firsttuesday Journal

Since 1978, the firsttuesday Journal has provided quality, data-driven news and analysis for California real estate professionals.

What does “firsttuesday” mean?

Though based in California, “firsttuesday” is a reference to Texas foreclosure laws. Historically, foreclosure sales took place on the second Tuesday of each month. The firsttuesday Journal was established as a resource to use before wrangling with lenders on the second Tuesday of the month. Our students and readers are the backbone of our magazine, not politicians, trade unions or big companies.

Meet the editorial team

Fred Crane

Fred Crane

is the Chairman & Legal Editor of firsttuesday. Fred has extensive experience as a real estate broker, developer and attorney. Fred founded firsttuesday in 1978, which started as a printed trade journal and lecture series. Fred has an inexhaustible passion for palms and cycads, and enjoys traveling in warm climates where margaritas are plentiful. 

Connor Wallmark

Connor Wallmark

is the President & Production Manager of firsttuesday. Connor obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of Redlands and studied for two terms at the University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College. Connor has worked at firsttuesday for 15 years and supervises the production of our books, forms and videos. Connor enjoys distance running and experimental music.

Mary LaRochelle

Mary LaRochelle

is the Graphic Designer of firsttuesday.  Mary obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Mary has worked at firsttuesday for 7 years and creates all firsttuesday books, FARM letters, infographics and marketing materials. Mary is obsessed with all things Nightmare Before Christmas.

Oscar Alvarez

Oscar Alvarez

is the Editor-in-Chief of the firsttuesday Journal. Oscar obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Riverside. Oscar has worked at firsttuesday for three years and manages the Journal’s content, style and web platform. Lucille Bluth is his spirit animal.

Carrie Reyes

Carrie Reyes

is the Senior Editor at firsttuesday. Carrie obtained a Master of Arts degree in Theology, Philosophy and Ethics from Boston University. Carrie has worked at firsttuesday for ten years and is the lead contributor for all real estate market analysis and economic content. When she’s not covering the latest real estate story, Carrie enjoys volunteering at her local animal rescue.

Benjamin J. Smith

Benjamin J. Smith

is a Writer & Editor at firsttuesday. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree at Eastern Washington University. Benjamin has worked at firsttuesday for four years and oversees polling data and DRE Watch articles. He believes the perfect holiday movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Bethany Correia

Bethany Correia

is a Writer & Editor at firsttuesday.  Bethany obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Digital Media from University of California, Santa Cruz. Bethany has worked at firsttuesday for a year and works on the firsttuesday Editorial Team. Bethany enjoys documentaries and puppies.

Greg Bretado

Greg Bretado

is a Writer & Editor at firsttuesday. Greg obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. Greg has worked at firsttuesday for 1 year on the firsttuesday Editorial Team. Greg enjoys searching for the perfect sushi joint and is always looking for his next video game adventure.

Amy Perry

Amy Perry

is a Writer & Editor at firsttuesday. Amy obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Riverside. Amy has worked at firsttuesday for less than a year and works on the firsttuesday Editorial Team. She enjoys poetry, yoga and dancing.

Casandra Lopez

Casandra Lopez

Casandra Lopez is a Writer & Editor at firsttuesday. Casandra obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside. Casandra has worked at firsttuesday for less than a year and works on the firsttuesday Editorial Team. In her spare time, Casandra likes writing micro-reviews of new novels.

Johnny Rojas

Johnny Rojas

is the Lead Video Editor and Sound Engineer at firsttuesday. Johnny studied Music and Film Production at the University of Redlands where he found his calling as a Video Director and Musician. Johnny has worked at firsttuesday for 4 years and is Co-Director of the firsttuesday Videos. On his spare time, Johnny enjoys wowing people with his electric guitar chops and flying kites with his daughter at the local park.

Quinn Stevenson

Quinn Stevenson

is a Video Editor and Videographer at firsttuesday. Quinn obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television Production from California State University, Los Angeles. Quinn has worked at firsttuesday for 3 years.  Quinn enjoys shooting video and photography and has been known to geek out on everything tech.

William Mansfield

William Mansfield

is the Consulting Instructor at firsttuesday. William, more commonly known as “Professor Bill,” is a former real estate appraiser and college professor, and authored numerous real estate textbooks. William has worked at firsttuesday for 6 years and is the face and voice of firsttuesday. William enjoys bingeing on political news and writing the latest entry in his Alexander Wright Mystery Adventure series.