As our Real Estate Hotties contest draws to a close, the winners of Monday's and Tuesday's polls will face-off today. The first match-up is between Kevin Ho of Vanguard Properties and Ken Fox from East Bay Modern Real Estate. Who should advance to the finals?
Kevin Ho of Vanguard Properties
What's the best part about selling real estate in San Francisco? Access and getting to see how people really live. Of course, it's great meeting new people all the time without having to depose them for a trial. And it's wonderful getting to see all the pretty houses and realizing opportunity when others don't see it. But what is far more interesting is seeing powerful lawyers, CEOs, start-up gurus and the like throw their laundry on the floor just like anyone else -- it's seeing people's dirty laundry, literally.
What do you like to do when you're not selling real estate? Is there such a time? Well, I like taking the my former seeing eye dog trainee to Duboce Park. I love biking with all the good folks with the AIDS LifeCycle and I love to shop and to eat...locally sourced, fair trade of course.
What separates you from the others in this competition? I am me and they are them. But in all honesty, I'm pretty "on" all the time and I get intensely involved with taking care of my clients. I give broad, lawyer-informed advice and I like to take pictures and videos that I send to my clients in the moment so we can get going and fast. For example, I use technology not just as a novelty to play Angry Birds, but my latest escrow only happened after I broadcast/Skyped an open house walk-through to a client based in Seattle for a great place in NoPa that was on the market for about 48 hours. That's what I do differently.
People in your industry are always so good looking. What are some of your secret grooming tips? That's a secret that is ancient as it is Chinese, but it involves garlic, creams and pearls.
Ken Fox of East Bay Modern Real Estate
What's the best part about selling real estate in San Francisco? It's so interesting to see what people have done inside their homes.
Funniest anecdote from life as a broker During busy open house events, as much as I try to keep the home as perfect as it can be, someone always seems to get away with leaving surprises in the bathrooms for the Realtor to clean up.
What's the most rewarding part? Handing over keys to a buyer and helping sellers cash out of properties. Happy clients.
People in your industry are always so good looking. What are some of your secret grooming tips? Try it all until you find your groove.