Helping Newcomers understand our area

Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

One of the big pleasures that comes along with my real estate business is helping newcomers understand the benefits of living in our area, to help them find the little out-of-the-way places that will give them the feeling that they are in the know, that they belong.

Each person I work with is different, has their own unique likes and dislikes. For some it might be the lesser known cultural events all around us. For others, special dining venues, or historical buildings, or special hobbies.

burned redwood treet stump at Huddart ParkToday I had the opportunity to tell a potential buyer about some of the open space attractions near where his new job is located, where he and his wife might have fun exploring now that trails are open once again. I wrote:

"San Mateo County is beginning to open up a bit [from the shelter-in-place of the last 3 months;] I hope you are able to safely explore the area a bit and breathe the air! Outdoor dining will be a treat.

"If you haven't yet explored many of the county parks and open space preserves, I think you'll like them. Many park lands have marked the narrower trails "one way" which makes good sense; often bathrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds and drinking fountains remain closed. We've enjoyed several nice hikes at Huddart County Park in the hills behind Woodside. One of my favorite trails there is the Chinquapin."

This tree stump along the Chinquapin Trail just cried out to have its picture taken (Give it a name!) I continued:

"Casual dining spot Alice's Restaurant (Skyline at Highway 84) is near Huddart Park and is now open for limited outdoor dining as well as take out.

"I'm happy to share lots of other tips about our parks; just ask."


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lottie - a nice and welcoming touch that each newcomer will appreciate.  Tailor-made.  

Jun 09, 2020 03:18 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Lottie- I know how much you love your area so it must be a treat for you to share these special places with those new to the area. 

Jun 09, 2020 04:38 PM #5
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Lottie, I know I would have appreciated this information even if I was a local. I would love to know which trails are marked one-way here. Also, some of the preferred dining places of the people who have lived in the area longer.

Jun 09, 2020 05:25 PM #6
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

It is so much fun to share the places we enjoy being and being part of nature.

Jun 09, 2020 05:36 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lottie:

What wonderful information, and photos, you had to you always do. That tree stump is quite something!

Part of the fun of working with buyers from out of our area is to share what we know, especially when it suits their interests.  And getting to know our communities well is a blast!


Jun 09, 2020 05:40 PM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

When you love where you live it is easy to share your area. People are very lucky they have you as their realtor.

Jun 09, 2020 07:38 PM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I also introduce my buyers to what they are buying into.

Happy Tuesday evening to you Lottie Kendall 


Jun 09, 2020 09:27 PM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What an amazing tree stump, Lottie. I also enjoy "introducing" clients to my adopted hometown of Charlotte and to NYC (back in the day)! One of the more enjoyable aspects of working with relocation clients.

Jun 10, 2020 06:01 AM #11
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning, Ron and Alexandra Seigel -  San Mateo County is perfectly located to take advantage of the Bay Area - beautiful coastal areas and beaches, an amazing amount of open space to enjoy, close to both San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, universities including Stanford - the list goes on.

I had forgotten that your wife is from San Mateo, George Souto - you probably know the area well.

Jun 10, 2020 07:27 AM #12
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning Nina Hollander and Jeff Dowler, CRS - perhaps it was the way the light filtered through the trees at the moment, but that old burnt tree stump really caught my eye. It is always fun to share our areas with clients and friends - it helps us remember just how special our spots in the world are.

Hi Sharon Lee - I know you've seen many wonderful, tucked away places on your travel adventures. You could write a book!

Jun 10, 2020 07:30 AM #13
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS and Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - introducing visitors and newly arrived residents to our areas is always a delight. I enjoy finding out their interests and helping them discover places of interest to them.

Hi Steffy Hristova - learning about an area as a new arrival helps ease the stress of feeling completely on one's own. It is fun for me to share, and hopefully helpful to others.

Jun 10, 2020 07:34 AM #14
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Kathy Streib and Joan Cox - you are both right; I do enjoy helping newbies get to know an area; it's easy and fun for me, and nice for them. A win-win!

Yes, Michael Jacobs - when one asks the questions and listens to the answers, it's not hard to know what tailored-made info will be most appreciated. It's fun for me, too.

Jun 10, 2020 07:37 AM #15
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You do such a great job with showing off your area and I have learned quite a bit just from your posts over the years!

Jun 10, 2020 10:40 AM #16
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I'm glad you've gotten to know my areas a bit, Brian England - that's one of the things I most enjoy on Active Rain. I know I want to hike some of your trails, visit Sedona, Camas Washington and many other areas that I've been introduced to by you, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® , Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and others.

Jun 10, 2020 12:50 PM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lottie Kendall - you have a wealth of knowledge of your area.  It is a natural choice for a new person to put their trust in you for relocation to your area.

Jun 11, 2020 07:57 AM #18
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Thanks for that vote of confidence, Grant Schneider - know an area and helping newcomers find their place in it is very rewarding.

Jun 11, 2020 09:18 AM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lottie Kendall - Not only do I read the words you write and see the photographs, I feel your heart and soul. Every buyer deserves the care and you give it so well with thoughtfulness, understanding, and great information about their specific needs and what they need to know. If I ever relocated, I would want an Agent like you. 


Jun 14, 2020 10:52 AM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with area residents.

Have an outstanding week.

Jun 14, 2020 11:34 AM #21
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It is fun to share information about our area's attractions when a buyer is moving to the area.  

On an unrelated note, that tree trunk looks like the grim reaper.  Wonder if it was struck by lightning and left to this.

Jun 21, 2020 08:13 AM #22
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are treasure, not only as a local Real Estate expert, but as a resource for anyone moving to the area. Bravo. 

Jun 27, 2020 01:08 PM #23
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