Women In Business 2014

Gay Berge lives by Golden Rule

By From page WIB20 | January 31, 2014

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The Golden Rule has helped Realtor Gay Berge in her successful real estate career. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

In the nearly 30 years she’s been a Realtor, Gay Berge has never forgotten what it’s like to be the customer. “I live by The Golden Rule,” she said. “I’m a strong Christian and I believe if you do unto others as you would have them do unto you then you can’t go wrong.”

Berge teamed with her husband Larry when he earned his license in 1992. “Larry is my partner for life,” said Berge. “Our motto is: Committed to each other, committed to our clients.”

With their complementary strengths and abilities — she’s the “people person” and marketer while he’s the behind-the-scenes guy and “technology whiz” — they are able to offer their clients a perspective few individuals can.

“I’m a true relocation specialist,” said Berge. “I moved 19 times between the ages of birth and 18. When I married my husband 40 years ago we’ve only moved five times and have been in our current home for 27 years.”

The Berges have two grown children and two grandsons; one will graduate from Ponderosa this year.

Gay moved to Re/Max Gold from Cook & Cook Realty in 1999. She loves living in Shingle Springs and having her office in Cameron Park, though she works all over the county. “I look forward to getting up and looking at nature every day,” she said. “It’s a beautiful region to live and work.”

A lifetime member of the El Dorado County Association of Realtors and a past director, Gay is also a lifetime member of Top Achievers. She belongs to the National Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the Council of Residential Specialists. She’s earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute designation. She is also a certified residential specialist and a certified distressed property “shortsale” expert.

Though the Berges work with clients of all ages and backgrounds, Gay said she’s been working a lot lately with seniors and adult children who have lost their parents, a stark reminder of the county’s aging population.

In her downtime Gay is active at her church — Church of the Foothills. In her 25 years in youth ministry, she’s been an AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) leader for young children and is now enjoying her role as a Trek (middle school bible study) leader for teens.

Berge has seen the ups and downs in the market, but said this is a great time to buy and sell real estate. “Interest rates are low and there are some beautiful properties out there,” she said.

Living The Golden Rule has been the secret of success in both her personal and work life. “When new agents come in, I always tell them, ‘It’s very simple. If you live your life and practice real estate with The Golden Rule in mind you can’t go wrong.’”

View Gay and Larry Berge’s website at for more information, including current listings. You can also reach them by calling (530) 677-1536.  Their office is located at 3317 Coach Drive in Cameron Park in the Food4Less shopping center.

Julie Samrick

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