What do you get when you combine a career in corporate finance with a passion for real estate investing?  Thankfully we already know here at Quinn & Wilson – and we’re happy to share his Agent Spotlight Wednesday with you.  Thanks Phil for bringing your amazing skills to our team!

Phil on-screen for one of his monthly investment advice videos.
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Q:  So Phil, what drew you out of the boardroom and into the real estate industry?

P:  Honestly it was my own personal investment.  I originally started buying investment properties for myself as a ways to diversify my portfolio.  As I got more involved in the purchasing process and property management, my love for the real estate business blossomed.  So much so that I decided to leave corporate America after over 20 years to help others buy their first home, their dream home or perhaps an investment property.

Q: That’s unique. So what made you decide to bring your skills to Quinn & Wilson?

P: I was looking for a Broker who would allow me to pursue my real estate investment business and support me along the way.   At the same time, it was very important to me to join a team and be part of a family.  All of this is true at Quinn & Wilson.  What a wonderful bunch of folks.  I could not be happier.

Q: Who is one celebrity (living or dead) that you would want to sell a home to?

P: Hands down, Benjamin Franklin.  My favorite historical figure of all time and was certainly a celebrity in his day.  It would just be so interesting to see what he would want as his home.

Q: Yes, Ben was definitely a celebrity and much of his life is well-know.  But how about you…what are three things few people know about you?

P: If you’ve heard me sing you may not believe this, but I DO actually do have some musical talent…I played trumpet for 9 years and was able to perform in China and Japan during high school.  This takes me to the second thing most people do not know about me is that I actually lived in Singapore for three years.  Prior to joining the real estate industry, I had a few interesting finance jobs which took me throughout Asia and parts of Europe.  Lastly, I really love to cook.  Whether it’s my original Phil’s Phrench Toast recipe, many Asian style dishes, or BBQ, we will not go hungry.

Q: OK, so the next holiday party goes to Phil’s house.  Trumpet serenades and tons of food! Speaking of houses, what do you consider your favorite architectural style? 

P: A Tudor style home always catches my eye.  It is the half timbers usually on the exterior of the upper floors.  It’s so classic looking.  I never lived in one, but perhaps one day.  Maybe Benjamin Franklin would have liked this style.

Q: Perhaps…although I hear he was into the Federal style.  I have asked a few other people this and the answers are all over the place.  What can’t you start your day without?

P: Every day is different and there is not usually a set routine for me, other than getting my 3 year old son off for day care.  I must admit that I have been on an Iced Coffee kick here for awhile though – so maybe that’s my new day-starter!

Q: What are your favorite local activities (in other words, how do you connect with the community)?

P: So I am very proud of the fact that I am a first-generation college student and that I attended one of Pennsylvania’s state schools, Bloomsburg University.  My service to BU goes back over a decade, and I am involved in the University’s Foundation Board of Directors, a not-for-profit company that manages scholarships and other endowed funds to benefit college students. It’s a great way to give back, and Bloomsburg recruits more students from Montgomery County and the area than it does from it’s own backyard! 

Q: Very cool.  Another question…if you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want to have with you?

P: That’s so easy.  I want my wife, my son and a beach chair. We are a beach-loving family so please don’t send the rescue chopper too soon!

Q: What is the most used app on your phone?

P:  Google Maps, although I have to admit I’m trying to wean off of it and move to Waze.  In this business GPS is an absolute must!

Q: Phil, what is your top tip for new home buyers/sellers?

P: Like most things in life, be prepared.  For Sellers, have your home clean and not full of clutter.  This shows your home at its best and shows the Buyers that you respect your home.  For Buyers, be ready to buy when you find the right one.  The good homes these days, are not on the market for very long.

Q: What would you say is the #1 misconception about real estate?

P: People think this is a piece of cake, when in fact many transactions are complex – or it can take complex solutions to keep the Seller and Buyer aligned.  It’s certainly a lot more than just putting a sign on the front lawn, doing an open house and showing up for closing.  I’ve only been in this business for a little over a year and could probably write a book already.

Q: So…if you’re not closing deals and can get a night out, where is your favorite place?

P: I’m a real estate agent with a 3-year-old. Nights out are rare these days.  If I do get out though it is definitely to Spring Mill Café in Conshohocken.  They have classic French country cuisine which I love.  Not to mention there are many places close by to grab a cocktail before or afterwards.  It’s a little hidden gem, so don’t you go telling too many people about it!