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My San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Orientation

When I was in the advertising business I attended Chamber of Commerce Sundowner’s.  They were monthly cocktail mixers for networking with other business owners.  Today I went to an orientation meeting for the Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, along with 30 or so other business owners and execs who were introduced to how the Chamber can help promote our business and how they work to improve San Francisco’s business community and support job development. 

The meeting was held in spacious conference room of the Chamber on the 12th floor in the Lusk Building at 235 Montgomery Street in the financial district.  Attendees included Zipcar, two professional business consultant Coach’s, a construction manager looking for job connections, the LGBT friendly paper-The Bay Area Reporter,  The San Francisco Business Times, Orange-Events Photographers, a social media marketing expert from Fanpage Direct, a financial planner and A52 signs among about 25 more local business owners and entrepeneurs.

Some attendees had been in business for just a few months, others new to San Francisco and all looking for support from the local business community. one group, www.PrepareUsToday.com is a disaster Preparedness company providing readymade packages for sale along with a lifetime refill program to individuals and business.  I’m a huge proponent of hyperlocal marketing.  Getting to know who provides our services and goods on a personal level.  These are the people that drive our economy and community development. 

We were able to meet and greet after and network.  Continue reading

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World-Class Luxury Home Shopping in San Francisco

Surrounding Union Square are some of the Cities best offerings for those looking for that exclusive luxury home vase, work of art, custom upholstered furniture or unique, one of a kind accessory to add to your homes elegance?  San Francisco hosts a myriad of luxury home stores for you to fulfill your decorating itch. 

Try Gumps, a harbinger of elegance and sophistication,  at 135 Post St. in San Francisco.  ‘Ohh and ahh’ through their beautifully dressed retail store.  Contact their concierge to host your private event, cocktail reception or dinner, bridal event or arrange a private seminar with one of their designers or artists. 

Nearby find Neiman Marcus at 150 Stockton Street, now showing Spring Home Trends like their “Global Perspective, New Preppy, Nouveau Cottage, Coastal Charm and the traditional Country Estates”.  Designer’s like Lily Pulitzer, Calvin Klein Home, Mac-Kenzie Childs, and Jonathan Adler contribute to the homes collections.  For Baccarat and Lalique, this is your destination. 

This Friday you can catch Barton Perrerias’ Sunglass Trunk show at another luxe shopping “go to”, at Barney’s New York’s San Francisco store at 77 O’Farrell Street at 11am. Barney’s sets itself appart with  its’ selection of sophisticated urban decor, tech and travel, desk, gourmet and even the dog department.

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Estates Group’s preferred Stager

Robin Chudy of Robinsnest Design is a stager whom we rely upon to add the furniture, design and staging that make our listings so appealing.

Robin has a wonderful eye, and always consults at the beginning of our listing process to make sure she has the right vision for the space.  She adds custom art (many of the pieces painted by Robin herself).  Robin goes the extra mile – making sure her stages remain pristine throughout the showing process.  I know that when Robin is called in to stage an Estates Group Listing not only will the job  be done with no fuss or issues, but it will exceed our expectations.  To see a sample of her work, visit our current listing at 450 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110.


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Retail Therapy for Luxury Shoppers at Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco

Yesterday was a Saturday and it included some retail therapy at the closest mall on the West side of our City. Although San Francisco Real Estate requires a real devotion of time and energy,  I got lucky and took a moment to “get a little early holiday shopping in”.

Convenient to West Portal, St. Francis Woods, Lake Merced, The Sunset, Forest Knolls and Twin Peaks.  Stonestown Galleria Shopping Mall is located on 19th Avenue near UCSF and the entrance to the 280 FWY. Besides the traditional shops like Macy’

s, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, L’Occitane, Godiva Chocolate, See’s Candies and more, there are several restaurants outside of the food court, Chevy’s and Olive Garden (both great for kids). The food court has wonderful choices, its’ true, like Sushi, a juice bar and so forth.  Trader Joes is located in front of Nordstrom with street access and plenty of parking too. Continue reading

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GREEN Seminar Coming UP in San Francisco

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Stay at Green Hotels when you can – Great Link here.

Taken from the California Association of Realtors Green Tip of the Week: Sustainable Sleeps
If you’re traveling, consider staying at green hotels.  Hunt for green lodging at http://www.istaygreen.org

greenhotelsErika Burke, Realtor, CRS, e-Pro, GREEN has earned the National Association of Realtors GREEN designation.  For more information visit C.A.R.’s Green Web site (http://green.car.org).

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Retrofitting – Low Level Upgrades

Retrofitting is an easy way to institute lower-level upgrades to improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality, conserve resources and meet other green goals.
Some options include:

  • Programmable thermostats

  • cflsCFLs

  • Lighting controls such as timers, dimmers and occupancy sensors

  • Hot water Heater Jackets

  • energystarENERGY STAR Appliances

  • Duct Sealing

  • Rain barrels

  • Retrofit kits for wood-burning fireplaces

  • Water filters on faucets

  • lowflowfaucetLow-flow faucets

  • Weather-stripping and caulking

In the real estate world of San Francisco a required inspection is the “Energy Inspection” which includes wrapping of the water heater, weatherstripping, insulating accessible areas like your attic, duct wrapping and more.  I can put you in touch with my “Go to” energy inspector who can do the inspection for a very small fee and perform the work.  You can then have an energy compliance certificate filed with the City upon completion.  If you haven’t done this already upon the transfer of your last purchase or sale, this is a good time to do it.  Give me a ring.

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Cleanerrific and I mean it!

I called “Cleanerrific” on the reccommendation of one of my colleagues at Zephyr Real Estate . I was delighted to find that they are a subsidiary of The Jewish Family & Childrens Services and a provide training and employment for those that are learning to be self reliant. It is important for me to continually contribute to what I call “the full circle way”.
The JCFS trains and helps these people become valuable employees. I employ them. They clean your house after you’ve moved out or before you move in and everyone is happy, participating and giving back.
I spoke with their Director who told me they are 90% GREEN with their solvents and cleaning supplies…which is commendable and necessary. Cleanerrific is just that, a terrific organization providing much needed services and they have an important mission and message.

I am more than happy to pay it forward. In this case, I’m giving my client his house cleaning as a closing gift. His hardwood floors will be waxed and buffed and his new home sparkling.
“Imagine having a sparkling home or office, PLUS the good feeling of giving back to the community. You get both when you hire Cleanerific, Jewish Family and Children’s Services residential and commercial janitorial service.” And they are GREEN too!

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