What was your selling experience like?
Exciting, organized, quick
Extremely professional. Raziel and his team ran a very comprehensive and impressive process. From the pre-marketing flier to soliciting (and accepting an) offers. Great outcome for us. We were very happy with the price and felt great about the family taking our home…they will really enjoy our street and our neighbors will enjoy them.
Why did you choose Raziel to sell your home?
Over the years, I had noticed Raziel’s marketing materials. They were just so well done and so smart. I was also very involved with Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE) and Raziel was the first realtor to sign up with the BCE Realtor Program. In addition to a friend’s recommendation, these things had us sold!
Package deal for us. We wanted him to represent us for both the buying and selling. Also, Raziel was just a great fit for my wife and I…we exited the process with a new friend!
What surprised you the most about your selling experience?
How quick it went! And how addictive real estate is and so fun to follow.
Two things. First, how fast it went from going on the market to accepting an offer…5 days! Second, how emotionally attached I was to our house…it wasn’t easy leaving our home of 10 years with so many wonderful memories.
What was your journey like buying a home?
Extensive. We must have looked at 50+ homes in the area. But well worth the effort, as once we found our current home, we immediately knew it was the one.
It was a long journey because we didn’t have to move. We were only going to buy a house if it was the Right One. Raziel suffered through many many months with us. But it was an amazing education and when we saw the right one, we knew!
What surprised you the most about the home buying process?
That it was actually kind of fun.
How few homes come on the market! People just don’t move away. Which shouldn’t be surprising as we moved from one location in Burlingame to another…we didn’t want to leave either!
My experience working with Raziel was __________ .
We wanted a little larger home with a yard to throw a lacrosse ball in, in Burlingame, with no basement and no pool. BAM! Raziel delivered. If it weren’t for him, we would not have found such a perfect outcome. We absolutely love our new home!
We love Raziel!! Raziel and his amazing team helped us buy our new Burlingame home and sell our old one. He was so incredibly patient with us. Gave us smart advice. Made everything as painless and smooth as possible. Most importantly, we trust him implicitly and just flat out like the guy. He has the best attitude and simply loves his job. You can tell immediately from all of his materials and his approach that he is a smart, thoughtful realtor that goes above and beyond. Did I mention that he is smart?? Cannot recommend Raziel enough.
Where did you grow up? How did you decide to stay here?
I grew up in Palo Alto. I left the area for 8 years. Eventually chose Burlingame because it reminded me a lot of Palo Alto when I was a kid.
I grew up in Virginia, where most of my family still resides. A few years out of college I decided to move to the Bay Area for one year…that was 20 years ago. What kept me here? Well, exactly what my mom feared, I met a girl from California!
What do you love the most about your neighborhood?
That people know each other. They feel proud to live here. I love the size of Burlingame – you always see someone you know. And it is beautiful. The trees!!
What I most love about Burlingame is the “small town” feel and that it’s a community founded on family values.
What was your childhood ambition?
Become a theoretical physicist…derailed in college due to a girl. Different story for a different time :)
To be a librarian.
What's your favorite hidden gem?
Is anything hidden anymore?
What was your first job?
Babysitting. But my first "real" job was as a summer camp counselor. My worst job was working as a chamber maid in Nantucket.
My first real job was definitely my favorite. It was during my tenth grade summer and I worked as part of a small construction crew remodeling bathrooms. 6 guys (me 16; them in their late-20s) with nail guns, power saws, working in jeans, t-shirts, sneakers and a tool belt…nirvana!
What's been your biggest challenge?
Adjusting to these Bay Area real estate prices. I’m from Virginia, remember!
What's your favorite movie?
"The Right Stuff." My favorite movie with the kids is "School of Rock."
What's your greatest inspiration?
Easy. My family.
Anyone and anything that makes me laugh.
What's on the top of your bucket list?
Go back to school and continue my passion for mathematics and physics.
Going to China to see the missionary city where my great grandfather lived and worked in the early 1900s.
What organizations do you love?
Charles Armstrong School, BCE, Decoding Dyslexia, Family Connections, Curiodyssey, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital.
Local Burlingame ones...AYSO, Coyotes, Lacrosse, BCE