Today I read that UC Berkeley was considered the Number ONE public university in the United States. Both I and my parents went to Berkeley, and after the war my dad became a U.C. administrator. He had lots of stories about his time there.
One of my favorites is about a banquet he was putting together. He had assigned a member of his staff to do the table settings. She decided that native plants would be a wonderful choice, and set out picking foliage from some beautiful and colorful bushes in Tilden Park. You natives see where I’m going with this, right? She wasn’t from the Bay Area, and chose Poison Oak with which to adorn the banquet tables. A lot of Poison Oak. Dad sent her straight to the hospital, where she had a most miserable stay.
There aren’t a lot of Bay Area “Gotchas” but the deceptively beautiful Poison Oak, especially when it surrounds itself with blackberry bushes, is definitely one of them.
The lesson here is that it’s best to consult an expert when you go foraging, and that’s especially true when you’re new to the area and looking for a home. As a third generation East Bay resident, I know the Bay Area. I’ve lived in Berkeley, Kensington, San Francisco, and Orinda and am familiar with the ins and outs of the local real estate market.
Add to that, I’m a second generation real estate agent.
Both my folks were East Bay agents with Mason McDuffie. Even before I became an agent myself, our conversations around the dinner table were all about client contentment and local home values. From our discussions I learned a lot about the importance of integrity, especially when you’re working with folks making the huge emotional and financial decisions required when they are buying a home.
One of the most important lessons they taught me is that sometimes it’s necessary to work against my own best financial interest. One example would be whenever I see my clients getting in over their heads by wanting to buy a home that may become too costly to maintain in their current circumstances. Agents have a fiduciary responsibility to protect our clients, and I take that responsibility seriously.
I learned a lot from my folks. When you hire me as your agent, you not only get the benefit of local knowledge, you get a person raised to value honesty and integrity no matter what.
Give me a call if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, and for any and all of your other real estate needs. Just phone 510-527-0174 . I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.
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