Going for the Win @ Lafayette Elementary's Fun Run

Great job to Lafayette Elementary School for hosting such an amazing race! For their second annual Fun Run at Golden Gate park last Sunday, over 200 runners raced to raise an astounding $15,000 for their teachers and academic programs. Thank you for letting us be your sponsor! 

Shout out to our agents Charlene Ferguson, and Stephanie Okabe Mates for being at the race and being a part of the dolphin pride. A huge thank you to everyone who came and participated in our free guessing game, and hope you also enjoyed the snacks! 

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We are excited to announce that the winner of the grand prize is Lisa Sellitto, with her guess of 607 out of 611! 

FUN FACTS:

Splash the dolphin ran
the mile with everyone!!

A Dad pushing a stroller
came in second place!!!

A spartan team finished the 5K
carrying buckets!!!

See you all next year -- Go Dolphins!

Jog in the Fog Success!

What an incredible last Sunday was! Sure, it started off like any typical foggy day in the Outer Richmond -- the kind that makes you want to curl up in bed a little bit longer. But, not for these guys. Grown ups and kids alike were up at the crack of dawn and ready to race! 

Having sponsored for the third year in a row now, we could not be more proud of our community's commitment and what they are able to achieve. Together, we raised an astonishing $16,000 -- all for our wonderful Richmond District YMCA! 

Our very own agents Sonny Chan, and Ray Yeung were present at the event, representing Sequoia Real Estate as proud sponsors. We wanted to thank everyone who came and participated in our free guessing game, and hope you also enjoyed the goodies! We are pleased to announce that the winner of the grand prize is the lucky Yenny Ung! She was only one candy count off with her guess of 599 -- she should play the lotto!

We would also like to thank The Richmond District Blog and the Richmond District YMCA for having us there.  Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next event!

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Sequoia Real Estate's 7th Anniversary Celebration!

Has it been seven years already? It feels like yesterday that we first opened up shop, with just a couple of desks and computers and enough agents to count on one hand. Fast forward to 2017, and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to have opened another office, welcomed over fifty agents, and served hundreds of clients. We could never get to this point without the support, guidance, and loyalty of our clients, friends, family, and network of the greatest professionals in the industry. 

A most sincere thank you to all of our guests who celebrated with us at the beautiful St. Francis Yacht Club -- we are honored and look forward to many more years to come! We invite you now to peruse the memories of that evening.

 

Winning the Jackpot @ George Peabody Elementary's Auction

Wow, what a whirlwind of a weekend! Sequoia Real Estate attended a plethora of Springtime Events! Among the highlights was George Peabody Elementary School's Auction Gala!

What better way to spend the night than among the San Francisco community, friends, and loving parents supporting George Peabody Elementary School! Our very own agents Stephanie Okabe-Mates, and Kelvin Kam were present at the event, representing Sequoia Real Estate as proud sponsors. 

We served delicious red wine and chocolate shots in addition to a free raffle of a $100 Amazon gift card by having participants guess the number of corks in our glass vase. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the grand prize is a happy Julia Bergman! 

We wanted to thank everyone who came and participated in our free raffle, and hope you also enjoyed the shots as much as we did!  We would also like to thank George Peabody Elementry for having us there.  Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next sponsored event!

Feel Tha Funk @ AFY Disco Auction

Disco night for Alice Fong Yu Elementary School Auction was so groovy! Sequoia Real Estate had a wonderful time dancing the night away, as well as bonding with the community and supporting the local San Francisco Elementary School.

Our team member, Sonny Chan, proudly represented Sequoia at the event with delicious chocolate-wine shots and a Free Amazon Gift Card Raffle.

Drumroll please...it's with great pleasure that we'd like to announce the winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card raffle: Congratulations Tomoko Koyama! 

A very special thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and staff who made us feel extremely welcome! We sincerely enjoy every minute of being able to give back to our community and we are so excited for next year's event!


2017 Alamo Elementary Spring Auction

How amazing was the weather this weekend! After spending a warm day on the beach, what better way to spend a Saturday night than among fellow friends and parents supporting their children's elementary school. Our very own broker, Kelvin Kam, was the proud sponsor at the Alamo Spring Auction held on Friday, 4/28.  

