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Ursula & Kevin Morgenstern

Burlingame, Lyon Hoag | client since 2018

Executive Administrative Assistant | Retired Business Owner and Musician

What was your selling experience like?

We were a bit overwhelmed by what might lay ahead of us and we had high hopes for Raziel and how he might be able to help us achieve our goals and guide us through what for us felt a bit daunting and very unfamiliar territory. Raziel came to our house for an initial consultation, fully prepared to listen, get to know our objectives, explain how he could help us achieve them and answer all of our many questions.

Raziel laid out timelines, explained his process, introduced us to his expert team and when he left, we knew we had made the right choice in selecting Raziel and his team. Throughout the entire process, we were never once disappointed.

What was your experience working with Raziel?

Raziel is not only a motivated, considerate and consummate professional, but he has assembled a team of equally dedicated, knowledgeable, and top of the line people.

Emily, Vanessa, Angilee to name a few, all impressed us with their unfailing expertise, dedication and good cheer. Without any hesitation, my wife and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in buying or selling a property. You will not be disappointed.

What surprised you the most about your selling experience?

Raziel and his team functioned like a well-oiled machine and we cannot say enough good things about the process and the performance of Raziel and his team.

For us, the sale of our home was a smooth and successful experience.

What did you love most about your neighborhood?

There was so much to love about the neighborhood, great schools, beautiful parks, and endless shopping and a variety of high quality dining possibilities.

We loved the small-town charm and the close proximity to San Francisco, public transit and SFO.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Along with Ursula, having had the opportunity to share much of what I love and value in life with our three children and seeing some of the seeds we have sown over the years take root. Also leading a Band at the Burlingame United Methodist Church for over 15 years and hearing that what we did touched many lives in a meaningful and positive way.

My proudest accomplishment is my 38-year marriage to Kevin and our partnership in raising 3 children together. Taking part in extracurricular activities some of which include actively participating in classroom activities while I was a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, PTA president at Washington School and leading the BHS Drama Boosters as their president for 2 years. I took on community activities such as Backpackpalooza (backpack giveaway) to children ages K thru 12th grade living below the poverty level. Before our move I volunteered at the CALL Primrose Center, a food pantry serving San Mateo County residents and transients.

What was your childhood ambition?

My childhood ambition was quite simple. I wanted to have a family, own a home, and create a backyard garden.

After seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan show I thought hmmm…that looks like fun. To one degree or another and in one form or another, I’ve been a musician ever since.

What’s your favorite hidden gem?

Sawyer Camp Road in the early morning hours. The water looks like glass and every so often a family of deer graze near the trail.

I can’t tell you. If I did, it wouldn’t be hidden anymore.

What’s been your biggest challenge?

Living in the moment. It’s easy to get caught up worrying about an imagined future that does not yet exist, or wrestling with a past that is forever gone.

I would agree with Kevin. I often fill my day with busy-work, not stopping to admire my natural surroundings and to be thankful for what I have.

What was your first job?

I was a cashier at Arby’s in Millbrae. It gave me a sense of purpose and independence.

I had a newspaper route when I was about 11 or 12. That was a good introduction to responsibility, managing money, the reward system, and how to interact with all different sorts of people. It also allowed me to earn enough to buy my first decent guitar.

What’s your greatest Inspiration?

Anyone who has left a mark on this world for good.

People who live through extreme adversity, make a life for themselves and give back to the community.

What’s your favorite movie?

I’ll always watch The Godfather. A Christmas Story also seems like a perfect movie to me. It seems to me they both hit the bulls eye in every measurable way.

I love movies that bring out my “happy” tears. The Notebook, The Help, The Sound of Music. I also love silly / funny movies like Bridesmaids and Snatched.

What’s on the top of your bucket list item?

Taking a challenging journey. If given the time, I’d like to travel to various parts of the country and the world.

I still want to write that “perfect song” and make that “definitive recording” with my daughter Hailey.

What organizations do you love?

Any organization that helps children who are suffering or in need. Also, any organization that cares for animals. St. Jude’s Hospital and the SPCA are two that come to mind.

Ditto what Kevin said. Any non-profits that help children from illness and poverty. Also Freedom House, Doctors without Borders, all 12 step programs.