In one of the most important transitions or purchases of your life, I bring a wealth of experience to help you have a smooth process. By listening to your real estate goals and needs, I am able to develop with you a successful strategy for your sale or purchase. I use my intuition, expertise, in-depth knowledge of local housing markets and neighborhoods, negotiating and communication skills, and integrity to work with investors, homebuyers and sellers.
I have worked directly with homebuyers, home sellers, and investors for almost 30 years and have been involved with over a 1,000 escrows. The East Bay has been my home for over 30 years, having lived in Berkeley, Albany and Oakland. I have a Masters' Degree in City Planning with a focus on Housing Finance from UCBerkeley. I successfully ran a consulting business for twenty-two years working on first-time homebuyer programs and affordable housing primarily in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties. I am knowledgeable in state and local homebuyer loan programs and other homeowner assistance programs, such as mortgage credit certificates. I was an active, licensed Mortgage Loan Originator for 3 years.
Based in Berkeley, I serve the East Bay communities from Castro Valley to Vallejo, and east to Concord/Walnut Creek. These include Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley, El Cerrito, Pinole, Richmond, El Sobrante, Rodeo, Crockett, and Hercules. Why do I love the Bay Area? We are so fortunate to live in a culturally-diverse area with natural beauty and temperate climate, with a wealth of arts, music, theatre and dance. Just a BART ride away are all the benefits of an urban center with the slower pace and better weather that the East Bay has to offer.
I have a demonstrated commitment to creating and maintaining affordable housing opportunities for Bay Area residents. I have been a member of East Bay Housing Organizations for many years and served for six years as President of the Board of Directors. I am a member of Oakland/Berkeley, California and National Association of Realtors, East Bay Multiple Listing Service, SFJazz, SJJazz, KCSM, KQED, DeYoung and Legion of Honor Art Museums, SFMOMA, and UC Botanical Gardens.
My interests include jazz, world and latin music, salsa dancing, hiking, yoga, singing and travel to such far off places as Fiji, Bali, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, and the Canadian Rockies.