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Hi, I'm Russ

Your first-time homebuying mentor.

My purpose is to take everything I know about the homebuying process and simplify it for you. 

My goal is to empower you with the tools and the knowledge to navigate the purchase of your first house with ease. 

I'm here to help.

I fell in love with the potential of real estate when I bought my first house in 2003. This was before I had any knowledge of the process. It was scary! I was going to owe someone a HUGE amount of money! But it was worth it. My reasons for purchasing were to have a place to call my own, to fix up to my taste, and even more importantly, to have a fixed monthly mortgage payment that wasn't in danger of increasing every year like my rent. Years later, I’ve not only purchased my second house but I’ve also successfully invested in real estate. 

I care about your success. The passion for building this First Home Journey came to me after 4 years of being a Realtor in Southern California and seeing how scared people were, how uneducated they are, and how little they knew about the loans they were getting or how the transaction works with a Realtor. I feel there is a need for a safe place for people to get educated about the process BEFORE they start calling Realtors and lenders. 

My life experience is that I’m a father of two amazing little guys. They are my everything. Our motto: if it’s fun, if it’s funny, we are in! Side note: my older son, Noble, no longer has blue hair! 


Outside of trying to raise my two little dudes as best I can, is to help others. In the case of First Home Journey, it's to educate and empower you. My dedication to my own journey has led me to get a professional designation as a First Home Buyer Specialist, and to speak at non-profit organizations to help educate first-time homebuyers. When it comes to First Home Journey, the need I aim to fill is in helping to educate you, the right way. So much of the overwhelm that presents itself in this process can be managed by a comprehensive understanding of what to do each step of the process.

I'm here for you. If I can help, I will. Reach out anytime and I'll personally respond. 


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This is the first digital course of it's kind aimed at helping first-time homebuyers navigate the process with confidence.


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