Brokerage Experience: As an attorney and commercial real estate broker in Northern California, Sam Greason has specialized in selling land to home builders, apartment builders and land developers in Northern California since 1993.
Development Experience: Sam Greason has been involved as a principal, investor or advisor in numerous high-density, transit-oriented, mixed-use projects, totaling 2,323 apartments, 196,000 SF of commercial, and a 159-room hotel. In partnership with Chop Keenan of Keenan Land Company, Palo Alto, CA (2004-2007), Greason assembled the 2,000-acre River Run master-planned community in San Joaquin County and obtained preliminary entitlements for 9,000-homes. Greason also worked in forward planning and land acquisition for Perma-Bilt Homes, Walnut Creek, CA (1990-1991), where he assembled 500-acre projects in Sacramento, CA and Orting, WA.
Legal Experience: Greason practiced real estate law in San Francisco and New York, including 3 years with Rubin Glickman & Associates in San Francisco, CA (1991-1993) and 3 years as in-house counsel for homebuilder/developer Kean Development, Cold Spring Harbor, NY (1986-1989).
Education: Greason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Cum Laude) from Cornell University in 1981, and his Juris Doctor from NYU Law School in 1984.
Affiliations: Greason is a non-active member of the California State Bar and is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California (Samuel Greason IV, Inc. dba “Bella Vista Land Advisors”, BRE #01237277).
Development & Investment Experience:
In 2017, acted as majority equity owner and managing member of 960 Atlantic LLC, which purchased 40,000 s.f. office building in Alameda, CA (still owned).
In 2013-2017, co-invested with John Malone in over 4,000 apartment units in Austin TX, Denver CO, Long Beach CA, and Seattle WA, (still owned).
In 2011, co-invested with John Malone in over 1,000,000 timber acres in Maine and New Hampshire (still owned).
From 2011-Present, lead investor in the following projects: 4 condos on Montego, Walnut Creek; 5 homes on Blaney Street, Cupertino; 3 homes on Charsan Lane, Cupertino; 18-unit condo project known as “Kingsbury” on 3rd Street, Walnut Creek; 5 homes on Bollinger Road, Cupertino; 7 homes on Timber Crest, Almaden; 7 homes on Paramount Drive, Saratoga; 35 homes in Healdsburg known as “The Oaks at Foss Creek”.
2005 – Current: Family private office for John Malone, Denver, CO.
1998 – 2005: Senior Vice President of Tax Strategy for Liberty Media Corporation.
1980 – 1998: PricewaterhouseCoopers. Partner in charge of the West Coast merger & acquisition tax practice.
Graduated from University of Utah with bachelor (1979) and master degrees (1980) in accounting.
Sales & Brokerage Experience: As a recent college graduate, Matt Murphy started in real estate with Dividend Development as a New Home Salesperson, selling in most Bay Area counties. In 1991, Matt joined Pacific Union Marketing Company, where he was responsible for selling high-rise, loft and townhouse developments in San Francisco proper. In the down markets during the early 1990’s and mid 2000’s, Matt opened Pacific Capital Investments in San Francisco and then Insight Real Estate Group in the East Bay and concentrated on the listing and sales of distressed properties. Matt represented more than 35 financial institutions and closed in excess of 2000 transactions. When Keller Williams Realty franchised into Northern California, Murphy was the Founder and Broker of Record for 3 Bay Area offices with approximately 450 agents under his Broker’s license, where he was recognized for assisting the growth of Keller Williams Realty to the largest brokerage in the country. Murphy is currently a Strategic Partner of Bella Vista Land Advisors in finding and selling land to home, apartment and mixed-use builders and developers.
Education: Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1983, and his Masters of Business Administration/International Business from the University of San Francisco in 1991.
Professional Designations: CA Salesperson License, 1984; CA Brokers License, 1991 BRE #00872840; REOMASTER designation, REOMAC, 1996; Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), 1999; Council of Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), 2008; Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDRE), 2012; Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), 2013; Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), 2014.
Personal: Matt and his wife Elaine, of 17 years, have an active East Bay home with 4 children, ages 10 – 16. Peter and Lauren are in High School, Ava in middle school and Nathan in elementary school. Matt held top Northern California and National Junior Tennis rankings and played Varsity College Tennis at Brigham Young University. He currently coaches both the Boys and Girls High School Tennis Teams at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. With Italian background & citizenship, Matt and his family spend significant time in Italy learning and enjoying their family roots and local cultures.