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J. Rockcliff REALTORS®, a premier residential real estate brokerage in the San Francisco East Bay and member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), recently announced that renowned industry veteran Vern Hansen has been appointed to the newly created post of director of risk management for the company.

In his new role, Hansen will be responsible for expanding and enhancing J. Rockcliff’s in-house risk management capabilities and offering an even higher level of service to agents and their clients in day-to-day transactional activities and any issues, both potential and actual, associated with them.

“Rockcliff’s team of seasoned real estate sales professionals – and their clients – deserves the best possible array of services,” says Jeff Sposito, founder and president of J. Rockcliff REALTORS®. “In the current market, more than ever, risk management is crucial to keeping transactions smooth and solid for all parties involved. I can think of no better person than Vern to entrust with the task of expanding our risk management capabilities and services. He is an exceptional individual with all of the knowledge, expertise and skill necessary to excel in this position and lead our development initiative.”

An established and respected expert in risk management, Hansen has nearly four decades of Bay Area real estate experience harking back to 1973 where he served as a sales associate for Golden Land Realty in Petaluma. Throughout his career he has held executive level positions in risk management for companies such as Prudential California Realty, Cashin Company REALTORS® and Pacific Union, which showcased his expertise in managing transaction issues, case management, mediation and mitigating litigation. Hansen has also served as an expert witness providing testimony in dozens of cases with respect to a California real estate licensee’s affirmative duties owed to a buyer or seller, and the standard of care associated with those duties, as they relate to an individual real estate transaction.

Vastly active in the industry, Hansen has served in myriad high profile positions with California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) that have developed and proposed legislation, criteria, mandates and standards that positively impact the process of home buying and selling in California. He has also served as a CAR Director for more than 27 years. His many professional accomplishments include recognition as Petaluma Realtor of the Year, Sonoma County Realtor of the Year, Branch Manager of the Year and NorCal Society of Excellence awards.

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