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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.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Sponsorship by Fog City Family Films!

We had a great 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 June 20th in the Inner Richmond! We handed out blankets and mingled with the community who came out, despite the cold, to enjoy the movie "Fantastic Mr. Fox"!

We loved the atmosphere of the outdoor drive-in movie feel, as well as bonding with the community and supporting the local San Francisco Elementary School. 

Our co-sponsors William Tran, Alain Karet, and Manny Tran proudly hosted a free raffle, while Support Team members Karina Barrero & Sarah Smith,  helped hand out blankets and drinks.

Drumroll please...it's with great pleasure that we'd like to announce the winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card raffle: Congratulations Heidi Franczyk, who sent in this photo!



A very special thank you to the Richmond District YMCA and Clement Street Merchants Association, who made us feel extremely welcome and threw such an awesome event! We sincerely enjoy every minute of being able to give back to our community and we are so excited for possible future partnerships!

Sponsorship: SAMCAR Golf Tournament Mon Jun 22!

SAMCAR Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, June 22nd, 2015 
2-5PM (Golf) | 5-7pm (Wine Reception)

Combining golf, wine and networking, the San Mateo County Association of Realtors (SAMCAR) Foundation is holding a nine hole charity golf tournament! This is followed by a wine reception where fellow golfers and members will be in attendance. Feel free to sign up at this link https://www.samcar.org/posts/nine-wine-charity-golf-tournament-397.htm  to attend both or either one of these events! Proceeds will go to the SAMCAR Foundation which raises funds for housing-related charities in the San Mateo County. So come give back to the community and meet like-minded people at Nine & Wine! Sequoia Real Estate is proud to be a Premium “Gateway" Sponsor for this event. 

More Details:
Date: Monday, 22nd of June
Time: 2PM-5PM (Golf tournament)
5-7PM (Wine reception) 
Location: Green Hills Country Club (Millbrae)

 

 

 

Written by: Jacqueline Yao

Sequoia Presents: New Listing at 1811 27th Avenue

Sequoia Real Estate proudly introduces our newest listing on the market in San Francisco!


1811 27TH AVE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122
In the Central Sunset District

Gorgeous Sunset Home Awaits

Inviting and sophisticated with charming Deco details, this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home has been updated with refinished hardwood floors, fresh interior and exterior paint, new fixtures, and much more. The additional bonus room and bath on the ground floor adds versatility and extra space. 

Open House Schedule: 
This Sat 6/6 and 6/7 from 1-4PM
Next Sat. 6/13 & 6/14 1-4PM

Presented by:
Melanie Leung, Listing Agent
William Tran, Listing Agent

Please click here for more information on this listing.

 

5 Steps to Prep Your Home For Sale in Spring

Article via HomeAdvisor. 

Selling your home can be an extensive process, but you don’t want to spend too much time preparing. As we come into the spring and summer real estate market, take quick steps to get your home ready to sell. Here are some of the essential prep steps:

#1 Clean your home.

Your home needs to be spotless before buyers start walking through. So make a to-do list of all the rooms and what to clean. Think about cleaning windows, repainting any walls that are particularly scratched or smudged, and cleaning grout and floors. Other cleaning to-dos may include:

  • Bathroom: Clean mirrors, wash out shower/tub, wipe countertops, mop floors
  • Bedroom(s): Wash linens (curtains, bedsheets, cover), vacuum, dust
  • Living Room: Clean furniture, vacuum carpet, dust
  • Kitchen: Wipe down appliances and countertops, dust cabinets, clean out refrigerator, mop floor

You can also save time by hiring a professional cleaning service to come through your home. They can do every room in your home in less time than it would take you to do it; that way, you can spend more time on other projects.

#2 Depersonalize.

When buyers walk into your home, they want to see themselves living there. So if you have a lot of personal items scattered across the house, they’re less likely to feel at home. Remove your personal photos, art, and plants. This also will apply to big furniture, most of your small appliances and any clothing you aren’t wearing often. If you need more help depersonalizing your home and staging it for buyers, you can hire a home stager for about $600.

#3 Increase curb appeal.

Your curb appeal will be one of the essential components to selling your home this year. It’s important to trim the bushes and trees, mow the lawn and water any flowers or shrubs. Some other curb appeal tips include:

  • Power or pressure washing the siding
  • Adding more flowers and shrubs around the sidewalk or front porch
  • Washing the windows
  • Painting the front door a bold color
  • Cleaning the gutters

#4 Think about your home inspection.

If your market is a buyer’s market, or if your house needs help selling, consider getting a home inspector out to the house. Buyers will have a home inspection performed beforehand, so why not save some time? You can find any problems that might impede the sale and fix them. This could include leaky pipes, holes in the roof or electrical wires in need of repair. Addressing these issues could make the difference in whether or not you get an offer on your home.

#5 Invest in small projects.

You should never spend thousands of dollars on major renovations like a bathroom or kitchen remodel. Rather, think about the smaller updates you can make to increase appeal. Maybe your kitchen countertops need to be replaced. Maybe your bathtub tile needs to be regrouted. Some of the best investments include a new paint job, front door replacement or hardwood floor refinishing. You can always ask your realtor what’s trending in the area and what helps to sell a home.

