One of my favorite Italian proverbs translates, “When Death finally comes for you, make sure He finds you alive.” My previous careers as an elementary school teacher, as a restaurant owner (Paolina's Italian Restaurant in Carmel), and as a residential appraiser have more than kept me hopping. It is a similar motivation in hospitality, in education, and in real estate that drives one to first understand and then to serve people's needs. The fruits of this approach are a wiser student, a contented diner, or a satisfied home owner, but the motivation wells from the same source.
The lessons I learned about serving people, whether they were students or restaurant customers, gave me one of the best backgrounds I could have wanted to be an effective realtor, and one who values integrity. In 2001, after 20 years, we sold our restaurant, and I became a certified residential appraiser, going on to earn the Appraisal Institute’s SRA designation. 14 years of valuing properties throughout Monterey County has firmly established my ability to pinpoint appropriate pricing for my clients. Sotheby's International Realty has provided a wonderful setting for Maria, my wife, and I to work together again like we used to in the restaurant. This venue, however, has her painting rich renderings of the homes we represent, rather than creating mouth-pleasing Italian favorites.
I celebrate this gift of life most when with my family, through writing as well as while enjoying cuisine and music that nourish both body and soul. One of my lifelong passions, I must confess, is the joyful pursuit, and all too frequent whacking, of a small white golf ball on firm, seaside turf.
And not that I want the confrontation to arrive very soon, but certainly, I will make sure Death finds me very much alive, so blessed to be a realtor living in Carmel.