We wanted to thank everyone who came and participated in our free raffle, and hope you also enjoyed the chocolate-wine shots as much as we did. We would also like to thank Alamo Elementary School for having us there.  
Now, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the $100 Amazon gift card is an amazing mom: Mamiko Roten

Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next sponsored event.

Lakeshore Elementary School's Spring Auction

What better way to spend a Saturday night than among fellow friends and parents supporting their children's elementary school. Our very own broker, Kelvin Kam, was the proud sponsor at the Lakeshore Silent Auction held on Saturday, 3/11.  

We wanted to thank everyone who came and participated in our free raffle, and hope you also enjoyed the chocolate-wine shots as much as we did. We would also like to thank Lakeshore Elementary School for having us there.  

Now, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the $100 Amazon Giftcard is an ecstatic duo: Christian Romero and Teacher Jade Cooney! 

Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next sponsored event. 

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Mingling with Santa at Balboa Jingle

How are we in the jolliest season of the year already? 2016 sure has gone by fast and what a spectacular year it has been! Having opened our second office in Pinole and nearly doubling our team size, we at Sequoia Real Estate are so happy to share the joy by giving back to our community. 

We had an awesome time hosting our 5th annual holiday event, Balboa Jingle, complete with Santa, the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program, magic show, balloon art, face painting and so much more. Special shout out to our agents Melanie and Kalok for hosting a delicious waffle bar! 

Thank you to everyone who donated toys to this festive occasion. We collected over three barrels of toys and couldn't have done it without your support!

A special thank you to the George Washington High School Boys Basketball Team for coming out and volunteering at our event -- you guys are great! Go Eagles! 

Until next year, we wish you all a very bright and warm holiday season and a joyful New Year. Cheers! 

 

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2016 Alice Fong Yu Spring Auction

Wow, what a blast from the past! Sequoia Real Estate attended a plethora of Springtime Events and among the highlights was Alice Fong Yu Elementary School's Spring Auction - PROM THEMED!

Whats not to love about dancing the night away and reliving Prom among the wonderful and loving teachers, staffs, parents, and friends supporting Alice Fong Yu Alternative School! Our very own agents Sonny Chan and Kelvin Kam were all present at the event, representing Sequoia Real Estate as proud sponsors. 

We served delicious red wine and chocolate shots in addition to a free raffle by having participants guess the number of corks in our glass vase. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the grand prize is a happy Harrison Wang! 

We wanted to thank everyone who came and participated in our free raffle, and hope you also enjoyed the event as much as we did!  We would also like to thank Alice Fong Yu for having us there.  Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next sponsored event!

 

Seeing Red - The New Bathroom IT Color

Energetic, Vibrant , Bold:  The color Red is gaining traction and can transform any space into a stunning room. Even though neutral tones are used more often in interior design, we are seeing red gaining in popularity during these past few years.

While many feel that splashing red across a living room is super risky, the bathroom is surprisingly one place in the house where the red shades look absolutely natural and stylish, all while elevating it into the next tier of elegance. In order to create that statement accent in a room, designers are taking advantage of the striking color in both subtle and bold ways.

It is not a complicated task to make red as a dominant color. You can start small and choose the right light fixtures in order for the small room to look elegant and not boring. One of the other simple tricks that can be used is to add shimmering silver details or accents. The silver serves as a great balance to the red, creating a very light and elegant look. Or, you can be brave and bold and paint an accent wall your favorite shade. Either way, have fun and fall in love with this lovely hue! 

Hunting Season is Here!

Discover some of the top events for celebrating Easter this weekend in
San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Be sure to not miss San Francisco’s “wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous” 25th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration happening this Sunday! The family-friendly festivities, complete with floats, contests, and games, will starts at 10am on Union Street and Fillmore and will go on until 5pm. [More Info]

It simply would not be Easter without the much anticipated Easter Egg Hunt. So, head over to Sharon Meadows in Golden Gate Park on Sunday for the Spring Eggstravaganza, where all ages will have fun “hunting”! There will also be games, carnival rides, live entertainment, and a heated barbecue rib cook-off!  [More Info] 

If you are in the East Bay, enjoy your Saturday at Oakland’s historic Dunsmuir Hellman Estate for The Great Egg Hunt. You and your little ones will have so much fun hunting for eggs and candies and getting to meet the very famous Easter Bunny.  Can’t forget to mention the dancing bunnies and stilt-walking clowns who will be part of the entertainment, along with plenty of hotdogs, a petting zoo, face painting and much more. [More Info] 

Back by popular demand, the City of San Mateo will be hosting their 39th Anniversary of Eggstravaganza this Saturday at their Central Park from 9am-1pm. Start off with yummy pancakes before heading out to your scheduled Egg Hunt. Kids can play at the Peter Rabbit’s Playground while adults can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy live entertainment and food trucks. [More Info] 

All of this should make for one fun and unforgettable weekend.  Happy Easter everyone!

