I’ve been surrounded by real estate my entire life. When I say this, I mean literally, my entire life. My mom would bring me to apartment showings and meetings since I was an infant. She now looks back at how crazy this actually was, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. My mom and dad started investing in rental properties in rural Vermont since my Dad was just 30 years old. He started with one building and grew slowly and steadily from there. Within 10 years they owned over 100 units in our small town, and my mom solely ran the day-to-day business by herself as a new mom, answering and dealing with all of the property management issues that comes with owning this many units. This is not a pretty or easy job to do, nonetheless as a new mom and having done it all all by herself as my Dad ran the books – he still had his day job at a large ski company, which he is going on 30+ years at. I’ve tagged along with my parents collecting rents, over hearing eviction stories, scrubbing refrigerators for new move-ins, having to replace expensive furnaces when they decide to crash on bitter cold Vermont nights – you name it. As challenging and rewarding the residential apartment business can be, my mom and dad continued to grow their real estate portfolio, buying and selling a successful hotel that faced the biggest ski resort on the East Coast, buying and selling another Inn that housed international ski resort workers, owned and invested in multiple storage facilities, owned (and quickly sold) an Italian restaurant, sold all 100 apartment units, and now own and operate 3 successful Discount Food and Furniture stores in Vermont, along with multiple commercial properties that house many successful businesses. Needless to say, real estate is in my blood. I live for constantly learning about the San Francisco Real Estate Market – one of the strongest, most competitive real estate markets in the world.