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Melissa & John McGuire

Burlingame, Ray Park | client since 2008

Sales at Google | Head of Finance at Insightly

What do you love the most about your neighborhood?

We love Burlingame and we love Ray Park. We get to walk to our Elementary School, Lincoln, which is an amazing school with great teachers and a strong sense of community. When my kids go to Middle School at Burlingame Intermediate School they will be able to walk there too!

What was your journey like buying a home?

Raziel made it easy and took the stress out of what could be a stressful process. I trusted Raziel implicitly throughout the process. The best part is being able to call Raziel a friend 8 years later!

First, during the offer and negotiation, I was particularly impressed with his abilities to negotiate a great price on our behalf. Raziel's skill in this area saved us thousands of dollars without a doubt.

Second, I appreciated Raziel's willingness to work at our convenience which was sometimes at night, early in the mornings, or over the weekend. Since we had a young son, we had very limited flexibility in our schedules. He was willing to go the extra mile and give us the level of service that we desperately needed to complete this transaction.

Finally, and maybe most important, we appreciated Raziel's honesty and integrity. He was always our advocate no matter how large or small any detail was in our offer. Raziel's level of professionalism in this way made what could have been a nerve-racking, stressful process very enjoyable. I appreciate that he was willing to share honest opinions and advice with us. It was a huge relief to know that Raziel always had our interest in mind in everything that he did for us and that we could trust him.

My experience working with Raziel was: ___________

Easy. Raziel made what could feel like a daunting process simple. He made us feel like educated buyers based on his knowledge of the Burlingame housing market. I liked the fact that Raziel not only grew up in this community but is a part of this community.

Simple. We could not be happier with the way things turned out! We absolutely love our new home that Raziel found for us and I know that we will be happy here for many years to come. I have no doubt that Raziel will continue to flourish as one of the best agents in Burlingame, on the peninsula, and in Northern California.

What surprised you the most about the home buying process?

All the paperwork you have to sign!

Which is your favorite room in the house?

Kitchen/Family Room (we spend 80% of our time in this one room).

Family room.

What is your favorite hidden gem?

Stella Alpina.

Prime time.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Marrying my husband.

I'd have to ask my mother in law.

What was your childhood ambition?

I wanted to go to the Olympics in Gymnastics. (Short lived ambition though)

To be a professional soccer player.

What was it like growing up in the East Bay? How did you decide to stay here?

I grew up in the East Bay in what use to be a small town, Alamo. The best part of growing up in Alamo was warm summer evenings when you did not get out of the pool until bedtime.

What is your biggest challenge?

Not going for that third chocolate chip cookie. :-)

What was your first job?

Folding Pizza boxes and taking to go orders at Primo's Pizza.

Worked at a drug store stocking shelves.

Who inspires you?

My parents.

What is your favorite movie?

Star Wars (The Original)

Rear Window

What is your top bucket list item?

Travel to Europe with the kids or maybe live in Europe with the kids.

What organizations do you love?

BCE (Burlingame Community Education) - Making our schools better!

Lincoln's Dad Club

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Stand up straight, shoulders back.