North Bay – “Best Of”

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We are so excited to announce that W Real Estate has won GOLD in the North Bay Biz Magazine 2020 “Best Of” Readers Poll!
Conducted earlier this year readers all across the North Bay cast their ballots in the annual poll, and based off of those votes Best Of (first place) and Gold Medal (second place) have been awarded. In order to win Best of GOLD voters have to hand write in your company name, and we are so honored that W Real Estate received over 60,000 individual votes, spread across 3,000 ballots in 37 categories!
With so many reputable agencies in the area to choose from, we are so grateful that our community chose W as one of their top brokerages! We wouldn’t have been able to do it without our outstanding agents and staff, and we look forward to continuing to provide top-tier services and experiences for our clients.

 

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Posted on September 4, 2020 at 6:46 pm
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Agent to Watch – Donna Bennett

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In this month’s Agent to Watch, we are excited to feature Donna Bennett! Donna has been active in the Sonoma County real estate market since she was a teenager, and she is always ready to share her knowledge with her clients to elevate their experience. Donna is extremely proud of her three children, and she attributes raising them in Sonoma County to helping her deepen her ties with her community. When she isn’t working or volunteering, Donna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, hiking, and being out on her boat on Lake Sonoma. Continue reading to learn more about Donna.

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
I had excellent mentors early in life. Their advice and guidance greatly contributed to my current real estate successes and endeavors. I chose this path to help others to build their real estate portfolio, just as I have.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
I strive to be as accessible and thorough as possible with my clients. I feel they would agree in describing me as such. In addition, I have been complimented on my honesty, integrity, reliability, and quick response time.

 

What is your motto?
I know how stressful the real estate game can be. Whether you are a buyer or seller, my motto has always been to strive for an enjoyable process. This should be an exciting transition in your life, not a stressful one!

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
The age at which I purchased my first piece of real estate always seems to shock clients. I was only 19 years old!

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
Sonoma County is known for its beautiful wineries and landscape. There are excellent tours and tastings available to our wine lovers. I highly recommend driving the coastal highway, with its gorgeous views. For more sightseeing from a different perspective, the wine country hot air balloon ride is a must-see! My recommendations for families include the Charles Schultz Museum, Safari West, and summer nights on the Windsor Town Green.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
My perfect Sonoma County day would definitely start at the local farmer’s market on the Windsor Town Green. Coffee as I browse, then head to the Foothill Regional Park for an afternoon hike. I love shopping in the Healdsburg town square. The local boutique shops have something for everyone. To finish, dinner at Campo Fina. They have an outdoor bocce court that makes for a perfect end to the day!

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
It isn’t easy choosing just one, but my favorite place to relax is Lake Sonoma. My family spent time on the lake when I was growing up. It has now become a fun and relaxing place to spend time with friends!

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
For happy hour, my first choice is usually John Ash in Santa Rosa.

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
My favorite restaurant is Campo Fina, located in Healdsburg. As I mentioned before, they have a beautiful outdoor patio and bocce court.

 

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Posted on August 27, 2020 at 11:38 pm
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Agent to Watch – Filippo Viola

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Congratulations to one of September’s Agents to Watch, Filippo Viola! Filippo values the extreme importance of personal relationships in his industry, and he takes pride in going above and beyond to find the perfect home for his clients and providing excellent customer service. Read on to learn more about Filippo and what he loves so much about living and working in this area!

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
Real Estate is the most expensive thing to legally sell in Mendocino County.


How do you think your clients would describe you?
Communicative, hard-working, caring.


What is your motto?
Yes.


What is something most people would never guess about you?

I love to surf!


What is one thing people must do when they visit Mendocino County?

Wine tasting, exploring Anderson Valley.


What does a perfect day in Mendocino County look like for you?
Wake up super early, surf at Point Arena, come back around noon to service some clients then enjoy an evening with the family.


What’s your favorite way to relax?

Surfing.


What’s your favorite local happy hour?
Rivino.


What’s your favorite local restaurant?

Catelli’s.

 

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Posted on August 27, 2020 at 7:41 pm
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Agent of the Month – Jonathan Bruington

 

 

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Jonathan, a Sonoma County native, is our newest Agent of the Month! Jonathan found his love for real estate early, eventually going on to gross millions in sales all while he was still finishing his degree. After Jonathan graduated from Pacific Union College with his degree in Finance, he continued his career journey by becoming more involved in the renovation and construction side of real estate as well. Jonathan believes having this well-rounded experience helps him be the best agent possible for his clients and to produce excellent outcomes. Read on to learn more about our Agent of the Month Jonathan!

