Matt Wathen is truly devoted to the business of selling real estate. His family has been active in California real estate for generations, giving him a unique knowledge of individual residential buildings and neighborhoods throughout the state.
Matt’s interest and passion for real estate is in his blood. After becoming involved in the home-buying process alongside his father, he became an investment property owner himself and currently manages both his own and his family’s various rental properties in California.
Prior to his career in real estate, Matt obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and upon graduating began a career as a project engineer in commercial construction management. Matt worked at several large-scale construction sites with architects and other engineers and developed a strong knowledge of the construction side of real estate development. This experience is an asset most valuable to his clients purchasing new construction condominiums or lofts. Having earned the USGBC LEED AP credential and worked on two nationally recognized LEED Platinum projects, Matt is especially well-versed in green building design and construction practices.
Whether buying new construction or resale, Matt takes a comprehensive approach to help his clients achieve their goals and needs through the purchase of real estate. With his engineering background, experience in new construction, and personal investment in real estate, Matt is able to leverage his knowledge and strong analytical approach to ensure the best deal for his clients. Sellers benefit from his marketing expertise, solid negotiation skills, and his ability to correctly value and position properties in the marketplace, often achieving above-market results.
At Compass, Matt is able to integrate his education and sustainable building practices with his years of real estate sales experience. Matt’s clients openly say that he always represents their best interests and is known for achieving great results. He consistently offers a professional, high level of personal service and accountability to his clients, developing long-lasting relationships with those he works with.
Matt’s passion for architecture and design propels his love of living and working in the most diverse and fast-paced city in the world. A longtime resident of San Diego, Matt is also an avid traveler and an enthusiast of different languages and cultures. Before transitioning into real estate professionally, he nourished his love of travel by spending a year abroad living in Europe. Based in Rome, he traveled extensively in Italy learning not just the language, but also the architecture, history and culture of the country. Aside from traveling throughout Europe, Matt has also explored Turkey, Japan, Central America and, most recently, Australia.