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Justin & Allison Bettner

San Bruno

Public Health Nurse | Structural Engineer

Where did you both grow up, and what was it like?

Allison

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.

Justin

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?

Allison

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!

Justin

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?

Allison

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.

Justin

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?

Allison

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!

Justin

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 _______.

Allison

Fantastic.

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.

Justin

Awesome.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Allison

Buying a home.

Justin

Buying a home.

What was your childhood ambition?

Allison

To be a veterinarian.

Justin

To become an airplane pilot.

What is your favorite hidden gem?

Allison

Roma Deli in San Bruno

Justin

Taqueria Mi Durango in San Bruno

What is your biggest challenge?

Allison

Balancing work with family and caring for our one year-old

Justin

Balancing work with spending time with our one-year-old.

What was your first job?

Allison

I worked evenings at the library.

Justin

Worked at a fast food restaurant in Los Gatos.

Who is your inspiration?

Allison

My family.

Justin

Mothers

What is your favorite movie?

Allison

Anything British!

Justin

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Which is your favorite room?

Allison

Our living room.

Justin

Our dining room.

What is your top bucket list item?

Allison

Live abroad for a year.

Justin

Visit Australia.

What organizations do you love?

Allison

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

Justin

Peninsula Humane Society, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Allison

In order to do something well, you must first be willing to do it poorly.

Justin

Prioritize time with family and loved ones above everything else in life.