About Bob Souza
Bob Souza is a San Francisco Bay Area native and was born and raised in San Jose, California. He graduated from Oak Grove High School and started working as a missile development mechanic at Lockheed Missiles & Space (now known as Lockheed Martin) in Sunnyvale, California.
Bob also went through the Police Academy, aspiring to join the California Highway Patrol. However, he decided to become an entrepreneur instead and opened up a window tinting business and an auto detail shop in his hometown of San Jose. We met in 1995 through his auto detail shop and we got married two years later!
Bob joined UA Local Union 393 and became a commercial pipefitter, working in the high-tech industry for Therma, Inc. and Icom Mechanical, Inc. in Silicon Valley. Although the pipe trades was an industry with many benefits, it was not an occupation that Bob saw himself staying in for 25+ years until retirement age.
In 1999, Bob became a loan consultant at Full Spectrum Lending, a division of Countrywide Home Loans, in Walnut Creek, CA. After going through Countrywide’s training program in Southern California and gaining valuable experience in the mortgage industry, Bob moved on to become a mortgage broker at Cal-Bay Mortgage.
Together we helped clients buy, sell and finance homes and land in East Contra Costa County, California. When we started working with investors, our business became almost all referrals and repeat clients. We began to offer property management services to place tenants in the rental properties we helped our clients purchase for investment.
Once we began investing in real estate, we discovered that we could make our money work for us investing in real estate vs. us working hard for our money helping others buy and sell real estate. We have purchased 36 properties in California, a combination of single family homes, condos and land. Some were primary residences, some rentals, some flips and some 1031 Exchanges.
Pictured above with the boys, Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiffs). Romeo is on the right and his first born son Cyrano is on the left. We were active in the rare breed dog show circuit, competing with Romeo and Cyrano in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New Jersey. Romeo was the #1 Cane Corso in 2004 and also the 2004 National Specialty Best Male (with 63 champions in the show ring!) Cyrano began his dog show career winning an International All Breed “Best In Show Puppy” in Newport Beach, CA at only 12 weeks old!
- Real Estate Development
- Real Estate Investments
- Land Subdivision & Development
- Custom Home Design & Build
- Real estate agent since 2001
- Commercial Pipefitter, UA Local 393 (San Jose, CA)
- Missile Development Mechanic, Lockheed Martin (Sunnyvale, CA)
- 300%+ increase in investor clients’ portfolios in 6-7 years
- Developed and sold a Ruby Hill Vineyard Estate property (Livermore, CA)
- Rehabbed 17 properties for fix-and-flip and rentals
Bob has always been a gearhead, growing up racing go carts, micro midgets and then sprint cars at the San Jose Speedway. We went on a motorcycle to the Gilroy Garlic Festival as our first date and we still enjoy riding on two wheels to this day!