Russ Layton | DRE# 02026264

I first became interested in real estate as a young boy when my family considered moving out of state. We toured different properties and ultimately stayed in California, but my curiosity for real estate was beginning to form. In high school, I worked for my parent’s real estate marketing company where I literally saw thousands of marketing mailers and promotional products for the real estate industry. By the time I was 18, I had met hundreds of real estate agents who came to pick up their products from the business and my curiosity for real estate continued to form. My freshman year of college I took my first real estate courses and they were my favorite classes to attend each semester.

After getting a degree in Business Administration, I worked for over two years with Bender Rosenthal, a Sacramento-based appraisal and acquisition firm. I quickly became a team lead of field agents running a land management program for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. I successfully negotiated property interests between PG&E and hundreds of customers from the San Francisco Peninsula up to Redding and just about everywhere in between.  In addition to negotiating property contracts on behalf of PG&E, I spent time working with General Certified Appraisers focusing on complex valuation projects including residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural property types. After obtaining this work experience, I felt prepared to pursue my true passion and begin selling real estate and in 2018 I left Bender Rosenthal to join the Galster Group full-time.

In my free time I enjoy taking hikes with my dog and spending time with my girlfriend, family, and close friends. Some of my hobbies include playing golf and ping-pong.

CalDRE# 02026264

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