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I moved to the Westside of Santa Cruz from the Rio Del Mar (Aptos Beach Flats) area in 1982 and have lived here off and on ever since. I have moved around quite a bit actually. In 1989 I moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains and then lost my home to the Big Quake. Like a lot of Californians, I moved up to Oregon and tried selling Real Estate in Portland for Century 21. I only lasted a couple of years in Portland. I decided that I wanted to live in a way that was commensurate with my values so I sold everything and drove to Central America. I landed in Antigua, Guatemala - my idea was either to find volunteer work, or to buy a farm and try to live sustainably. I found work as a volunteer math teacher, living on an orphanage in El Peten. After 3 years of living in the jungle, with the San Pedro River as our only running water, I made an excursion to Trujillo, Honduras where I had heard that our director (Vincent Pescatore) was thinking of starting a new project. I loved the change in climate - still too hot, but with the Atlantic in front of us. I stayed there and helped secure the land that became Finca Del Nino Honduras. The Honduras project is alive and well and I believe that Zulena (Vincent's wife) is still President. Vincent crashed his plane 1/03/96 and died with 2 other volunteers who had just flown down from the States. I have to say that Vincent accomplished so much in his 35 years, he had an amazing energy that lit up his face and it was impossible to move slowly when with him.
I came back home that year(1996), attended a family reunion in South Dakota and then rode the Greyhound to Bar Harbor, Maine where I found a Summer job harvesting veggies at an organic farm, which is now owned by the University of the Atlantic and used for an organic farming program, (at least that's what I heard when I visited again in 2003). After that I decided to finish my degree at UCSC and graduated 1998 with a BA in Anthropology. I never really planned to make a living at Anthropology, and figured I'd go back to Real Estate, which is what I did.
What does any of this have to do with Real Estate? Nothing. But it is the defining experience in my life, the story I like to tell - because it reminds me of who I am. It reminds me of what is important to me, of how hard each one of us is capable of working when confronted with something we feel passionate about.
My passion for Real Estate started just before I was 5 years old. My parents were deciding between two houses, and had sold our Campbell house on Century Drive for $18k. Their choices were 2 homes for $30k each, one was a large Victorian on Loma Alta at Los Gatos Blvd, and the other a new house on Craig Way above Alta Vista Elementary in East Los Gatos. I remember how excited I was by the idea of being walking distance to the library, and by the character and feel of the big old house. The new house (that they chose) held no fascination for me at all, and although its easy to see the attraction of the cul-de-sac home within view of the school as a parent now, I still know that they should have listened to me. After all the Loma Alta house is worth twice what the Craig Way house is worth, and not only that, but 21 years later I sold my Mom a house - and what did she buy? A downtown LG Victorian, I could have saved her the trouble of moving and kept her tax basis lower, if she had only listened to my 5 yr old self.
I am still fascinated by how our choices in where we live influence our lives: how car dependent are we?, how close to schools and services? how clean is the water? how good the soil? sun or redwoods? mountains or beach? what kind of community? Its all about putting down roots where we can thrive, finding the spot that nourishes our soul. This is one of the most important decisions we ever make, and I am honored to help in any way I can.
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    03/28/2014
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    11/26/2013
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    11/06/2013
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    09/27/2013
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      01/03/2014 - msmastandrea
      Bought a Townhouse home in 2013 for approximately $675K in Santa Cruz, CA.
      Brad was extremely helpful in my purchase of a home in Santa Cruz. He was very responsive in showing me around neighborhoods and homes, and set me up with a very efficient loan broker on short notice when my original loan broker failed to complete the process. I will gladly do business again with Brad.  MoreLess
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      09/27/2013 - James Nelson
      Sold a home in 2012.
      Brad helped us through a difficult market and location, we were unfamiliar with. We were trying to close a 1031 exchange on time. Brad helped us all the way and we closed from out of state on time. Thanks Jim
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      09/07/2013 - user97070020
      Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $825K in Blossom Valley, San Jose, CA.
      I am a returning client. There are so many agents out there, I only chose Brad because he is very knowledgeable, responsible and hard working. He listened all my needs, analyzed the market to me, and willing to spend humongous time with me to looking for houses in this Bay Area. We spent about 4 months to look for houses and close escrow last two weeks. Brad did an amazing job for us because he worked day and night to find a " right" home for us in this battle crazy market. Adding that I like his honesty and negotiate skills. He always stands on my side to negotiate the home for me.

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      1414 Soquel Ave #100
      Santa Cruz, CA  95062
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