We are a property management firm in the Central East Bay Area, specializing in leasing and management of about 400 apartments, condominiums and houses – mainly in the Berkeley and Oakland area.
Jonathan Weldon | Broker/Owner
I am Jonathan Weldon. Broker/Owner and Founder of Cedar Properties. I was born in Koror, Palau, but mostly grew up in Stockton, California. When I was twelve my family moved on to a sailboat and a couple of years later (after much much work on the boat) sailed to Hawaii, where I spent my high school years. Ended up graduating from the same school as President Obama, Punahou Academy.
One of my first loves growing up was real estate. I was always fascinated by how much impact it has on our lives – visually, emotionally and financially.
After completing my high school education at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, I returned to California and enrolled in Junior College in my hometown of Stockton. In 1991, I transferred to U.C. Berkeley and subsequently graduated in 1993. After graduating, I flirted with a few options for my future, including becoming a lawyer, but ended up coming back to my original love, Real Estate.
I worked hard to garner a General Contractor’s license in 1999 but during that time got some exposure to small real estate management companies and really felt that my skills and demeanor were far better suited to that profession. In 2002 I opened up my own management company, Cedar Properties, and have never looked back.
After all these years, I still really enjoy this profession. I feel like I am always in the middle of two groups of people (residents and owners) that are so passionate about their experiences with their buildings that they own and/or reside in.
I am also very blessed to be the father of three amazing young men and have enjoyed countless hours coaching and supporting them in sports (baseball, flag football, basketball, soccer) and their other love, theater.
Harrison Smith | Property Manager
A native to the East Bay and a graduate of UC Berkeley, Harrison started his career at Cedar Properties in 2010, after several years of pursuing his dream of becoming a professional athlete.
With little real estate experience Harrison began in the company as an assistant to the broker, and within 2 years he had obtained his real estate license and began working his way up through the company where he now holds the position of property manager.
Over the last six years Harrison has gained valuable experience working along side Jonathan, and has been able to utilize his interpersonal and organization skills along with his work ethic to create a successful real estate career.
Harrison enjoys the opportunities Cedar Properties has given him to build a career, and loves the close knit family feel of the company and how dedicated it is to offering great service to its property owners and tenants.
When not working Harrison enjoys traveling with his family, playing outdoors with his dogs, and training/ teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Nancy Lai | Bookkeeper
Nancy Lai is the Bookkeeper at Cedar Properties for 7 years after answering a Craigslist ad. She is a UC Berkeley grad (History), and enjoys baking cookies occasionally.
It is quite educational to work for a small local company to see and hear firsthand how we directly affect the lives of our tenants, vendors, clients and the surrounding community. Equally important is Cedar Properties’ dedication to integrity, transparency and respect in our interactions with tenants, vendors and clients. A day in the office is never dull: stuff happens constantly–some predictable, others not.
Rose Roque | Leasing Agent
Rose Roque migrated from the Philippines in 1999 and became a U.S. Citizen more than a decade after.
She went on to get a B.A. in Political Science in 2012 from University of California, Riverside, where she served as the International Service Director for a Rotary International college chapter.
She also began interning in 2005 and eventually worked for property management companies in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She became a licensed agent in February 2018 while being a single mother to a three-year old daughter.
She finally found her peace and contentment in her career by working for Cedar Properties due to the company’s technically advanced practices and— most importantly— utmost respect for employee, tenant, and property owner rights.