Licensed since 1994, real estate has been an integral part of my professional and personal life. Experience really matters and it is a big part of what I have to offer.
Prior to my career in real estate, as a CFO, I had the opportunity to manage land holdings, direct real estate acquisitions, leases and build-outs. In addition to being financially savvy, I’ve honed an array of soft skills such as negotiating, problem solving and customer service and have used them to build a successful real estate business.
I’m driven by a set of personal core values. It begins with the philosophy of serving with a servant's heart. This translates to a willingness to listen, set expectations and whenever possible, exceed them. If I get this right, you will think that you are my one and only client, from the first time we meet, right up to the close of your transaction.
Striving for excellence is another core value for me. Listing clients appreciate the attention I take in educating them on recent sales and market trends. Since every home is unique and has something different to offer, I prepare a property evaluation designed to maximize the sales price of your home. I inspect the details and condition of the house, and discuss options on preparing and staging it so that we can be competitive from the day we hit the market! Buyer clients are appreciative that I don’t waste their time. I spend many hours previewing properties, querying agents on disclosures and reports ahead of time and show clients only the properties that meet their needs. Buyers appreciate my innovative approaches in presenting offers, sometimes getting them the house even when they were not the highest bidder. I personally oversee the escrow process and attend to issues that may arise with competence and professionalism. You will see me at all your inspections and I will be there when you sign off on closing documents. Even after the close of escrow, my commitment to you remains.
Having integrity in everything I do is the foundation for developing relationships in my life. In real estate, it may mean being truthful to the Seller about what a house can sell for and not bending backwards just to get a listing; sometimes it means holding the different parties in the transaction accountable at the expense of personal comfort and always it means having a high personal code of ethics. No arm-twisting here. Instead, I see my role as that of providing you with all my knowledge and an abundance of emotional support to guide you in making the best decision. I regard each client not only as a business relationship, but also aspire to be your trusted advisor and friend.
I love what I do. I know everyone says that but I really do have a passion for real estate. My favorite parts of the job are house hunting, negotiating and staging homes.
I am a long time East Bay resident. I purchased my first house in Oakland, shortly after graduating college and later moved to Lafayette in 1992. In 1996 my wife, Cynthia and I designed and managed the construction of our present home in Alamo. I also own and manage several residential and mixed-use properties, which has given me a personal perspective in the area of real estate investment. As a buyer, seller and investor of real estate, I’ve profited and weathered many real estate cycles.
I have raised two children in the stellar public school systems we have here and proudly share stories about life in the Diablo Valley with Cynthia and my two children, Lauren and Kevin. I loved coaching soccer and spend my downtime reading, golfing, and hiking with my Bernese Mountain Dog, Tobie. I have a passion for food, especially good sushi. I am privileged and blessed to lead in music worship and served as a church elder. Born and raised in Singapore, I also bring a knowledge of my Asian heritage where common sense "feng shui" principles are part of my cultural norm.
- Contra Costa Association of Realtors
- National Association of Realtors
Gene was awardedthe distinction of a Five-Star Real Estate Agent by Diablo Magazine for 2017, 2016,2015, 2014and 2013. www.fivestarprofessional.com
Gene was recepient of Realtor.com's 2008 Online Excellence Marketing Award!
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