Matt Wathen is truly devoted to the business of selling real estate. His family has been active in California real estate for generations, giving him a unique knowledge of individual residential buildings and neighborhoods throughout the state.
Matt’s interest and passion for real estate is in his blood. After becoming involved in the home-buying process alongside his father, he became an investment property owner himself and currently manages both his own and his family’s various rental properties in California.
Prior to his career in real estate, Matt obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and upon graduating began a career as a project engineer in commercial construction management. Matt worked at several large-scale construction sites with architects and other engineers and developed a strong knowledge of the construction side of real estate development. This experience is an asset most valuable to his clients purchasing new construction condominiums or lofts. Having earned the USGBC LEED AP credential and worked on two nationally recognized LEED Platinum projects, Matt is especially well-versed in green building design and construction practices.
Whether buying new construction or resale, Matt takes a comprehensive approach to help his clients achieve their goals and needs through the purchase of real estate. With his engineering background, experience in new construction, and personal investment in real estate, Matt is able to leverage his knowledge and strong analytical approach to ensure the best deal for his clients. Sellers benefit from his marketing expertise, solid negotiation skills, and his ability to correctly value and position properties in the marketplace, often achieving above-market results.
At Climb, Matt is able to integrate his education and sustainable building practices with his years of real estate sales experience. Matt’s clients openly say that he always represents their best interests and is known for achieving great results. He consistently offers a professional, high level of personal service and accountability to his clients, developing long-lasting relationships with those he works with.
Matt’s passion for architecture and design propels his love of living and working in the most diverse and fast-paced city in the world. A longtime resident of San Diego, Matt is also an avid traveler and an enthusiast of different languages and cultures. Before transitioning into real estate professionally, he nourished his love of travel by spending a year abroad living in Europe. Based in Rome, he traveled extensively in Italy learning not just the language, but also the architecture, history and culture of the country. Aside from traveling throughout Europe, Matt has also explored Turkey, Japan, Central America and, most recently, Australia.
“Matt came highly recommended to us from a family friend. He represented us in the purchase of our first place, so understandably we weren’t very knowledgable about the home-buying process. Matt proved time and time again to be an amazing resource. With his commercial construction background, this was especially helpful during the home inspections and our final walkthrough. On top of that, Matt always responded so quickly to our numerous texts, emails, and calls. He would take his time to make sure our questions were fully answered, and that we understood and were comfortable with each step of the process. We have already referred him to several friends and look forward to working with him again on our next purchase. Thanks, Matt!”
– Casey R.
“I could not be happier with how Matt handled the sale of my home! At a time when I was spending a lot of time out of town for work, the idea of selling my home was daunting. I met with Matt at his office and he quickly sensed how stressed I was about the whole thing. Together we came up with a game plan and schedule, and he basically assumed the responsibility of coordinating all the contractors, handypeople, electricians, etc. to make my home ready to sell. To keep me in the loop, he’d send me an email every day or so with a quick summary of how everything was progressing. Before I knew it, my home was beautifully staged and marketed for sale, and he was able to sell it for far more than I had hoped!”
– David A.
“Matt helped me in the sale of an investment property and subsequent purchase of another property through a 1031 exchange. Due to the timely nature of completing a 1031 exchange, I was somewhat nervous about the extra paperwork and steps required in this type of transaction. Working with Matt put me at ease as he was extremely knowledgeable and was always the consummate professional guiding me through all steps of the process.”
– Thejusvi G.
“Gail and Matt are a great team. We moved quickly. They kept me ahead of the pack of buyers who wanted the same property. Late night calls, weekend visits to property, whatever it took to win: I could not think of a better team to help me with another transaction.”
– P. Farmer
A proud Tico. Pura Vida!
Making the decision to leave my engineering career to pursue my passions of travel and real estate.
Overcoming my fear of heights by skydiving--twice!
Three separate alarms on my iPhone... just in case.
Exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of a new city.
Private academic tutor.
My mom, who inspires me with her strength, endless positivity, and desire to always keep learning.
A unique approach to real estate.
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