Kay Tagle: Fully Invested
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
WALNUT CREEK — Kay Tagle achieved professional success when she turned her side hustle into her full-time vocation. “I used to work for the federal government, but I also bought and sold investment properties on the side,” she recounts. “I bought my first house in Daly City, sold it and bought another in Serramonte, and I continued investing from there. At a certain point, my godmother said, ‘Why don’t you just get your license and do real estate full time?’ I decided to take her advice, and in 1990 I became a full-time Realtor. Originally, I sold properties in San Francisco, but today I primarily serve Contra Costa, San Mateo and Solano Counties.”
Today, Kay says her favorite part of her job is helping people. “I love having a positive impact on my clients’ lives. Whether I’m helping a buyer get their home sweet home or helping a seller get a return on their investment, it’s always a gratifying feeling to help my clients achieve their goals.”
Outside of work, Kay spends her free time on a variety of active pastimes. “My husband, Claro, and I enjoy ballroom dancing—we’ve been doing that since 1997,” she details. “We also like going to concerts, whether it’s a free summer concert at a park or a jazz performance at Yoshi’s in Oakland.” Additionally, Kay likes to cook and spend time with her family. “My son, Lawrence, lives in Australia with his wife and three daughters, while my daughter, Kim, lives locally. She’s actually my marketing person and handles the advertising for my listings.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Kay says it’s all about building trust. “In real estate, it’s crucial to have trust between the client and the Realtor. I always make it a priority to build trust with my clients. I think that’s why I have such high client loyalty. When a past client is ready to sell and upgrade, they usually want to work with me again because they know they can trust me.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in San Francisco.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I’d probably do a tour of Eastern Asia, including Thailand and Vietnam.
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving, because it’s all about family.
Q: What kinds of movies do you like?
A: I like comedies.
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