When Ray Marquez seriously injured his shoulder back in 2005, while working for a major shipping company, his doctor told him that, even after surgery, he would probably still be permanently disabled and unable to work.
That was not a prognosis Ray would accept! He was determined to fully rehabilitate himself physically, and in the meantime, shift his direction professionally. “I decided to get my Real Estate License and get into the business of Real Estate. But upon getting in, I experienced a definite reality check in terms of how hard you have to work to be successful.”
Even though Ray was a Danville resident, he had no contacts to begin with. Through hard work and determination, Ray persevered, and has been flourishing in the business since 2007. He focuses primarily on the San Ramon Valley and surrounding Contra Costa and Alameda counties, including Blackhawk and Danville real estate.
“I work with a lot of investors and have helped them acquire numerous properties all over the community that are giving them great returns as well as home owners buying up in today’s market to a larger home to suit their growing family needs.”
Ray derives great satisfaction from being able to help clients who need to short sale. “I have numerous examples of clients who were going be foreclosed on by the bank until I stepped in, got the sale postponed and got the short sale approved by their bank. I not only help save their credit, but in many cases, I can get money back from the bank for them as well.”
Now the CA State Broker of eXp Realty, Ray works and lives by traditional values. “I believe in the importance of trust, integrity, honesty, being ethical, and in business-it must be a win-win for all parties in the transaction.”
Ray also believes in good old-fashioned hard work, consistently building his professional skill set and resources. He has certifications as a Short-Sale Specialist, GRI, E-pro and became a Broker in 2012. Ray is currently working on his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).
In addition, Ray takes his professional development seriously, and invests in business coaching from the Mike Ferry Organization. “It has been showing me how to operate as a business.” “In addition, I have a full-time Assistant who handles all the paperwork and assures smooth transactions, and a full-time Buyer’s Agent who assists with finding homes for buyers—all this helps me to service my clients to the fullest potential.”
“My only intention is to be the best I can be-to do what’s right for my clients by getting them top dollar for their home, or finding their dream home!”
Since Ray is married, with three young daughters and a son, he has plenty of motivation to succeed. “My wife stays home full time and that is what drives me to stay focused, and work hard-to provide for them. My clients are also the primary beneficiaries of that drive.”