This week marks my 45th anniversary as a Realtor®.
It has been an amazing journey with many successes and some huge challenges.
Along the way, I’ve worked with thousands of clients, helping them buy and sell homes, land, and ranches in Idaho, Montana, and California.
I began my real estate career in 1972, selling lots at Pine Mountain Lake, near Yosemite National Park.
Pine Mountain Lake had its own private airport, which allowed me to combine my love of flying with real estate.
I was definitely a geek in those days, having come from a 10-year career as one of the first computer programmers in the country.
My high-water jeans, white socks, and pocket protector confirmed it!
After Pine Mountain Lake sold out, I formed Valley Green Realty and sold homes in San Jose in the mid-70s.
In the late 70s, I split my time between Roseville and Grass Valley, selling land and homes before both areas exploded with growth.
I moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1991, became an independent broker, and specialized in spectacular land and ranch properties in North Idaho and Western Montana.
In 2000, I moved to Eagle, Idaho and enjoyed 17 years with RE/MAX West.
Last November, I again become an independent broker and now focus on working with referred clients and repeat past clients.
Over the years, I’ve experienced hot California markets with homes appreciating 3% a month, 100% financing with liar loans, 21% interest rates, the S&L crisis of the 1980s, and the worst real estate crash of the past 50 years ten years ago.
2016 was my best year ever and I still enjoy my chosen profession!
To me, the real estate profession isn’t a job, it’s a calling.
Thanks to all of you who have been a part of my real estate life for the past 45 years!
During his 45 years of full-time real estate experience, Phil has helped thousands of past clients buy and sell quality properties in the Western U.S.
Phil is one of only ten local Realtors® (of nearly 5,500) honored with the coveted “Realtor® Emeritus” award from the National Association of Realtors®, recognizing 40 years in real estate.