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State of California Department of Real Estate Sales Person, DRE #01153827, CA Contractor License Board: B Class General Contractor
U.C. Berkeley: B.A. Social Sciences and City and Regional Planning San Francisco University High School and Cathedral School for Boys
Ted began his real estate career in 1987 as an incoming freshman at UC Berkeley by borrowing $50,000 at 10% interest from his father and with a co-sign purchased the dilapidated nursing home at 2521 College Avenue near campus. Ted converted the property into a vibrant 13 bedroom student rooming house that he still owns today with the adjacent 17 bedroom 2519 College apartment building acquired in 2006.
In 1992 Ted became a Vista Volunteer working as a Housing Development Assistant for San Francisco non-profit Asian, Inc. Ted was promoted to Housing Development Specialist and project manager for Asian, Inc.’s entitled 24 unit affordable housing project in the San Francisco Earthquake Recovery Redevelopment Project Area at 518 Minna Street on the corner of 6th Street. Ted worked closely with the Asian, Inc.’s director, City and State Agencies, construction loan manager, Federal Tax Credit consultant and lender, architect, engineers, general contractor, developer vendors, property manager, potential tenants, community and press through completion and occupancy. Ted was instrumental in Asian, Inc. being awarded their next 30 unit new construction affordable housing development nearby fronting on Howard before leaving for national general contractor Fisher Development, Inc. in 1995.
At Fisher Development, Ted moved from construction coordinator to assistant project manager to project manager and worked on all aspect of nationwide retail and restaurant construction roll-outs from punch list management to concurrently managing projects in multiple cities.
In 1997 Ted was recruited by client Chevy’s Inc. after successfully managing the construction of numerous San Francisco Wrap Works and Fuzio restaurants. At Chevy’s Ted managed new construction and remodel of many large full service Chevy’s Restaurants in the western United States. Ted received his California B Class General Contractors License in 1998.
On September 27, 1998 around 5:30pm Ted was a passenger in 1962 Austin Healey traveling 60 miles per hour west on Highway 80 past the Sugar Bowl exit. An axle snapped and the car flew spinning and flipping off the mountain freeway. Trees broke the car’s fall 16 feet above the ground and miraculously the car, that did not have a roll bar, landed wheels down facing uphill 75′ from take-off. Ted’s youngest brother, Will, who was driving the car suffered a broken collarbone and numerous lacerations. Ted suffered an epidural hematoma (ruptured artery in brain) and other injuries and was transported to Truckee then Reno emergency rooms. As the mid-line of his brain had shifted over 2 centimeters (normally major brain damage) due to pressure from blood inside his skull, the UCSF trained neurosurgeon on call who saved his life told Ted’s mother and girlfriend, Donna, upon their 3am arrival at Washoe Medical Center, “I got him too late” and they were given organ donor forms.
While Ted does not remember the next two weeks (the only good thing about major head trauma), he had many reasons to live and was out of the hospital in 30 days and back at work at a very supportive Chevy’s, Inc. in 60 days. Ted soon wanted to get back into real estate.
Ted’s mother, Tina Bartlett Hinckley, began her career as a Realtor in 1986. In 1998 she was the top producing agent at McGuire Real Estate. In the spring of 1999 Ted left Chevy’s, Inc. and joined Tina at McGuire. It took a full year after the accident until Ted had all of his marbles back, but he was substantially “New and Improved” and fired up. In 2000 Ted married Donna, sold numerous friends their first homes and was named “Rookie of the Year” at McGuire.
Ted and Tina were top producers and partners at McGuire 1999 through 2010. Ted’s experience in construction and development is always invaluable when advising Buyers and Sellers of San Francisco residential real estate.
In 2011 Ted and Tina moved to Pacific Union – Christie’s International Real Estate. They thrive in, and substantially contribute to, the dynamic and supportive assembly of the top San Francisco Realtors who share knowledge and ideas at the best and highest volume real estate brokerage in our beloved City. They love working with their Buyer and Seller clients in all San Francisco neighborhoods and all price points.
After your Family and Friends, your Home is what matters most. When working together we take our responsibility to help you succeed in our competitive San Francisco market very seriously. In 2015 Ted was named the Estates Director of Pacific Union San Francisco and leads the biweekly Sales Meeting at Pacific Union’s Flagship office at 1699 Van Ness.
In 2010 at the request of the UC Berkeley Athletic Department, Ted located the properties and successfully raised the funds through a 56 alumni investor LLC to acquire and develop two contiguous dilapidated apartment properties to provide quality market rate housing for Cal student athletes. In 2011 Cal named Ted, “Golden Bear of the Year”. In 2013 Ted was selected as a Director of the California Alumni Association.
Since 2009, Ted has been carefully developing the 8 “Painted Gentlemen” condominiums on the 800 block of Steiner Street on historic Alamo Square on the next block down from the iconic Painted Ladies. Currently you will find three vacant 27′ x 125′ entitled lots waiting for the Painted Gentlemen to rise.
In 2007 Ted and Donna purchased a dilapidated home in the Oak Knoll District in southern Napa Valley and created a wine country retreat to enjoy with family and friends. Ted represents buyers and sellers in Napa Valley working closely with excellent agents in our Pacific Union Napa Office.
Since 1999, Ted has completed two Tenancy in Common to Condominium conversion projects in San Francisco and lives with his family in the second property in Ashbury Heights. Ted has represented Buyers and Sellers of many Tenancy in Common properties and has advised them through condominium conversion when possible.
Ted is a committed husband and father of two daughters who supports local schools and non-profit community supporting organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, the Guardsmen and Tipping Point. Ted lives every day like it could be his last.