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We are sending this letter to all our friends, family and acquaintances. If you know more about both of us as individuals and what motivates us then you will know that we are Realtors that don’t expect your business but only the opportunity to “apply for the job.”
Our journey to get into the real estate world began almost 20 years ago. Amanda was working as a consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and was traveling a lot. She had a lot of realtor friends and being able to make your own schedule sounded perfect. Monica, on the other hand, had taken and passed the real estate exam years before to get her license but the timing just didn’t seem right. Eventually it made sense to pursue a career in real estate and she jumped in with both feet!
When we met back in 2001 Amanda joined the same team as Monica. We were working at a real estate agency in Granite Bay; we were on the number one team in the office and we worked hard. We knew we wouldn’t stay there forever, but Amanda was the first to leave. She started working with another agent at ReMax Gold in Fair Oaks. He showed Amanda the ethical and straightforward side of real estate. He was completely on the up and up. He didn’t believe in short cuts. He explained that if you don’t do your absolute best, the entire team fails.
Amanda’s dad had died in 1996 and she knew how hard it was to lose a father. When she heard about Monica’s father passing, she took off a day of work and went over to see if there was anything she could do. She ended up cooking and serving food at the funeral reception and they have been great friends ever since.
The real estate office we worked in dealt almost entirely with foreclosure properties. It was difficult to see people come into the office to surrender their keys with tears in their eyes. We wondered why and how these people got into this situation so we set out to educate folks about ways to avoid foreclosure—we wanted to give them the opportunity to make educated decisions. We contacted about 500 people a month to help them and within the first three months we were able to help 17 people avoid foreclosure.
“I pretty much tell it like it is and try not to sugarcoat anything. Maybe I’m the ‘bad cop’ in this relationship?” ~ Amanda
My life completely changed when I met my now husband Michel in college. He is from Belgium, and has taught me the art of joie de vivre, or a cheerful enjoyment of life. I was raised in a pretty strict “Leave it to Beaver” household in Lodi. Michel was like no one I had ever met before. He was a free spirit – a mindset that was totally foreign to me. A great example was when I had bought a bottle of Dom Perignon and was saving it for a special occasion. I walked in the house one afternoon and he was casually drinking the champagne. I was upset that he was “wasting” it, but his explanation was, “WE HAVE IT TO DRINK IT!” ¬– I couldn’t argue with that, and that’s now our mantra for life. We have two daughters and just received the greatest gift ever.... our first granddaughter! She is absolutely the best little angel and we are over the moon in love with her! It really is true what they say.... grandchildren are better!
“I once had an inspector thank me for ‘running interference with the selling agent,’ not realizing he was talking about Amanda. Ha! I guess I’m the good cop.” ~ Monica
When my husband Mark and I first met, I have to admit I couldn’t stand him. Then again, I was six and he was my best friend’s annoying, little brother. Our families were friendly, and we grew up just down the street from each other. I never paid much attention to him until years later in our 20’s when we met again. But it felt like it was the first time! Fireworks went off!
We’ve been married for 16 years and have two boys. Our oldest is Jake, he is 15, and a sophomore in high school. Our youngest is Josh. He is 13 and in 7th grade and very passionate about playing football. We are so proud of both of them! The newest addition to the family is Molly. She’s a naughty little Weimaraner and we love her to death.
“While most real estate agents are unable to be at two places at the same time, not only can we do that, we do it all the time!” ~ Amanda & Monica
We made the decision to partner with an exciting and new agency. We’ve always wanted to build our own brand and company, so this change was liberating, and gives us the freedom to focus on how we believe our clients should be treated. It allows us to have a fulfilling career helping others with the freedom to be ourselves. It feels good knowing that we can provide better service by working under our own name and our own principles. We are grateful to be running a real estate business based on service.
If you work with us, it’s important that you know us each as a person. We believe you feel the way we do–you are much more comfortable doing business with people when you understand how they work and why they’re in business. We want you to pick a Realtor that’s the right fit for you and we would never be upset if you chose someone else as your Realtor. Even if that’s not us, it won’t risk our friendship.
When you or someone you know is in need of a Realtor, we ask that you give us the opportunity to demonstrate our services and interview for the job. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We greatly appreciate it and hope that we can earn your business should you ever need a Realtor.