Where did you both grow up, and what was it like?
I grew up in the South Bay (Cupertino, Los Gatos). The area was very suburban at that time and much less built up then it is now. (My family home was actually built in the middle of an old orchard!) We decided to return to the Bay Area from Seattle as we were beginning to think about starting a family and wanting to be closer to home.
I grew up in the South Bay (Los Gatos, Campbell). There was much more space at the time and my friends and I could ride our bikes all over. It’s interesting to watch it change from a somewhat sleepy community into a bustling international technology hub.
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
We’ve been living in San Bruno since late 2013. We really like our neighbors and the convenience. Many of our neighbors have lived here for over 50 years, and everyone has been so welcoming to us. Plus, it’s close to everything!
We’ve been living in San Bruno since late 2013. We really like the family feel and convenience. It’s close to everything!
What was your journey like buying a home?
We had been saving to buy a home for years, but when we made the decision to move back to the Bay Area, we knew we felt ready to buy. As soon as we moved back, we began researching different neighborhoods and realtors and started moving forward. Once we found a home we liked, Raziel guided us step-by-step through the entire buying process.
It was fun, for the most part. Raziel worked hard to make it an enjoyable experience for us and we are very grateful.
What surprised you the most about the home buying process?
I was surprised by how quick and straightforward it was (or at least Raziel made it feel that way!), especially after saving for so long to buy our home. Once we had made it through all of the initial paperwork and found a house we were interested in, we placed an offer, and we were moving in in less than a month!
I was surprised by how fast it ended up going. I think the whole process took less than two months start to finish.
My experience working with Raziel was _______.
We found Raziel be incredibly knowledgeable, hardworking, and responsive--essential qualities in a realtor. Furthermore, as first time homebuyers considering the biggest purchase we'd ever made, my husband and I relied heavily Raziel's expertise, and he skillfully guided us through the entire process while simultaneously answering a never-ending barrage of questions from us. Buying a home in the Bay Area can be daunting, especially in this market, but Raziel was a tremendous support for us throughout this endeavor. While working with Raziel, we always felt the utmost confidence that we would find our home, and we were actually able to enjoy the excitement that comes with this important milestone.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Buying a home.
Buying a home.
What was your childhood ambition?
To be a veterinarian.
To become an airplane pilot.
What is your favorite hidden gem?
Roma Deli in San Bruno
Taqueria Mi Durango in San Bruno
What is your biggest challenge?
Balancing work with family and caring for our one year-old
Balancing work with spending time with our one-year-old.
What was your first job?
I worked evenings at the library.
Worked at a fast food restaurant in Los Gatos.
Who is your inspiration?
What is your favorite movie?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Which is your favorite room?
Our living room.
Our dining room.
What is your top bucket list item?
Live abroad for a year.
What organizations do you love?
The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Peninsula Humane Society, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)
What is the best advice you've ever received?
In order to do something well, you must first be willing to do it poorly.
Prioritize time with family and loved ones above everything else in life.