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|TRC Profile: Eugene Solonin|
|Real estate was likely the farthest career from Eugene Solonin’s mind growing up in Kiev, Ukraine. After earning a BS form Ukrainian University Eugene worked in Greece for about 18 months before returning to Kiev to open his own advertising/marketing firm where he served international clients such as Coca Cola and Davidoff.
Shy of his 30th birthday, Eugene immigrated to southern California with his wife’s family where he began working for AIG Financial, earning the industry’s highest underwriting designation, LUTC. In 2004, feeling it was time to create something that was his own and that would give him access to the global marketplace, Eugene obtained his real estate broker’s license and launched, Elite Realty Services Group, where he remains as owner/broker. Based in the Los Angeles area, Eugene specializes in residential and real estate business opportunities, and has some experience in the commercial market.
Attending the REALTOR® Expo in 2013 in San Francisco, Eugene met with delegations from the Russian Guild of Realtors (RGR) and the Ukrainian Realtors Association (URA). “After talking to them, I realized they needed more information and a better understanding of the American real estate market,” says Eugene. “I obtained my Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and Transnational Referral, Certified (TRC) designations to get more involved in international real estate transactions. The TRC has given me the opportunity to work with real estate agents from all around the world.”
Eugene quickly jumped into the global market. In March 2014, he represented California at the Moscow Overseas Property & Investment show (pictured right), which featured 120+ companies from around the globe. “It was a great experience and I obtained a lot of prospects and investors,” says Eugene. “I had a chance to talk to Russian people about investments in the US and to provide information about L-1 and EB-5 visas. I am hoping to return to one of the exhibitions in the future.”
“In recent years the real estate market has become more transparent. Global real estate agents have a chance to cooperate and learn from each other and to help their clients have the best deal possible in purchasing properties and making smart investments,” says Eugene, who is currently pursuing appointment as NAR’s liaison to the Russian Guild of Realtors (RGR). (Eugene is pictured, left, with Anna Lupashko, a past president of RGR.)
Some 25 to 35 percent of Eugene’s business is from outside the US, mostly from Russia, but also from Ukraine and Poland. These investors are drawn to the Southern Californian market due to its economy, business and investment opportunities, the quality of its universities and, of course, the climate which offers much milder winters than in Moscow, Kiev or Warsaw. Eugene is looking to grow this aspect of his business.
On the domestic front, Eugene serves both the local market and those looking to invest aboard. He recently assisted clients in California purchase a property in Valencia, Spain. Some 25 percent of his domestic clients are outside the Los Angeles market. Recent transactions include those in La Quinta, Costa Mesa and Temecula.
Regardless of where clients currently live, Eugene is a booster for California. “California is a great place to live, work and raise a family. It is very diverse and everyone feels comfortable and supported.”
Contact Eugene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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