A: This question is impactful given the recent firestorms and the devastation it left behind. Let me talk about how I’m most appreciative for being in the real estate industry.
The brokerage that I work with, Paragon Real Estate (now Compass), started a community fund at its inception to support local non-profit organizations. Agents within the company contribute a portion of their commissions, which is then donated to diverse non-profits. I’m incredibly grateful that through this fund, we were able to donate $10,000 toward helping victims of fires in northern California.
Additionally, a colleague and I personally donated 18 pies to Fraternite Norte dame. These are the infamous French nuns that feed almost 300 people in the Tenderloin.
We have worked on Habitat for Humanity building projects. California Association of Realtors collected donations, and provided grants to agents who lost their homes recently. Time and time again my colleagues have raised funds to help other agents in time of need. We are not salaried, so it’s dire if we’re not working.
Through the Paragon Community Fund, we have donated close to $1 million dollars since the program started in 2002.
I’m grateful that I not only get to run my own business, but I’m most gratified that the generosity and kindness of my industry always shows up for the community.
Par Hanji, Compass, 415-307-5110, email@example.com.
A: Homeownership is the way Americans build wealth and I get to help people do that.
I love the variety of homes: Victorians, Eichlers, and Art Deco that we have here. Our clients buy property that grow in value quickly, and I’m grateful to help them with that. Competition is stiff, but it’s created a market that’s hard working and professional.
The hills and views that come with them are wonderful! Our cities and neighborhoods are distinct and no two neighborhoods are the same. The Bay Area market is at once competitive, but also collaborative because we all want to help our clients get what they want.
I love visiting houses that are traditional on the outside, and discovering that they’ve been completely renovated inside! I’m part of a real estate ecosystem that gives tilers, painters. contractors, designers, etc. work.
Lastly, I love being the ambassador for San Francisco to the many people who move here from other places. I couldn’t have a better profession.
Maitri Ratanasene, Haven Group/Compass, 415-215-5505, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: I am most thankful for the powerful sense of community that we share here in the Bay Area.
In times of need, it is remarkable to see my colleagues, clients and businesses come together and unite for a greater purpose. We rely heavily on our neighbors to foster a safe and welcoming atmosphere in which to live. It is this strong sense of community and investment in each other that makes living here better than almost anywhere else in the world.
I am also honored and grateful to work with extraordinary clients from many different backgrounds who are drawn to our unique and vibrant local culture. The Bay Area offers an incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectures to choose from, which makes buying and selling real estate here an exciting and intimate experience.
Allison Fortini-Crawford, 415-297-9596, email@example.com.