 

To what do you attribute your success?
I have been blessed to have many great mentors to look up to and learn from, in addition to my amazing clients and the relationships I have been fortunate enough to build over the years. I truly believe is a people business.


What was the last book/audiobook you read/listened to?

I am not a big reader, but I believe educating yourself in as many areas as possible is invaluable.


What software/tech tools can you not live without?
My phone is my number 1 tool. The capacity and versatility that a phone has, which we all carry with us at all times of the day, is crucial. I am also a big believer is keeping back-end parts of my business organized with tools like QuickBooks allows me to focus my energy and effort in the areas that best serve my clients.


Do you believe it is possible to have a successful career while having a fulfilling personal life? Does this balance exist?

Yes, I believe boundaries have to be set and that priorities have to be recognized in order to achieve a balance and allow time for different aspects of life. I believe that finding what makes you feel fulfilled in your personal life will allow you to feel more recharged in your professional career and vice versa.


What is a unique aspect of the Sonoma/Mendocino County/SF County Residential Real Estate market?

The diversity of property types and areas is really unique. Across the North Bay, we have almost every type of property imaginable. Whether it be your suburban homes in family-centric neighborhoods, to vineyard estates, modern showpieces, or homes with incredible ocean views, the North Bay really has it all to offer.


What is the most underrated/overlooked part of your business? (i.e. thank you cards, social media, etc)

Relationships and circles of influence. I rely heavily on my sphere and referrals and having many groups that I am involved in are key to that.


What are the main things that you should look at when investing/purchasing a new property?

That it fits a client’s unique needs and goals for a property. Whether that be optimizing cashflows, buying in the path of progress, or buying a property that may fit a client’s personal needs for use. People can get so caught up in the numbers, which are critical, but it has it to be right for the individual. A property may have a great CAP rate, but be in an area or be a type of property that does not fit the client’s goals or objectives.


What is a quote that inspires you?

Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.


If you had one piece of advice to give someone just starting out in real estate, what would it be?
Find a mentor and do not be afraid to ask questions. It is how we all learn.

 

 

 

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Posted on August 26, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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5 Housing Market Predictions and Opportunities for 2020

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The Covid-19 pandemic has affected some industries adversely. The housing market has seen several shifts in the pandemic season. From few houses on sale to the issuance of moratoriums by various state laws, it begs for a keen eye to forecast where the housing market is headed. In this article, you’ll get the housing market predictions for 2020. Let’s dive in.

Pent-Up Purchases Will Spike Sales

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the mortgage rates were already low, and supply was lagging. Clients who were ready to buy homes between March, April, and May still need houses. The terms for securing mortgages are even more favorable as mortgage rates have dropped significantly— currently at 2.9%.

The significant drop in the mortgage rates has seen mortgage applications rise dramatically. According to the Bankers Association, the first week of July saw an increase of 33% in mortgage applications compared to the same time last year.

Though the housing market is a volatile one, there is hope that pent-up purchases, low mortgage rates, and the growing desire by millennials to own homes will lead to a spike in sales.

Home Sales Rebounded in June

After the dip in sales that occurred earlier in the year as a result of the pandemic, June saw home sales rebound significantly. According to the National Association of Realtors, the sale of existing homes rebounded by 20.7 % in June.

The rebound in sales spans across different types of property from single-family homes, condos, and townhomes. Interestingly, first-time buyers accounted for 35% of the sales in June—a good sign that the millennial demand for homeownership can fuel home sales considerably in the coming months.  Second-time homebuyers also rose to the occasion, buying 9% of the existing homes in June.

Home Prices Have Hit A Record High

Though the year began with a dip in sales, house prices haven’t gone down an inch— it’s been rising steadily. June saw the rise in the median in existing-house prices increase by 2.8%. This is the highest it has ever risen.

The fact that the price of houses has been on the rise for 100 months straight is a clear indication that the housing market could flourish significantly after the downturns caused by the pandemic.

