September 23rd

McGuire Welcomes Abbie Higashi as New General Counsel

With more than a decade of real estate experience, Abbie joins McGuire having previously held roles as Head Broker, Sales Leader and Manager, Director of Business Development, Top Producing Sales Associate, as well as a Prosecutor and Criminal Trial Attorney with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Abbie Higashi, General Counsel and Manager - McGuire Real EstateMcGuire Real Estate proudly names Abbie Higashi as its new General Counsel and General Manager. Abbie’s real estate career first began in 2000, as the Director of Business Development for ZipRealty where she developed partnerships focused on lead generation for the brokerage and its agents. She gained deep insight into what it is that consumers want by way of real estate information, and the type of agent representation that they need when buying and/or selling a home.

In 2002, she obtained her real estate brokers license and in 2004 achieved status as a Top Producer. Abbie continues to specialize in the areas of Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, and nearby communities. She took over as Head Broker of ZipRealty in 2006, overseeing its brokers and transactions in 42 markets across the U.S., as well as managing agent development and real estate compliance.

Abbie served on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors from 2010–2011; and in 2012 she helped launch the California Division of 8z Real Estate as the Sales Leader and Manager for the state.

Alex Buehlmann, Chief Operating Officer - McGuire Real Estate“Abbie’s professional background and real estate career is as impressive as it is extensive,” said Alex Buehlmann, Chief Operating Officer of McGuire Real Estate. “The knowledge and expertise that she brings to our company can be applied to every facet of our industry. We believe Abbie is an invaluable asset to McGuire’s sales, leadership and support teams.”

Abbie’s thorough legal background and expertise in client representation, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution was strengthened during her time as a prosecutor and criminal trial attorney with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office from 1992–2000. Serving under District Attorneys, John Meehan and Tom Orloff, she was responsible for prosecuting narcotics, assault, robbery, and homicide cases—in addition to conducting numerous preliminary hearings, law and motion matters, and managing the Hayward Superior Courthouse Misdemeanor Trial Team. Outside of real estate, Abbie most enjoys cheering on her sons at their baseball and basketball games, taking her beloved Golden Doodle on long walks, as well as reading and traveling.

With that, McGuire Real Estate is pleased to announce Abbie Higashi as the new General Counsel and General Manager for all seven of its regional Bay Area offices.

As a local, luxury boutique that focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area’s high-end niche markets, McGuire Real Estate is a privately held corporation that was founded in 1919. We are headquartered in San Francisco’s Marina District with offices in Noe Valley and South Beach—as well as Mill Valley, Berkeley, Burlingame, and Wine Country. McGuire is the exclusive international associate of Savills PLC, headquartered in London, and is a broker member of Luxury Portfolio® International, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, and The Enterprise Network. Our luxury, global, and industry affiliations allow us to connect our agents and clients to a world-wide marketplace with exclusive opportunities.

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