RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

OCT 2018

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98 October 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE {Broker Spotlight} Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate JF Finnegan REALTORS ® Advancing a Legacy in San Francisco by Maria Patterson Maria Paerson: Tell us a bit about the rm's history and where it stands today. Debbie Wong: John Finnegan found- ed the firm in 1973. He started in Daly City and built a thriving busi- ness in Northern San Mateo County that trickled down into Burlingame and San Mateo. He had three of- fices when he retired and offered Rick, Steve and I the opportunity to purchase the company. At the same time, there was another Bet- ter Homes and Gardens broker retir- ing in San Francisco and San Jose, so we also picked up those two re- gions. With seven offices total, we now cover the entire San Francis- co Peninsula, from San Francisco south to San Jose and Campbell. We're running at about 400-plus agents, and we're the seventh-larg- est member of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate family. MP: What is your personal history with the rm? Rick Whipple: Before real estate sales, I was in general contracting, and that's how I met John Finneg- an. In 1982, I developed 25 units in Daly City, and I hired John's firm to market them. After working together, he talked me into joining his broker- age in 1985. My successful career in real estate was founded on the mentoring, coaching and friendship he provided. I've been learning from him ever since. By 1998, he had branched out to San Mateo, and D ebbie Wong, Rick Whipple and Steve Belluomini all followed different paths in real estate, but landed at the same destination: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate JF Finnegan REALTORS®. After developing rich careers at the brokerage as sales associates and then managers, the trio became owners when founder John Finnegan retired three years ago. In that short time, they've expanded the firm's reach to cover the entire San Francisco Peninsula, all while staying loyal to its family-oriented culture of caring and support. In this interview, Wong, Whipple and Belluomini share their insights into what's made the company such a longstanding success, and how they intend to keep the momentum going.

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