PACIFICA – Pete Lommori originally planned on having a career in aviation, but even after his aspirations were grounded, he found a way to elevate his professional prospects. “My father was a real estate broker, but I never planned on following in his footsteps—I wanted to be a pilot like my Uncle Bob,” he remembers. “After high school, I enrolled in the aeronautics program at College of San Mateo. Unfortunately, that was right when the Vietnam War was happening, and I got drafted. When I returned, I was unable to find work as an air traffic controller, much less as a pilot. My father suggested that I get my real estate license and come work for him, so that’s what I did.”
Soon after initiating his real estate career, Pete found that he enjoyed the work and decided to stick with it. Twenty years later, he took things to the next level by partnering with industry colleague Christine Stahl. “Both Christine’s father and my father owned real estate firms in Pacifica, so we had that in common,” he recounts. “When Christine’s father passed away in 1990, I was working at Re/Max Star Properties and convinced her to come work for us. We started helping each other and eventually decided to form a team.”
Today, as a partner at Lommori Stahl Group of Re/Max Star Properties, Pete aims to change negative perceptions of his profession, one client at a time. “Realtors get a bad rap because people think we’re all about our commissions, but that’s not the case with me and Christine,” he explains. “Naturally, we get paid for what we do, but it’s not about the money; it’s about helping clients reach their goals. That’s the most important thing to us.”
A resident of Pacifica, Pete appreciates his central proximity within the Greater Bay Area. “I like how convenient this area is to everything,” he says. “Even better, as a Harley-Davidson owner, there are plenty of beautiful places for me to ride, from the coast to the redwoods.” When he’s not on a motorcycle ride, Pete likes playing golf, driving his Corvette convertible, and enjoying the rich array of wine and food to be found in the local area.
In his life and career, Pete espouses the importance of honesty. “I believe in telling the truth, even if it hurts,” he says. “That’s the only way to operate, both in business and in your personal life. It’s not always easy to be upfront and honest with people, and sometimes things don’t work out, but it’s better in the long run than being dishonest.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Pete says he’d take a long motorcycle trip. “I would travel around the United States on my Harley. I could also see myself getting an RV—that way, I could drive to where I want to be and spend a few days exploring the area on my bike. That might be the way to do it.”