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I like helping people through my real estate practice. Since January 1991, I've bought and sold lots and homes in and around the greater Sacramento area. Over that time I've participated in equity sales, tax exchanges, move-ups, move-downs, relocations, investments, residential, small commercial, multi-family 1 to 4 transactions and referrals in and out of the Sacramento region, etc. And when tough economic times required it, I became proficient at managing short sales and other distress sales.
Early in my work life I was a banker, teacher and administrator at the college level. I left the University and partnered in 1991 with a senior REALTOR® to learn the ins and outs of marketing properties for sale and negotiation to get the highest price I could on the best terms and buy properties for the lowest price and best terms. I embrace the practical application of my college-honed communication skills and on the job experience engaging with hundreds of clients and other agents to market, negotiate and manage your transaction.
Several years ago I realized that I could better serve my clients by bringing together a group of professionals. So now I work with other real estate agents - residential and commercial - a transaction coordinator, a marketing coordinator and an array of escrow and title companies, lenders, exchange companies, home inspectors, contractors, trades-people, stagers, relocation specialists, etc.
California State University Sacramento
- M.A. Communication Studies, 1983
- B.A. Communication Studies & Government/International Relations, 1981
- CSUS Appointment, Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Member
- CSUS Student Body President, 1979-81
- CSUS Foundation, Board Member
- Sutter Hospitals Commission on Program Planning, Commission Member, Chair
- Harry S Truman Club - Executive Committee Member, Past Dinner Chair, Past Vice President, Past President
- CSUS Stinger Foundation, Member, Vice President
- College Town Apartments - Board Member
- Friends of Regional Transit Light Rail & Transit, Board Member
- YWCA - Advisory Board Member
- Sacramento State University Alumni Association, Board Member
- Sacramento Arts & Business Council, Board Member
- CSUS Theater & Dance Department - Advisory Board Member, Past Chair
- CSUS Retirees Association, Board Member, Dinner Chair, Liaison to CSUS Alumni Association
- 40th Anniversary of Martin Luther King speech at Sacramento State College - Committee Chair (Committee member, 50th Anniversary, currently in process and will be celebrated on October 15-16, 2017)
- League of Sacramento Theatres, Board Member
Charities need contributions to better our community. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has charitable priorities. I have my own. I give to many charities but usually don’t talk about them. However, I’ve picked out three to highlight. Part of the solution for charities need for monies is Joe Gibson and others giving to them.
I’m contributing to these three charities in 2017, and I may volunteer. If you want to send some money their way or volunteer, please do. Tell me of your interest and I’ll help. I’ll likely carry these as priorities into next year.
The charities are:
The Bess Endowment and Fund at Sac State
Robert Bess, the former Executive Vice President at California State University, Sacramento, was my boss when I worked in the University’s administration. He and I became good friends. I organized his memorial service when he passed. He loved musical theater and opera and wanted to see them flourish for the benefit of the University and students.
We both wanted CSUS to thrive. It was a passion! As many of you know it is for me now! Many of the retirees and I established this fund in Bob’s last days, and now want to increase and improve its effectiveness as part of his legacy. I’ve committed to the Retirees Association to stay focused on it for a minimum of five years to both enlarge the endowment to a specified amount and fund the purchase of tickets.
In collaboration with the Sacramento State Retirees Association they identify student groups, tickets are purchased for those groups selected by the Retirees Association so the students can attend performances. The Theater and Dance Department and Music School gain additional income because of ticket sales and Sac State students receive free tickets and an appreciation of the art form.
Peer And Academic Resource Center (PARC)
The PARC fosters Sacramento State student success. Directed by Dr. Tina Jordan, overseen by Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, this faculty-guided, student-led center not only strives for helping the University increase course passage, student retention and rates to graduation, but also prepares students for their future professional success. Much of the guidance of the program is provided by students. The motto of the program is: Successful Students Promoting Student Success. Major services are: supplemental instruction; supplemental instruction plus, workshops & individual tutorials; and peer led advising for college experiences contributed by talented and creative Sac State students.
Monies are used to provide tutoring classes for students.
The Adult Education program at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Lisa, an adult literacy expert and friend from graduate school, would ask folks what they were reading. Aside from her being a truly engaging person, I’m always impressed by people who seek knowledge for the sake of knowing. And I’m even more impressed by people who encourage others to learn. I have enormous respect for teachers. Literacy is critical to a democratic society.
At her funeral, I resolved to help an organization focused on adult literacy. I’ve spent several years looking for the right organization. Adult literacy can be addressed in a variety of ways because it’s a complex problem. The Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services have sliced off a piece of the problem and are addressing it.
Monies go to the Adult Education program but I’m most interested in GED (General Education Development) tests. Curriculum is provided by volunteers but students must have their knowledge certified to demonstrate that they know the underlying information. A GED is an option for those people who left high school without a diploma.