But did you know that he met his wife Stacy when he was in the third grade? He was 8, she was 9. They both lived on the same street, Bonita View Drive in Bonita, and attended Sunnyside Elementary School. Eighteen years passed before they got reacquainted through mutual friends and went out on their first date in 1998. They were married in 2000, and have two children, now ages 14 and 12, both whom attended Sunnyside Elementary School. And, Mark and Stacy live today on that same street, Bonita View Drive.
Mark is a third-generation San Diegan. His mom’s parents were raised in Mission Hills, and the family still owns the home on 5th Avenue in Hillcrest where Mark’s grandmother was born. His great-grandfather owned a concrete company and the name “Bachman” can be seen today on sidewalks in San Diego. In the 1950s, his grandfather Tony Bachman worked as county manager for a title company called San Diego Title Insurance and handled title documents for Carlsbad’s La Costa community and many other early subdivisions in San Diego. The company’s initials “T-I” can be found today on many older documents.
Mark’s father Robert Snell, owner of Mascot Realty in Bonita, served as 1975 president of the South Bay Cities Board of Realtors, which later became PSAR. Snell specialized in the Bonita Highlands area. When Mark was in the third grade, the family changed their last name to Scott.
“Growing up, real estate was part of my life and I’ve never worked in any other field,” said Mark.
After graduating from Bonita Vista High School (class of 1990), Mark attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 1994 with a degree in real estate. He started working in commercial real estate in Los Angeles and sold apartment buildings in South Central L.A. neighborhoods where the 1992 riots took place following the Rodney King court case. “It was scary sometimes, but in 18 months, I sold 36 buildings,” he said.
Mark returned to San Diego in 1996, and worked for IRE Development, a Chula Vista-based commercial real estate development company. He was involved in leasing of industrial space in Otay Mesa. He also worked with David Malcolm, whose past political activities have included stints as a Chula Vista city councilman, a state coastal commissioner and a port commissioner.
“In 1997, I helped my brother and his wife buy a house and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the residential side of real estate,” said Mark, who joined McMillin Realty in 2001. “So, I made the switch.”
Today, Mark also is involved in land development. He’s an investor with Eric Malcolm, David’s son, in a 10-home infill community in La Mesa on a site near Mohawk and Kenney streets that was previously a mobile home park. The new community, called Mesa Ridge, will feature single-family detached homes ranging from 1,700 to 2,300 square feet.
“Our Association’s political advocacy activities are most important to me because they are critically important to our industry,” Mark said. “PSAR does an outstanding job of keeping our members educated and informed. The range of services available to our members is impressive. Nobody does a better job for our local real estate industry than PSAR.”