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!

Roosevelt 2015 Wine Social!

That's a wrap! We held yet another fun event proudly sponsored by Sequoia Real Estate. It was so incredible meeting so many kind parents at the wine social for Roosevelt Middle School! Our Realtor Melanie Leung, Sarah Smith, and Marketing Associate Holly Allen saw many familiar faces at the event and enjoyed the enthusiasm!

These parents are definitely proud of their children and Roosevelt School! We had a great time handing out chocolate wine shots with delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as raffling off a FREE Amazon Gift Card!  This was a wonderful turnout! We are very excited to announce the winner of of our raffle... who guessed the correct number of corks in the vase!

Until next time, have a wonderful weekend and please be in touch with us for your next Sponsorship event in San Francisco! We are always looking to be involved with the local community. 

West Sunset Community Festival!

We had so much fun this past Saturday, September 29th, 2015 at the West Sunset Community Festival located at West Sunset Playground on Ortega and 39th in the Sunset District of San Francisco!

There were several local artisans and businesses alike, featuring a kids carnival game area, and food trucks, as well as a display of lovely art pieces, artwork, succulent pots, flowers, handmade gifts and clothing from local community shops and vendors, such as Rockee Whimsy Art, Crystaleyezed Fine Arts, and San Fransycho Clothing! The City and County of San Francisco's Animal Care & Control was there too, and had adorable kittens, bunnies, and guinea pigs up for adoption!

Our agent, Stephanie Okabe Mates, had her own table set up, and we gave out prizes like green backpacks, stress balls, candy, and green/glitter spray hair paint to our winners of the Dart Game, adults and kids alike! Our Marketing Team had a great time helping out and getting to know the local community!

We also had many members of the community play the Dart Board game for prizes worth their weight in gold, such as Free Pest Inspections, Free Home Cleaning, Free Closing Escrow Costs, ranging in value from $250-$2,500! Congratulations to everyone who played and received a voucher! Please don't hesitate to reach out to Stephanie if you have any questions, at stephanie@sequoia-re.com or 415.570.9176.

Richmond District Jog in the Fog!

The fog definitely did not miss the memo this past Sunday, 9/13,  at the Richmond District Jog In The Fog, hosted by the Richmond Blog. All of the proceeds went to our local Richmond District YMCA! It was a sporty and fitness-centered event for all ages!

Our Agent Stephanie Okabe-Mates and Marketing Associate Holly Allen had a blast mingling with the local community, handing out CLIF bars and drawstring backpacks! Meanwhile, our Agent Alain and his family participated in the 5K, finishing in an incredible 48 minutes!

For our raffle, we went with the athletic theme, and asked a fun question, "What is the longest distance ever run non-stop?"

After many very good guesses, the answer was actually 350 miles run by Dean Karnazes in 80 hours 44 minutes in 2005. Congratulations to Jason Levy, who guessed the closest number without going over! 

Our winner, Jason, is an avid runner and said that he guessed the number based on his knowledge of longest runs that he has run in the past! Congratulations Jason!

Our winner, Jason, is an avid runner and said that he guessed the number based on his knowledge of longest runs that he has run in the past! Congratulations Jason!

We are always looking for fun opportunities to get involved in our local community. Sequoia Real Estate and many of its agents were born and raised in S.F. and the greater Bay Area. We are passionate about giving back to the San Francisco Community. Please contact our Marketing Department if you'd like to chat with us about partnering with you for a good cause.

Family, Fitness, Fun in Burlingame!

We had a blast this past Saturday June 18th, 2015 at the "Family, Fitness, Fun" Event in Washington Park in Burlingame, presented by The San Mateo Daily Journal & Gold Medal Martial Arts. It was a fun and sun filled afternoon of playing (magnetic) darts, giving out prizes, and fitness performances!

Our Marketing Team, Karina & Holly, had a great time helping our own realtor Ann Chang, set up her own personal booth at the event, complete with an interactive dart games, as well as giving out pens, tote bags, and handy little toolkits for the home! It was exciting to get to know the local Burlingame community, as well as interact with local vendors whose mission is to get people up and out and healthy! There were lots of interactive games, performances, and we even had a bubble machine!

Congrats to 3 of our GRAND PRIZE Bullseye winners! Check out our photos below! Ann announced the $100 Amazon Gift Card Raffle winner, Deanna Reynolds, on her Facebook Page! Congratulations Deanna!

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!

Sequoia Real Estate's Fifth Anniversary Celebration!

