I have practiced real estate for many years. This has given me the opportunity to explore and become knowledgeable about a large part of the East Bay: Crockett, Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante, Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany, Berkeley, Piedmont, Alameda, San Leandro and the LaMoRinda area, (Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda) of eastern Contra Costa County.
I'm a firm believer in 'boots on the ground' concept meaning in order to really know neighborhoods and properties one needs to go there and see things for oneself.
My professional philosophy is: Be knowledgeable. Be ethical. Be honest. Be forthright. Listen to your clients' needs and always be aware that real estate is probably not your clients' profession thus the need to deliver clear explanations, suggestions and guidance.
License and Designations: Agent 1978. Broker 1985. Member Graduater Real Estate Institute, (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist, (CRS), Quality Service Certification, (QSC) and a few more.
Professional Associatios: National Association of Realtors, (NAR), Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors, (OBAR) and Bridge Multiple Listing Service.
Community Service: Board Member Albany Education Foundation, (AEF), a non profit which raises funds for classroom tecahers' projects and field trips in Albany Unified School District. Past member of City of Albany Charter Review Committee and Traffic and Safety Committee.
Other: Crow Canyon Cat Club, Sierra Club, Cal Trout as well as a host of other environmentally oriented and politically oriented organizations.
Personal Background: I have been a long time resident of the East Bay having first lived in Berkeley and now for the past 30 years in Albany. I was born in Harbin, China. My parents were naturalized American citizens of Russian ancestry who had come to this country as teenagers after the Russian Revolution. My dad was a Mining Engineer and he went back to China to practice his profession> I went to St Marys High School in Berkeley and have a Bachelor of Science Degree and a General Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. I served 6 years in the United States Air Force, (4 active and 2 reserve) with a Honorable Discharge at the beginning of the Vietnam War. In my spare time I used to raise show cats, (Tonkinese). Currently I raise butterflies, maintain my 100 gallon marine tank, garden, walk my dogs in Tilden Park looking for the elusive mountrain lion and practice real estate. I'm also a San Francisco Giants season ticket holder and for years I have fed a small, black feral cat with golden eyes named 'Meow Meow' who knows her name better than my own cats know theirs..
References: Will be happily provided upon request; former clients, lenders, escrow officers, etc.