A little about me

Hello! I’m Richard Wamsat: Your Trusted Real Estate Guide

Welcome to my world of real estate, where I’ve devoted over two decades to helping individuals navigate the highs and lows of buying and selling homes. My journey has provided me with invaluable experiences across California’s diverse markets, equipping me with the knowledge and insights to assist my clients every step of the way. 

 I was born in Southern California, but I moved to Northern California at a young age, giving me a unique perspective on both regions. Today, I call Irvine home, living here with my lovely wife Brandy and our adorable, fluffy white dog Murphy. My deep understanding of the California real estate landscape enables me to offer unparalleled guidance, whether it’s in the bustling cities of the south or the tranquil valleys of the north.

The Great Recession was a challenging time for many, and I took pride in fighting tirelessly against banks to save homes and provide relief from underwater mortgages. This unwavering commitment is what I bring to every transaction, ensuring my clients always have a strong advocate on their side.

I am a firm believer in continuous learning and self-improvement. In 2015, I earned the prestigious Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) designation from The Real Estate Negotiation Institute, affiliated with Harvard. This achievement ranks me in the top 1% of real estate agents nationwide, highlighting my commitment to securing the best outcomes for my clients.

I am a licensed real estate Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Realty (DRE#01345156), where I offer a comprehensive suite of services to meet my clients' diverse needs. My journey in real estate began in 2002 when I obtained my license after studying diligently at The California School of Real Estate, passing the state exam on my first try. In 2022, I elevated my commitment to the field by obtaining my real estate brokers license, once again achieving success on my first attempt.

My skill set is further enhanced by certifications such as Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR), showcasing my ability to handle complex property situations with ease. My hard work and dedication have been recognized with numerous awards from prestigious organizations like Coldwell Banker, RE/MAX, and the Central Valley Association of Realtors, as well as recognition for my volunteer service from the Points of Light Foundation.

Real estate is my passion, and nothing brings me more joy than helping others achieve their property dreams. I am here to ensure you benefit from my vast experience, refined negotiation skills, and unwavering dedication.

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Here are a few of my accomplishments

Real Estate License

In 2002 I obtained my real estate license after studying at The California School of Real Estate. I passed the state licensing exam on my first attempt, later learning that it takes the average agent several tries before passing.

Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)

In 2009 I earned the designation of “Certified Distressed Property Expert” (CDPE) and the National Association of Realtor’s “Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource” (SFR) designation. During the “Great Recession” I helped families who were upside down and owed more than their home was worth negotiate with their bank to either save their home or allow them to sell it. Many of them had lost their job in the recession, gotten a divorce, or had fallen ill and could no longer afford their mortgages (some had payments that doubled).

Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)

In 2013 I earned the designation of “Certified Negotiation Expert” (CNE). According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors both home sellers and home buyers ranked negotiation skills high on their list of important skills when choosing a Realtor. Yet the state licensing exam teaches you nothing about how to negotiate on behalf of your clients. Worse yet, most agents are just winging it. This is why I sought out The Real Estate Negotiation Institute who’s founder and instructor was trained at Harvard and Wharton. The principles I learned were similar to what attorneys are taught in order to effectively negotiate for their clients.

Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE)

In 2015 I graduated to the Master Certified Negotiation Expert” (MCNE) designation. Putting me in an elite group since less than 1% of Realtors nationwide hold this designation.

Broker Associate

In 2022 I obtained my real estate broker's license from the California Department of Real Estate. Just like when I took my original real estate salesperson license in 2002, I passed the licensing exam on my first attempt. Real estate brokers have a higher level of training and can work independently if they choose to do so. I continue to affiliate myself with Coldwell Banker Realty because of the value that they bring to my business and the tools and resources that I can use to the benifit of my clients. 

Awards and Recognitions include

  • International Diamond Society - Coldwell Banker
  • International Sterling Society - Coldwell Banker
  • President's Club - RE/MAX
  • Executive Club - RE/MAX
  • Master's Club - Central Valley Association of Realtors
  • 3-time recipient of the United States President's Volunteer Service Award - Points of Light Foundation 

Real estate is my passion, and I enjoy helping others reach their real estate goals. 

My clients are awesome

"Thanks to Richard the process of moving into our new rental was seamless. His communication and attention to detail are unmatched. We are lucky to have found a realtor who we can really trust. We look forward to working with Read More Read Less
"I want to express my genuine appreciation to work with Richard Wamsat. From our initial consultation, it was clear that Richard was determined to find us a home that ticked most of the boxes of our wish list, including meetin Read More Read Less
"I would highly recommend Richard be the first person of interest for anyone looking to buy or rent property in Southern CA. He's extremely knowledgeable, professional, doesn't cut corners, and gives you direct no-nonsense adv Read More Read Less