About Oliver Davis
DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY TO REAL ESTATE.
I was born and raised in Paris, France and have the dual citizenship French-American thanks to my mother who is American (from Berkeley, CA).
I hold a Masters in Construction Engineering and started my career working in the construction/real estate industry in Paris. After a few years, I realized that I wasn't fulfilled and that my dream was to move to the US in the “land of opportunities”. So I quit my job in Paris and moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in real estate in the Bay Area. I was ready to step up my game.
I was very fortunate to quickly get a position with a small San Fransisco based Developer that ultimately lead me to land my dream job with Fivepoint communities (ex Lennar Urban), working on the Development of over 10,000 homes in the San Francisco shipyard and Candlestick Point!
But ultimately I always knew I wanted to be a real estate entrepreneur, focus on my own projects and bring value to others in the real estate transaction world. So today, I have taken the big leap and started my own company Oliana Development focusing on small scale, urban infill projects in the East Bay. I want to be part of the solution regarding the housing crisis by “unlocking” housing potential through entitlements and zoning optimization.
As a Realtor with Sequoia, my commitment is to utilize my development background to help investors find the best opportunities and help them understand the value creation potential. Alternatively, I want to help property owners understand the full potential of their property so they can sell it for the best price possible.
WHAT ARE THREE WORDS YOUR CLIENTS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
WHAT MOST EXCITES YOU ABOUT YOUR WORK?
I am passionate about Real Estate. Since I started my own development company and working as a Realtor I do not feel that I am working! To me it is a lot of fun. I have a development background so I enjoy analyzing a property and discover its full value-add potential and this is the expertise I want to offer my clients.
I also love to share what I am doing with others and the feeling that I can help people realize their dreams and get inspired.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
I enjoy going on a hike in Tilden Regional Park with my fiancee or traveling across the US to discover new places. I also go back to France once or twice a year to visit my family and friends.
Anything else you would like to tell people about yourself?
I am a big fan of personal development and a true believer in the power of having the right mindset in business and in life in general. As my grandfather used to tell me "think positive". This does wonders.
I continually try to educate myself and learn new things in my field.
I also play the piano and both my father and sister are professional musicians.
If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
A ram (my astrological sign is Aries). I am determined and focused so I honestly think the ram represents me well.
What would you say to a 5-year-old if he/she asked you what the purpose of life is?
I would say life is about fulfilling your dreams and being the person you really want to be.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE room in your house?
My outside deck!
What is your favorite month of the year?
December because it means celebrations and family.
What was the happiest moment in your life?
I cannot identify only one moment. I have always been the happiest when I a surrounded by the people I love and also when I feel I am doing exactly what I want to be doing. I feel happiness should be more about finding long term peace of mind than a specific moment. Of course this is easier said than done.
WHAT is one of your dream vacations?
Going back to Thailand or traveling to Myanmar.