It’s no surprise that he is well revered in the East Bay real estate industry—he knows it well after living here since the early 1990’s. Doug has experienced the many changes that have occurred in Oakland’s real estate market, and the community as a whole. He loves the excitement that the foodies, restaurateurs, and beer/cocktail enthusiasts have brought to Oakland. While he is often exploring the East Bay’s burgeoning restaurant scene, he also enjoys spending time with his family in their Montclair home. Doug invites family and friends over to have beer he brews himself, and cocktails shaken with his homemade bitters in his “Clown Bar” tucked away in his basement.
Doug first arrived to the Bay in 1990’s by way of Texas, Alabama, New York and Los Angeles, respectively. Although he doesn’t readily admit it, upon arrival, Doug first lived in San Francisco before realizing the bounty of the East Bay. Swayed by it being “…sunnier, more beautiful, better parking, and having better bread,” Doug quickly realized the East Bay was where one should purchase a home and build a life. (He loves Acme bread, for the record.) Doug bought his first home in Oakland’s Laurel district. He now lives in Oakland’s Montclair with his wife and their 10-year-old daughter, where they moved for “…the schools and the view!”
We were very nervous about starting the process of buying our first home in the hectic Bay Area market. From our first meeting with Doug to long after the close of our escrow, Doug was patient, informative, honest, and good-humored every step of the way. His thorough knowledge of the market coupled with his integrity and professionalism made what could have been a very stressful experience an exciting one.--John Teixiera and Kerry Gudjohnsen, Oakland
Like many Realtors, he had a successful career prior to discovering his passion for real estate. In a former life Doug excelled in the non-profit community. He was a housing advocate who managed low-income housing for a non-profit. This background gives Doug incredible insight into the market and the way in which communities are affected by housing trends. In 2003 he was inspired to pursue his career as a Realtor, and has been a successful agent ever since. Doug has been awarded for top production at Highland Partners in 6 of the past 7 years. His biggest year yet was 2012, when he closed 12 million in sales. This year he closed his most successful sale ever at $1.995m.
When he is not spending time with his family or a being top producing Realtor, Doug finds time to serve on the board of Oaktown Square Dancing, brew beer, and DJ lounge music. See? We told you he was cool—no wonder he has been selected the Best Realtor in the East Bay & Oakland!
To connect with Doug visit his website.