I have been in the real estate business since 1979. I worked first in Southern California, where I was born and raised, and then moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1990. The opportunities here were irresistible…and so were the golf courses.
I love the real estate game, but my true passion has always been the game of golf. In college, I wanted to study golf architecture and design, but no such degree was offered by Occidental College. So I majored and graduated in philosophy, psychology and art…subjects that turned out to be very useful when I later became a real estate broker.
Since then, I have been involved in the sale, marketing, and exchange of many commercial and resort properties. I am a Certified Commercial Investment Member, one of only a few thousand professionals who have earned that designation. These days, though, I concentrate mostly on residential properties and, in particular, on homes offered by or to the many, many people whose vision of heaven includes the game of golf.
Over the years, I have traveled all over the world. I have played the most historic courses in Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, and the United States. I have been a Director of Golf on five-star luxury cruise ships and have corresponded with many of golf’s legendary figures including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw. Along the way, I have scrambled well enough to pick up a few trophies of my own.
As a result, I now belong to an international club of golf enthusiasts. It does not have a name, a charter or a Board of Directors. Nevertheless, we somehow keep in touch with each other. So if a member over there is thinking about the purchase of a property over here, I am likely to hear about it. And, chances are, that I will hear about it earlier than the other guy down the block, who does not know a mashie from a mid-iron.
This does not mean, of course, that real estate and golf are my most important interests. I happen to have a beautiful and amazing wife whose name is Barbara. We also have kids. And we have friends, many of whom I first met as clients. Do not tell me that business and pleasure do not mix. My friends have taught me that they do.
On top of all that, you may like to know that I serve on the Board of Cherry Center for the Arts and that I am the Founder and former President of the Carmel Woods Neighborhood Association, a group of over 700 homes.
But I guess that the most significant thing I can tell you is this: any time you have a question about real estate in this area, or whenever you need information or advice of any kind, please give me a call. I will do whatever I can to help. I may even be able to do something about that slice that has been costing you strokes and driving you crazy all these years. And if you do not happen to play golf, well, you may still need a broker. There, too, I might succeed in reducing your handicap.