Amber Martin - CEO Direct 949-244-0647 email@example.com
DRE license # 01812173
Amber started her professional career as a teller for Bank of America in La Mirada, California, where she quickly worked her way up the corporate ladder. After just one year, Amber was transferred to the bank's Laguna Niguel branch, where she helped her clients obtain home mortgages and equity lines of credit, as well as business and personal accounts. In short order, she was promoted to B of A's Investment Services division in Newport Beach. Amber promptly obtained her NYSE Series 7 and 63 Investment Licenses and remained in Investment Services for four years, gaining a lifelong passion for the real estate and stock markets.
Mike Martin - Broker
Direct 949-244-0646 firstname.lastname@example.org
DRE license # 01803691
After starring in several roles as a child actor, Mike began his professional career in the banking industry at World Savings in Laguna Beach, California. A few years later, he embarked on a career in law enforcement, which resulted in several exciting years of public service in the Fountain Valley and Irvine Police Departments. In 1997, Mike began a 10-year career as a manager at a large residential architecture firm in Irvine, where his love of real estate took flight. He has since become a licensed real estate broker and ePro specialist, and with Amber, the owner of multiple properties nationwide.
Shortly after getting married in 1999, Mike's Laguna Niguel condo was sold and we purchased our first home together in Rancho Santa Margarita. Over the next couple of years, we bought and sold numerous homes in RSM and then moved east with our purchases. Since we both knew the value of owning real estate, we started buying investment properties as a side hobby while maintaining our respective careers at the architectural firm and Bank of America. We purchased investment properties in Las Vegas, Arrowbear, Phoenix, Big Bear, Austin and Charlotte. It was in the course of purchasing our investment properties that we had the idea of starting our own property management and investment company. Our business has thrived over the years and one of the natural progressions has been to help our clients not only with property management, but with the purchase and sales of homes as well. We are both native to Orange County so we can provide helpful insights about the area. We have been actively involved in the real estate market as an owner (since 1993), investor, landlord, broker, and now owner of both Martin Real Estate Group and Martin Investment Properties, Inc. Having worked with several different Realtors over the years, we have seen what they do well, and what needs improvement. Our goal is to keep the line of communication constantly open with our clients and to provide the highest level of personalized service.
We are a dedicated and knowledgeable team of Realtors who can provide you with the highly specialized information that will help you make the right decisions. Mike recently obtained his ePro designation and is working on his Accredited Buyer Designation (ABR). Together, we are both enrolled in the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) courses so that we can better serve and protect our clients. It's the combination of this unique market-knowledge and excellent negotiating skills that enable us to get you the optimal price for any property you plan to sell or buy.
Trust is hard to come by in today's fiercely competitive real estate market. We are here to provide you with the professionalism and integrity needed to ensure that you feel secure in what can be one of the biggest decisions of your life.
Please feel free to use this website as a resource for all your Orange County Real Estate needs, and if you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us today!
Amber and Mike Martin
*National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM)
*California Association of Realtors (CAR)
*National Association of Realtors (NAR)
*Orange County Association of Realtors (OCAR)
Outside of work, we simply love to hang out at our home in Rancho Santa Margarita with our four daughters, Sydney, Zoe, Brooke and Avalon, and our one and only son, Eli.
What is the GRI Designation?
GRI, which stands for Graduate REALTOR® Institute, is a nationally recognized professional real estate designation
The GRI designation is a real estate industry designation similar to various industry designations such as:
CPA - Certified Public Accountant, an accounting industry designation
CSEO ? Certified Senior Escrow Officer, an escrow industry designation
CLU - Charter Life Underwriter, an insurance industry designation
CFP - Certified Financial Planner, a financial industry designation
The GRI designation is considered the nation's number one real estate designation
This designation may only be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program. This program requires 92 hours of live course instruction from a statewide faculty selected because of extensive experience in their own areas of expertise
This designation is available only to members of the local, state and National Association of REALTORS®
GRI is recognized nationwide as the standard for real estate professionalism and knowledge
The GRI designation is granted through the California Association of REALTORS® whose courses of study meet the standards established by the National Association of REALTORS®
What is an e-PRO?? and why should you use one?
A short guide for the Internet consumer
When you're on the Internet, you don't have time to waste on endless searches for useful real estate information. You want to get things done quickly and without hassle. So chances are you'd like a real estate agent who
- Answers e-mail promptly and professionally.
- Respects your on-line privacy.
- Offers home listings and other Internet tools to help you find or market a home.
Enter the e-PRO.
An e-PRO is a REALTOR® who has successfully completed the e-PRO training program for real estate professionals. Endorsed by the National Association of REALTORS®, the e-PRO course teaches professionals the nuts and bolts of working with real estate on-line: Web sites, e-mail, on-line tools, and most of all, what today's consumer really wants.
What does all this mean to you? There are several benefits of working with a certified Internet professional.
Are you reluctant to give out contact information through the Web for fear of being pestered or spammed? e-PROs understand. They've learned the Web isn't just a place to do business; you need information from someone you can trust.
That's why e-PROs respect your privacy. They respond quickly to your questions, but don't send you unwanted communication. And they protect your personal information.
Tired of struggling to find information? e-PROs are more likely to have access to the latest Internet utilities, making your life easier. These tools may include:
- On-line home tours
- Instant access to comprehensive neighborhood data
- Extensive property listings
- Immediate e-mail notification of just-listed homes meeting your criteria
- Referral networks and on-line forums, where e-PROs can quickly find information??even potential buyers??from other e-PROs
- Newsletters on current real estate conditions in your area
- Electronic faxes sent to you by e-mail
- Advanced software, PDAs, and laptops to find you answers on the spot
The result: you get more information, more easily. With electronic files, you have less paperwork to deal with. And since your agent uses e-mail, you can even eliminate phone tag. The e-PRO streamlines your entire transaction, from showing to closing.
An e-PRO's access to advanced technology can save you considerable expense. You have more tools to find or market your home, so you're likely to get a better price. With on-line home tours, you reduce in-person showings??and the costs involved. And by using e-mail, you save money on long-distance calls and fax charges.
Relocating? An e-PRO is ideal for you. With the tools to do your research electronically, you can make a decision on a home the first day you're in town??or without traveling at all. You and your family save on travel costs. And after you've decided to buy, monitoring the sale by e-mail saves you even more.
Should you use an e-PRO? Yes??especially if you're an Internet user. In this fast-paced age, technology has become a necessity. An e-PRO is someone who has recognized and responded to the needs of the new consumer. If you choose an e-PRO, it's a safe bet you'll get the kind of service you want??and need.
Why Use an ABR®: REALTORS® Experienced in Buyer Representation
Buying a home is no small matter. Besides being the largest financial transaction you may ever undertake, it's probably also the most complex. There are many good reasons to work with a qualified real estate professional?especially a trained professional who has earned the Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) designation, representing best-in-class buyer services.
When you look for an ABR® before you look for a home, you'll be served, not sold. Your interests become their interests. And you'll be working with someone who has gone the extra mile by completing specialized training in delivering the best in buyer-representation services. Plus, a REALTOR® who has an ABR® Designation also has an established track record, with proven experience in representing the concerns of homebuyers.
The ABR® Designation is awarded through the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, or REBAC, which was founded in 1988 to promote superior buyer-representation skills and services. REBAC is an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).