Yon Soon Yoon worked for the Korean Economic Planning Board as a consumer price index specialist prior to her arrival in the United States three decades ago. A U.S. citizen since 1996, Yon Soon has grown professionally through a series of responsible positions in advertising, marketing, banking, and service-sector industries here in California, managing 50 employees in a Goodyear Tire and auto repair dealership immediately prior to becoming a Realtor.
Yon Soon can provide expert, professional service and experienced, responsible advice to buyers and sellers of both residential and investment real estate.
She is particularly aware of the needs of first time buyers, as she herself came close to losing a sizable down payment when purchasing her first property twenty years ago, because her agent neglected to inform her about large closing costs. She is constantly surprised to find out that many people she meets daily don’t know the tax benefits of owning a property, and how many minority community people never dream that one day they could live in a home of their own.
Through decades of service to the Korean-American community, and the leadership of a cancer support group run by the Korean Community Health Service, Yon Soon has developed an extensive, robust network of personal and business contacts that gives her the experience and strength to argue well for her client's benefit without ever compromising their rights. The core of Yon Soon’s service is providing help for low and middle-income working families, learned through years of helping her own family and employees. With professional service and direct, clear communication, she focuses on the most important thing to a realtor: You, the client.
Yon Soon is a long-time resident of Berkeley where she lives with her husband, the well known potter, Gary Holtand. She is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren. Yon Soon owns and operates a small restaurant in Oakland, and enjoys cooking and participating in community services. In her spare time she also writes essays on various topics, especially ones related to her restaurant customers and her issues with cancer, as she is a 15 year cancer survivor.