Agent to Watch – Andrew Ceja

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We’d like to introduce you to one of our 2021 Agents to Watch, Andrew Ceja! Read on to learn more about Andrew and how he’s worked to adapt during these times to further serve his clients across Mendocino and Sonoma County. 

 

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

My mother was an agent. After high school I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do so I shadowed her a few times at work and the rest is history.

 

 

How have you adapted your marketing/business during the era of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?:

I’ve had to be more creative and patient! There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, being available to listen to your clients wants and needs right now is crucial. Facetime showings have also become more popular!

 

What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?:

Can’t think of anything specific but I do love the holidays, very much looking forward to spending Christmas and New Years with the family.

 

Are you a morning or a night person?:

Morning

 

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?:

Sit cage-side at a really big UFC event

 

What is something you wish you could be good at?:

Honestly I’ve always wanted to be good at singing haha

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?:

I play guitar and drums.

 

Must have purse/car item?:

Need gum in my truck at all times

 

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

Hike to the “U” with my fiance, followed by a trip to the farmers market, then brunch at Mama’s cafe, and spend the rest of the day completing some DIY home improvement task at home!

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?:

Cultivo

 

What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?:

Growing my business and getting married of course!

 

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Posted on January 4, 2021 at 10:25 pm
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Agent to Watch – Nancy Azevedo

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We’d like to introduce you to Nancy Azevedo, one of our first Agents to Watch of 2021! Nancy is a people person at heart, and she uses her drive to help others to elevate her clients home buying/selling experience to the next level. Keep on reading to learn more about Nancy!

 

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

First and foremost, I’m a people person. I love helping others achieve a major goal in life & guiding the overstep of the way. It fills my heart being able to help others. More importantly, I wanted to be able to educate buyers and sellers on the process so they understood everything going on and answer any question they had. I know that when I became a homeowner, the process was intimidating, but I had a great agent who walked me through the process to make it easier. I want to be that for other potential buyers.

 

 

How have you adapted your marketing/business during the era of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?:

It’s no surprise that this pandemic has really impacted the way we do business. I believe I’ve adapted pretty well. I have amazing clients who are understanding about the situation we are in. Definitely more text messaging & phone calls vs. in person meetings. I have expanded my social media presence to make myself more available to anyone looking to buy or sell.

 

What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?:

Being able to spend quality time with my family. It’s important to stay grounded with your support system during difficult times.

 

Are you a morning or a night person?:

100% a morning person. I like to tackle my day early and head on. I find that I am most productive if I start my days early.

 

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?:

Traveling more often and seeing different cultures throughout the world.

 

What is something you wish you could be good at?:

Interior Decorating. It’s something that interests me but I also feel it could be a great compliment to my real estate background.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?:

I’m an adrenaline junkie! I love motorsports, rollercoasters & heights- anything to get the blood flowing!

 

Must have purse/car item?:

My hydro flask. I have to have it with me everywhere I go. Even showing appointments!

 

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

I am a huge foodie & wino! I’d say a perfect day for me is wine tasting tours and visiting local restaurants.

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?:

I have way too many, but just to name a few: Sea Thai Bistro, Osake, Willi’s and Sazón.

 

What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?:

I’m looking forward to a new chapter. The ability to return back to some sort of normalcy so that I can continue to help people achieve their dreams of becoming homeowners.

 

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Posted on January 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm
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Agent to Watch – Kasie Gray

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We’d like to introduce you to one of Decembers Agents to Watch, Kasie Gray! Kasie knew from a young age that she wanted to make waves in the real estate industry, and since then she has sent out to create her own brand and to make a name for herself in the Mendocino County market. Learn more about Kasie below!

 

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

I was on independent study during high school attending the Mendocino college for additional credits and working on my general ed classes to get my associates degree starting at 15 years old. While looking into their offerings and what was available knowing I would be great at some avenue of business/entrepreneurship, I decided to look into real estate. In no rush to finish the classes I took all the courses they had to offer between 15-18. I knew I didn’t want to do school for much longer, and real estate seemed like the ideal career for me. I loved the flexibility, the unlimited potential, and loved the idea of being able to see houses. As a kid I moved over 15 times before I turned 18, I would beg my mom to take me to open houses and beg them to move when we found a house with a window bench (they were my favorite).

 

 

How have you adapted your marketing/business during the era of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?:

Pre-covid, one of my main advertising avenues was hosting events. Everything from first friday art walks, a downtown favorite in Ukiah to craft nights. I love ‘event planning’ and being able to spoil my clients with fun parties! I can’t wait to start doing those again. I have always been very active on social media and I made sure to dig deeper into those relationships and make more meaningful connections with my ‘followers’

 

What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?:

The list is long, helping my clients, creating a new digital planner for agents to use, and getting maternity photos done!

 

Are you a morning or a night person?:

Definitely a morning person.

 

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?:

I would love to build a custom home!

 

What is something you wish you could be good at?:

Refraining from buying shoes.

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?:

My age!

 

Must have purse/car item?:

My phone and digital planner!

