Sperry Van Ness is now SVN. SVN | First Guardian Group is a franchise of SVN. We are a full-service brokerage firm specializing in the sales, investments, and management of all commercial real estate assets including: multifamily, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, and land. We also provide a one-stopshop for investors seeking to defer taxes through utilizing the 1031 Exchange tax code. See our 1031 Exchange website at www.FGG1031.com for more information.

SVN | First Guardian Group currently ranks among the top 10 franchisees within the SVN global network. Since our inception, we have closed more than $1.5 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the US. We have also managed millions of square feet of income producing investment properties and assisted our clients to execute successful tax deferral strategies including the reinvestment of sales proceeds into higher yielding tax advantaged investments.

Our mission is to partner with our clients and collaborate with all other brokers to attain the highest value for our client’s commercial investment properties. Our team is a tightly integrated group of talented professionals with access to industry-leading market research and market intelligence data analysis capabilities. Local knowledge and marketplace information is key for an effective understanding of how to provide strategies and goals of our clients’ businesses and investment portfolios.

SVN is the 6th most recognized commercial brokerage firm in the US.

About Team

Erik Carlson is Vice President of the Commercial Brokerage Group of SVN | First Guardian Group. Erik has over 12 years of commercial real estate experience and has completed over $600 million in real estate transactions. Erik serves as the National Council Chair of Student Housing Properties for SVN. Prior to specializing in student housing brokerage, Erik was responsible for a substantial portfolio of commercial real estate assets handling the day-to-day oversight of management of assets nationwide. In 2015 and 2016, Erik was part of the Elite Partners Circle of SVN and ranked within the top 15 among all SVN agents nationwide.

Jane Lee is an advisor with SVN | First Guardian Group. Jane focuses on assisting investors to find suitable income properties that qualify for 1031 Exchange tax deferrals. She has significant experience in residential sales and redevelopment including single family homes, condominiums and multifamily properties. She has assisted clients in investing, managing and flipping properties as well as residential mortgages. Jane graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor Degree double majoring in Economics and Statistics. She is also licensed as a real estate agent in California and holds a Series 63 securities license. Jane is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin which allows her to better serve her clients.

Amit Urban is an Advisor at SVN | First Guardian Group. Amit is committed to helping his clients buy and sell their investment properties successfully with minimum hassle. Amit has over five years of commercial real estate experience working for companies including Jones Lang LaSalle, Cushman & Wakefield, and a retail shopping mall developer. Prior to joining SVN |First Guardian Group, Amit worked at a Mobile Ad-Tech startup as an Account Manager for his Chinese clients, where he led growth of their business to be the No. 1 mobile analytics platform in China. Amit has previously lived in China for seven years, where he worked in commercial real estate. Amit has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of California. He is also fluent in Chinese and Hebrew.

Sean Penello is a business development specialist with First Guardian Group. He supports team members by establishing relationships with new clients and real estate and finance professionals. He leads educational programs targeted at presenting tax deferral strategies to realtors. Sean has a degree in Journalism from San Jose State University and holds Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses. He is also a Certified Estate Planner and Certified Estate and Trust Specialist.



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