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J.R. Rouse’s confidence comes from hard work coupled with strong spiritual grounding. He’s passionate about helping clients find the home of their dreams, whether it’s a quaint cottage or a multimillion dollar estate.
J.R. has a unique ability to stay focused on the needs of his clients. His upbringing in North Carolina, and his experience as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Air Force working in both the Pentagon and the White House, helped him form the disciplined approach to problem solving that he brings to every client relationship.
He moved to California in 1989, and spent the next ten years in Silicon Valley rising through the ranks of the customer service departments of Silicon Graphics and Cybersource. J.R. started his real estate career in the Monterey Peninsula in 1999 and at the same time moved his principal residence from Silicon Valley to Pacific Grove. In 2005, he opened his own firm, J.R. Rouse Real Estate in Pacific Grove, California and shortly thereafter was honored by the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce as Entrepreneur of the Year. He managed his firm until joining Sotheby’s International Realty in January of 2014.
During his successful real estate career, J.R. has also played a variety of important roles in the real estate industry. He has served on the Monterey County Board of Realtors in a variety of positions including Director (2002), Secretary/Treasurer (2003), President Elect (2004), and President (2005). During 2007 and 2008, J.R. served as a director of MLSListings Inc., and from 2008 to 2011, he served on the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee for the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.), acting as the vice-chair in his final year.
Initially taught by his grandmother, J.R. is now an accomplished chef. He also enjoys international travel which is possible at times because current technology makes it feasible to continuously to be in touch with existing and new clients and manage existing contracts in real time. In addition, he believes in “giving back” to his local community; each year, he is a major sponsor for several local charitable events.
J.R. often says, “What you can believe, you can achieve.” This expression encapsulates the passion for customer service that he brings to every real estate client.