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Join our great Walnut Creek team!
If you want a professional environment of supportive, full-time Realtors who are passionate about their profession, their company and their desire to meet the highest professional standards, my door is open for a confidential interview.  You don't need million dollar clients to join Alain Pinel, just the commitment to provide million dollar service.
As an Alain Pinel Realtor, you gain the APR Advantage:
  • Principled, committed management at every level
  • Non-producing Managing Broker dedicated to your success
    • Certified Buffini Mentor
  • Leading edge technologies with training and on-site support
  • Ongoing training in contracts, negotiation, legal aspects of real estate, sales and marketing, client care, and more.
  • High quality marketing materials, marketing support and signage in an integrated program designed to improve your listing and sales success
  • Dedicated new Agent training
Agent Testimonials
(I invite you to call any agent in my office.  Office Roster)
Catherine Myers

"I've been at Alain Pinel Realtors in Walnut Creek since 2002.  These years have afforded me the opportunity to see change at our office, in our management and in the industry as a whole.  I can say without doubt that our office is more dynamic and robust because of Joe Cutrufelli.  His knowledge of the market, and perhaps most importantly, his steadfast optimism leads us all to strive every day to be and do the best we can, to meet our goals and to serve our clients in the most expert fashion we can.  His knowledge of the legalities and nuances of our business is second to none.  He knows what it takes to succeed as an agent as he was a top producing agent himself, and with the strength of Alain Pinel's technologies and marketing excellence, he offers us every opportunity to excel every day.  Now, as a non-producing Managing Broker, he can dive head first into supporting his agents and his staff so that Alain Pinel Realtors can continue to grow and succeed - which is quite remarkable given our unprecedented economic times.  If you're looking for an office with a knowledgeable, accessible and enthusiastic manager, you've found it.  If you want a company with the strength to weather any storm, with the market prowess unrivaled in the industry and with the technologies available to make you shine for your clients - look no more, you're home."

Heidi Slocomb

"I made the difficult decision to leave Coldwell Banker after a nearly 30 year association at the end of 2008 and join Alain Pinel Realtors' Walnut Creek office.  The rave reviews of the other agent friends who had joined the office earlier in 2008, the enthusiasm of Managing Broker Joe Cutrufelli and his descriptions of what Alain Pinel had to offer convinced me that this would be a positive move.

I had always admired the image of quality and dynamism of the company.  I have to say that even after the short time I have been with Alain Pinel, the reality of what this office and company offers has gone light years beyond my expectations.  I am now in awe of the fantastic substance behind the quality image of Alain Pinel.  Joe Cutrufelli is an inspiring, knowledgeable, informative and caring leader.  The staff and other agents are supportive beyond belief.

While not being an accomplished "geek" by any means, I have however embraced the technological tools which can continually improve my efficiency as an agent, grow my business and provide more venues to better market properties in today's market.  The promise of outstanding technological tools available at Alain Pinel was the other magnet that drew me to this company.  Now that I have been made aware of the breadth of technology available, I am really astounded, grateful and impressed by the advanced and superior tools offered which are truly state-of-the-art.  The tools are very user friendly and the technology support staff is hands-on and nearly 24/7, if needed, by phone.

Joe Cutrufelli has also demonstrated his commitment to maintaining a postive, local presence in the Walnut Creek and central county markets through various media advertising in this more difficult real estate climate while other companies are doing the opposite.  I have told Joe on several occasions how happy I am to have joined the Walnut Creek office and be associated with such an outstanding company and group of individuals."

