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Real Estate Broker/Owner with CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments 521400, 1501015, 01795582

Have A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

Albeit a long time since I've posted on AR not a day goes by that I don't reflect on some of the wonderful experiences and friends I've made over the years in AR Land. It always puts a smile on my face. I have learned so much from Bob Stewart and Kerrie La Guardia and have had the opportunity to share some wonderful memories and experiences with too many members to mention in a single post. But you all know who you are and all the fun times we've had together over the past 16 years. Yes, SIXTEEN YEARS! I can't believe where the time has gone but I've actually had the pleasure of evolving into a full-fledged SEASONED CITIZEN with so many of you kids.

As such, I'm happy to announce that as of January 1, 2024, I will be turning over the reins of running our company to my wonderful, bright, and enthusiastic daughter, Janeene Arendsen-Lovell. Neeners, as I call her, has been working with our company since she was 8 years old. She started out stuffing envelopes and filing and has stayed with us ever since baring the 6 years she spent enjoying a full-ride, D-1 basketball scholarship to the University of San Diego (USD) and the year she spent playing professional BB in England and the 1 year she spent in Australia, Bali, Sri Lanka and Indonesia whence she returned to America, married her high school sweetheart, and is presently raising her 3 daughters and 1 son.

Neeners has been the controller and marketing arm of all our companies, ON THE LEVEL General Contractors Inc., CREST BACKYARD HOMES, and TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments since returning home in 2004. She has been the power behind the throne and the reason for the fantastic and continued growth of our companies.

The good news is that this will allow me a lot of free time and the ability to do what I like to do best; travel and write. That being said I am happy to announce that Janis and I will be departing Miami on January 4, 2024, and returning on May 17th on a Regent Seven Seas World Cruise adventure. This has been something we've been planning for several years and Neneers has now given us the opportunity to embark on this wonderful journey and new passage in our lives. I looking forward to sharing our many wonderful experiences, memories, and adventures with all my friends and family. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and you will be hearing from me from time to time. 

In the meantime forge on and continue with your real estate goals and successes and know that my thoughts and prayers will always be with you. 

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John DL Arendsen, Broker, General & Manufactured Home Contractor and Dealer 

TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments

TAG (The Arendsen Group) Real Estate Sales & Investments is a full service, one-stop, turnkey, family owned and operated real estate brokerage, General Contractor, Manufactured Home Contractor, Developer, Investor, Property Manager, Interior Design, Engineering, architectural, Landscape design, Expert Witness, Consulting, Curative Title and Troubleshooting company with over 100 years of combined experience in the San Diego real estate sales, construction, design & development arena.





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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year 2024, John.

Congratulations on the big change and to your daughter.

I hope you and Janis have a fabulous trip - we'll expect some periodic updates and photos if and when you can.


Dec 23, 2023 12:11 PM
John DL Arendsen

Without a doubt Jeff Dowler, CRS It's been a real pleasure knowing you over the years. Let's not let too many others slip by.

Dec 23, 2023 09:17 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello and Happy Holidays, John - your insight into many aspects of building is also a story of the industry that continues to be in transition.   Good luck to you, your daughter and the company in the times that are ahead.

Dec 23, 2023 12:29 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you Michael Jacobs and all the best to you as well.

Dec 23, 2023 09:21 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, congratulations, and what a wonderful way to celebrate retirement.   Sure your daughter will do wonderful going forward to allow you and Janis to enjoy life.

Dec 23, 2023 12:42 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you so much Joan Cox Have a fun and successful future.

Dec 23, 2023 09:22 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello John DL Arendsen thank you, have A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year too.

Dec 23, 2023 02:06 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you John Pusa

Dec 23, 2023 09:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi John- Goodness!!! Well...Merry Christmas and need I say Happy New Year?!!!  I am excited for you and Janis!!!  And congratulations to your daughter, janeene!!!  Hope that we'll get to see pics and updates from your adventure. 

Dec 23, 2023 05:50 PM
John DL Arendsen

I'm planning on doing a lot more writing now that I'm a liberated ole F@#t Kathy Streib. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas and a very fun and successful '24.

Dec 23, 2023 09:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 23, 2023 07:26 PM
John DL Arendsen

Wasn't expecting that but thanks so much.

