Congratulations Jill and Hiro!

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What a huge honor it is to help family with their Real Estate needs. When Jill, Lauren’s cousin, and Hiro, Jill’s fiance, first approached us to help with their home search we were a bit taken back knowing that Hiro is a practicing commercial agent. However, the world of commercial Real Estate in many ways is quite different from residential Real Estate. It was quite interesting to see the differences in the standard protocols, timelines, and negotiations. When it came to terminology and some of the contractual portions of the process Hiro, of course, was well versed which made for easy communication.   Jill, being a previous home owner was also no rookie to this process. She stayed hands on and insightful throughout the entire process, asking great questions and paying close attention to detail. Together they were the ideal client!

We are so grateful to have been a part of this journey with both Jill and Hiro. It was very impressive to see their work ethics, sometimes things you don’t get to see in family environments. We always knew they are hard working and very intelligent people, but this experience has magnified how talented they both are and we now have a better understanding of why they both excel in their careers. To no surprise, the biggest inspiration that we will take away from this experience is from witnessing how well they work together as a team. It is so heartwarming to see how much joy they get from knowing the other is happy. They were always respecting the other’s opinion and checking in to make sure they were making decisions together that benefited the other’s happiness over themselves. What a selfless relationship and a true testament to their love for each other. With a wedding on the way, we know that this couple will go on to build an amazing life together in their new beautiful home.

To Jill and Hiro, thank you very much for this opportunity to represent you. Congratulations on a well deserved achievement and best wishes for many more success together. We love you!

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Congratulations Jeremy and Val!

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It is always such an honor to congratulate our clients upon the purchase of their new home and an even bigger honor to get to know them through the whole process of working together. With each client we get the privilege of working with we also learn so much through the way they work to accomplish their Real Estate goals. Jeremy and Valerie were of course nothing short of impressive and inspiring.

From the moment we met them we could tell they were not only very smart but also good people and a loving family. At our next meeting we discussed what they were looking for, taught them our search methods, and set them off with some homework in hand. They went above and beyond with creating spreadsheets and really following through on our advise on how to begin their home buying journey. This allowed them to hone in on where they wanted to be in the South Bay, which was initially their biggest challenge, and made the next step that much easier.

It only took our first home tour to see first hand how well they worked together. Between caring for their two young kids, to taking videos to remember the different homes, it was really inspiring to see how they communicated, respected one another, and work so well together. We especially love how they talk to their children and interacted with them during all their home tours. Once we entered escrow it was even more evident how amazing of a team they are. Their family was always a number one priority, but they made the time to get business done and stay on top of everything as well as be fully involved and engaged in the process.

We are so grateful to have met Jeremy and Val and to have represented them in this important time. We don’t take lightly how lucky we are to meet such amazing people and we will carry on all the things that they have taught us in their work ethics and lifestyle. Thank you to Jeremy and Val for allowing us to get to know you and your family and trusting us to be your Real Estate agents!

Thank You Cathy!

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Late December 2015 we got what we thought was quite possibly the best thing ever… an unsolicited email from someone named Cathy who wanted to be our intern!! (What?!?!) We probably read it over 18 times as we were so excited. It was hard not to notice the professionalism, enthusiasm, and gusto exuded from this person we had never met in one short email. We just had to meet her, and that we did! Cathy was just as imagined, but with a bigger than imaginable simile and zest for life.

Over the past 5 months Cathy has been exposed to all aspects of the Real Estate industry, from our marketing campaigns, lead generation, negotiations, brokers open houses to even writing some of the blog posts all of you read. The most rewarding thing for us is that she has really come to love the industry we love and will soon be licensed to sell Real Estate! We would have loved to make Cathy a permanent member of our growing team, but she accepted a job offer to start her Real Estate career in her dream city of Santa Barbra.

Looking at an internship in the traditional sense, one would think the intern would do all of the learning. In our case, we have learned life lessons from Cathy. Her zeal for life and adventure as an avid surfer, traveler, and sometimes camper has taught us that no matter what there is always room for adventure while achieving your dreams, you just have to be open to it and go for it. Cathy is a great example of going after your dreams, she wrote us an unsolicited email for an internship… that’s what going after your dreams looks like!

 

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As we bid goodbye to Cathy we are filled with so many mixed emotions. From extreme excitement and hearts full of happiness for her new life and what she is set to to do in this world, to sadness to saying goodbye to one of the most inspiring people we have had the privilege of meeting.  We knew from the moment we met Cathy that she is a smart, ambitious, and very personable woman, however we didn’t now how much she would teach us in the short amount of time we got to know her.  Her always eagerness to learn and ability to exceed any task that was given to her will undoubtedly carry her far not only in her Real Estate career but in any journey she sets out to accomplish.

