I was born and reared in Southern California and came to the University of California, Berkeley where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English. I later received a California Teaching Credential from Cal. I have lived with my husband, Mel, in Oakland (Montclair) for over 30 years. Both my husband and I have been active in community work including the Oakland Museum of California, Girls Inc, The Alameda County Food Bank, and Westcoast Children's Clinic of Oakland, where I currently serve as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. More Less
My work background includes over 20 years in banking and human resources. This experience has added immeasurably to my ability to understand real estate; the people involved and the intricacies of the transaction. In the field of real estate, I have differentiated myself by listening closely to all the players - clients, agents, mortgage lenders/brokers, title and escrow organizations, inspectors and contractors - and put in perspective the needs and requirements of all in order to complete the transaction successfully. I am, first and foremost, fiercely loyal to my client base, having regular contact during the transaction, and ongoing communications beyond the sale.
Above and beyond a strong business background, I have a unique aptitude for knowing when and how to direct my clients - sometimes forcefully - when it is in their best fiduciary interest. That includes advising against negotiations that could put clients at risk or simply don't make sense. In essence, my own interest is secondary to my clients'.
The field is full of capable real estate agents, many specializing in specific demographics, areas, types of housing. My greatest value is keeping my eye on the good sense of the deal, not getting distracted by marketing pitches or sales trickery, and being supportive of my buyers and sellers. I encourage collaboration between client and agent, and despite the seriousness of the transaction, believe there is plenty of room for fun along the way!
Residential Real Estate; Single-family Homes, Condominiums, Investment Property, Luxury; Buyers Agent, Listing Agent; Marketing, Negotiating; Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont