David May

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Over the years, be it in my personal life or in my career, I have learned that there is nothing more important to achieving and maintaining success than the character level of the people you surround yourself with, and the standards you consistently hold yourself to.  As a realtor, I feel that my number one job is to have your best interest at heart and to earn your trust by always being straightforward, accessible, responsive, and professional.  I strongly believe in the benefits of taking the necessary time to get to know my clients as individuals in order to fully grasp their personal taste as well as their specific goals.

I have a genuine understanding of the emotional ties that buyers and sellers can have for a particular property.  At the same time, the emotional ties involved are a big part of what makes me love, and feel so passionate about, real estate; there is simply no greater feeling of fulfillment than that moment in which you introduce your client to the property they have been envisioning themselves in, or securing on your client's behalf an offer for their home that they are so grateful to have received.  I can tell you with complete sincerity that I am someone that chose to work in real estate for no greater reason than the simple fact that I flat out love it.

Before starting my career in real estate I had a successful 15 year career in Commercial Insurance Brokerage in New York City where I dealt directly with the CEOs and CFOs of many prominent companies in order to successfully manage their Property and Liability Insurance programs.  Given the nature, and location, of this prior experience, I am accustomed to a fast-paced, high intensity environment, and I developed the strong relationship, negotiation and marketing skills I now utilize as a realtor.  I am a polished professional that is 100% customer service oriented, meticulous when it comes to the details, and am keenly aware as to the importance of managing a client's expectations and doing all you can to avoid any surprises.  

I presently reside in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of the city with my wife Holly (a top Human Resources Executive at Visa) and our son Barrett.  I believe what makes living in San Francisco so uniquely special is that it provides all of the amenities and convenience of a big city, yet still retains a sense of peacefulness, community and charm through its beautiful open spaces, established neighborhoods, and distinct architecture.  I feel that the city has this amazing way of appealing, and offering, just as much to a young single professional as it does to a family of four.  Throw in year round moderate temperatures, stunning views, and a thriving business environment and it is rather clear as to why San Francisco is regarded as one of the most desirable cities in the world to call home.

In my free time, I enjoy the city's culinary scene, excursions to wine country, cooking, playing tennis, biking, and movie nights at home with the family.

I am a member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors (SFAR), California Association of Realtors (CAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR).

We were lucky to have run into David during out early search days and made the decision to ask him to be our realtor. Through the process, David took the time to understand our budget, what we were looking for, and also our personalities. He was always on top of the game, sending us listings, taking the time to educate us on every property we went to see, and then taking the time to debrief and get our thoughts. Through our feedback, he continually updated the type of properties he would send to us for consideration which really saved us wasted time. The key differentiator for us was that David not only has a very robust understanding of the very competitive SF market but he also combines that with the personality of the client to ensure our needs are met in the need despite the budget. He made sure we understood the numbers and comps and put in competitive bids and we completely trusted his assessment even in cases where we may have gone over what he was suggesting :). I would recommend David to my family and friends and also to anyone who is truly serious about home buying - he is the guy to get it done!

– Meg Sinha

David was super professional, candid, incredibly proactive and responsive. He kept constant contact for properties coming on market and was hands-on in setting up chances to view properties outside of public opens to accommodate our busy schedules. David is very thorough when reviewing disclosure packages and patient answering all of our questions. His methodology of calculating competitive offers based on comps and features proved to be spot on accurate for multiple properties we viewed even if we didn't put in an offer. All in all, would highly recommend David as a realtor, he made the buying process smooth and we are very happy to find a great home with his help!

– Paul Kramer

David has been extremely helpful and instrumental to help us finding our dream house. He showed us the house during a private showing, and took time explain the details of the house and surroundings, the housing market condition, the purchasing process, and the future cost items for owning the house. He followed up with comprehensive documents for the house and additional showings. Then during the bidding process, he was extremely upfront and thorough in preparing the package, advise on potential pricing and additional documents that are not standard but will strengthen our overall offer, and was very patient and helpful with revisions. He took initiatives and followed up with timely and effective communications. During/after the closing, he's again extremely helpful in providing all useful contacts for the house work/utilities/movers, and personally bought home warranty for the appliances for us. He also checked in from time to time after our move, to make sure we are doing well and responded to our requests very quickly. Overall, we think David is terrific before/during/after our purchase. We are very happy with our new house and we are grateful for all his contributions.

– Leah H

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