Thank you Cathy for all that you’ve done for the Weber Accetta Real Estate Group. You will be greatly missed and incredibly hard, if not impossible, to replace. We wish you the best for your new chapter in your life in Santa Barbara! We love you and know you are going to do great things and we can not wait to see what’s in store for you!

*** If any of you are looking for a bad ass soon-to-be agent in the Santa Barbara area, Cathy is your girl!

Congratulations to Tim!

By: Michelle Accetta and Lauren Weber

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Congratulations to Tim on the purchase of his new home!! Tim’s story started off like many of today’s buyers with an air of frustration and cynicism. After submitting multiple offers and getting beat out by other buyers, Tim put home buying on hold and found a place to rent which is where our paths crossed! Fast forward to a couple years later, we re-introduced the idea of being a home owner to Tim which he expressed was still a goal of his. At our buyers consultation we sat down and listened to his past experience and assured him that it didn’t have to be that way again. We educated him on how we approach the home buying process and he left our meeting in high spirits.

Showing houses to him and even a call with him to confirm an appointment was always a pleasure. Tim has to be one of the most positive people we know. He is always upbeat, has a smile on his face, and makes the best of any situation! By fate, and some hard work, the stars aligned and we identified the perfect home for Tim. Big yard to throw around some football, redone so he can immediately move in, and in a nice quite neighborhood with a friendly commute to work! With some negotiations we got our offer accepted and secured a reduced sales price during our contingency period. In Tim’s words “We under promised and over delivered”.

What there is to take away from Tim’s story is his attitude and trust. Every home we have sold we are confident that each of our clients has ended up exactly where they’re supposed to be. Though Tim was skeptical, he trusted us and was so positive and fun! It really goes to show that no matter what you are doing, how good or how bad, it always comes down to your attitude! Working with Tim was a fantastic reminder of that. So get out there, take the bull by the horns, put a smile on your face and be like Tim!!

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Congratulations to Sammi and Alex!

By: Lauren Weber

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We had the honor of helping Sammi and Alex sell their home last year and since then they had been patiently searching for their replacement home. Upon exploring different areas of Torrance and touring a number of great candidates, they found a beautiful place that perfectly fits their family. Their home search was thorough and we evaluated different avenues such as major fixers, investment opportunities, new construction, but they ultimately ended up with a newer built, move in ready home.

Going into the process we knew Sammi and Alex were smart, business-minded people with strong core family values. However, we soon realized that helping them sell their home was only giving us a glimpse into those admirable traits. It was through this second phase of their real estate journey that we gained a deeper understanding of how strategic they are when it comes to planning, as well as looking at all the numbers from an investment perspective. They had a clear understanding of the importance of calculating their home value with the potential upgrades they had planned, while keeping in mind their future plans for resale. They took everything into consideration – even including the opinions of their personal Feng Shui master!

Working together and helping them look at the different angles of real estate purchasing was a lot of fun. It is obvious that their business skills are due to their successes in running their own family business. We are left inspired by their hard work and dedication to not only their work, but also to their family. Their home search was never about just the two of them; they always took great consideration into their children’s future, as well as the rest of their extended family of siblings and parents. Hosting family parties is a high priority and they had a clear vision for the importance of being able to provide a home for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you Sammi and Alex for the opportunity to work together again and for showing us how hard work can transcend into a bigger contribution to the ones you love.

Congratulations to KC!

By: Lauren Weber and Michelle Accetta

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What a pleasure and honor to have met KC and to have represented her in selling her home. From the moment we met KC we could tell she was a successful business woman. Working with her we witnessed first hand how she became this way. She always had a positive attitude, and business minded mentality. It was easy to see how this mindset brought her such success.

Upon closing, we took KC out to dinner to spend some time celebrating the closing escrow. Little did we know WE were the ones actually in for a treat. KC openly shared about her travels and her appreciation for immersing herself in different cultures with us. We got to learn the story of how she acquired her success and her advise for us as younger entrepreneurs. We left inspired!

What moved us most about KC is the freedom she has to create her life. She worked hard straight out of college to grow her business and wealth. She shared with us how owning income property has played a large role in her success and the story of how she starting acquiring property. Her persistence and grit paid off, and she now spends periods of time each year traveling the world and enjoying different cultures (something both of us are passionate about doing). KC is a real example of what hard work and making smart moves can get you and truly is an inspiration to us. We take her words of worldly wisdom wholeheartedly. 

Working with KC she also reminded us of the importance of appreciation. Throughout the process, she always showed her gratitude and thanked us for our hard work. This made us grateful to her and to have the opportunity to work with her as our client, to go above and beyond and make sure she was taken care of. The small words “thank you” can go a far way and we will always take that with us with every person we encounter. She shared that is was her travels that made her so appreciative for everything that we have here in America, day in and day out. We are so grateful and thankful to have met KC and are forever thankful for her kindness and wisdom.

Congratulations to the Kaskanians!

