Wayne Longman was a Professional Engineer, who has taken a second career as a Broker- Associate. He has lived in the Desert since 2001 and has been a Realtor for twelve years. He has listed high-end properties in the Valley and worked with high-end buyers.
Wayne applies his analytical abilities to understand and characterize past and emerging real estate market trends and conditions. By combining regional and local trends, he explicitly shows his clients how these affect their position in the market. His strong computer and internet skills present this in a clear and unique way. Armed with this information his clients are provided with and understand their range of pricing options.
Wayne worked as an engineer for more than thirty years. He was an engineering supervisor for the installation of electronic aeronautical systems and then managed a staff of about three hundred for their maintenance and operation. He instructed technical and operational staff in capital project management. Wayne was Head of Delegation to International Civil Aviation Organization meetings and on many official federal delegations of both Canada and the United States to International Telecommunications Union and other meetings. He most recently worked five years in Washington D.C. as Director, Regulatory Affairs for Teledesic, LLC, a satellite communications company founded by Craig McCaw.
This diverse management experience in complex environments and his technical, administrative and communication skills are now applied to assist homeowners in this changing and difficult market. By systemizing the real estate pricing process and the listing and marketing costs and options, he gives homeowners a much clearer picture of their future course of action. A background of government, international, business and competitive environments, along with extensive real estate training, and administrative skills are useful in the preparation of clients for a transaction, during the property marketing period; in the negotiation and execution of the contract. Wayne’s engineering inclination perfectly complements Ralph’s orientation to art, design, and architecture. Modern design has a technical aesthetic that appeals to him.
Kurt, trained as an attorney, has been actively engaged in real estate brokerage for almost 25 years and is a knowledgeable, seasoned professional. Kurt is also licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin with access to those markets through his affiliation with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty in Chicago.
With his extensive experience in many areas of real estate including auctions, construction, property renovation and development, Kurt adds a new dimension to the Haverkate Group. Admitted to the bar in Illinois, Virginia and Florida, Kurt has dealt with hundreds of legal and real estate clients over the years. Kurt’s management experience includes being the managing broker for Sudler and Company, a Chicago real estate firm founded in 1926, where he was responsible for overseeing five offices with approximately 130 agents.
He is also well versed in international transactions, primarily in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
His ability to communicate honestly and intelligently with his clients, combined with his solid legal background and real estate expertise, has enabled him to understand and identify each client’s specific needs. Using old fashioned determination, Kurt is tenacious in the representation of his clients, enjoys their loyalty and respect and brings the highest level of service to each transaction.
Having visited the desert since the ‘70s, Kurt currently resides in Rancho Mirage where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Presidential Estates Homeowners Association.
He is also a docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum and also serves as a docent at the Museum’s newly opened Architectural and Design Center, expanding his expertise, knowledge, and involvement with Mid-Century and Modern Architecture, the specialty of the Haverkate Group.
Ralph Haverkate is a trained, professional Realtor® and Broker Associate. He has been a Desert resident for sixteen years and has worked as an agent and Broker for the last twelve years. He has extensive knowledge of the Palm Springs area market and has consistently been among the top producing agents in his group.
Ralph is certified on Internet Real Estate marketing. His website www.haverkaterealestate.com ranks on the first pages of MSN, Yahoo and Google for anyone who searches, for example, “Rancho Mirage Real Estate.” This gives transnational and international reach and access to homes featured on his website. Combined with his qualifications as a Certified International Property Specialist, and a member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), he has the ability to deal with clients around the world.
Ralph has over thirty years of worldwide business experience, solid managerial credentials, and a strong background in sales and negotiations. His background includes many years with the largest tour-operator in Switzerland, the high-end European fashion industry and managing varied businesses. Ralph is multi-lingual; has lived and worked in Canada, New York and California for the last twelve years. He brings his skills to real estate to manage and orchestrate the real estate process. He is very customer service, market, product, and detail oriented.
His life-long interest in fashion, design and trends naturally leads to architecturally significant mid-century, vintage & modern real estate. In particular, Mid-Century Modernism, by the trendsetting architects who came to the Desert in the 1950s and incorporated nature and the amazing desert light into homes.
Ralph finds real estate exciting on two levels. First is the artistic enjoyment of the architecture, and helping people find the home that expresses their vision. Second is how technology puts listings at almost everyone’s fingertips anywhere, anytime, and how technology helps him provide the seller with better analytic tools than ever.