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I'm a independent real estate broker specializing in luxury homes, land, properties in probate or trust, and real estate investment in Northern California. My geographic focus is Silicon Valley, East Bay, and North Bay/Wine Country.

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I have experience in buying/selling residential and commercial real estate, property management, financing, and preparation and sale of properties in probate or trust.


National Association of REALTORS(R); California Association of REALTORS(R); Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS(R); Bay East Association of REALTORS(R)


My web site blog includes current market information and my "Real Estate Jargon" series that explains real estate industry terms.


BS, Business Administration MBA, Global Management

Past/Present Clients

I have worked with individuals holding one or two properties and with clients and estates holding over 40 properties of many different types (apartments, condos, single family homes, land). My latest transaction was a listing of 2.45 acres of land for development in Palo Alto, CA that sold for $15,580,000 (November 2012).

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2014-04-02 size of home purchase:

Hi Cindy - The East Bay is a big area with many neighborhoods that are great places to buy.  There are also a lot of areas that have low prices and are not likely to appreciate for many years - if ever

2013-09-24 Help Me Choose:

Town homes are seldom good investments, unless they are beach front in a highly desirable vacation spot or in a business center like downtown Manhattan. When real estate markets soften, town homes and

2013-02-20 closing escrow:

One option is certainly to ask the seller if they are willing to extend escrow to give you time to save the money, but if your lender has locked the rate on your loan the lock could expire by then.  Another

2012-11-04 1031 exchange:

I can't advise you regarding paying capital gains taxes now or deferring them, you need to consult with a tax pro and take into consideration everything else you have going on.  Some investors are betting

2012-08-13 Seller's Disclosure Documents:

Hi Alan,  My comments:  1) Never use the same agent the seller uses (but I'm sure you've heard that already)  2) Never back-date any document, that is committing a fraud.  Are the items discovered in the


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