Happy 2017 
I hope you had a restful end to 2016. I had the opportunity to break away and travel to Japan. The trip was enjoyable, tasty, and most of all –  I came back fueled with good ideas. We came back home watching the Netflix documentary – The Minimalists which inspired us to do purge of unnecessary things.  Phil and I decided we would try to embrace experience over material things.The month of January is a great time to begin and recommit to values. I’m excited for a number of things in 2017 — I aim to build more relationships both business & personal with those who share my ideals.  Health is important to me and my hope is to have continual growth with a gratitude circumstances with quality people around me.

 

 



 

 

 



 

What Will 2017 Reveal?
I attended the 2017 Alain Pinel Realtors East Bay Sales Kickoff on January 10. The highly esteemed, Leslie Appleton-Young (Chief Economist for the California Association of Realtors), addressed her projections for  2017. Young takes a macro view approach to real estate as she covers all of California.Here are some of the bigger takeaways: the Bay Area real estate market has superseded the last 2007 peak — for example – Alameda County pricing has gone up 13.2% from 2007 whereas the rest of California – as a whole – is still under by -15.1%. This is largely due to the job market in the Bay Area. In short, 2017 will likely remain strong. Housing supply is still low in the Bay Area as Baby Boomers continue to stay. I will say that real estate is extremely nuanced.Read more

 

 

 

 

Two Homes In Escrow!
2017 is moving along!
Congrats to Robert and Emily for being in escrow in North Oakland!
Congrats to Kara for being in escrow over in Millsmont!

 

 

 

 

A Trip To Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

A trip to Japan. 2016 / Tokyo / Osaka / Kyoto / Hakone / Nara

Our December trip to Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, Nara). Thank you Phil for making this compilation. You are as meticulous and gifted as they come.

 

 

Personal Notes

 

 

 

 

 

Omotenashi = Hospitiality, Care, Anticipation

 

 

 

While in Japan, I had the opportunity to observe a culture that pays deep respect to hospitality and service. A couple of weeks after my trip, I had a cup of coffee at Blue Bottle and came upon the across their  Holiday catalog with the word “omotenashi” on the cover.  (By the way, Blue Bottle is inspired by social coffee houses in Japan known as “kissaten”). Omotenashi, loosely defined as the art of selfless hospitality, is a cornerstone of Japanese culture. To welcome someone into your home or establishment and be able to anticipate their every need is seen as a privilege for the host, and working in a service industry is regarded with the utmost seriousness and respect.

As I am headed into Year 3 of real estate – I’ve been brainstorming and trying to come up with ideas that best represent my brand. I think I’ve found it! O-M-O-T-E-N-A-S-H-I. Everyone has individual needs – due to circumstances and personality. It gives me joy to understand, respect, and anticipate those needs.  It is an ideal that I can practice today as well as continue to grow into.

 

 

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS
New Year Greeting
Personal Photo
What Will 2017 Reveal?
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/249175791861774752/Two Homes in Escrow
Respective MLS thumbnails

Omotenashi 
Personal photo of Blue Bottle December 2016 Holiday Catalog

 

 

 

 

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