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, in 2002.
In the Spring of 2005 my wife and I made the decision to relocate to Carlsbad California. We bought our 9th home in the La Costa area of Carlsbad to be near the beach, and not too long a drive to San Diego, or LA where our daughter was in school.
After obtaining my California real estate license I joined RE/MAX Associates in Encinitas in June 2005, which later became RE/MAX Moonlight Beach, created after RE/MAX Associates was restructured in 2008. In January 2011 I made the move to a new brokerage, SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE, shortly after they opened their first California office in Carlsbad, where I am today.
I have been a primary home buyer and seller 10 times, and have also bought and sold a business condo and 2 vacation properties, one waterfront, in 4 different states. I understand the practical and emotional issues of buying and selling from the consumer’s perspective, and have had some difficult transactions to navigate, all of which benefits my clients.
I have relocated multiple times, most recently from Boston to Carlsbad, and have moved very young children, pets, and cars. I am also familiar with the business side of relocation from my years as a Human Resources professional, including corporate relocation programs and packages, and working with relocation companies. I understand the relocation process very well and specialize in working with buyers and sellers who are making significant moves to or from Southern California.
I am 1 of about 3% of all REALTORS with the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, which required advanced training in technology, working with referrals, and listing and buying strategies, and had rigorous production requirements. I have been a CRS since 2005 and have been active in the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) organization at the state level since earning the designation.
I have served in every position on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of CRS, including President for 2011 when we won the Chapter of the Year Award. I am also active on a National level, serving as Chair of the Educational Forum for the National CRS Organization for 2014, and Vice Chair for the Membership Development Committee in 2015; I will Chair that committee in 2016. I have been Regional Vice President for 2014 and 2015, working with the 4 state CRS Chapters in New England, and will serve in that role again for 2016.
Lastly, I believe strongly in ongoing education and learning, and stay current with technology and changes in our business through webinars, classes, and by attending regional and national conferences. Education is also essential for buyers and sellers, and I author 2 different consumer blogs; I’ve written several thousand articles since 2006 about the North San Diego County area, neighborhoods, the local housing market, and what consumers need to know about the buying and selling process.