 

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

Enjoying a hike on lake Mendocino, getting breakfast downtown and shopping and spending the day with my dogs and family!

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?:

I couldn’t name just one, we have so many amazing places! The maple, ellies and cultivo are on my top list!

 

What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?:

Bringing my new assistant into the world, and helping more families find their dream homes!

 

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Posted on December 18, 2020 at 12:16 am
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Agent to Watch – Sonoma County Home Group

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The dynamic duo behind Sonoma County Home Group compliment each other in all the best ways! Angela and Melissa play off each others strengths, and together they work hard to make their clients goals of owning their dream home a reality. Keep reading to learn more about this team!

 

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

We both kind of fell into real estate and we’re so glad we did!

Angela- I was approaching year number ten of working at a local grocery store and decided it wasn’t where I saw myself long term. During that time a good friend of mine got their real estate license and I would hear on a regular basis how much they loved it. Their excitement ended up rubbing off on me enough that I signed up for real estate classes myself.

Melissa- I was a cosmetologist prior to getting into real estate, but I knew pretty quickly that wasn’t a great fit for me. After a few years of doing hair, an opportunity to take over a property management company presented itself so I decided to get my real estate license and jump in. After using my license to buy my own homes and to help friends & family buy homes, I realized how much I loved it.

 

How have you adapted your marketing/business during the era of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?:

Luckily, our primary form of marketing has always been using social media so when COVID began it just forced us to get better at what we were already doing.

 

What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?:

We both had the opportunity to help each of our best friends move up out of their starter homes into their forever homes!

 

Are you a morning or a night person?:

One of each! If we ever have an inspection or appointment before 9:00 Angela will always be the one to show up. If you ever receive an email from us that was sent after midnight, that’s always Melissa.

 

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?:

Angela would love to go to Italy and Melissa would love to do a few more road trips exploring the U.S.

 

What is something you wish you could be good at?:

Angela- I wish I was better at resisting online shopping!

Melissa- I wish I was a better cook (I’m sure my husband would agree as well!)

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?:

Angela- Even though I’m an extrovert and very outgoing, in a large setting I’m really shy.

Melissa- I used to live in London, England. It was a great experience but I learned I’m definitely not a city person.

 

Must have purse/car item?:

Hand sanitizer and back up masks in case the kids forget theirs at home.

 

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

Packing up a cooler and lunch and heading to the lake for a day of boating with our families.

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?:

Angela- So many good options! I love Starks, Campo Fino, Willi’s Wine Bar, Barndiva, Toyo, Bird & The Bottle…the list could go on and on.

Melissa- I’m probably not qualified to answer this question as I’ve never been to any of the above and don’t share Angela’s sophisticated palate. I love Amy’s Kitchen.

 

What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?:

We’re both looking forward to our kids going back to school!

Professionally, we’re excited to continue helping our clients and friends make their real estate goals a reality.

 

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Posted on December 7, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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Agent to Watch – Tony Natoli

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When he’s not out finding his clients their dream home, he can usually be found enjoying a day outside exploring his favorite trails at Annadel State Park! Read on to learn more about Tony Natoli and some of his tips for becoming a successful real estate agent.

 

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

I remember being behind the counter in my 9-5 sales job and wanting to do more; the customer would come in, we would build a relationship and then they would leave. In real estate, a home sale is so much more dynamic than a 30 minute transaction and allows me to dive deep into the customer, their needs and build a life long relationship together. It is 100% the best part of being a Realtor.

 

 

How have you adapted your marketing/business during the era of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?:

I’ve always found the pre-meeting orientation to be something both sides appreciate so I have taken that approach further by including more preparedness for showings during COVID and offering real-time virtual tours.

 

What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?:

I’m excited to say I moved into my new home a walking distance to Annadel State Park, right next to my favorite trail.

 

Are you a morning or a night person?:

Nothing beats a morning sunrise and a cup of coffee to start the day.

 

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?:

Travel is the first thing that comes to mind. We have such a beautiful and intricate world that I would love to explore more of.

 

What is something you wish you could be good at?:

I wish I could be great at the drums!

 

What is something most people would never guess about you?:

I have the fluffiest, snow white cat who thinks she is a dog and her fur joins me on every appointment.

 

Must have purse/car item?:

Gum! I am a sucker for mint chewing gum and keep a fresh pack nearby for when the current runs out…which doesn’t take long.

 

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

A hike at Annadel State Park, my favorite place, followed by lunch and iced coffee.

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?:

Definitely Lococo’s Cucina Rustica

 

What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?:

This coming year I look forward to all of us coming together once again and seeing the life of Sonoma County return.

 

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Posted on December 7, 2020 at 9:16 pm
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Agent to Watch – Cory Cadle

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We’d like to introduce you to one of Novembers Agents to Watch, Cory Cadle! Cory’s main goal is finding his clients a safe place that they can make their own, and he does it all with a great sense of humor and a smile on his face. Read on to learn more about Cory!

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
What other industry can you help people secure a safe place to call home, as well as help them increase their long term wealth.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
Straight to the point, very punctual and loves to laugh

 

What is your motto?
Put others first and good things will happen

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
When in Wine Country, go Wine tasting!

