Andreas Kramer was working in executive positions at Fortune 500 companies like SonyBMG and Harman International when he began investing in properties 15 years ago. With a master’s and doctorate in business, as well as the experience of heading three start-ups, he continued buying a new property each year to build his portfolio, flipping houses, and constantly learning the ins and outs of real estate. Four years ago, Andreas got his license, allowing him to conduct his own transactions and take full advantage of his considerable real estate knowledge. His first clients were family, friends, and co-workers, and his circle continued to grow exponentially over time. Today, he works with clients all over the world under Compass and is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), focusing on the luxury market. His portfolio has grown to include all kinds of residential properties as well as undeveloped land valued at more than $50 million. He’s flipped dozens of properties in the Greater Los Angeles area, was involved in an 18-unit “net zero” tract home development, and is currently working with an 5-unit development project, as well as with a German celebrity looking for a home in California.
Andreas’s considerable personal experiences also allow him ease of communications with clients from across the globe. Born and raised in Germany, he lived in Mexico and the U.K. before settling in California 21 years ago. He is fluent German, Spanish, and English. Andreas has the unique ability to find hidden gems for his clients in the Southern California region he knows so well. But it’s not only his in-depth knowledge and broad experience that keep clients coming to him; it’s also his honesty and integrity. “I say things how they are—the good, the bad, and the ugly—so clients can trust my opinion,” he says. “If they love a house, and I see structural problems, I might nix their dream at that moment, but I’ll save them from significant issues down the road.”
Being a property owner himself also allows him to appreciate firsthand the experiences of buyers and sellers alike. “The fact that I own investment properties and that I have been involved in development projects make me a primary candidate to advise clients and investors,” he says. “I know what to look for. It’s more than the emotional aspect of homeownership; it’s also about making a sound financial decision. I’m a numbers guy. I look at the financials, the return on investment. For me, it has to make sense to the client.”
Making a property make sense to the client includes taking their needs into consideration and coaching them through important decision-making processes, which is something Andreas does with ease and success thanks to his own insight as well as his connections with other experts. “I can comment on building versus purchasing an existing home. I have certain insights there,” he says. “And I have a crew of subcontractors who can provide additional insight to my clients before making a decision so that they’re confident in their purchase.”
President — Compass Real Estate