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Volunteering at “Family House” Where Families Stay Together While Their Kid Undergoes Treatment

Recently The New York Times reported that San Francisco has the lowest percentage of kids of any major U.S. city. There are many reasons as the high living costs. Yet, if a kid suddenly has a life threatening illness and has to undergo treatment in San Francisco, who is going to accommodate them, if their parents cannot afford it? Luckily there is Family House, a place where families can stay together and support one another while their sick child goes through treatment.

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Tsentol and Maureen

Maureen Couture, AMSI Realtor specializing in sales, furnished corporate interim housing, and Chris Todd AMSI Unfurnished Rental Specialist, volunteered at the “Give Back” day at Family House, which was hosted by the San Francisco Association of Realtors.

Family House is a not-for-profit organization and serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Maureen and Chris assisted with a buffet style morning breakfast, played with the children and talked with the parents and staff. Maureen says: “It felt wonderful, a total feeling of love and giving. I couldn’t have been happier to be there!”. What she enjoyed the most was spending time with the children, especially with a young girl named Tsentol who just turned 3 this week. She has brain cancer and lives along with her mother and father at Family House.

More than 3,000 families that Family House serves at their location over the course of a year, are not just being provided with temporary 100 cost-free housing, but comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF.

While children undergoing bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation are their most common guests, they also accommodate those facing other life-threatening childhood illness such as fetal surgery, transplants, and cardiac patients when space is available.

Besides getting supported by volunteers and organizations from the Bay Area, they are offered specialty rooms such as a workout, meditation and teen room at Family House. Moreover a private courtyard with BBQ, play areas with books for kids and adults and much more.

Maureen has been so touched by her first visit to Family House and being involved with the kids and their families that she most definitely will volunteer there more often from now on. Along with several AMSI staff members she already has plans for her next visit at Family House. They will sponsor a lunch or dinner for the kids to brighten up their day a bit, and give them the feeling of not being alone while going through these tough times.

Family House is more than just free, temporary housing – it’s a home away from home, and a supportive community of people who are dedicated to providing a caring environment for the entire family while their child is undergoing treatment.

If you want to get involved with Family House too, you can volunteer or donate. Please visit their website for more information at www.familyhouseinc.org

You can also contact Maureen or Chris directly, if you have any questions about their volunteering experience:

Maureen Couture Email
Chris Todd Email

Award-Winning AMSI Real Estate Agent Jenine Atencio Caucutt Shares Her Success Story

Jenine Atencio Caucutt has been awarded Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 by the San Francisco Apartment Association. Now we’ve asked her to share her success story with us.

“I’m one of those people who believe all things are connected. If I stay true to myself, show heart, try not to judge, stay focused on my goals and share my gifts then things always work out for the best!”

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Jenine Atencio Caucutt

Tell us a bit about yourself. When did you join AMSI and what do you specialise in?

I grew up in Denver, Colorado and have lived in San Francisco since 2004. I’ve worked with AMSI since then with the exception of a 2-year period from 2013-2015 to move to Nashville. I focus on leasing and corporate housing sales.

What do you enjoy the most about your job and working with AMSI?

AMSI is such a great place to be and the broker Robb Fleischer is the best! There are so many great people here. It’s easy to get inspired by each of my team member’s gifts. The company model enables each agent to excel in a variety of capacities. If you like to work with property owners, real estate sales and leasing are good for you. If you excel in a more structured sales environment then corporate housing sales is good for you. Throughout the years with AMSI I discovered that my skills and connections align with both worlds so I like to engage in both.

Why do you believe Robb is “the best”? How did Robb contribute to your success journey?

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Jenine Atencio Caucutt and Robb Fleischer at the San Francisco Apartment Association award ceremony journey?

Robb is consistent in teaching his team that all challenges are really an opportunity. He is supportive in our efforts as agents and he also inspires us by helping us to see how we can be creative in each deal. Robb has taught me that real estate is really a creative endeavor. On one occasion, Robb demonstrated to me that sometimes we have elegant transactions and sometimes we have clunky transactions, almost like a dance. That conversation totally re-framed how I look at real estate!

What is your key to success?

Consistency and follow through are important to me. I also try to push myself to learn new strategies, stay current with industry trends and technology as much as I can.

What is your motto in life?

I’m one of those people who believe all things are connected. If I stay true to myself, show heart, try not to judge, stay focused on my goals and share my gifts then things always work out for the best!

How did it feel to take the Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 Trophy home?

It felt great!

Clients love working with you. What do you believe makes you so special and unique?    

I bring heart and integrity to my work. I make it a priority to really hear my client’s objectives and deliver accurate and up-to-date information on current market conditions so we can determine the best strategy to achieve their goal quickly.

You lived in Nashville for a while during your 2-year break with AMSI. What pulled you back to San Francisco?

I love both cities! At the end of the day San Francisco is hard for any city to measure up to. It’s visually stunning, culturally rich and there are so many opportunities here.

Which neighbourhood in San Francisco defines you the most and what do you like about it the most?

That’s tough. One of the things I love most about working in real estate in San Francisco is that I have the opportunity to get to know and enjoy all of the unique neighborhoods in the city. Each of them has something special, which is the beauty of San Francisco.