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
80 degrees and by the water

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
Go for a nice hike by Lake Sonoma or visit the local beaches

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
KIN

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Starks Steakhouse

 

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Posted on November 6, 2020 at 4:47 pm
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Agent to Watch – Elissa Morrash

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We’d like to introduce you to one of November’s Agents to Watch, Elissa Morrash! She is passionate about guiding her clients through their real estate journey and understands the importance of having a house to call your own.  Read on to learn more about Elissa!

 

Why did you choose to pursue a career in real estate?
A house is not just a house, it’s a home. This has never been truer! As a real estate agent, i get to play a role in some of the most important moments in life. It is beyond gratifying for me to help someone buy a house, or sell their family home. Often, there’s been a significant event – a wedding, birth of a child, or something sad like divorce or death. I love being a part of that and knowing that I helped out at an important time. Real estate is about life – and I like that!

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
Wow, well, let’s see. Probably as professional and smart. .Compassionate and understanding and is a good listener.. As a person who pushes to get results. I’ve been told I am a ‘no drama’ agent – which I think is great because there can be a lot of stress in real estate! Oh, and I’ve also been told and that I am fun to work with.

 

What is your motto?
I am an advocate for you. I am here to get you what you want.

 

What is something people might not guess about you?
I wrote and illustrated a book when I was 11. Of course, it never got published lol.

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
They should come in the off-season. It is beautiful here in the winter rain when the mist is over the vineyards and the wineries are warm and inviting.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
A long luxurious picnic lunch at a winery, maybe doing a vertical or special tasting, with good friends and a knowledgeable vintner to tell us about the wines we are tasting.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
I love facials and massages. There are several great places in Sonoma County to book these services. And a glass of sparkling wine helps too!

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
Willli’s Seafood Bar in Healdsburg.

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
I live in Cloverdale and we have long balmy evenings. Many friends are foodies who shop locally and are great cooks. There are so many good restaurants here, but there’s nothing like a dinner on a deck at someone’s beautiful Sonoma County home!

 

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Posted on November 5, 2020 at 9:12 pm
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Agent to Watch – Denise Horner

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We’d like to introduce you to one of October’s Agents to Watch, Denise Horner! She is passionate about making her clients dreams of owning their own home come true, while always making sure to take time to enjoy all of what Sonoma County has to offer. Read on to learn more about Denise!

 

 

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

Real Estate fulfills my desire to help others pursue their dreams of homeownership. I enjoy the ability to help with the knowledge needed to make the right decision in the buying and selling process.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?

Professional, Honest, Experienced and Quick Responding.

 

 

What is your motto?

Do What you Love!

 

 

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

Drink good wine, eat good food and visit the ocean! Sonoma County is an awesome place to visit and live.

 

 

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

Spending the day with family and friends outdoors in the sunshine by the pool.

 

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?

Enjoying the sunshine by the pool or sipping wine with a vineyard view.

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?

John Ashe has an amazing Happy Hour.

 

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite this time of year is Willi’s Wine Bar. Sitting outside dining and sipping wine.

 

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Posted on September 22, 2020 at 7:08 pm
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Agent to Watch – Taylor Mason

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Introducing one of Octobers Agents to Watch, Taylor Mason! Taylor originally moved to Sonoma County for school, and after completing his degree he decided to combine his knowledge of energy efficient living with making prospective homeowners dreams a reality. Read on to find out more about Taylor and his passion for real estate!

 

 

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

My Goal is YOUR Goal!
Since becoming a REALTOR, I have had to find a balance between two extremes. I was drawn to real estate by the belief I could help people and put others first. However, the way the industry worked, it seemed that you had to project confidence, knowledge and even a sense of superiority if you expected to succeed. I quickly learned that successful agents indeed put the customer first. In fact, they seemed to put almost everyone else first – family, friends and even competition, if that made for a better situation for everyone involved. In other words, they had become servants and had learned to humble themselves.
I do this not because I like to put myself in the limelight, but to remind you that I’m still here and intend to be here for many years to come, eager to serve you like no other REALTOR  in our area.
I grew up in Gilroy, California and moved to Sonoma County for my education. I attended Santa Rosa Junior College and transferred to Sonoma State University to major in Energy Management & Design. My degree, in short, is mainly building residential homes to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
I decided to get into real estate for the love of relationships and helping peoples’ dreams come true. I am looking forward to the very special opportunity to serve my community in their real estate needs.

 

How do you think your clients would describe you?
Calm, honest, caring and straight up.

 

What is your motto?
My goal is your goal.

 

What is one thing people must do when they visit Sonoma County?
Do some wine tasting.

 

What does a perfect day in Sonoma County look like for you?
80 degrees, clear skies.

 

What’s your favorite way to relax?
Go for a motorcycle ride or go to the beach.

 

What’s your favorite local happy hour?
Crooked Goat.

 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Taco truck in Roseland.

 

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Posted on September 16, 2020 at 4:26 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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