I bought my first home in 2000 and a few years later I aquired enough equity in it to dabble in real estate investment. I've been an investor, landlord and house flipper since 2005. I currently live in Vallejo, CA and I have six rental units in Detroit.
I've lived in the Bay Area since 1981 and spent most of that time in San Francisco. For buyers lucky enough to afford San Francisco or Oakland, I know those markets very well and I can give you plenty of information about most of the various neighborhoods. (I know lots of landmarks and trivia!) But, since moving to my new suburban hometown at the end of 2015, I am a major booster of Vallejo, CA! Warmer weather, ajacent to Wine Country, and some great housing deals!
On a personal note, I am a fan of mid-century design and Tiki cocktails. Let's have a Mai Tai and discuss your real estate plans!