The Demand for Homes Will Rise Post Pent-Up Purchases

Currently, the demand for homes has risen beyond what the market supply can satisfy. Thanks to low mortgage rates, which lure the renters to purchase— the low monthly mortgage is attractive, especially to first-time buyers.

Though experts agree that the demand will come down after the pent-up purchases, research indicates that the millennial demand for homeownership keeps growing, and that can sustain the industry through uncertain times.

More Supply Brews

Low inventory has created a predicament on both sides. Homeowners are enticed to sell, expecting top dollar for their home, but given the low supply on the market, finding their next home has created a problem in itself. Even though the demand is high, people may hold off listing properties for sale.

However, more supply looks promising as homebuilders’ sentiment has risen to 72%. That’s the highest it has ever been since 1999.

Also, most states classified construction as an essential service, and that has seen most builders proceed with the work. The development of new homes will ease the pressure and shake the market for upgrades.

Research by Meyers indicates that 5% of construction firms hired more workers in May. Homebuilders that took a break are resuming work, and that’s a good sign for America’s housing market.

In conclusion, the housing market might have suffered the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, these predictions point to a promising future for the housing business in general.


Posted on August 13, 2020 at 5:52 pm
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Agent of the Month – Adrian Roach

 

 

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To know him is to love him, Adrian Roach is back again but this time as our Agent of the Month!

Native to Denver, Colorado, Adrian has unique knowledge of the many benefits of living in Sonoma County. Adrian currently resides in Windsor with his supportive wife and two boys. You can catch Adrian all over town—from showing houses and coaching his sons’ sports teams to finding him enjoying local restaurants or at the salon he owns with his wife in Windsor. Continue reading to learn more about our latest Agent of the Month, Adrian!

 

To what do you attribute your success?
A supportive wife and family.

 

What was the last book/audiobook you read/listened to?
The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller. But, this was also about 10 years ago, so don’t judge. I should definitely do more reading. haha!

 

What software/tech tools can you not live without?

Nowadays it would have to be my iPhone since I can do just about everything on it. But back when I started it probably had to be the Thomas Guide. LOL

 

Do you believe it is possible to have a successful career while having a fulfilling personal life? Does this balance exist?
This is one that is a constant challenge, but yes, I do believe you can have both. You have to put just as much of a conscious effort into your personal and family life as you do your work life, and vice versa.

 

What is a unique aspect of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Residential Real Estate market?
I would say that a unique aspect of Sonoma County real estate is the vast differences that it has to offer. From coastal properties in Bodega Bay to Vineyard and estate properties in Sonoma. The hotter climates of Cloverdale to the cooler micro-climates in Petaluma and Sebastopol. I feel that there is truly something for everyone. We are so fortunate to live in this amazing county.

 

What is the most underrated/overlooked part of your business? (i.e. thank you cards, social media, etc)
I would say the most underrated aspect of my business that I am always working to do more of is personal notes. They go a long way in this day and age of texts and emails.

 

What are the main things that you should look at when investing/purchasing a new property?
If you are purchasing an investment property it’s all about the numbers. If you are purchasing for yourself, make sure your wife likes it. LOL

 

What is a quote that inspires you?
“Do, or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda

 

If you had one piece of advice to give someone just starting out in real estate, what would it be?
Prospecting is the name of the game. There is no easy route and your success will be tied to your work ethic. Try to find a mentor that will help guide you through the challenges of this business.

 

 

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Posted on July 31, 2020 at 7:55 pm
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Agent to Watch – Michael Keegan

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature Michael Keegan!

 

Windsor-based agent Michael Keegan was born and raised in Sonoma County. So a career in real estate just made perfect sense. She has a knack for making what’s typically a stressful experience, FUN. One of her clients said: “Michael made our first home buying experience so much fun and easy to understand. I would recommend her with no second thought. Michael was available whenever we had questions or wanted to view a home with little notice. She is amazing!” We know this is due to her charismatic personality and thorough attention to detail.

We are very fortunate to have Michael as a part of our W Real Estate family. Continue reading to learn more about the Agent to Watch.

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
I wanted to be able to provide clients with a straightforward knowledgeable approach to buying and selling. I value that I am able to help lead someone through the process. You could be a first time home buyer, finally attaining your dream home or making a change in life. I’m honored to be a part of making that happen at any stage.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
Determined.

 

What is your motto?
Love where you live.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
I am the oldest of 5 brothers and sisters.

