Christian was born in Los Angeles and raised in Europe. "I grew up in a house that was built in 1603; the chain of title looked like a who's who of London for over 300 years, the original builder was the first British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole!
Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, Christian began a varied real estate career. First in property management by supervising over 300 units in 12 buildings and eventually becoming a landlord himself in 1986. "During the late 80's anything you bought was a "steal" by the time you closed escrow." People made a lot of money during this time and of course it all came to an abrupt end in 1991.
"I learned by doing and I did everything; sales, management, leasing, repairing, renovating, new construction, and finally got my real estate license. 1992 was not a great time to be a new licensee!"
Real Estate as we all know is a commission business and the values in Beverly Hills lead to larger commissions. "More than just the incredible prices achieved in Beverly Hills was the sense of community and history I found when I came here. Many of my clients travel around the world and use this city as a base. There is a tremendously varied and international clientele."
A serious traveler, Christian, and his wife and two children have a house in London. "We spend a lot of time visiting England as my wife had both our children there and many of our clients and friends are from Europe." Fluent in most European languages (English, German, French, and Spanish), Beverly Hills is one of the few communities in LA for which all are useful. "I cannot begin to tell you how many times I've completed a transaction because I could communicate with a principal in their native tongue."
Specializing in Beverly Hills there is a benefit to using a realtor with a good education, proven skills as a negotiator and someone who is answerable to the community at large. "The Mayor is my attorney, I live and work in the city, all our friends are here, there is no alternative except to be totally honest and professional."