By Michelle Accetta

We are so excited to congratulate the Kaskanian family on the purchase of their new Palm Springs home! For those of you who know me, (It’s Michelle… hi!), you know that I have grown up to become an “honorary” member of the Kaskanian family. I guess that’s what happens when you have been best fiends with someone (Kristen Kaskanyan) for over 15 years. Not to mention her family is full of the most generous and loving people I know, they have welcomed me as one of their own. Her “Ammo” (Uncle in Armenian) is my “Ammo” and her “Nene” (Grandma in Armenian) is my Nene. So when Kristen called and said Ammo, and her cousin Joseph wanted to buy a house we were excited to make things happen!

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“Growing up Kaskanian” there is one common theme and that is family. Family to them extends beyond blood to friends, employees, customers and so on a so forth (if you have ever been to Sam’s Auto Land you know what I am talking about… they run it). I was excited to work with them on a professional level. What I noticed was the family putting their values into action in yet another arena of life! Not a surprise at all to me, that who I know them to be. 

The Kaskanians’ have this special way of making everyone feel like family. I’m not sure if it’s directly linked to them always wanting to feed you, or just this innate ability instilled in them for years and years. I think it’s a little bit of both! This family has always been an example to me of how to treat people right (like family) and to be generous towards others. Saw that in a business capacity the Kaskanian’s hold true to how I know them, as people who treat everyone as family!

At the end of the transaction it really was a family affair! All of the parties involved really pulled together to get the deal done. In the end everyone wanted a piece of the family action… the listing agent asked us to dinner, the escrow officer invited Ammo to a Greek festival and tentative plans are on the books between us our lender!

Working with the Kaskanians in a professional capacity was a reminder of how much more fun our job is when everyone is “family”. The transaction was full of love, fun and contribution. We are excited to continue this into our transactions to come. Thanks Kaskanians!

 

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Joseph, Michelle and Kristen

Congratulations To The “Soon To Be” Trost Family!

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Congratulations to Junette and Jerome who purchased their first home together all while working full time jobs, attending school, and planning a wedding! Talk about power couple go-getters! It was an honor and a blast working with such close friends, as Junette and Michelle have known each other since the 2nd grade!  Michelle would come back from their home tours excited to share about how much fun she was having working with her best friends. (Now, that’s when you know that you love what you do!)

Michelle taught Junette and Jerome our method on how to search for homes the right way verses the wrong way. It was impressive to watch them apply these skills and determinedly find their home in just a little over a month! They took the time to drive the different neighborhoods they were considering to narrow down their options and powerfully choose the home that was right for them. Their determination and dedication was what enabled them to find their home in a short period of time.

It wasn’t until we had our home inspection that I had the privilege of working face to face with Junette and Jerome. I could see right away why Michelle was having so much fun with these two. Their dynamic relationship with each other and fun loving spirits makes for a good time with anyone involved. My favorite is Jerome’s jokes and Junettes reactions 🙂 I could also see why they were able to find their house quickly. When it came down to business, their teamwork really shined through in their decision making and support for one another. Go team Trost!

We are so happy for the “soon to be” Trost’s and for what is in store for them this year. What an amazing way to start their life journey together and we know that many more good things are coming their way! Cheers to a year filled with amazing memories and festivities! We love you two love birds!

 

 

Happy Holidays from Your Top Producing Team!

 

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We love the holidays as it’s a time to connect with loved ones, reflect on the year, and eat lots of yummy food 🙂 As this year comes to a close we are humbled, excited, but above all grateful to share that we both received top producer awards at our respective brokerages! 2015 has been an incredible year and we know that our success would not be possible without our clients, team, brokers, colleagues, friends, and family. We are so lucky to be able to do what we love and love what we do. It’s the people in our lives that inspire us to continually work on being the best versions of ourselves so that we of highest service to our clients and community.  We’ve learned so much this year from our brokers, community, and from each other that we are excited for even more greatness in 2016! Cheers to another great year, we are looking forward to ringing it in with a renewed sense of joy, love and prosperity!

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Women’s Council of Realtors Installation

On Monday, the Women’s Council of Realtors held their annual installation of the new 2016 board members. Michelle and I were both installed, Michelle as Programs Director and myself as President. It is such an honor to be involved in this organization with a group of inspiring leaders that volunteer their time to bring education, networking, and leadership opportunities to our local Real Estate community.

For the past three years I have witnessed the hard work and dedication it takes to run and grow this organization. It has been an amazing experience developing so many meaningful relationships and learning from the best leaders in our industry.  I’m excited for the both of us to be a part of the 2016 board among three other super star leaders as we will be learning, growing, and enhance our leadership skills together. Stay tuned for all the fun events we will be coordinating and information that help us keep our clients in the know.

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Above from L to R: Christi Carillo- President Elect, Vicki Goorchencko- Secretary/Treasurer, Michelle Accetta- Programs Director, Lauren Weber- President.

Below: Marci O’Brien- VP of Membership

 

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