What was your home selling experience like?
Our overall selling experience was extremely positive! Right from the start, Raziel and his excellent team helped us coordinate getting our home ready for market while working with our being out of town for nearly three weeks prior to listing. Raziel’s team coordinated inspections, repairs, painting, and finally getting the home staged and listed, all in a very timely and professional manner. Once the home was staged and listed, his marketing team produced an awesome marketing package, including an online virtual tour and a beautiful flyer (both online and hard copy) that showcased our home’s features and made it look really fantastic! In fact, when we saw the package online, we were so impressed that we literally both thought, “Wow – what an awesome home – WE’D like to buy it!!”
Raziel patiently helped us navigate all of the offers (over the phone, as we had already moved out of state), and we ended up accepting a great offer from a wonderful family with two children that we felt would be a great fit for our neighborhood – a true “win-win” outcome.
Why did you choose Raziel to sell your home?
Raziel listened carefully and made us feel that our needs were heard and understood, while also giving us complete assurance that he and his team would have everything well under control. It turned out that we made a really great decision in choosing Raziel and his team!
I interviewed 4 realtors on the phone and I did not get a relaxed feeling until meeting Raziel. Raziel immediately put us at ease with his professionalism and personality.
What surprised you the most about your selling experience?
The multiple offers that were higher than we imagined possible.
Receiving 12 competing offers, all for well over our asking price!! We were just stunned (in a good way)!
What did you love most about your neighborhood?
I loved the walkability of the neighborhood where we could walk just blocks to downtown Millbrae with its wide and diverse array of shops and restaurants.
I loved the friendly neighborhood and the diversity of cultures in Millbrae.
What was your favorite room?
The art studio opening to the back garden. I also loved hanging out with friends and neighbors outside on the front porch/stoop in the sunshine.
My favorite room was the “extra” room with the half bath just outside our master bedroom. We used it as an office/study and library.
Favorite hidden gem?
The local Bikram Yoga.
Spur trail park.
What was your childhood ambition?
Travel and art.
I wanted to be an animal biologist and was especially interested in marine biology (perhaps a bit unusual as I grew up in Minnesota very far from any oceans!).
What was your first job?
Hostess at a Santa Barbara harbor restaurant.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Selling my paintings I created in my home/studio. Being a great wife and stepmom.
Being able to say with all sincerity that I’ve made a difference in patient’s lives as well as in the careers of the young scientist and pathologists that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Who was your greatest inspiration?
My childhood idols were Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, the two biologists and natural historians who independently came up with the theory of evolution through natural selection.
Walt Disney for his artistic vision.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Navigating my retirement from the biotech field; along with moving away from the Bay Area after living and working there for over 15 years.
Creating new paintings and being willing to experiment with art.
What’s on the top of your bucket list?
Travel and art.
Also travel – particularly to places that have a unique and exotic flora and fauna (SE Asia is next!).
What is your current fun project?
Dimitry and I are working on a joint project where I am creating paintings of his favorite bird photographs.
As Katrina says, one of my hobbies is animal photography; and I have taken over a hundred bird photos over the years. I have chosen a few of my favorite bird photographs taken from around our new home in Sedona, AZ; and Katrina is painting them!