THE PERSON

My Outlook on Life

I am one of the luckiest guys in the world – I have a great family and I love my job! I always tell my kids to find something to do in life that will allow them to wake up each morning and look forward to their day. I’m very fortunate to have found that when I transitioned into real estate in 2003. I’m extremely privileged to have the opportunity to assist people find the home of their dreams and/or transition out of their existing home. I do not take this privilege for granted nor the trust that my clients bestow upon me.

Cheers meets Mayberry

I seek social and business interactions that fall between the show Cheers and the Andy Griffith Show. Cheers was the place where everyone knew your name and Mayberry was the town where everyone looked out for each other. That is what I try to create within my community. I cherish the relationships in my life; those with my family, friends and clients. I am blessed to have a very diverse family.

My Story

I was born in Canada, but at the age of two, my family decided to return to Portugal where I spent the next decade growing up. When I was almost 12, my family moved to Santa Barbara and then a couple years later to the Bay Area. 

During my college years I worked local construction jobs while earning my Mechanical Engineering degree coupled with a heavy course load in business. After graduation, I worked as an Engineer in Fortune 500 companies like IBM, Seagate and Applied Materials.

Some years later I left engineering and employed my business education at Merrill Lynch as a Research Analyst covering companies with multi-billion dollar market caps. One of the highlights of my engineering career was working with my father, Francisco Martinho and it would have been nice if I could have also done a stint with my engineer brother, Frank Martinho, but alas that never happened.

In 2003, I decided to pursue one of my professional passions, Real Estate. Already invested in both the residential and commercial property sector, I decided to make it a full-time career. The change brought some very important benefits. It kept me closer to home and my family coupled with allowing me to develop deeper, long term relationships with my clients and community. The flexible realtor schedule also allowed for another goal, to earn a Law Degree, which I completed in 2013.

I’m married to Christina Martinho and have two kids that attended Clifford, North Star, Sequoia High School, and Berkeley. Yes, they both went to Berkeley. Christina has worked at Sequoia Hospital for over 25 years as an Ultrasound/Echo Technician. She has seen many of our young people before they were ever born!