Dec 23, 2023 09:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John DL Arendsen  there is nothing more to say than what Kathy Streib  said, Merry Christmas to you and your family Endre

Dec 23, 2023 10:40 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thanks and right back atcha Endre Barath, Jr. 

Dec 23, 2023 11:28 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Best wishes in the next exciting chapter of your lives and have a blessed and Merry Christmas. 

Dec 23, 2023 10:54 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thanks so much Joyce Marsh. So great to be getting such kind words from everyone.

Dec 23, 2023 11:29 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow! Four months at sea to celebrate! That sounds amazing. I wish you the best with your new adventure - keep us posted!

Dec 24, 2023 04:40 AM
John DL Arendsen

Actually 5&1/2 months Kat Palmiotti. But whose counting? Thanks for stopping by and do have a fantastic Holiday Season!

Dec 24, 2023 07:51 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning John,

What a wonderful opportunity for Janeene to take over the reigns! You and Janis will have so much fun exploring the world! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 24, 2023 06:04 AM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you for your kind words Dorie Dillard Austin TX and do have a wonderful Holiday Season

Dec 24, 2023 07:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, John... a very happy Christmas and New Year to you. It must be a wonderful feeling to turn over your company to your daughter and know it will be in good hands. Wishing you and Janis many happy travels in the years to come.

Dec 24, 2023 06:15 AM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you so much Nina Hollander, Broker. Yep, it's time to pass the baton for our next exciting passage (literally and figuratively).

Dec 24, 2023 07:56 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Congratulations to you, your wife, the company, and of course, Neneers!  

This is wonderful news. John DL Arendsen 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Sailing New Year!


Dec 24, 2023 08:27 AM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you so much and right back atcha Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist. You're a great AR pal.

Dec 24, 2023 03:44 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Congrats on successfully handing over the reigns to a very capable person, John. Wishing you many fun adventures ahead as you navigate toward the horizon!

Dec 24, 2023 10:40 AM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you so much Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Dec 24, 2023 08:38 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

John DL Arendsen Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

Dec 24, 2023 12:07 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thanks, George Souto Been great getting to know you these past few years. 

Dec 24, 2023 08:42 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


I wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and joyful New Year!

Dec 24, 2023 10:43 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you so much Inna Ivchenko. Been quite awhile since I've heard from you.

Dec 25, 2023 08:01 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love that you are going to finally start fully enjoying retirement.  I am sure that Neeners will handle things just fine.  I didn't know she was so good at basketball, that's awesome and I am sure that her and Debe Maxwell, CRS could reminisce about basketball playing days.  Basketball is also my favorite sport.

Dec 25, 2023 05:17 AM
John DL Arendsen

Brian England, love your spirited attire. I played Santa last night for my 15 Grandkiddies. Neeners was a 5'4" shooting guard. She was one of the top 25 3-point shooters on USA Today. A Dad's bragging rights. Right? Merry Christmas ole friend.

Dec 25, 2023 08:12 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Merry Christmas John,

Wishing you and your loved ones many blessings this Christmas!



Dec 25, 2023 01:53 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you Bob Crane. Right back atcha,. It's been awhile. 

Dec 25, 2023 02:06 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

May you and your wife Janis enjoy your retirement and continued success for your daughter. Belated Merry Christmas and may you and yours have an incredible 2024.

Dec 26, 2023 05:16 AM
John DL Arendsen

Thank you Leanne Smith. We love Arizona and visit often. Our oldest son graduated from NAU as well as one of our nephews, and a granddaughter. We now have another Grandson attending ASU and his sister is a Fresman at NAU. We also have several friends that have retired throughout the State. We fell in love with Cottonwood on our last trip. Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous '24.

Dec 26, 2023 08:02 AM
Leanne Smith

Well John if you are ever in NW Mohave County, just let me know and possibly we can break bread together.

Dec 26, 2023 08:07 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

How wonderful that you can pass on the legacy of your companies to your daughter!   Can't wait to see and read about your adventures!  Congratulations!

Dec 26, 2023 12:36 PM
John DL Arendsen

Thanks Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ . I seem to be getting a few folks commenting from AZ. One of my faves of all times States. Thanks for stopping by.

Dec 26, 2023 01:12 PM