On behalf of Sequoia Real Estate, we want to extend our sincerest THANK YOU to everyone who attended our Fifth Anniversary Party on June 11th at the iconic View Lounge in San Francisco. It was an unforgettable night to share with our friends and family. 

As a nice little treat, the Warriors won game 4 that night, which led them to a successful series and DOMINATING the NBA Championship! We think it was good luck!

Without further ado...the moment you've been waiting for...click the banner below to view the lovely photos by the talented Christy Q. Photography!

Family Movie Night @ Rossi Park!

Sequoia Real Estate had a blast at the Family Movie Night Showing of Fantastic Mr. Fox at Rossi Park this past Saturday! Held by the Richmond District YMCA, Clement St. Merchants Association, and Fog City Family Films, it was wonderful to hang out with the local community! We enjoyed meeting all of you and we hope you enjoyed the treats, the movie, and if you received a blanket, we hope you kept warm! 

I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that we have a winner of our $100 Amazon Giftcard raffle. Drumroll please... the winner of our $100 Gift Card to Amazon.com is Heidi Franczyk! 

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

Warm Regards,

Alain Karet
Realtor Associate | CALBRE #01425873
alain@sequoia-re.com | 415.723.0585





William Tran
Realtor Associate | CALBRE #01425873
william@sequoia-re.com | 650.759.5157

Sequoia Proud to Partner Family Movie Night this Sat @ Rossi Park!

Sequoia Real Estate is proud to be a sponsor of Outdoor Movie Nights in the Richmond! 

Sequoia will be at Rossi Playground this Saturday, June 20th to give out freshly brewed Nicaraguan coffee, hot chocolate, and decaf herbal tea, generously provided by local Richmond Shop, Cumaica Coffee Roasters! Come early to enjoy these goodies (and some secret giveaways) and  secure a good spot under the big screen. Entry is free for all so bring your loved ones and make this a family night to remember! We’ll see you there for this outdoor movie under stars! Presented by Fog City Family Films, Richmond YMCA, Clement St. Merchants Association, and SF Rec&Park.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fog-city-family-films-outdoor-movie-nights-in-the-richmond-tickets-15954665835

Date: Saturday, 20th of June
Time: Sunset (7:30-8:30PM - Get there Early for a good seat!)
lace: Rossi Playground (600 Arguello Boulevard, 94118)
Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox 

Written by Jacqueline Yeo

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
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!



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



Sequoia Agent Spotlight: Eileen

Eileen Chau,
Realtor Associate


"Having grown up in a family business and moved many times in my childhood, I was intrigued by the architecture, interior design and negotiation style of different cities. Being a real estate agent is the natural career to merge the three." 
-Eileen Chau

This week's Agent Spotlight is on our superstar Realtor Associate, Eileen Chau! Due to her background in Marketing and Events, Eileen has a gorgeous taste for detail and adds her signature classic touch on every real estate business transaction she encounters. She balances her elegant taste with a graceful personality to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for her clients. Red is her favorite color, so it's no surprise that her fiery tenacity complements her upmost sophistication and professionalism.

Check out her latest listing as she teams up with Sequoia's own Kalok Law this weekend at 16867 Genevieve Pl. in San Lorenzo

Gorgeous San Lorenzo Home

Tucked away on a peaceful cul-de-sac, this beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home offers privacy and comfort. It was built in 2005 and has been freshly painted with charming accent walls and boasts recessed lighting, plush carpeting, an alarm system, air conditioning, and much, much more!

Click Here for more photos of this property.

Open House Schedule:
Saturday, May 16th, 2-4pm
Sunday, May 17th , 2-4pm

See you there!

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!

Jose Ortega Mission Mixer Fundraiser!

We had a great time meeting the amazing teachers and parents of Jose Ortega Elementary School! Sequoia Real Estate admired the hip, shabby-chic decor at the school's Spring Social Mixer & Auction on Sunday, 4/26, at the Residence Bar!  

We loved the atmosphere of the hipster speakeasy style bar in the Duboce/Mission Area, which is owned by one of the parents of the school! Sequoia Real Estate had a wonderful time serving our classic zin-and-chocolate combo, as well as bonding with the community and supporting the local San Francisco Elementary School. 

Our team members, Laura CaballeroKelvin KamKarina Barrero, & Sarah Smith, also proudly hosted a free raffle!

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

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!

Karina, Kelvin, & Sarah at the Residence in the Mission!   Source:   www.instagram.com/sequoia.re

Karina, Kelvin, & Sarah at the Residence in the Mission!
Source: www.instagram.com/sequoia.re

Our happy winner, Lena Zentall!

Our happy winner, Lena Zentall!