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Kevin Wakelin

Raised in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa, Kevin’s international upbringing and extensive travel around the world has provided him with a natural affinity in his career for leadership roles, lateral thinking, and cultural connectivity. 

In the arena of luxury residential real estate, it takes a vast level of experience, business acumen and strategic thinking to successfully negotiate the deal -- and Kevin is a prime example of that level of expertise – bringing nearly 30 years of experience to the table from his vast career in residential development, investment, construction, marketing and sales garnered from London to San Francisco.

After graduating from London's Kingston University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Urban Planning, Kevin joined Jacobs Island Company – a real estate development company based in the Docklands of London. Renowned for creating the first collection of innovative, alternative and architecturally significant loft dwellings in London – conversions of old and abandoned brick-and-timber framed industrial warehouses into luxury open-plan Loft spaces – Kevin's passion for "all things real estate" ignited. At just twenty years old and hungry for knowledge and experience, Kevin spent the next 5 years of his young career immersed in real estate development, earning him a deep appreciation and understanding of it's fundamentals: entitlements, architecture, design, engineering, construction, financing, marketing and sales.

Following his time at Jacobs Island Company, Kevin relocated to San Francisco where he joined Kansai Development to manage their urban renewal development program. From there, he moved to the pioneering loft development firm of Holliday Development, overseeing the development of numerous large-scale live/work loft projects in areas ranging from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe. After the market crash of 2008, Kevin took a step back from real estate development to re-strategize and shifted his focus to his new real estate investment company, The Vibrant Group, to take advantage of the huge investment opportunities in the local REO/foreclosure markets. With millions of dollars of private equity investment capital available, Kevin purchased hundreds of single family homes in the Bay Area for his own portfolios as well as for other national portfolios. Assembling a team of contractors, engineers, designers and other real estate professionals, Kevin led an investment strategy that included renovating each home for both a buy-and-sell strategy, as well as for a buy-and-hold strategy. After flipping the majority of holdings, Kevin continues to manage his private investment portfolio of single-family home rentals - Vibrant Homes of Solano.

Since 2013 Kevin has opened up his real estate expertise to Pacific Union International, giving clients the opportunity to leverage his incredible knowledge of the real estate markets. As a long time San Francisco resident – having lived in the Marina, SOMA, Noe Valley, the Castro and now Mission Bay, Kevin has a deep appreciation for the sub-markets of San Francisco and the Bay Area. After 20+ years developing real estate, he also has an extensive network of contractors, engineers, designers, attorneys and marketing experts. From negotiating with agents, to meticulously managing the transactional process, to leveraging vendor networks, Kevin has more skill-sets on hand than most clients could ever expect from their realtor. And beyond the skill-sets, it's his passion, creativity and integrity that runs through everything that he does that makes his clients so loyal.

Kevin currently resides in Mission Bay with his thirteen year old daughter. He is a member of SFAR, CAR, NAR and the founder of Vitality, a professional business-networking group for LGBT executives, and Castro Dads, the largest social group for gay dads and their kids in San Francisco.

 


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Suzanne Jordan

Suzanne Jordan’s career at Pacific Union International spans 15 years. Beginning in 2002, she worked as a Project Manager for nearly 9 years before becoming a transaction coordinator in 2011 where she coordinates and maintains all escrow contracts and transaction files and conversation logs for multiple agents within Pacific Union.

Suzanne holds a BFA in Photography from the University of San Francisco, as well as an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from City College of San Francisco. Her hobbies include volunteering as a Prep Cook/Chef Liasion at Culinary Arts Events as well as spending time with her family.