Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?LN: I have been in real estate for almost 14 years, starting as an assistant for 2 of the top agents for a year to really get a sense of the business and develop a strong understanding of the details. Prior to changing careers, I was a vice president at Pacific Bell and SBC, where my team built the infrastructure that we now know as Silicon Valley with all of the large accounts headquartered here. Also,..
Meet Valerie Aliwarga, Real Estate Professional at Compass – San Francisco
Q: You moved around quite a bit in your early years, what was that like?VA: I was born in Indonesia and have an international family, which has allowed me the opportunity to travel and learn new cultures around the globe. We moved back to the states to live with my mother's family … when my parents divorced, I traveled the world. It was difficult to constantly be the “new girl” until I learned to accept the blessing and opportunity of meeting new people. ..
Meet Megan Micco, Broker Associate at Compass, East Bay
Q: Your career started out in luxury jewelry design and sales. Tell us how you found this career path?MM: My brother-in-law from my first marriage was a luxury jewelry designer based in Paris. I had recently graduated from UC Berkeley and was pondering my career direction. He asked me to help him with product placement for his Art Nouveau Jewelry line. I was recruited by the owner of the jewelry store and the rest is history.Q: You also worked in the lega..
Meet Ariel Vincent, Realtor at Park North Real Estate
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?AV: I’ve been in the business a little over 2 years.
Q: Tell us how your career started in Real Estate?AV: I started working for a furnished rental startup in San Francisco called HomeSuite. I was a leasing agent there and transitioned into a few other roles within the company before I came into residential sales full time.
Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle?AV: I handle al..
Meet Jennifer Martinez, Real Estate Agent, SkyRise Real Estate Group, Silicon Valley
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?JM: I obtained my Real Estate License in 2009, however, I started working alongside my husband for our company, Skyrise Real Estate Group, in 2012.
Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?JM: I am the Vice President and CMO for Skyrise Real Estate Group. I hold my Real Estate License, and I am also licensed in Life & Health.
Q: What percentage of your clients are buyers vs. sellers?JM: In 2..
Q: What was your first experience in Real Estate like? RS: My first exposure to Real Estate occurred 19 years ago when I purchased my first home. It was an exciting time and I have to say, that to this day Real Estate is still exciting to me.
Q: Why Real Estate?RS: Practicing Real Estate is like slipping into the perfect shoe, it’s the feeling of knowing it’s the right fit. I consider myself beyond blessed for discovering what brings me joy and I must ..
Meet Marina Shiferman, Real Estate Agent for Zephyr Real Estate
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?MS: 6 yearsQ: Can you share with us how your career started in Real Estate?MS: The first thing that attracted me towards the real estate business was the flexibility of the schedule and the opportunity to be my own boss. After I got into the business my career really started after a few months of really hustling and working, I had to build my client base out of nothing, so I had my work cut out for me. ..
Meet Barbara Lymberis, Real Estate Professional, Coldwell Banker, Silicon Valley
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?BL: I was licensed in 2002, and have been working full-time, consistently, in Real Estate since then.
Q: Tell us about your career in Real Estate?BL: Real Estate is a 24/7/365 profession, and I’ve been lucky enough to work as a team the entire time with my husband Nick, who was licensed in 2001 after 29 years in his former profession as an Attorney. We are both Realtors, belonging to the National Assoc..
Meet Amy Levins, Broker – Associate at Compass, San Francisco
Q: You spent the early part of your career working in New York … tell us a little bit about your experience living and working in the Big Apple?AL: Working and living in New York City was a great experience for me. Being a San Francisco native and a graduate of UCLA, I adjusted easily to the east coast city life. Soon into my Public Relations career, I became aware of my entrepreneurial drive. I realized one way to be successful at an agency was to develop..
Meet Mohua Dey, Real Estate Agent Coldwell Banker Fremont, CA
First, I love what I do. I love every aspect of my job and I believe that it makes Buying or selling a home is the most important and probably largest transaction you will ever make. Now, the question is: why should I represent you in this major transaction? I am just like any other Realtor with access to the MLS service, right? Yes, in that respect, I am not at all different from other Realtors, but there are many differences that will make you see that w..
Meet Lynn Reid, Real Estate Professional at Compass Real Estate, San Francisco
Q: How many years did you live in Cape Town South Africa? What was it like?LR: I was born in Cape Town and lived there until I was 32 years old when I immigrated to the USA and was lucky enough to land in Marin County. As a child, Cape Town was a fantastic place to live. It was very beautiful and easy to get around with good schools and lazy days on the beach. As I grew older and began my career as a social worker, I became more aware of the gross racial ..
Meet Inna Rubinchik, Leasing Director Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco CA
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?IR: In 2008 I left a thriving career at Deloitte Tax and started in Real Estate as an unpaid intern at a local RE investment company. The main reason for switching careers was my desire to see my decision affect the bottom line of the project.
Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle?IR: I handle rental properties in San Francisco. In 2016, at 5 months pregnant, I felt a jolt of e..
Meet Peggy McConnell, Owner/Broker, McConnell Real Estate, Tiburon, CA
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business? PM: Twenty years. I specialize in residential real estate in Marin County. I love houses and helping people find their HOME. I love listing and selling homes and finding and meeting the new homeowner.
Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?PM: California Real Estate Broker
Q: What percentage of your clients are buyers vs. sellers? PM: 50/50 I maximize what a Seller nets - quickly and effi..
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?SF: June 27, 1977, at a very young age, I received my real estate license and loved the industry ever since. At the time, I was flying for TWA and had too much time off between flights and I wanted to expand my horizons. Real Estate was the perfect choice because of the interaction with people and the challenges and rewards of Real Estate. I did take a leave while raising my three children. As soon a..
Meet Aja Aguirre, Luxury Property Specialist at Pacific Union International, Oakland & Montclair
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?AA: Long enough to be a member of The Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (YPN)! It’s a special committee that works hard to welcome and support those who are new to our uniquely competitive and dynamic East Bay market … through exciting networking events that are genuinely fun to attend, and help the community achieve success with local resources and proven tools. This..
Meet Stephanie Ahlberg, Broker Associate Hill & Co. Real Estate San Francisco, CA
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?SA: I have been a full time Realtor since 1980
Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?SA: I am a licensed Real Estate Broker (vs just sales person)
Q: What percentage of your clients are buyers vs. sellers?SA: It varies from year to year but averages out to about 50/50. However, this year is heavily sellers.
Q: Do you think people buying in Real Estate look at their home purchase more as..