college. I just recently built a Mac Pro “Hackintosh” out of high end PC components and that was quite a fun and yet frustrating process. I have a fairly extensive background in landscape construction and finish carpentry. My hobbies include ceramics and wheel thrown pottery, metal sculpture working mostly with bronze and cast iron, TIG welding, woodworking, Tai Chi, and Aikido.