Thankful on this Thanksgiving

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident BRE# 01215778

Thanksgiving is that specific day and time of year we reflect upon people, places and things that have enhanced our lives over the past year as well as our lifetime. Dani & I have been through so many adventures together in our lives. Some were incredible and others were heartbreaking.

We first began our real estate career together in 1996 after owning and operating a market, deli and pizzeria for over twenty years. We were forced into a new profession due to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the recession and family health conditions which force us to end our partnership with our family.

Starting a new career this late in life was scarry and the future was by no way guaranteed to be successful. Our success was determined by joining a great company with an incredible Broker and wonderful owners and fellow agents willing to share and teach.

Training and education can only go so far. Our true success began from the incredible experiences working with exceptional clients.

  1. The first gift from our clients was the lesson of appreciation diversity.  We learned, from the start of our career, about the beauty of people from other races, religions, political parties, sexual persuasions, social and economic backgrounds, ages and economic conditions.  We learned just how much better the world would be if everyone were a Realtor with our new found knowledge.
  2. The next lesson we needed to learn was the ability to communicate directly but with tact.  We needed to be direct in our questioning but express our concern in a manner that would not offend our clients.  Our clients taught us how to do this over our over twenty years in real estate.
  3. Our clients also let us learn what it truly meant to be a Fiduciary.  You see, a Fiduciary is the highest degree of trust between a client and their professional representation.  Our clients gave us the opportunity to fully understand and embrace this highest degree of trust that exists in the eyes of the law.
  4. We have suffered through many tragedies here in Southern California.  There have been fires, floods and earthquakes over the years.  There were times that the only people that cared enough to check on us were our past clients.  We will forever be grateful to these exceptionally caring people.
  5. We have been fortunate to have received some of the most incredible reviews from those we have worked with over the years as well as receiving referrals from our past clients.  Our lives are fulfilled due to the wonderful people we have worked with over that past twenty-four years.

Respectfully, Tony & Dani Lewis Summit Real Estate Group

Call or Text us at 661-510-7975


Comments (4)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful post, and I really enjoyed reading it! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  A

Nov 17, 2020 03:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Tony:

I so enjoyed your post, and loved reading about all that you and Dani have been through and all the gratitude regarding your clients over the years.

Thank YOU for sharing your thoughts for the challenge.


Nov 17, 2020 03:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Toni, I enjoyed your post and I love Thanksgiving, I do not comment or make any likes on people's post who start about Christmas before Thanksgiving.... I am the ultimate fan of Gratitude.... love it, Endre

Nov 17, 2020 10:02 PM
ba`B Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Beautiful story of your journey and giving thanks. Wishing you two much success, great health and beautiful memories in the future. 

Nov 18, 2020 01:37 AM

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