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He drove a car 160 mph with no hands

posted Dec 12, 2014, 3:01 PM by Joyce Evans
You might know PSAR member Steve Buice, who has more than 35 combined years of experience in the title insurance and escrow fields. He works for Quality Escrow with offices in La Mesa and Mission Valley. He began working for Quality Escrow in early 2011. He is a frequent sponsor of PSAR activities and participates at many fundraising events, including the annual PSAR golf tournament. In 2013, he founded the PSAR library featuring more than 120 books covering different aspects of the real estate industry. The books, donated by Quality Escrow, are available for check-out at the East County Service Center. He also was East County’s Affiliate Member of the Year award winner in 2012.
 
But did you know that he is a writer of love songs? Steve has composed about two dozen songs. “Inspiration is easy when you’re in love,” he said. His most recent song is titled “Better Than Wow.”
 
Steve got the opportunity to sing one of his songs to legendary performer Tony Bennett. As Steve tells the story, “I met him briefly as we passed each other in a hotel lobby. I walked up to him and we began a delightful conversation. I said to him, `Mr. Bennett, I have written a song that I think is perfect for you.’ He was gracious and said he wanted to hear it. He also wanted a cup of coffee so we walked into the coffee shop and he said, `Okay, let’s hear it,’ It was a great memory. I will always be able to say that I sang for Tony Bennett.”
 
Steve has another story about driving a car 160 miles per hour. While in England for his 25th wedding anniversary, Steve got the opportunity to drive an Aston Martin automobile -- the same model that has appeared in James Bond movies. “It was at a closed course with a perfectly banked oval,” said Steve. “The centrifugal force is so strong that you can actually take your hands off the steering wheel, even at 160 mph.”
 
A San Diego native, Steve grew up in Mission Hills and Point Loma. He graduated from Point Loma High School (class of 1975). In high school, he played catcher on the baseball team and was the third-string quarterback on the football team. In three years, he never got into a football game, “because I was better at being the water boy,” Steve said.
 
Steve recently applied for two patents relating to a web-based real estate technology. One of his technologies matches homebuyers with sales agents through a system that includes virtual home tours, open house dates, loan options, location maps and the agents bio. There’s even a personal video of the agent. Steve has another pending patent that involves a website about open houses, tailored for consumers. “Today’s technologies make it possible for entrepreneurs to offer new and different services to the industry,” said Steve.
 
Steve says that same entrepreneurial spirit is on display at PSAR. “Our association’s leaders are committed to serving our members and are receptive to new ideas that will benefit agents. I admire PSAR for their commitment to serve the members, which includes a responsiveness to adopt new cutting-edge paradigms that will benefit all the members.”

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Don’t forget to read next week’s story. Hint: She designed coffee table books on such topics as fishing, the Rockies and Native Americans.
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