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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?

Melissa

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?

Melissa

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!

John

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: ___________

Melissa

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.

John

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?

Melissa

All the paperwork you have to sign!

Which is your favorite room in the house?

Melissa

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

John

Family room.

What is your favorite hidden gem?

Melissa

Stella Alpina.

John

Prime time.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Melissa

Marrying my husband.

John

I'd have to ask my mother in law.

What was your childhood ambition?

Melissa

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

John

To be a professional soccer player.

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

Melissa

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?

Melissa

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

What was your first job?

Melissa

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

John

Worked at a drug store stocking shelves.

Who inspires you?

Melissa

My parents.

What is your favorite movie?

Melissa

Star Wars (The Original)

John

Rear Window

What is your top bucket list item?

John

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

What organizations do you love?

Melissa

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

John

Lincoln's Dad Club

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Melissa

Stand up straight, shoulders back.