Realtor/Principal | BRE#: 01095171
As a principal of The Sully Group, Gary oversees all real estate sales and services. He specializes in working with both sellers and buyers and their real estate needs along with the procurement of investment properties and 1031 exchanges. Over the past 28 years, Gary has developed a solid clientele base focusing on real estate services in the Orange County area. His present client base includes, but is not limited to, over 2000 individual owners and tenants, a majority of which are his clients and contacts from his partnership with a prominent Orange County property management firm. This partnership enables Gary to showcase and offer to his clients many select properties that are for sale, or for purchase. Gary has sold approximately $840,000,000 in properties since 1988.
In addition to his real estate portfolio, as Owner and Chief Operating Officer, Gary managed and oversaw the day-to-day operations at Irvine Property Management, Inc., a property management and real estate sales company (from 2010-2017). Gary has a diverse background in the field of real estate and property management, residential home construction and remodeling, and property investments along with offering sound professional real property experience.
A California native, Gary has spent his career mostly concentrating his efforts on Real Estate in Orange County, California. Gary earned a BS degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara. He is an active member of the South County Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors member and a member of the Apartment Association of Orange County. He grew up in Tustin, California and resides there today with his family.
Karen’s career in the real estate, planning, and land development field spans over 27 years where she has specialized in land use entitlement, policy planning, environmental review, and community and public relations. For many of those years, Karen spent time as a professional City Planner working for the cities of Fountain Valley, Mission Viejo and Orange. Since 2006, Karen has owned and operated her own consulting land use, planning, and entitlement firm assisting developers, land and property owners and citizens in pursuing permits and entitlements for their properties and land holdings. Additionally, over the last 7 years, Karen co-owned and co-operated Irvine Property Management, Inc., a prominent property management and real estate company in the Tustin/Irvine area.
Karen holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in Urban, City and Regional Planning from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Applied Arts and Sciences in Housing and Urban Renewal from San Diego State University. She spent two years of undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was an exchange student and spent several months studying abroad in Cuernavaca,Mexico.
Karen thrives on working with people and is an effective communicator both orally and in written form. She prides herself in complete and thorough work while valuing her clients and putting their needs first. Karen brings a variety of real estate management, land use entitlement, business ownership and managerial experience to The Sully Group.
Joan Akita, Realtor, SRES
Joan Akita is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated magna cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in social work. She has over 32 years of experience in real estate and finance. Joan was one of the top producing realtors in the State of Hawaii for 15 years, and also has over 18 years of experience in the mortgage industry. She has been a licensed realtor in the State of California since 2011, and also holds a SRES designation- (Senior Real Estate Specialist );trained to counsel seniors through major financial and lifestyle transitions, including relocating, refinancing or selling the family home. Joan currently lives in Irvine, and has 2 adult children.