Article courtesy of Blue Matter blog and Home Advisor. All rights and content belong to original sources.

Inside Look: Cole Valley Stunner!

When our Marketing Team had the chance to check out Sequoia Real Estate's latest hot property on the market, we sent our Marketing Associate, Karina, to go investigate for herself. Here's her insider's photo tour of the property.

** UPDATE on 5/28/15: : 427 Carl has SOLD at 1.34M! **

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

An adorable Free Library down the street. Gotta love Cole Valley!

An adorable Free Library down the street. Gotta love Cole Valley!

Our Listing Agent, Tony, took us up the stairway. 

Our Listing Agent, Tony, took us up the stairway. 

A bedroom was decorated to symmetrical perfection.

A bedroom was decorated to symmetrical perfection.

Room with a view.

Room with a view.

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

Hi USF!

Hi USF!

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UPDATE on 5/28/15: : 427 Carl has SOLD at 1.34M!  

 

 

George Peabody Silent 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 in the Inner Richmond, just a hop and a skip away to the Sequoia Real Estate Headquarters.

What better way to spend a lovely Saturday night than among the Richmond community, close friends, and loving parents supporting George Peabody! Our very own agents Laura Caballero, Thao Vo, William Tran, and Kelvin Kam were all present at the event, representing Sequoia Real Estate as a proud sponsor on Saturday, 4/25. 

We served delicious zinfandel and chocolate shots in addition to a free raffle of a $100 Amazon Gift Card by having participants take their best shot at guessing the number of corks in a glass vase. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the $100 prize is an ecstatic George Peabody parent, Kendra Miles! 

Our winner, Kendra Miles, guessed the exact number of corks! 

Our winner, Kendra Miles, guessed the exact number of corks! 

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 Elementary for having us there.  Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next sponsored event!

"From Alamo, With Love" Spring Fundraiser!

There's no better way to spend a Saturday night than among our very own community, close friends, and loving parents supporting Alamo Elementary School! Our very own agents William TranLaura Caballero, and Kelvin Kam were all present at the event, representing Sequoia Real Estate as a proud sponsor on Friday, April 24th. Congratulations to Alamo for raising over $100,000! 

We served delicious zinfandel and chocolate shots in addition to a free raffle of a $100 Amazon Gift Card by having guests guess the number of corks in our glass vase. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the $100 Amazon Giftcard is Sean, happy parent of Kaito! 

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 Alamo Elementary for another exciting event for having us there.  Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next sponsored event!

 

                         Sean,    happy parent of Kait  o, was one number off the cork count!

                         Sean,  happy parent of Kaito, was one number off the cork count!

Alice Fong Yu Spring Auction!

Wow, what a whirlwind of a weekend! Sequoia Real Estate attended a plethora of Springtime Events! Among the highlights was Alice Fong Yu Elementary School's Spring Auction!

What better way to spend the night than among the San Francisco community, friends, and loving parents supporting the Alice Fong Yu Alternate School! Our very own agents Sonny Chan, Stephanie Okabe-Mates, Sabrina Kwok, 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  of a ipad mini 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 Chris Andrichak! 

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 Alice Fong Yu for having us there.  Stay tuned for Sequoia’s next sponsored event!

Lafayette School Spring Auction!

We're radiating in the glow of glitter from our latest sponsorship at Lafayette Elementary School's Spring 80's-themed Auction on Saturday 4/18! 

The theme of the night was "I LOVE THE 80's"! 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, located in the Richmond District.

Our team members, Laura CaballeroKelvin Kam, and Sarah Smith, 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 Barbara Herrmann! 

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!


10 Spring+Summer Design Picks for #Springspiration

Spring has officially Sprung.

The April and May months are a delicate time of year, where Spring and Summer romantically dance with each other in a rhythm of a soft warm breeze. We at Sequoia Real Estate can feel the inspiration, and we just can't hold it in! We're totally enamoured by the feelings that Spring & Summer evoke -- freshly picked from our Spring/Summer Palette Board on Pinterest

Spring & Summer 2015 are all about warm, earthy, nature tones; Salt-Water Turquoise Pools, Crisp lavender, Blood oranges, Burnt + Dry desert colors with Multicolored Cacti, and Aged Fine Metals that compliment the smell of Fresh-Cut Wood and a cool Raspberry-Lemonade breeze.

Blood Oranges + Lavender + Desert Nature Tones.

When in doubt, balance wood furniture with flowers to soften their look. 


Florals, florals, florals. Did we mention florals?


Burnt Orange + Desert Plants at our Listing in Oakland.


Multicolored Cacti are a nice surprise from the typical bouquet.


Daisy Yellow Pool Chairs are a nice pop of color but still beams simplicity.


Copper Metals, Aged like fine wine, compliment the antique china floral design.


Turn your home into a green room and just let in the light!


Real men sport roses.


Whenever possible, let the fresh breezy air in with open doors.

For more inspiration, peep our Spring//Summer Palette board and follow us on Pinterest!

 

Sequoia is a Real Estate Company based in San Francisco, California. We are a savvy group of sf locals who are familiar with the ins and outs of the city. We're setting the new standard in real estate, offering contemporary services such as free staging & professional luxury interior decorating, and agents who are passionate about giving you a unique, personalized, insider's experience.

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