Personal Thoughts /

Finding Purpose In a Career

After considering a career in law or public policy, I received my real estate license in 2012. Finding purpose in my career began with working at a National plaintiff law firm in San Francisco. I wasn’t sure law school was the right path but I knew I wanted an engaging career that helped people.

One day the broker who sold me my house called and told me he thought real estate would be perfect for me. Contracts, sales, competition, helping people. I was reticent. Possibly downright opposed. My biggest hesitation?

Home Improvement /

5 Inspiring Home Design Trends for 2021

We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.

Financial Review /

Maximizing Property Return On Investment

While the U.S. economy is experiencing turmoil in many segments due to the global coronavirus pandemic, real estate has remained relatively unscathed. Historically low mortgage interest rates have led to increased demand for home purchases. Combined with relatively low home inventory in many markets, home prices are reaching record levels with no clear end in sight. One market expert predicts that demand for home purchases will remain strong throughout 2021 and beyond — especially given statements from the Federal Reserve indicating a regime of near-zero interest rates for the foreseeable future.

Personal Thoughts /

The Power of No

We hear a lot about encouraging our kids and the power of “Yes”. But I actually think it’s really important and relevant to say “No”.

If you grow up always hearing “Yes” or having the path cleared for you, it can be very difficult when you encounter hardships in life.

I’ve spent time these past couple of weeks and months thinking about constructive ways I can say “No” to my kids. I want to have them develop some inner resourcefulness that will help them later on with their careers and just make them better human beings to be around.

Community /

10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbors, and community. It truly takes a village to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses.

Buyers, Sellers /

5 Tips About Virtual Home Tours for Buyers and Sellers

For years now, virtual home tours have helped real estate buyers far and wide find the perfect home. From long-distance military personnel being relocated, to investors expanding their portfolio, to homeowners looking for a vacation getaway, this technology makes finding a house that’s a bit out of driving distance much easier. And for real estate agents, virtual tours have been a useful way to help buyers with their home search and to assist sellers in creatively marketing their listings.

Buyers /

Move-Up vs. Second Home : Which One Is Right For You?

The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.

According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms overall (29%).