Sam Benson

"Alain Pinel Realtors provides the technology, staff and support and an environment that takes real estate sales and marketing to the next level.  Trained IT people that know industry and proprietary software are in the branch on a weekly basis.  This hands-on approach allows agents to become comfortable with the state-of-the-art technology. Joe Cutrufelli's understanding of the real estate industry is second to none.  Besides our up-to-date market information, he nurtures relationships with industry professionals to enhance our business.  When you have a conversation with Joe, you are the only one in the room."
"I have been a licensed Realtor since 1974, first in the state of Hawaii and then in California.  I have worked for several Brokers and I can tell you that, by far, Joe Cutrufelli is - hands down - the finest Managing Broker that I have known in all my years in this business.  I was initially reluctant to join Alain Pinel, ironically, because of their stellar reputation in the industry.  I felt there would be an air of arrogance about the agents.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We work as a team and there is a wonderful sense of comraderie.  If you are considering a move, you should not hesitate to speak with Joe.  It is completely confidential and, I promise, you will not be disappointed."
Frank Salmen 
"I worked for Pacific Union Real Estate for most of my real estate career. With very little notice, they closed the Walnut Creek office.  I knew I wanted to stay working close to home and I wanted to continue working for an upscale brokerage.  My preference was a locally owned company with a good management team.  I interviewed both Alain Pinel Realtors and Empire Realty.  It was a very difficult decision.  In hindsight, Alain Pinel Realtors was hands down the place to go.  The technology, market knowledge and support were incredible but I chose the smaller company. I knew I was going to have to do a lot more on my own.  The smaller company did not have the systems or the support that I had grown accustomed to at Pacific Union Real Estate.  Somehow I thought the smaller company would care more about me and that would make up for it.  I was wrong.  After 10 months of giving it 200%, I became more frustrated than I had ever been in my entire career.  I came back and talked with Joe and the rest is history.  I will stay at Alain Pinel until the day I quit the business.  Alain Pinel Realtors is a phenomenal company.  There are more tools here than I will ever use.  Alain Pinel Realtors has exactly what I was looking for in the smaller company with all the advantages of a large company without the corporate bureaucracy.  The management team is incredible.  Joe is very knowledgeable and eager to help with anything.  He will go to bat for you and will go head to head with anyone.  Best of all, this is a fun place to work and that's what it's all about."
"I can't say enough about how I feel to be part of the Walnut Creek office of Alain Pinel. It has all the elements of a great office: professional agents, helpful staff, an enthusiastic and supportive manager, cutting-edge technology, top-of-the-line equipment and a well respected name.  We made careful consideration of several offices before coming to APR and we haven't once regretted our decision.  Joe has delivered on every promise and has proven to be a wonderful resource, encouragement and support in this challenging market."
"I am so thrilled to be affiliated with Alain Pinel Realtors.  I  joined the Walnut Creek office in May of 2008 after working with a large, national company for over 20 years.  This office is truly astounding!  Joe Cutrufelli, our manager, is extremely knowledgeable, informative, responsive, supportive and accessible.  The office environment is positive, morale is high, and the Agents are true real estate professionals.  They support each other and are willing to share creative and innovative ideas and strategies with one another.  The office staff is enthusiastic and committed to the success of all the Agents.  The technological, marketing and training resources are first class.
I often feel like Cinderella with the glass slipper - it's a perfect fit!  This company, and especially the Walnut Creek office, is truly a "WOW".  I am delighted to be part of the Alain Pinel family!"
"If you are a professional real estate agent and considering different broker relationships, I strongly recommend that you consider Alain Pinel Realtors and especially the Walnut Creek office headed by Joe Cutrufelli.  Alain Pinel Realtors was founded and continues to be owned and operated by Paul Hulme.  I have seen Mr. Hulme operate with grace and wisdom in extremely difficult times.  Ours was the first company to really embrace the technology that Realtors now depend on and has made that state-of-the-art technology available to the agents at no, or very little, cost.  As a manager, Joe is experienced, willing to help in any situation and dedicated to the success of his agents.  Our office staff is excellent.  I have been in the business and an owner and agent for 20 years.  There is no better company or opportunity."
Kathy England, Escrow Administrator
