Growing up, Gayle Probst spent summers visiting extended family in Palos Verdes and fell in love with California and the Peninsula. She moved here as an adult and entered the real estate industry 28 years ago with Coldwell Banker. Gayle joined RE/MAX Estate Properties in 2012.
What makes you a South Bay expert?
“As a young girl visiting the Peninsula, I felt it was magical with all its beautiful foliage, flowers and palm trees plus the wonderful ocean breezes, the spectacular coastline views, the beach and Marineland. Over the years we’ve bought, renovated and sold numerous homes, so I learned a lot about the South Bay: its microclimates, school systems and community values. Palos Verdes is an area I know well and love to introduce to buyers new to the area. The South Bay has lower crime, cleaner air, better schools and overall better quality of life than anywhere in the Los Angeles area. I work where I love to be!”
So what makes you the best in real estate?
“Having bought and sold a lot of homes on my own, I know what a challenging experience buying and selling can be. The old saying is very true: ‘Home is where the heart is!’ It’s where your family and friends gather and memories are made. And no matter the price, it is an expensive endeavor. I work very hard to understand my clients’ needs, wants and objectives. I take the trust a client puts in me very seriously. I am a great listener and a calm communicator. I am also highly competitive in a relatively male-dominated field. I have very high expectations for myself; I work longer and harder than my competition to succeed, which helps my relationship with my clients as well. They know they can count on me always, and because of this I get lots of repeat business and referrals.”
Is California real estate still a good investment?
“Yes, I think it is. Right now we are benefiting from the lowest interest rates in decades, so the market is very active. When you look back over any period of 10 to 15 years, you will see ups and downs. But over any 20-year period, real estate investments have outperformed all other forms of investments—even more so here in the South Bay. Real estate—like all business—is ever-changing, and I love the constant challenge. I consider it a privilege to live and work here.”