Visit Jenine’s website
Twitter @JenineCaucutt
www.amsires.com  

Jenine Atencio Caucutt takes Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 Trophy Home

We are proud to announce that our wonderful and very dedicated AMSI staff member Jenine Atencio Caucutt has been awarded Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 by the San Francisco Apartment Association. She is the third staff member in a row to take this trophy home after Dawn Cusulos in 2014 and Danny Liu in 2015. 

Jenine says “I am passionate about maximizing opportunities for all of my clients.” This surely reflects in her professionalism and wonderful personality. We congratulate her for the well-deserved recognition by the San Francisco Apartment Association. 

The company’s industry standing has made AMSI the number one contact for renters seeking furnished and unfurnished rentals in many prime locations across the United States. Additionally, affiliations with property owner’s worldwide have expanded our available accommodations internationally. 

AMSI has earned a respected reputation since the company’s inception in 1970 and has been honored for innovation and business achievements. 

Jenine Atencio Caucutt
AMSI Executive Leasing, Relocation, Real Estate Sales and Property Management Specialist
Phone: 415-447-2022
Jenine’s staff website

Q&A with Dawn Cusulos Award-Winning Property Leasing Agent of the Year 2014

Today we introduce you to Dawn Cusulos, she is AMSI’s award-winning and top producing Real Estate Agent, a Superwoman!

What do you like the most about working in Real Estate? It gives me great pleasure to see people happy once they have found a home, whether it’s a buyer or tenant.
What does a usual working day look like for you? My day starts first thing with calls or showings all day long. Oftentimes I work late since I have clients that may have odd work hours. But I don’t mind arranging appointments at times when others go home or meet with their friends and family, since this may close the deal.
What has been your biggest success and achievement in Real Estate so far? Closing hundreds of transactions over the years! Nice being noticed as a top producer in business!!
Do you believe that being a woman makes is easier or harder? No. I believe being true to your self with honesty and integrity is key.
You are a working mom and wife, but you are very successful in your job. Do you have any tips for other working moms? Being a working mom in the Real estate field works. I have flexibility and can work around many mom duties. My tip would be simply to take advantage of your flexibility and arrange your duties around your appointments, or the other way around. But you have to keep in mind that this might mean to arrange appointments at late hours to meet clients for showings.
The real estate market in San Francisco is very competitive but you belong to the top producer. What is it that distinguishes you from others in the industry? Honesty and being a good listener are great assets to being a top producer. Owners appreciate the value they may get from an Agent who takes time to listen and follow up with them. I have a positive attitude in this industry and owner’s may like it.
What do you like the most about working with AMSI? I love working at AMSI because it feels like family. Robb Fleischer is the best broker! I like the fact we are all team players.
Have you encountered a drop in the Real Estate Market during the recession? Has it been more difficult than before to make business? I have been very blessed due to referring business and owners calling me back over the years. I keep very busy and love it. I really do enjoy what I do!

Visit Dawn’s website to get to know here better or follow her on TWITTER @cusulos
Email: dcusulos@amsiemail.com
Phone: 415-678-8854
www.amsires.com  

San Francisco’s First Organized Housecleaning Company and its Formation to AMSI

Robb Fleischer tells us about the establishment of San Francisco's First Houscleaning Company, and how this led to the formation of AMSI 

by Robb Fleischer

Robb Fleischer, AMSI CEO, CFO and Broker
Robb Fleischer, AMSI CEO, CFO and Broker

Upon the formation of AMSI, Grandma’s Housecleaning Service (San Franciso’s first organized housecleaning company), was a subsidiary of AMSI. Founded in 1970 by Michael Kocina as Grandma’s Helpers, created as a mechanism to provide apprenticeship training to thousands of individuals seeking social refuge in our wonderful city of San Francisco.

This practical training was later scholastically accredited by The Apollonian Academy, also co-founded by Michael Kocina. Michael was a well known character and fondly known and referred to as ‘Grandma’ through word of mouth by individuals flocking to San Francisco from all over the world and looking for a productive start during the post hippy-era. Maintain, A property Maintenance Service, an off-shoot of Grandma’s Helpers remains as one of AMSI’s vital services today. It was an honor to partner with Michael in 1981 and with Zoya Lee Smithton a few years later to become AMSI.

Today AMSI is a leader in all aspects of Real Estate, including representing Buyers and Sellers, Leasing, Extended Stay & Corporate Housing, Property Management, Relocation Services, Homefinding, Rental Management and Marketing Technology, Property Maintenance, Interior Design & Housing Cleaning Services. We are truly blessed to work with the best team of individuals who love what they do, and who do business professionally, and with the highest level of integrity and ethics.

Robb Fleischer,
AMSI CEO, CFO and Broker

AMSI Partnership with Major Real Estate Websites Through AAXSYS Technology

AAXSYS TechnologyWe are happy to announce partnerships with major real estate websites through the country in order to provide higher services through our reservation platform AAXSYS Technology.

Through AAXSYS Technology, AMSI housing availability is updated real time through our partners including TruliaAirbnbZillowTripAdvisorBooking.comFlipKeyVRBO®- Vacation Rentals By Owner®HotPads.com and many others!!

All property owner on our system receive the most comprehensive marketing systems available through our cutting edge technology http://bit.ly/AMSIres

Robb Fleischer Helping San Franciscans Open The Doors To Their New Homes

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