"I entered "the world of real estate" in 1984.  When I joined Alain Pinel Realtors six years ago, I transitioned from being an agent to an independent transaction coordinator.  Since August of 2007, I have been in the position of Escrow Administrator.  Having worked in three other companies, two of which closed their doors, I can honestly say that Alain Pinel Realtors Walnut Creek office is the best!  And, under the direction of Paul Hulme, the owner, we are here to stay.  We have a superior level of professional agents, technology that is unmatched, and a broker who brings energy and enthusiasm to the office every day!  What more could you want?  Our broker, Joe Cutrufelli, truly inspires all of us to succeed, whether agent or staff.  Because of his background in mortgage, he is extremely knowledgeable in helping with creative financing.  Joe is also the best negotiator I know!  In addition, he is a Certified Buffini Mentor and is consistently taking our agents to a higher level in their business.  I truly believe that no other company or office in Contra Costa county can compare.  I certainly made the right choice!"
"Joining Alain Pinel Realtors in Walnut Creek six years ago has to be one of the best real estate decisions I have made for myself in the 22 years I have been in business.  Working with a company that has my best interests at heart is rare!  The technology is unsurpassed and is continually changing to meet the needs of "today".  We are provided with 7 day a week technical support with live training as well as extremely informative internet courses.  Our support staff is awesome, my fellow agents are a remarkable group (and a lot of fun also!) and I cannot say enough for our Managing Broker.  Joe Cutrufelli is definitely a hands-on, supportive and extremely knowledgeable guy!  I am proud to be associated with Alain Pinel Realtors and proud to be working with what I consider to be the "top agents" in the business."
"Alain Pinel Realtors has fulfilled all of my expectations and surpassed many of them.  After 25 years on Wall Street, I made a career change to real estate and searched diligently for the best company, office, manager and fellow agents possible.  Alain Pinel Realtors was the clear choice and I could not be more pleased with the training, professionalism and support I have found here.  It starts with the owner and President and flows down to all of the office professionals.  Joe Cutrufelli, Managing Broker, not only knows his stuff but he has been out on the firing line for so many years that he closely relates to our problems and challenges as well as our victories and efforts to improve ourselves.  The culture we are building in the Walnut Creek office is positive in a teamwork sense and competitive because we have those kinds of people.  When I was at Goldman Sachs, I took great comfort in knowing the people around me were the best and that is the way it feels at Alain Pinel Realtors."
"Our office is truly and honestly a great office.  We not only have good and friendly agents but we have great office staff.  Karen, Kathy, Mary and Susan are the best.  Joe is one of the best Brokers I have had; he will assist you and fight for you.  How many Managing Brokers are like that out there?"
"There are managers and then there are managers.  I have worked in several real estate offices and interacted with various managers.  Joe Cutrufelli has certainly shown his ability and expertise to handle the various types of issues that pop up on escrows from time to time.  You can have a fancy office and top producers but one of the most overlooked amenities is the ability of your Managing Broker to take charge and be knowledgeable of the various legal issues that can arise during transactions.  Joe has made himself available by phone or email and promptly returns my calls and emails.  The Walnut Creek office has excellent office staff and support.  APR is constantly aspiring to be on the technological edge recognizing the importance of the internet and the advantages of online transaction management."
"I have been associated with the Alain Pinel Realtors/Walnut Creek Office for just over a year, a year that has been one of the most challenging for agents everywhere.  However, I can honestly state that the opportunities and support given to me by Joe Cutrufelli and Alain Pinel Realtors have been outstanding in all respects.
I am by nature a maverick who pursues professional avenues that are often not a part of the normal world of residential real estate brokerage.  Yet, Joe Cutrufelli and Alain Pinel Realtors "heard" my need to be my own agent and, then fully supported, supported my being that "lone ranger" agent.  For this unusual brokerage and managerial support, I shall be forever grateful.
In addition,  the constant training opportunities, professional creativity and overall "can do" attitude provided by both Joe and Alain Pinel Realtors ensure the success of the office and all agents associated with the Walnut Creek office.  I stand ready to respond to anyone who may wish to telephone or email me, and more than willing to answer other agents' concerns, about this exceptional brokerage and its most energetic, supportive and professional Walnut Creek Broker/Manager, Joe Cutrufelli."