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Where: 2922 Comistas Drive in Walnut Creek (listing)

Stunning 4,145+/- sf home located on a 1+/- acre lot with views offers hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, large formal living and dining rooms, fabulous gourmet eat-in kitchen with custom cabinets adjoins impressive family room overlooking gorgeous backyard, 4 bedrooms plus office, huge master retreat with bonus room, luxurious master bath and dream master closet, 3 car garage, spectacular backyard with views, gorgeous pool and spa with waterfall, expansive patios, mature trees and landscaping, vast lawns, sport court and much more!

The home is listed by Rita Dhillon of Alain Pinel Realtors Danville / Blackhawk.

Offered at: $1,998,000

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Northern California Brokerage Dominates Annual National Rankings

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SARATOGA, California — REAL Trends, Inc., in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, have published their annual report ranking the top real estate agents in the United States, including 29 Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals. Nine individuals and 10 teams were included in the prestigious 2015 rankings which are based on 2014 sales numbers. In categories based on sales volume, APR had the strongest presence of any independent real estate firm in Northern California. In addition to ranking sales volume and number of transactions, the 2015 report also ranks agents by average sales price for the first time.

Topping the list for Average Sales Price are APR Menlo Park’s Mary and Brent Gullixson ranked #4 with an average sales price of almost $9.4 million. The Gullixson Team also was the #12 ranked team in the nation by sales volume with nearly $308 million. Notably, while many of the teams in the top 10 include several team members, The Gullixson Team is comprised of only two licensed individuals. By looking at agent productivity on teams, The Gullixson Team are among the top three in the nation. This is Mary Gullixson’s sixth consecutive year ranking in the top six in a category on the REAL Trends list, either individually or as a team with her son Brent. She has been represented in the top of the list each year since the list was created in 2006.

Leading the Top Agents by Sales Volume list is Keri Nicholas, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #38 with a closed sales volume of almost $181 million. Also included are Kathy Bridgman, from APR Los Altos, ranked #63; Judy Citron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #73; Judy Bogard-Tanigami, from APR Los Altos, ranked #89; Joe Piazza, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #102; Zach Trailer, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #155; and Therese Swan, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #209.

Joining The Gullixson Team on the Top Teams by Sales Volume list are David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf, from APR Oakland – Montclair Village, ranked #71; Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #144; and Caitlin and Gloria Darke, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #222.

In the new category of Average Sales Price by Individuals are Alireza Faghiri, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #87 and Sherry Bucolo, from APR Palo Alto, ranked #133. The Average Sales Price list by teams includes The Gullixson Team, ranked #4; Mara McCain and Samira Amid-Hozour, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #12; Anne Riley and Andrew Greenman, from APR Burlingame, ranked #44; Jolaine and Jack Woodson, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #73; Caitlin and Gloria Darke, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #87; Jim and Jimmy Nappo, from APR Los Altos, ranked #99; Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #133;  Jeff Stricker and Steve TenBroeck, from APR Los Altos and APR Palo Alto, ranked #131; and John Howmiller and Rick Ardizzone, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #221.

“Through their focus and determination, these agents earned incredible results in 2014, and are among the elite in the nation,” said Paul Hulme, President and CEO of APR. “We are so proud that they represent Alain Pinel Realtors in providing the highest quality of service to our clients.”

The REAL Trends/WSJ Thousand designees are recognized as the top one half of one percent of the more than 1,100,000 licensed REALTORS® nationwide. The list includes the top 250 agents or teams in six different categories, including top individuals ranked by closed transaction sides; top individuals ranked by closed sales volume; top teams ranked by closed transaction sides; top teams ranked by closed sales volume; and new this year, top individuals ranked by average sales price; and top teams ranked by average sales price. All rankings are verified from independent sources and are based on the calendar year 2014.

The achievements from these agents are in addition to the accolades APR has previously received based on their 2014 performance in which the firm closed a record sales volume of $10.8 billion making it the fifth largest real estate firm in the nation and the largest independent broker in California.

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Bay Area Firm Appoints Youngest COO of Top Real Estate Companies in Nation


SARATOGA, California — Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), California’s largest independent real estate broker, has promoted Rainy Hake to the office of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), making her the youngest COO of the top residential real estate companies nationwide. Effective immediately, Rainy will oversee all of the day-to-day operations of the company, including managing the Marketing, Technology, and Training Departments, as well as leading the company’s strategic vision. Paul L. Hulme will remain President and CEO.

Rainy has been an invaluable member of APR since 2003, holding a number of roles including Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs and her most recent role as Executive Vice President. As a member of the executive team, Rainy has led the strategic roadmap for the firm in all areas of operations. During her tenure, APR has increased its national ranking from 11th to 5th largest in the nation based on sales. In the past two years, she has overseen an increase in profits by 26%, greatly outperforming the market.

“Rainy’s contributions to the firm are immeasurable. She has helped introduce new innovations and modern marketing practices in our ever evolving brokerage,” said Hulme. “She has proven through her strategic leadership, diligent performance, and service that she possesses the experience, energy, and creative ingenuity to ensure APR remains the Bay Area’s premier real estate company.”

Rainy is a licensed broker with nearly 20 years of luxury real estate experience and is a member of FIABCI-USA International Real Estate Federation and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). In addition to her real estate experience, Rainy has also acted as an international brand strategy consultant for some of the world’s leading business brands including L’Oreal Paris, Wells Fargo Bank, and McCann Worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Business Administration in International Marketing and Strategic Planning from the University of Oxford, England.

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Thank you to all of our wonderful clients and fans who helped vote Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) the Best of the Bay! 

APR was named Best Real Estate company in the Silicon Valley in the San Jose Mercury News’ Best in Silicon Valley. The Best in Silicon Valley is an annual poll by the readers of the San Jose Mercury News in which the pick “the best” in over 100 categories.

APR was also named Best Broker in San Francisco in the SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco. The Best of San Francisco is an annual readers poll in which SF Weekly readers fill out a blank ballot either online or in paper for variety of categories.

At APR, we pride ourselves on our ability to innovate, adapt, and most importantly, put our clients’ needs first and we are honored to have this recognized and acknowledged from the Silicon Valley to the City.


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Agents Sound Off


Kristan Marie Lynch
San Francisco

Question: What are the pros and cons of earthquake insurance?

Answer: As a realtor specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area, the topic of earthquake insurance comes up often, especially with first time home buyers. As far as I know, I only have one client that has ever purchased earthquake insurance. Property owners complain that the cost of earthquake insurance is prohibitively expensive and include very high deductibles. However, should your home suffer substantial damage when the ‘big one’ hits and you have earthquake insurance, I doubt you’ll be complaining about those insurance premiums.

Every property has different risk factors depending on where the home is located, when it was built and how it was built. A homeowner would be well advised to weigh these factors and the associated costs before making a decision.

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