A B O U T F I R S T C A L I F O R N I A R E A L T Y , I N C.
2001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
To be the best takes a lot of groundwork, persistence, tons of energy, deep commitment, and most of all a lot of love. Sherrie Faber has all of these attributes and then some. Her enthusiasm and joy for life shine right through her contagious smile. The directness of speech and eye contact conclude that her knowledge and focus are what have made her a leader in this field. The minute you meet Sherrie you become her primary concern. "I really take care of my clients, I think of them and their needs every day. I am very focused on what my clients want for their lives and I do everything to help make those dreams happen for them. I don't give up," Sherrie states.
Coming from a sales background, she took an indirect route to her chosen career in real estate. Leaving Maryland in 1980 for San Francisco, Sherrie worked for Headquarters Companies Professionals at 44 Montgomery Street and for Pitney Bowes. Sherrie met her husband, D. Stephen, in 1985 on a sales call and moved to his life long home in Marin. She then began using her talent as a décor design consultant to buy, remodel and sell homes. "So actually, I've been involved in the real estate market in one way or another for 25 years." Sherrie uses that experience and information when working with her clients. "I can talk to them about costs, value in the long term, whether it will be a sound investment and how to 'show off' a listing with creative staging ideas." Sherrie works with families, singles, couples, seniors, anyone just starting out, as well as established and repeat investors. "It's easy for me to relate. I have been through each phase of buying and selling many times personally, in addition to professionally."
Sherrie is one of the 16,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designation by completing comprehensive courses in understanding the considerations, practical needs, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older who are ready to relocate. The nationally recognized SRES® designation is designed to help clients save you thousands of dollars when buying or selling property. The equity in your property may be the most valuable asset you possess. The team you create; legal, accounting, financial and real estate are most critical to develop a specific plan that will give you peace of mind.
"I love this business and I love Marin County. Marin is a wonderfully diverse place to live with easy access to San Francisco. The people that desire Marin's lifestyle recognize just how special it is. Since every home and every transaction is unique, in this competitive marketplace, I believe it is very important to be a good listener and a sharp negotiator to be successful. You are always 'ON' in the real estate." She explains, "there is always something to check on, clients to clarify an idea with, financing information to pass along, contract negotiations, previewing and showing properties . . . which means that I have to be organized, composed and focused at all times. I treat people the way I like to be treated. The foundation of my business is built on professionalism, honesty and integrity."
D. STEPHEN FABER
Stephen began his real estate career by making his first real estate investment in 1974. Since that time, Stephen and his wife, Sherrie, have purchased and sold hundreds of investment and residential properties for clients and themselves.
In 2003, Stephen formed First California Realty, Inc. in Sausalito, CA in order to create a conduit for his investment clients and their commercial investment needs. The beautiful new offices turned out to be an attraction to other agents and now Stephen is managing Broker to 8 other agents with plans for other office expansion. He is also a Certified Estate Analyst who specializes in estate planning for retirement plans, including the analysis and suitability of converting funds invested in individual retirement accounts (IRA's) into tenant-in-common (TIC's) and other investment real estate.
His first career was as an Insurance agent and he sold life, disability, fire and casualty insurance and held two different California insurance licenses. The second was as a government bond specialist for a NYSE member securities firm where his sales prowess led him to be promoted to branch management. Stephen held 7 securities licenses, including general securities principal, municipal securities principal, registered options principal, NYSE sales supervisor and general securities sales. As manager of Morgan Olmstead Kennedy and Gardner, a NYSE member, Stephen was responsible for nearly 100 brokers, 10 traders, a real estate syndication department, a public finance department and overall operations for the largest branch office in the company. Stephen began assisting key clients with tax planning while working in this capacity and still prepares income tax returns for many clients-a very useful background for real estate of all types.
D. Stephen Faber and Sherrie own numerous commercial investment properties ranging from apartment houses to office buildings to industrial warehouses to shopping centers and have vast experience in the technical process of buying, selling and managing them. Stephen has represented investor clients in purchasing the same types of properties and several clients have written testimonial letters praising the high level of involvement Stephen was able to provide during the transaction due to his diverse professional background and experience.
As a founder of First California Realty, Inc., Stephen and his wife/partner Sherrie are growing a unique specialty boutique real estate firm that offers an extremely sophisticated and personal approach to your real estate investment needs.
Stephen is a current member of the following community Boards, Commissions and Associations:
Legislative Liason to the Governmental Affairs Committee for the California Association of Realtors (CAR)
Rotary Club of Sausalito
Marin Association of Realtors
Chairman, Sausalito Sustainability Commission
Director, Sausalito Rotary Housing Corporation
Institute of Certified Commercial Investment Real Estate (CCIM)
CIMNB (Marin Commercial Real Estate Board)
California Association of Realtors/National Association of Realtors (REALTOR)
Sausalito Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Financial and Estate Planners