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February 13, 2015

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Jennifer and Dave Caskey are a team in everything they do, from running Caskey & Caskey, their award-winning South Bay real estate rm based with Shorewood Realtors in Hermosa Beach (part of the Herman Group), to raising their three sons. Here, Dave shares just how the power duo maintains their reputation as one of the South Bay's top real-estate teams. What made you choose real estate as your profession—and why the decision to work with your wife as a team? Jennifer started working at Shorewood Realtors during college. Her mother had been with Shorewood for many years during Jennifer's childhood and it was a natural fit. After graduating from college with a degree in real estate development, I worked for a large developer, Shea Homes, in Orange County. Then, in 1991, while I was attending graduate school as a finance major, I started doing construction for large REO clients such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Within two months I had a full-time property services company doing construction, property management and retail sales for bank-owned properties. After I married Jennifer and we started a family, it was natural [to come] on board with [her] company—to fill in where she needed help. Nowadays, we both work [together full time in] residential and investment property sales. And you've worked together for 25 years! What is your secret for making the work- marriage dynamic work? We don't work together; I work for her. She's the boss. It's much better that way. What makes Caskey & Caskey stand apart from your competitors? Experience, knowledge and attitude. We love what we do and we love our clients. A huge portion of our business comes from repeat clients and client referrals. When our clients are successful and happy, so are we. As a born-and-raised Manhattan Beach native, Jennifer is fortunate to have grown up in the same neighborhoods she works in today. Her history here provides a unique local perspective and insider knowledge that directly benefits our clients. We also have a deep love of this community. We don't just work here—we live here [in Manhattan Beach], play here, raise our kids here and are involved with over 40 local charities and community organizations that help make the South Bay the neighborhood community that it is. You support a lot of charitable causes, in fact. Which are most important to you, and why? We like to help those in our immediate area, so we try to focus on helping services and causes that directly affect those in the greater Los Angeles area. Each of the many charities that we support are very near to our hearts, but helping out the Navy Seals Fund and the Exceptional Kids Prom Program stand out to us as truly remarkable programs. The Navy Seals Fund is something we take very seriously. It's an outstanding organization that takes care of those who have sacrificed so much for the benefit and well-being of others. It's an attitude you clearly carry over to your career, having consistently won some of the top realtor honors awarded to South Bay brokers. It's simple. If you focus on customer satisfaction, success will follow. What are the latest South Bay market trends you see—how have things shifted in the last few years? The Beach Cities markets have been mostly affected by two major contributing factors over the past 15 years: lifestyle and education. The quality of life in the South Bay and the outstanding performance of the public schools here have made this area one of the most attractive places to live in the U.S. People enjoy the close-knit neighborhood feel, while being conveniently located within a short distance to major commerce in the nearby metropolitan area of Los Angeles. This has drawn new residents from key markets across the country. The increased demand and the strength of annual average household income in the area have both had a profound impact on local real-estate values. What do you do off-hours? We take advantage of the beach lifestyle! We surf, run and play volleyball with our kids. We're very lucky to live in a place that many people choose to visit for vacation. And do you take separate vacations? Very rarely. We prefer to travel together, with the kids, as much as possible. How do you and Jennifer balance the combined responsibilities of parenting with running a business? The best part of being realtors is the flexibility for each of us to interchange our roles as parents and professionals. One of us is usually at home with the kids and the other is at work…so [that] we can both work in the classroom and participate in [their] extracurricular programs. Jennifer volunteers for programs such as Growing Great, and I coach the children's sports teams. We are very lucky that our profession allows us to be hands-on parents. D I G S | R E A L E S T A T E A S TO L D TO J E N N Y P E T E R S P H OTO BY P H OTO BY L AU R E N P R ES S E Y P H OTO G R A P H Y D A V E A N D J E N N I F E R C A S K E Y O F C A S K E Y & C A S K E Y R E A L ESTAT E I N S I D E R 72 SOUTHBAYDIGS.COM | 2.13.2015

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