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
Take in as many local establishments as possible and really get to see what our community is like.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
A hike in Foothill, with a well-earned lunch at one of our amazing Mexican restaurants followed by cocktails by the pool with family.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
With family dinner – Sunday dinner Italian style! (Any day of the week)

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
Baci

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?
Kin

 

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Posted on July 17, 2020 at 5:10 pm
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Agent to Watch – David Hargreaves

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature David Hargreaves!

David Hargreaves or some know him as the man behind the ultra-sleek company Modern Living Sonoma, is originally from the UK but has lived in California for over 10 years. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing as a successful entrepreneur building his own marketing business working for brands such as Google and Virgin as well as buying and selling property. So when David made the decision to join our company we knew we were getting someone special. 

Continue reading to learn more about the Agent to Watch.

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
I used to run a marketing business working for brands like Facebook and Apple in San Francisco and decided I wanted to move up to wine country with my wife. Real Estate was the obvious route out of San Francisco given all I have ever done is sales and marketing and I’ve already developed and own a few properties.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
That’s probably one for them to say. Hardworking, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and has an awesome blog www.modernlivingsonoma.com/blog. Oh, and a nice accent!

 

What is your motto?
“Innovate or die.” Coined by Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, this has never been more true than the moment we find ourselves in right now.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?
I love nothing more than disappearing off into the wilderness with a backpack and my camera gear into far-flung places like Mt Everest and Greenland

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
We have some of the best cycling around. If you don’t ride, rent yourself an e-bike and explore the amazing backcountry routes.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
Go for a run or bike ride, coffee at Flying Goat, get what I need to cook from the Farmers market, have friends around, cook dinner with super fresh ingredients and drink good wine.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
My wife, Nancy, will say, not sitting still! Cycling, running, photography, hiking, cooking and gardening but not the weeds and flowers bit, the growing food part!

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
My back yard! Every hour is a happy hour!

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?
Has to be Bravas in Healdsburg or Guiso. I just hope the restaurants manage to make it through these tough times.

 

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Posted on July 17, 2020 at 4:41 pm
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Agent of the Month – Mandy Corriea

 

 

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Congratulations to our newest Agent of the Month, Mandy Corriea!

There truly aren’t enough good things we can say about Windsor-based agent Mancy Corriea. She was one of the first agents to join W Real Estate back in 2007 and has since made a massive impact on our company. From not only being a top producing agent but also a mentor and trainer to our group of over 200 agents. Having been raised in Sonoma County she has a great deal of appreciation for the area, just as we have an appreciation for her.

Continue reading to learn more about our latest Agent of the Month, Mandy!

 

To what do you attribute your success?
My success would not be possible without the support of my family. Our business requires a lot of crazy hours, days, and last minute appts. So, having young active children at home can be tough, but possible with good support and understanding. My husband has been a key to our success. Also, just staying current with education updates in this market and with the ever-changing rules & regs. So important to stay educated in your career.

 

What was the last book/audiobook you read/listened to?
Shift: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times by Gary Keller.

 

What software/tech tools can you not live without?
Canva, Mojo app and my phone, which all of these are on it!!

 

Do you believe it is possible to have a successful career while having a fulfilling personal life? Does this balance exist?
It is definitely is possible to be successful and still be successful at home. Its not easy but it can be done. For me it requires getting up a couple hours earlier than my family. I work best in the morning. And it is not selfish to take a day off. It may consist of working a few half days, but you need it or what are you working for!!

 

What is a unique aspect of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Residential Real Estate market?
Sonoma Co: It’s our location and affordability when compared to residents in San Francisco. We are a part of the Wine Country, and I believe a more desirable place to live with all our trees, community activities and parks & trails.

Mendo Co: Is a straight shot North with no commute traffic, which is great for the residents here that need a more affordable place to buy a home.

 

What is the most underrated/overlooked part of your business? (i.e. thank you cards, social media, etc)
Consistency with online presence. We are building a brand and need to be in front of our peers, clients and family all the time. Hardest part is juggling the sales from the personal and keeping the attention without being overkill, but, also, trying to stay consistent with postings.

 

What are the main things that you should look at when investing/purchasing a new property?
“Good Bones.” I am looking for those high dollar items. Do they need replacing or repairs? Paint and carpet are inexpensive fixes, but roofs, windows, furnaces can be steep for the budget.