Sequoia Real Estate's 4th Annual Holiday Kickoff

Is it just us or did 2015 just zoom by? Nevertheless, we here at Sequoia Real Estate are very blessed for a successful year due to our wonderful team, supportive friends, loyal clients, and loving families. And what better way to cap off the year by having Santa come to town!

We had an incredible time last Saturday hosting our 4th annual holiday event, complete with Santa, the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program, magic show, balloon art, and so much more.

Thank you to everyone who donated toys to this festive occasion. We collected over FIVE barrels worth of toys! We couldn't have done it without your support!

A special thank you to the George Washington High School Boys Baseball Team for coming out and volunteering at our event -- you guys are great! Go Eagles! 

Until next year, we wish you all a very bright and warm holiday season and a joyful New Year. Cheers! 

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New Agent Spotlight: Ted Truong!

Ted Truong, Realtor

Ted Truong, Realtor

We are so happy to welcome Ted Truong to the Sequoia Real Estate Family! Ted loves to be outdoors, and is passionate about nature, whether it be snowboarding fresh powder in Lake Tahoe or hiking among giant Sequoia Trees in Yosemite, he feels connected to nature and will go to great lengths to attain his clients needs and goals. WELCOME TED TRUONG! 

Other fun facts about Ted: He loves Crossfit, and his dream date would be somewhere up in the sky... Just where, you may ask? You'll have to ask him to find out! Check out his bio at http://www.sequoia-realestate.com/ted for more fun facts about Ted, or to get in touch!

 

We welcomed several new agents to Sequoia Real Estate over the past few months, and we're so excited to introduce them to you! We'll be rolling out our introductions to the new Agents over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more!

26th Annual Union Square Tree Lighting!

There was nothing black about this Friday! Sponsored by Macy's and considered a trademark tradition of San Francisco, Union Square held its 26th Annual Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony this past Friday, November 27th!  In the spirit of San Francisco's support of the environment, the as a beautiful & reusable 83 ft tree was decorated with more than 33,000 green-friendly LED lights and 1,100 ornaments!

To celebrate the season of giving, the Paper and Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, in conjunction with Macy’s, is offering #sharepackage, a pre-paid, pre-addressed postal box guests can fill for children in local children’s hospitals over the holidays. Paper and packaging play a major role during the holidays, often bringing loved ones together. Share a picture of your #sharepackage giving on social media to help spread cheer to children and families away from home at the holidays. Available at Macy’s Great Tree Lighting.

To celebrate the season of giving, the Paper and Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, in conjunction with Macy’s, is offering #sharepackage, a pre-paid, pre-addressed postal box guests can fill for children in local children’s hospitals over the holidays. Paper and packaging play a major role during the holidays, often bringing loved ones together. Share a picture of your #sharepackage giving on social media to help spread cheer to children and families away from home at the holidays. Available at Macy’s Great Tree Lighting.

American Idol winner and singer Jordin Sparks was the guest of honor as she performed Christmas Songs for residents and visitors of SF alike. Local schools also performed, such as Vocal Rush (Oakland School of the Arts), Transcendence Theatre Company, & the Contra Costa Children's Chorus.

 

According to the Union Square website,

"Macy's is proud to continue the tradition of giving the Great Tree in Union Square, heralding the start of the holiday season”, said District Vice President Jane Mitchell. “Here at Macy’s, a big part of our holiday spirit is giving, not just to our loved ones, but also giving back to our communities. The tree is our annual gift to the city of San Francisco, bringing the nostalgia and magic of the holidays to residents and visitors alike."

This year marks the eighth anniversary of the Macy's Believecampaign in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, inviting children of all ages to mail letters to Santa using Macy's Santa Mail letter-boxes.  The Macy’s Believe mailbox is located on the 7th floor in the Macy’s Union Square store.  All the mail that is put in that mailbox is sent directly to Santa at the North Pole. And, for every letter, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation up to $1 million.

