Bob Souza is a San Francisco Bay Area native and was born and raised in San Jose, California. He graduated from Oak Grove High School and started working as a missile development mechanic at Lockheed Missiles & Space (now known as Lockheed-Martin) in Sunnyvale, California. Bob also went through the Police Academy, aspiring to join the California Highway Patrol…but eventually decided to become an entrepreneur instead and had a window tinting business and an auto detail shop.
Later, Bob joined Local Union 393 and became a commercial pipefitter, working in the high-tech industry for Therma, Inc. and Icom Mechanical, Inc.
In 1999, Bob started working for Full Spectrum Lending (a division of Countrywide Home Loans) as a loan consultant, helping people with less-than-perfect credit refinance their homes. After going through Countrywide’s training program in Southern California and gaining valuable experience in the mortgage industry, Bob moved on to become a mortgage broker at Cal-Bay Mortgage, where he was able to offer loans for everyone, not only the credit-impaired. We made a good team, with me as a real estate agent and him as a mortgage broker, and together we helped our clients buy, sell and finance homes and land in East Contra Costa County, California – Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Oakley and Knightsen.
Bob and I purchased our first real estate franchise in 2001, Realty World Platinum, and opened up a boutique office in downtown Brentwood. We also started a new company, Platinum Property Management, since we began to work with a lot of investors who bought rentals that they wanted us to manage. In 2002, Bob decided to leave the mortgage industry and become a full-time real estate agent (and property manager) with me, since by that time I was getting more business than I could handle!
By 2005, we had a total of 15 properties (all in California), some of which were re-sold and others were held as rentals. At this time, we were making more money investing in real estate than we were selling real estate…so we decided to relocate to Placer County, California and focus on our own real estate portfolio instead of both working full-time as real estate agents. In 2006, we finally became an independent real estate brokerage and discontinued our Realty World franchise.
After buying and selling our first two lots without building homes on them, it was finally time to realize our dream of building a home. Ruby Hill Vineyard Estates was the community we chose to build our first custom home, located in the beautiful Livermore Valley Wine Country in Alameda County, California.
A neighbor’s grandson gave Bob the nickname “Bob the Builder” (even though we had a general contractor) because Bob was at the jobsite every day, working or supervising. After all our hard work and time spent throughout the entire building process, we completed and sold this custom home on a 20-acre vineyard in January 2010.
With the tremendous amount of experience and knowledge gained from the Ruby Hill Vineyard Estates project, Bob had an easy transition becoming a rehabber for foreclosed properties. Whether it’s older homes that need gutting for a complete remodel, or properties that simply need a cosmetic renovation, Bob makes sure everything is done right and usually under budget.
If you’re a cash investor who wants to buy foreclosures in Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis or Granite Bay, Bob can bid on your behalf to buy properties at Placer County trustee sales. He can also show you homes that fit your search criteria that are listed for sale on the MLS. Most of all, he is extra cautious and quite conservative when handling someone else’s real estate portfolio and would not buy a property for any of our clients that he would not purchase himself.
Placer County Real Estate Specialists
If you could benefit from our knowledge when it comes to investing in Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis and Granite Bay real estate or you’d like our guidance when it comes to buying a lot and building a home in Placer County, please contact us for a FREE consultation.
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Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay