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I have been a real estate professional since 2004 and a broker since 2008.

My primary areas of expertise are residential (and investment) real estate, primarily, in suburban Boston, although I have been asked from time to time to help out in other areas (and am happy to do so). I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of clients, including: people who need to sell their homes in order to move out of the area, people who are selling their homes to move into a larger (or smaller) home, first-time buyers, investors, HUD, and a long list of REO (bank) clients.

I believe that the best way I can help my clients is by (a) providing the best market exposure for the properties I am helping them sell, (b) possessing valuable and current market knowledge which my clients can use to make better decisions, and (c) using my experience and finely-tuned negotiation skills to help my clients get the best possible price and terms.

Early History and Growing Up

I grew up in a (lower) middle-class home, with working-class values (“Work hard, and, eventually, you can have anything you want.”) In this spirit, I was accepted as a Nuclear Engineering major at Texas A&M University. (I did not end up maintaining that course of study, as I quickly learned that the actual job of a nuclear engineer does not fit my interests or sensibilities.)

I also joined (and completed all four years) of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets, living a “military”-like lifestyle in college. Besides the life-long friendships I gained from being in the Corps, I would say the most valuable lessons I learned through that experience are: resourcefulness (being able to find a way to “get the job done” despite a seeming lack of resources) and the ability to “suck it up” (realize that life is full of challenges and hardship, and the best approach is often to just “deal with it” and “get the job done.”)

Early Career

After graduation, not knowing fully where my path would lead, I accepted what, on paper, was a phenomenal job opportunity in the corporate world. I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to become a Sales Trainee (the ‘fast-track’ to an executive position, if one plays their cards right) at Rockwell Automation, a 40,000-employee, international manufacturer of electrical and electronic factory automation equipment and purveyor of automation software and services. The training program entailed spending 9 months as a Sales Trainee and then begin working within one of the many branch sales offices around the country. Being chosen for that role seems like a miracle! The hiring process was INTENSE. The final part of the hiring process involved flying about 50 soon-to-be college graduates up to Milwaukee to interview for 15-20 positions. The final day of that process involved 6-8 consecutive interviews with sales trainers, sales managers, and executives of the company. They ran us through the wringer and observed our every move, in order to determine who was worthy to enter into this esteemed program. (Little did I know that the constant scrutiny would not end with the hiring process. During our training, people would continually be “weeded out” if they were deemed ill-suited for the position…in a way, a kind of “Lord of the Flies” experience.)

When our training was complete, the company sent each of us “survivors” to a branch sales office. The office where they sent me was the “Boston office” (actually in Marlborough, Massachusetts). Part of how they decided where to send each of us was based on the needs of the company, but a large part of the decision was an intention to send each of us to a situation that would make us “uncomfortable,” to see how we could adapt to the discomfort, and then make it work to our advantage.I proved (to myself) once again how I could adapt to circumstances and enjoy a level of success, met the woman who would become my wife, and have enjoyed the “fruits” that living in New England has had to offer.

It didn’t take long, however, for me to realize that the working in a large corporation was not a good fit for me. In general, I do not enjoy being dependent on a fragile system (such as “climbing the corporate ladder”), and, during my time at Rockwell, I saw many people get surprised by the proverbial “pink slip.” Good people. People whom I considered to be better at their job than I was at mine. I was determined not to get caught in that trap. I am also a very independent “self-starter” type of person, who doesn’t need to have someone “looking over my shoulder” to make sure I am doing my job. I have discovered that I value having autonomy, and the subsequent responsibilities and rewards which come along with it.

Entry into Real Estate

…So I left. Of my own accord. Looking back, an objective observer could judge my actions as “rash.” I decided to leave a “cushy” job, with benefits, a “fast-track to the top” for a new career. Honestly, there have been times where I wish I could go back in time and counsel my past self and at least go about that transition in a different way. To think it through better. Count the cost. In fact, I have counseled other people, who have shown interest in a career in real estate, to really think it through. I try my best to give them the pro’s and con’s.

The bottom line for me was: failure was not an option. (One story this brings to mind: There is a story about the Spanish explorer Cortés, and his journey to the city of Tenochtitlán. As the leader of the mission, he judged that, unless his men had no means of escape, they would not fight with their full commitment. So he ordered that all of the ships, which could have otherwise been used as a means of “retreat,” to be burned. The only option left for him and his men would be to press forward. That is analogous to how I made my decision to leave the corporate world and go into real estate. Not that I “burned” my personal bridges. I left on very good and honorable terms. In fact, the very first house I sold was to someone with whom I used to work.)

In the beginning of my career, I chose to work at an office where “training” was a high priority. I was at least smart enough to know that there was too much I didn’t know to be able to figure it out on my own. However, one very valuable lesson I learned is: Just because you have good and valid questions, you still need to be wise about who you ask. In the real estate business, this is especially important. In an industry that shares a lowly reputation similar to that of “used-car salesman” (no offense intended toward used-car salesmen.) there is no shortage of “shysters” who try to convince you that they have the “secrets” you need to “take your business to the next level.”

From day one, the main lessons I was taught in the real estate business were: “You have to cold call.” “You have to door-knock.” “You have to call all of your family and friends and ask them for business.” In other words, “You are now a public nuisance and a beggar.”

Well, as you probably understand by now, I was IG-NOR-ANT. I was convinced that “someone else” knew better than I did. So I swallowed their non-sense (despite my deep-down feeling that I didn’t want my life to consist of such low-level, demeaning activities.) My justification was: I will just do this for as long as I “need to,” in order to get enough traction, to quit and just be a full-time investor.

Fortunately, for me, I did have some glimpses of people who didn’t “do real estate” the way I was being taught, and they were very successful in their own way. And, fortunately, they saw fit to spend time with me, encouraging me, showing me (by their example) of new ways to move through the world and continue to be true to myself and my clients.

Current Day

I continue to study and learn the most modern, effective marketing techniques, in order to use them to the advantage of my clients. As technology continues to change, some of the things that “worked yesterday” don’t work anymore. No longer is it satisfactory to just “put up a listing on MLS and do an Open House” in order to effectively market a home. The upper echelon of real estate professionals continue to master their craft. And I also realize that I owe my clients a level of service and results which makes them happy to have worked with me.

So, that, in a nutshell is what we are all about. I appreciate you taking some time to get to know me a little better. If you would like to know more, or would be curious to have a chat, feel free to reach out. And, please feel free to explore our site, with all of its information resources, blog posts, web links, etc. We sincerely hope you find value here.

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