In 2004, Arthur Sharif combined decades of luxury real estate and development experience with the breadth of Sotheby’s International Realty to form Arthur Sharif & Associates, a synthesis resulting in him becoming an internationally recognized luxury property expert, representing buyers from around the globe and sellers of iconic, award-winning luxury homes in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay areas of California. Arthur’s team sold the first $100-million-dollar home in U.S. history and the highest priced home in Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara County, a record that stands today.
Arthur is a native of New York, educated in Industrial Engineering, with experience creating and running his own retail, hospitality, and technology companies. “My parents, being from the old country, said you can be whatever kind of doctor or engineer you want to be. Because I liked building things and working with people, it seemed natural to create my own opportunities. After I worked my way through college, I financed international trips by importing cars from Europe. I founded my own chain of clothing and shoe stores throughout Southern California, two restaurants, and a tech company. These experiences helped me better understand clients from all walks of life, in a business and cultural sense.”
An astute observer of local real estate trends and the dynamics of global markets, Arthur authors the analytic monthly Real Estate Report covering Santa Clara County and nearby San Mateo County, available at http://sharif.rereport.com. “The conventional narrative is that the value of Bay Area real estate will grow in perpetuity because regulated limited supply collides with popular demand, but I look at other factors, global factors, and individual actors. Are local sellers reaching global buyers? Are global buyers unfamiliar with the local market making informed decisions? In the premium luxury market, local knowledge can be worth millions in savings or profit. Ultimately, a client is hiring an advocate and negotiator.”
A client begets another. “Most of my work is via referral: families, friends, fellow philanthropists, partners, board members and CEOs. I enjoy working with leaders because I understand their objective - prevail while not leaving or spending an unnecessary dollar - and my clients and I often share interests outside of real estate, like music, art, collecting cars, travel, and philanthropy. I understand them and I’m grateful for their trust and friendship.”
Like the creators he represents, Arthur’s objective is to build something special that lasts generations. A proud husband and father of three children in college, Arthur endeavors to instill in them the last and best thing that matters - a passion for excellence, in form and deed, only helpful if you listen to clients and help them achieve their dreams.