Marc Roos: A Residential Affinity
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
When Marc Roos got his first job in the real estate industry, he didn’t know it would be a stepping stone toward a successful long-term career. “I got into real estate by accident, really,” he says. “After college, a friend and I were looking for work, so we went to the campus employment center. One of the job ads was placed by a commercial real estate broker who was looking to drum up sales; we both responded and were hired. From there, my friend went on to pursue a career in commercial real estate, but I was much more interested in the residential side. Besides having a love of architecture, I’ve always enjoyed working with people, so it just made sense to go in that direction. I got my residential real estate license in 1992 and have been doing it ever since.”
After more than 25 years as a Realtor, Marc says he still enjoys making a difference in his clients’ lives. “Hands down, my favorite part of the job is giving first-time buyers the keys to their new homes. It’s very rewarding to work with people and help them achieve the American dream of home ownership.”
A resident of Los Altos Hills (where he lives with his wife, Katie, and their two daughters), Marc fills his free time with an array of outdoor activities. “Hiking, running, skiing, wake surfing—if it’s outside, I probably do it,” he says. “I also like spending time at Lake Tahoe and the beach with my family. Additionally, both of our daughters play club soccer, so these days we do a lot of traveling around the country.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Marc espouses the wisdom of the Golden Rule. “I believe in treating others the way I’d want to be treated, and that’s with honesty and respect,” he explains. “I’m not a salesman; rather, I see my role as a guide for my clients. That’s why I make an effort to educate my clients and help them make informed decisions about their real estate transactions.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Marc says he’d head to a tropical destination. “I would take my family on vacation to Bora Bora. That’s somewhere we’ve always wanted to go.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first job?
A: I was a paperboy for the Los Altos Town Crier when I was nine years old.
Q: If you could instantly pick up a new skill, what would it be?
A: I would love to possess the skills to design and build my own home.
Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The past—it was a much simpler time, when technology didn’t command every aspect of life.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: The Fourth of July.