We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, what is the most important factor behind your success?
As a successful residential real estate professional/advisor, I firmly believe that commitment to the client’s goals, offering an unwavering high level of personal, consistent service is essential. I truly care about my clients financial livelihood and guide them toward making a good investment decision whether it’s to purchase or sell a property. We discuss the process and financial implications every step of the way. My clients rely on me and my years of experience to serve and support them through one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. This is how I develop and cultivate lifelong relationships and loyalty. Real estate, like many other businesses, is extremely competitive but you CAN set yourself apart from remove the other words here the competition by being real and caring about the client more than the deal. 80% of my business is from past clients, personal referrals or agent referrals. My advice – Alway be a professional and take the high road – all we have in our life is our professional life is our reputation. Build yours and protect it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always felt it important to be a good steward in my community. Raising a family and working full time for many years didn’t always allow me to volunteer, but now at this time in my life, I’m proud to be in my 10the year as the President of Friends of Downtown, a non-profit that advocates for education. The organization offers monthly educational lunches with topics specific to our Downtown San Diego Community. We also raise scholarship funds for San Diego City College students and in the last 21 years have contributed over $750,000 towards deserving students, many the first to attend college in their family. I believe that education is the way to financial independence and builds character and positive self esteem. It’s incredible to listen to the students tell their stories and express their heart felt gratitude that someone believed in them enough to contribute to their educational goals.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many places in San Diego to spend time but I would start out having a relaxing lunch in La Jolla and enjoy a stroll around the Village. Secondly visiting the San Diego Zoo is always a great experience no matter how old you are. The animals represent what a diverse world we live in and we are fortunate to not have to travel far to see them. Right next to the world famous zoo is Balboa Park, known for his grand historic architecture and museums. I love having dinner at The Prado at Balboa Park – great food and outdoor dining. Being fortunate enough to live in Coronado now, one cannot visit San Diego without a trip to the famous Hotel del Coronado. Enjoying dinner or a cocktail in one of the outdoor areas as the sun sets is paradise.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a high debt of gratitude to my husband, Jon Baker who is an esteemed and highly respected architect in the San Diego community. In our 27 year marriage, I’ve seen Jon get up every day, often being the first one in the office and last one to leave, and work diligently and collaboratively in order to design buildings and facilities that truly meet their needs. He’s been an incredible role model and has taught me to be tough and also be caring at the same time. You may not win every deal, but if you ALWAYS do the right thing, deals will come your way. Also, remembering that if someone has not said no yet; they still may say yes.