Bill grew up in San Marino and entered residential real estate after graduating from UC Santa Barbara in the early 1970s. After working for a boutique Pasadena firm he opened Podley Caughey Associates in 1981 and then merged that firm with Doan Harbison Realty to become Podley Caughey & Doan in 1986. The company grew to include five offices and was sold to Coldwell Banker in 1999.
Bill decided to become an owner again and in 2003 joined forces with the proprietor of Jim Dickson Realty to form a new firm, Dickson Podley REALTORS. The firm was renamed Podley Properties after Bill bought out his partner and it subsequently grew via acquisitions to six offices, spanning from La Canada Flintridge to Glendora. Because he has continuously enjoyed representing sellers and buyers, Bill returned to full time sales in late 2018 after selling Podley Properties to Mike Deasy and George Penner.
His qualifications include involvement in nearly 1,000 transactions in the San Gabriel Valley over his four plus decade career. Bill says, “I’ve been fortunate to have sold homes and condominiums of many architectural styles through the years, in price ranges from the five figures in the 1970s to the upper seven figures in more recent years. Because of my breadth of experience representing clients purchasing or selling their first home to the most seasoned property owners or their heirs selling a long-held family home, I believe I’ve learned to work with every possible personality type in most any conceivable life circumstance.”
A Pasadena resident, Bill and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and six grandchildren. He has served in a number of community and professional association roles over the years, including board chair of Lake Avenue Church and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and as president of the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS and The Valley Hunt Club.