Why BIGHAT Real Estate? Click here to find out more.
I was born in Dublin, Ireland; my parents were U.S. citizens who were studying in Europe. My first experience with real estate was when my parents brought me home from the hospital to a cold-water flat. For the uninitiated, that’s an apartment with no running hot water. Creative brokers might spin that as “charming,” or “Bohemian,” but even as a three-day-old baby, I sensed how drearily second world it was.
In the post-Angela’s Ashes period, we returned to the U.S., where my father finished his medical training. We settled in Gloversville, NY, an idyllic place to spend a childhood. A poster child for the Rust Belt, Gloversville’s once-quaint downtown has been hobbled by the invasion of the Big Box stores. Richard Russo’s book, Mohawk, is based on Gloversville.
I went to college at Colgate in upstate New York and spent two years in Boston working as a clerk/paralegal for a large law firm. I went to law school at Lewis & Clark in Portland and later received Masters in Taxation degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
From 1994-1998, I was a lawyer at the National Association of Realtors (NAR). I absorbed a wealth of knowledge about real estate law, regulations, ethics, and transactions. I spent the bulk of my time providing content for NAR’s fledgling website, One Realtor Place, which educated brokers on a spectrum of legal issues. If it involved residential real estate transactions, we covered it.
From 1998 to 2000, I was an International Tax Consultant with Arthur Andersen, where I worked for clients including Sara Lee, Wells Fargo, Levi Strauss, Real Networks, and Microsoft. These business behemoths had an endless supply of tax and planning issues. A typical year would involve consulting on business and tax strategies, designing systems to streamline 1031 exchanges, and tracking cost recovery for real estate and other assets.
From 2001-2004, I owned Craftsman Homes, a general contracting company that restored period-style houses in the Irvington, Grant Park, Sabin, and Alberta Arts neighborhoods. As a contractor, I learned a lot of business and people-management skills. My wife used to kid me that I ran a day-care center for subcontractors. I still maintain my subcontractor list. It includes talented roofers, plumbers, electricians, and others who work in the BIGHAT neighborhoods.
Since 2003, I have been an active Oregon real estate broker. Prior to moving to M Realty LLC in early 2010, I worked for a mid-size franchise. I work in residential sales, investment real estate, small commercial leasing and sales, and real estate development. I have a national network of residential and commercial brokers, so referrals are simple and dependable. I also work with a variety of mortgage brokers and bankers. This allows my clients to find the right loan for them.
Personally, I enjoy sports, movies, reading, and spending time with my family. My wife, Sarah, is an accomplished writer who has had numerous articles published in the New York Times. She is a contributing editor for Shape Magazine and has co-authored two books (The Essential Breastfeeding Log, Run Like a Mother, and Train Like a Mother). Even with her busy schedule, Sarah still has time to be a dedicated wife, exercise junky, and mother to our three children.
I believe in giving back to the community. I’m a multi-gallon blood donor, spent two years as the president of the Northeast Indoor Park (NEIP), have been affiliated with the Irvington Home Tour since 2004 (on the IHT Board since 2009), and a Laurelhurst Soccer Club coach since 2010.
My legal background, hands-on contracting experience, and work as a real estate broker give me a skill set that few other brokers possess. I would like to put these skills and attributes to work for you.