 

What is a quote that inspires you?
“Do or Do Not, There is No Try”– Yoda, Jedi Knight

 

If you had one piece of advice to give someone just starting out in real estate, what would it be?
Set up a system for networking and prospecting and stay consistent on the activities you do to try and stir up business. It will take 6 months, typically, to procure that first transaction. Set your alarm, wake up and get dressed ready to meet a new client everyday!!

 

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Posted on June 15, 2020 at 5:17 pm
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Agents to Watch – Thiessen Group

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In our latest edition of W Agents to Watch we are excited to feature the Thiessen Group!

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to have not one but four incredible agents guide you through the real estate process, but when you work with the Thiessen Group you get just that. They are a family team comprised of husband and wife Vicki and Rob and their two children Melissa and Chad. With over $131 M in sales and 265 properties sold it’s obvious – the Thiessen Group is good at this whole real estate thing!

We couldn’t be happier to have the Thiessen Group on our team.  Continue reading to learn more about these Agents to Watch. 

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?

Vicki: There isn’t a limit as to how much money I can make; 2. Real estate is always changing….no chance of boredom; 3. A real estate career provides flexibility to fit any size goal I desire.

Rob: After my law enforcement career, I felt my best skill set was connecting with all sorts of people groups and helping them with some of the challenges they face. Real estate sales seemed to match-up perfectly with that in my opinion…plus I get to work with Vicki…she’s pretty cute.

Melissa: I always knew I wanted to be self-employed. After trying some business ventures, I kept coming back to real estate. Growing up in a real estate family, it made sense to take the leap and join the family team.

Chad: Growing up in a real estate family definitely influenced me. After graduating from college with a finance degree, I decided to join the family team.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?

Vicki: Our clients tell us they feel safe and confident that our team has their best interest at heart. We are knowledgeable and professional and an incredible resource. We offer a balance between listening to a client’s needs, advising, and fine-tuning the specifics and we have the aggressiveness needed in today’s market to get things done.

Rob: Charming of course and dedicated to doing my job with my whole heart.

Melissa: Outgoing, down to earth, dedicated, great communicator, a fighter.

Chad: Honest, hardworking, and fun to be around.

 

What is your motto?

Vicki: Leap and the net will appear.

Rob: Persistence breaks down resistance!

Melissa: There are those people that make things happen, watch things happen, and wonder what happened. I make things happen.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?

Vicki: I am an introvert.

Rob: I’ve owned a carpet cleaning company and fitness franchise.

Melissa: I purchased a school bus, gutted it, and started a cupcake food truck named Foxy Cupcakes.

Chad: I really enjoy home renovation projects.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma/Mendocino/SF County look like for you?

Vicki: Hanging out in the sunshine with family and friends.

Rob: Any outdoor adventure with family or friends followed by a nice time of food and drink.

Melissa: Wine tasting with friends and family and then finishing the day with bbq, music, and more fun.

Chad: Starting the day early mountain biking at Annadel Park, followed by enjoying drinks and food with family and friends.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?

Vicki: Hiking or spending time outdoors.

Rob: In my hot tub, sipping on one of my home brews.

Melissa: Home with the family at the end of the day cooking and catching up.

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?

Vicki: Of course, Trixie’s Bar and Grill (in my backyard).

Rob: Trixie’s Bar and Grill in my very own backyard…c’mon over and have a cold one!

Melissa: My new favorite is Los Molcajetes Bar & Grill in Rincon Valley. They have an awesome margarita flight which allows you to have a little bit of everything. Plus it’s walking distance from my home.

Chad: TBG – Trixie’s Bar & Grill.

 

What’s your favorite local dinner spot?

Vicki: Tough one…….My favorite restaurant used to be Diavola in Geyserville, but now I am drawn to Ramen Gaijin in Sebastopol.

Rob: Anything that my son, Executive Chef Cole Dickinson, cooks at Layla in Sonoma…yes, I am proud of him.

Melissa: My other brother, Cole, is the executive chef at Layla’s in Sonoma. Everything on the menu is amazing, especially knowing it was all his creation. Whether you sit in the bar or in the restaurant, you will leave very content.

Chad: Currently it’s Las Palmas Mexican restaurant.

 

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Posted on June 15, 2020 at 4:25 pm
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