Born into a career Air Force family, Curtis Van Carter spent only a few months at his birthplace, Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York. By the time he was 17 years old, he had moved with his parents 21 times and resided in many different places including all across the United States, Bermuda and seven years in Germany.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Ohio State University and continued his physics career as a research technician at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. While working under the tutelage of two brilliant Cal Tech physicists attempting to develop a “heavy ion accelerator,” he realized physics wasn’t for him and returned to school attending California State University, Hayward where he took graduate classes in Geography.
From 1972-83 he pursued a number of careers until 1984 when he realized a dream of taking a year off to discover his Greek roots and the spirit of Alexander the Great.
Upon his return to the Napa Valley, he began selling real estate, developing projects and making deals. He affectionately refers to his profession as “peddling dirt, finding rainbows and the pot of gold.” He spent 13 successful years in association with Davidson & Bennett Realtors and The Prudential California Realty, opening Yountville Properties in 1993. From 1997 till 2016 he was with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, now working with Better Homes & Gardens, Wine Country Group in St Helena. He continues to live and work in Yountville, truly enjoying living and the thought of what the next phase of his life will reveal.
During his 30 plus year real estate career, he has closed more than 500 residential real estate transactions totaling over $120 million, in addition to 50 commercial/land transactions valued at $60 million. Among the other professional accomplishments, Curtis holds designations as both a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), and Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource Specialist (SFR).
His inscrutable ethics, attention to detail and unparallel customer service practices have earned him the moniker “broker extraordinaire” by his clients. Here are just two examples. “Curtis knew more about the property I was buying than the seller’s agent. He was thorough, pulled permits, carefully reviewed title reports AND the exceptions. I’ve never met a more hard-working agent.” “Curtis made home buying an exhilarating experience. We would recommend him without hesitation and will never consider using anyone else.”
Finally, his education and training at Cal Tech introduced him to technology at an early age, where he continues to differentiate his skills as a real estate broker maximizing marketing opportunities on the Internet for his clients.
Thanks Curtis Van Carter