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Nina Geneson Otis

Nina Geneson Otis is the broker of record and principal of Metropolitan Properties. She is a San Francisco native. Her alma mater include St. Brendan, University High School, UC Berkeley and Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. Nina grew up in a San Francisco real estate family, and got into the business at an early age, witnessing various real estate cycles. She knows and understands the neighborhoods in the City, in particular, where and what type of property will be a solid investment and best appreciate.

Nina’s prior work experience enhances her performance as a real estate broker. She previously worked as a transactional/tax attorney at the international law firm, Baker & McKenzie. She is adept at drafting contractual language to minimize liability for her clients. She is a licensed attorney and continuously follows the complex area of landlord/tenant law, which helps protect your interest as a property owner.

Nina also worked in residential lending as the broker of a local mortgage bank. She has a nuanced understanding of how to structure the financing of a real estate acquisition or a refinance, so that you can obtain the best financing available. She has a close relationship with various lenders, including lenders making private money loans where institutional lending falls short. She can refer you to the lender which best suits your needs.

Nina is an expert in TIC transactions. She can guide clients through the DRE public report process, understands the complexities of TIC agreements, group vs. fractional loans and condominium conversion. Having worked with TICs since 2003, she has been at the forefront of the proliferation of this form of ownership. It is critical, when buying or selling a TIC, to use an agent with knowledge and experience specific to TICs. For those who are selling an investment property, she can seamlessly guide you through the 1031 exchange process—comparing/analyzing the various re-investment options and allowing you to get into the next deal while deferring taxes.

Nina has remodeled numerous properties. She has design flair and resources for remodeling your home or investment—whether you are doing it on the cheap or designing a luxury estate. It is important to understand the dollar return you can achieve from your dollar investment into your property. Nina can advise you on which improvements yield the best return and which finishes have the broadest appeal in the market place.

Nina ranked #16 among San Francisco Realtors for number of transactions closed in San Francisco in 2009, as reported on the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service. Nina's Professional Affiliations include the following:

  • San Francisco, California and National Association of Realtors
  • San Francisco and California Bar Association
  • San Francisco and California Apartment Associations
  • Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute
  • Plan C San Francisco
  • San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth
  • San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
  • Eureka Valley Promotion Association

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Mark Biggins

Mark Biggins specializes in investment real estate brokerage throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.   In addition, he is a licensed commercial real estate appraiser and land use consultant.  In his role as an appraiser Mark has performed valuations and analysis of over $1.5 Billion worth of commercial real estate assets totaling over 7.5 Million square feet.  He is experienced with investment analysis for all product types including multi-family, office, hotel, retail and development sites. 

Mark’s experience as an appraiser in the Bay Area gives him the unique ability to identify real estate opportunities for his clients.  Mark is able to assist qualified buyers in developing an investment strategy and then aggressively pursue appropriate opportunities, oftentimes in off-market transactions.  For sellers, Mark can accurately price assets and diligently oversee the marketing and negotiations to ensure top market price is achieved. 

In addition to investment brokerage, Mark is also available to assist homebuyers looking to purchase a residence or small rental property.  As prices fall to their lowest level in years, now is an excellent time to purchase a single family residence.  Opportunities for heavily discounted homes are numerous – especially foreclosures in the East Bay.  With these opportunities, however, are also challenges.   Mark understands where we are at in the real estate cycle and has the specialized knowledge necessary to help buyer’s capitalize on discounted pricing while avoiding any potential pitfalls. 

Mark was born and raised in San Diego and has a degree in Political Science from U.C.S.D.   He is a licensed real estate broker and real estate appraiser.  Prior to his work with Metropolitan Properties, Mark was an acquisition analyst and project manager with Caspian Partners, LLC, a San Francisco-based boutique development company specializing in multi-family and medical office properties.  Prior to that, he was a research associate with The CoStar Group.  Mark is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR).  Mark also volunteers for the Presidio Trust and the Surfrider Foundation.   He currently resides in San Francisco.

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Matthew Ruffer

Matthew Ruffer is a New York native. Matthew lived in Lake Tahoe's North
Shore for 20 years where he worked on residential leasing. Matthew also
brings a construction background to his work. He focuses on residential
real estate sales in both San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

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