SF-Marin Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Sequoia is extremely proud to support the SF-Marin Thanksgiving Food Drive by being a proud drop off location for all of your non-perishable goods! Help a family in need and make their Holiday a real treat by donating items like Tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, soup, chili, beans, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, granola bars, or anything you can spare! It does not take much to make someone's day! Let's all get in the spirit of the holidays and GIVE BACK to your community! Stop by the Sequoia Headquarters at 3595 Balboa St. (Corner of 37th Ave. & Balboa St). If you have any other questions about what to bring, please head to http://www.sfmfoodbank.org/.

Our poster; and our Marketing Associate, Karina posing with the Donation Bin!

Presidio YMCA Golf Tournament!

Sequoia had a lovely time participating as a Gold Sponsor at the Presidio YMCA Golf Tournament on Friday 10/24! We enjoyed great weather for early afternoon of golfing at Presidio Golf Course. Our Marketing Reps Sarah Smith and Jacqueline Yeo were posted up at the 18th hole, the longest drive. We had some fun handing out Sequoia Shooters to the Golfers on the warm and sunny day. Our very own Kelvin Kam, Tony Ngo, Sonny Chan invited close friends and investors to participate in the 18-hole tournament. 

Afterwards, there was a swanky dinner/cocktail reception on the patio and indoor bar/restaurant. PresidioY did a great job hosting this event, and we heard from people who were moved by the PresidioY's community efforts. We enjoyed hearing stories about how influential they were to low income youth, and a success story of a young girl who attributed her success and thanked the program for helping her pay her way through college. 

We love hearing these stories and supporting these amazing programs and nonprofits like the Presidio YMCA! We believe in giving back to the community and always have a blast! 


JDRF One Walk Walkathon!

JDRF One Walk has a single goal: creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We hope you'll join us this year and help JDRF continue to fund life-changing research for the millions of children, adults and families affected by T1D.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. That's why JDRF holds more than 200 Walks across the country every year to raise money for JDRF—the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end T1D. - JDRF.org

At Sequoia Real Estate, we love supporting causes that we believe in. This past weekends' JDRF Sponsorship was no exception. Our Realtors Sabrina Kwok, Sarah Smith, and Marketing Rep Holly Allen had a great time at the 2015 JDRF Walkathon on Sunday 10/26! Participants walked 3 miles to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, It was a great turnout, and over 400 people participated. We had a private area where we hosted a raffle and had a great time meeting the local community!

Congratulations to Ian Powell who was the lucky winner of our raffle!


Welcome Robert Tao!

Photo courtesy of Christy Q. Photography.

Photo courtesy of Christy Q. Photography.

We are so happy to welcome Robert Tao to the Sequoia Real Estate Family! He is a die-hard Giants fan, which is perfect for him because not only do the Giants rock his favorite holiday (Halloween) colors, Orange and Black, but it's also his wedding anniversary month! Congratulations Robert!

Robert is also a huge ice cream fan. Yum! Just where are the best spots for a cone in the city? You'll have to ask him to find out! Check out his bio at http://www.sequoia-realestate.com/robert for more fun facts about Robert, or to get in touch!

We welcomed several new agents to Sequoia Real Estate over the past few months, and we're so excited to introduce them to you! We'll be rolling out our introductions to the new Agents over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Spooky Showing @ Rossi Park: Coraline!

Sequoia Real Estate had a wonderful time handing out hot chocolate, coffee, and herbal tea (courtesy of local coffee shop Cumaica Coffee) for the Fog City Family Films Outdoor Family Movie Night at Rossi Playground on Saturday October 10th in the Inner Richmond! We handed out yummy warm drinks, and mingled with the community who came out, despite the cold, to enjoy the spooky and fun night, featuring a movie showing of the film "Coraline!"

We loved the atmosphere of the outdoor drive-in movie feel, as well as bonding with the community and supporting the local San Francisco Richmond District YMCA. Our agents Kalok Law and Melanie Leung had a wonderful idea and gave everyone a chance to enter into a raffle for a ONE-YEAR Family Pack Membership to the Exploratorium! 

And the WINNER of the raffle is...

 

Thank you again for your support and participation in this year’s festivity. We wish you and your family a fun and safe Holiday Season!