California, Real Estate Expert Joseph Whitcombe
our managing broker and REALTOR®, personally oversees the
representation of every client. Joseph is
an independent real estate broker, experienced
attorney and top-quartile graduate of U.C. Davis
School of Law, a lifelong participant in the Davis
real estate business, and an economics graduate of
the real estate business, knowledge of the community, neighborhoods and
local history is extremely important. Indeed, if there
is one piece of advice we can offer in connection
with your Davis real estate transaction, it would be
this: Choose an agent who grew-up in
In terms of understanding the nature of
each neighborhood, and being able to apply this
knowledge to help clients find the home of their
dreams, there is simply no substitute for a lifetime in
the community. The exploration of youth, riding a
bike around the parks and paths of town, attending
the public schools, and getting to know
families all over town, all of these things
contribute to a knowledge that cannot easily be
taught to a "transplanted" agent.
Whitcombe & Co., we feel that in this respect,
we are generations ahead of the competition.
Three generations, to be exact...
Whitcombe family's history in Davis began in 1934,
when Harry J. Whitcombe moved to Davis to begin his
career as a beekeeper. Joseph's
paternal grandmother, Marie, also arrived in Davis in 1934
to attend UCD. When she met Harry, Marie was
the gardens editor for Sunset Magazine, one of the
first women in the United States to hold such a
high-profile editorial position.
Harry, an outspoken
person by nature, ran-for and was elected to the
Davis City Council in 1955. During World War
II, Harry headed a successful program in
conjunction with UCD to use active pollination to
increase crop yields. Harry was later
appointed to be the Davis Police Commissioner.
and Marie married in 1935, and soon had three children,
John, Nancy, and Kenny. In 1952, Harry and
Marie built their home on Oak Avenue, then the
"edge of town," and built the first
privately-owned swimming pool in Davis.
Marie, and little John Whitcombe, beekeeping in
Davis in 1944, as pictured in the Saturday Evening
Judy, Joseph, and Sandy Whitcombe pose for a 1976
Davis City Council Campaign picture in Covell
Whitcombe, returned to Davis after attending
graduate school in Boston, and started a custom
home building business. In the 1970s, John was a
pioneer in the solar energy field, and ran for the
Davis City Council in 1976. Today, John works with various
Davis residents, including former Davis mayor and renowned land planner Mike
Corbett, to bring sustainable eco-friendly development projects to the Davis
Joseph's mother, Judy Whitcombe, has been active in local
conservationist efforts, as a member of the board of
directors of the Yolo Audubon Society, and in her role
as the longest standing member of the Steering
Committee of California Duck Days, a regional wildlife
you might have guessed by now, for Joseph, knowledge
of the Davis community in general, and the real
estate profession in particular, was learned as a
part of everyday experience.
has been involved in the real estate business for most of
his life. From working as a carpenter as a
teenager (and younger, see picture), to work for his family's real estate development and property
management company Tandem Properties, Inc., to participating in planning
some of the most important projects now
being considered by the Davis community, to
providing professional brokerage and legal services to select
home buyers and sellers, Joseph's journey continues to
graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a B.A. in Economics, and
returned to Davis where he worked on several
local political campaigns, and participated in
his family's real estate management and
development business. Joseph then entered
the study of law at McGeorge School of Law in 1995.
Joseph practicing his carpentry skills at his home
in Central Davis, 1972.
going over documents in preparation for a court
After finishing his first year of
law school as a member of the Dean's Honor Roll, the University of
California at Davis School of Law admitted Joseph as a transfer
student. At UCD Law, Joseph was a top quartile student and member of the UCD
Law Review. During the Summer of 1996, Joseph studied Constitutional Law
under United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
status as an experienced practicing attorney at law obviously represents a
valuable complement to his real estate brokerage services. Before
devoting his full time to the residential real estate brokerage profession, Joseph practiced
real estate law and civil litigation in
California state and federal courts for more than five years. Joseph continues to provide
legal consulting and support services on
an occasional basis.
bottom line is this: When you hire Whitcombe & Co., you not only get
a real estate agent, but also an attorney and a
consultant with exceptional knowledge
of the Davis real estate market, all without paying one
penny more than you would for a garden-variety real estate agent.
Perhaps more importantly, you also get a
representative with a degree of insight into the
Davis community that comes only through
generations of community involvement, and a deep and
personal understanding of what each neighborhood has to
At Whitcombe & Co., our motto is
"Independence Makes All The Difference,"
and we believe it. We feel that
our fierce loyalty to our customers
and superior personal and professional experience make a real
difference for our clients in every single
transaction. Before you hire a real estate agent,
invest a little time talking to Whitcombe & Co.,
and experience the difference for yourself.