Jim's Biography :
Here's just a little about Jim...
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in two places…Hermosa Beach until I was 9, and then Visalia, CA until I graduated from High School.
Where did you go to college?
I moved down to San Diego to go to UCSD. That was a few years ago! I majored in Psychology and also did concentrated studies in Math and Organic Chemistry. Then I completed an MBA program at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Why did you get into real estate?
I chose real estate when I realized how I could make a big difference in the industry. It doesn’t take much to get a real estate license. But it takes work to be good at this business. People need an advocate, a guide, and a trusted advisor, and I really like being all three. Plus, I've always loved real estate. My mom was in real estate for a few years, and I would always read her MLS books to study all of the properties that were for sale, in escrow, and sold. She would always say to me, "Don't tell anyone you're looking at that!"
What is your favorite San Diego beach?
We love to go to Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. It’s a little further away, but it’s worth it. Quiet, mostly locals, and Pizza Port is within walking distance!
The personal stuff…
I've been married to Kristin since 1997. We have two boys, Kyle and Keaton. Kyle is in high school and Keaton is in elementary school. We live in Fletcher Hills.
How are you involved in the community?
I’m president of the Board of Education of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. I’m also a sponsor of Autism Speaks locally.
If someone on the street asked you for your best piece of real estate advice, what would it be?
There are a lot of ways to save money in real estate, but one of them is NOT trying to find someone who can sell your house for less. You get what you pay for in this business. Any agent willing to discount their fees to you will also discount their service to you as well. Don’t go it alone, either. Having an agent involved in the transaction is insurance against something going wrong. Because when it does, it’s all on you if you don’t have an agent. That’s why I’m here.