Setting Goals & Solving Probems!
Like many California residents I was transplanted from another state by my parents who were seeking prosperity and a wonderful climate by relocating from Indiana to Costa Mesa, a quiet farming community near Newport Beach, in 1953. I grew up enjoying the simple pleasures of riding the city bus to Balboa Beach for a day of surf and sun in a time when that was perfectly safe, riding horses on the bluff at Corona Del Mar, taking the Balboa Ferry from the penninsula to Balboa Island for a "skinless hot dog" or a "frozen banana", and an afternoon at the movies following church on Sunday.
It was a short leap back in time when my own young family moved to Oxnard in 1969. Downtown Oxnard was the image of a small Mid-Western farm town featuring banks, restaurants, a Woolworth's, a J.C.Penny, real clothing and shoe stores, many business's that had been there for more than 40 years, an very much the major shopping and financial center of Ventura County. Imagine, Mandalay Bay and the Channel Islands Harbor was just being constructed! Ocean front lots were $45,000, and most beach lots were $9,000! The median home price was $35,000. Today that sounds ridiculous, however, remember that most families enjoyed an income of $15,000 per year or less.
In June 2007, The New York Times named Oxnard, the Un-Malibu citing affordable beach front property and noting the interest of entertainment industry executives in search of second homes and summer rentals located on or near the seven miles of wide white beaches. Just an hour from the city, boat slips available for reasonable fees, Marina Homes and Condominiums with private boat dock's, a Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings, high quality live Theatre at the Rubicon and the New West Symphony, and shopping at the Premium Outlets in nearby Camarillo, or The Collection in Oxnard, and all surrounded by the amazing bounty of Ventura County agriculture.
As a Realtor, I see myself as a problem solver who has been entrusted with what is generally a client's largest financial asset , and the added responsibility of working through the emotions of either purchasing a home or an investment. As their needs have changed my clients have challenged me to learn about selling rental units, land for development,horse property, and little farms. Realtor Member practicing in Ventura County since 1971. Realtor of the Year 1989 in recognition of service to the Realtor Association and the Ventura County community.
Changes in technology, and regulations governing real estate transactions in California, keep me busy maintaining my professional qualifications. It has been my good fortune and great pleasure to be associated with brokerage firms offering me the opportunity and the encouragement to participate in Fair Housing workshops,Legal Update seminar's, Financing workshops, Short Sale Training, and most recently with our transition to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services a push into the forefront of real estate practice in California.
Involv ement in Community is a major focus of my life with participation in: Soroptimist International of Oxnard, Food Share-Ventura County's Food Bank, United Way, Cancer Society, Oxnard Boys's & Girls Club, Campfire Girls, Oxnard College Re-Entry Center, City of Oxnard Gang Prevention Task Force, Gull Wings Children's Museum, Rubicon Theatre, New West Symphony, Carnagie Library,Ventura County Maritime Museum, Ventura County Tax Payer's Association, and the World Affairs Council.