Maggie Gillespie and Claire Gillespie Waldron, Realtors
South Bay Brokers
2501 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in Manhattan Beach 310-245-3414 (Maggie), 310-283-3349 (Claire) southbaybrokers.com
South Bay Brokers is a local full-service real estate company. Jack Gillespie and his business partner Jim Van Zanten started the company in 1985. Jack’s daughters Maggie Gillespie and Claire Gillespie Waldron work as full-time Realtors for the company. Claire began her career six years ago, and Maggie has now completed the family alliance.
What would you like potential clients to know about you?
“We were both born and raised in Manhattan Beach, so we have considerable knowledge about the area. We’ve been through the school system and have spent our lives as active members of this community. Who better to work with than someone who has first-hand knowledge? We are proud to call ourselves Realtors.”
Tell us about your family’s real estate history.
“Our grandfather Tom Gillespie was the first of our family to work in real estate; that makes us third-generation Realtors.” In addition to their father, Claire’s father-in-law Bob Waldron is also in the real estate business.
What is one word that you most want associated with you and your business?
Maggie: “Honesty. I feel that you can earn someone’s trust and respect by being honest. This is especially important in real estate, which is very much a referral-based business.”
Do you think that trusting your instincts is important in order to grow your business?
Claire: “It is the best way to grow your business. Real estate is extremely competitive, and every transaction is different. It is necessary to think on your feet and react quickly. Instinct plays a crucial role in this.”
Who is your professional role model?
Maggie: “My dad, Jack Gillespie. Everyone tells me that I am exactly like him, which gives me hope that one day I can be just as successful as he has been and continues to be in real estate.”
Claire: “My dad, Jack Gillespie. He is truly a self-made man who built his business from the ground up. He is the hardest worker I know and is also one of the most humble people you will ever meet. I hope that I will continue to be more like him professionally and personally.”