MICHAEL SALAS: AN EYE FOR DISTINCTION
What does photography have to do with selling real estate? A lot, if you ask me. I've spent more than 27 years working as a photographer for many of the national publications that America loves, touring the world shooting pictures for Time, Life, Forbes, Fortune, Money and People magazines. During that time, I developed a love for architecture and an eye for detail. I believe real estate is a natural progression-because as a freelance photographer, you learn to create a marketing plan, listen to clients and satisfy their needs.
I now work out of the Coldwell Banker Newport Beach office specializing in the sales of million-dollar homes on the Pacific Ocean. I'm proud to have accomplished many goals during my years at Coldwell Banker, earning the title "REALTOR of Distinction." Here are a few:
• Designated Coldwell Banker's Previews International Marketing Specialist
• Named a member of Coldwell Banker's Exclusive "Diamond Society" for Top Producing Realtors
• Received a Certificate in Negotiations from the Straus Center for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
I also have a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, where I learned skills I use today. I believe clients look to me for marketing, negotiating and protection when it comes to selling and buying their property. That's why I believe I owe it to my clients to know as much as possible about homes from the inside out. So in addition to my formal education, I have completed classes in finish carpentry, masonry and cabinet making. I used what I learned to build my own dream home near the Back Bay.
I'm not all work and no play, though. I'm a California native and grew up loving the ocean, so you'll often find me sailing, scuba diving or surfing when I'm not selling upscale waterfront homes -- or making my own wine! My wife, Janet, and I have been happily married for 17 years, and we have a 14-year-old daughter, Rachael-who also loves life on the Pacific!