DiMarco Realtors January 2018

D I M ARCO ’ S 2 C ENTS 1902Wright Place, 2 nd Floor Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-271-7760 | DIMARCOREALTORS.COM | JAN 2018 NEWS FROM YOUR REAL ESTATE & LOAN CONSULTANTS FOR LIFE 107 S. El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672

WOULD NOT LEAVE HIS WATCH The Guardian Who

Hope is something we could all use more of, isn’t it? That’s why we do what we can to give back to our community.While we can’t even begin to make up for what Californians lost last year, we are committed to giving back as much as we can through our business. As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we’re committing $500 from every referral we receive to St. Jude’s, with the goal of raising $25,000 total for the research hospital. Something we do for our homeowners every year is ask how they’re doing and see if we can help. Each January, we offer a free check-in. This annual review is a chance to find out how we can make your homeowning experience better.You now own your dream house, but if there is some way we can improve upon it, let us know. What prompted us to start an annual review with our clients? Well, throughout the year we used to get a lot of questions from homeowners. That told us if we’re getting questions from some, others probably have the same queries.We wanted to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions you might not have had time to ask otherwise. We noticed common challenges our homeowners were facing, and often, we’d hear from them after they’d tried to take care of the issue themselves.While we were usually able to help, the problem had generally grown over time.We want to be a proactive resource rather than a reactive one — more of an umbrella than a Band-Aid, I guess you could say. So if you hear from us this month, know we’re just reaching out and checking in.We’ll expect to hear some common real estate questions and look into tasks we might be able to help with. Happy NewYear. May you find hope in the most unexpected places, when you need it most.

After wildfires raged through our state last fall, those of us who call California home experienced a heartbreaking year.Yet, as the stories of tragedy spread, tales of heroic deeds surfaced amidst the destruction. One such story is that of Odin. Odin is a beloved member of the Hendel family. The Hendels lived in the forests of Sonoma County and have a huge heart for animals. Their flock includes eight rescue goats and two dogs, Tessa and Odin, which are both big, white Great Pyrenees — a breed known for being loyal guardians. In mid-October, Roland Hendel awoke in the night to the pungent smell of smoke, a fierce orange sky, and echoing sounds of destruction — urgent warnings from Mother Nature. Gathering everyone as quickly as he could, Roland was able to round up the family members and Tessa, but could not coax Odin from his home. Sitting staunchly next to the eight rescue goats, he would not budge. Try as they might, the Hendels could not get Odin to leave, and there was no room in their car to bring the goats.With the firestorm fast approaching, risking losing more family members with each passing minute, the Hendels made the heart-wrenching decision to leave Odin behind. They made it to safety, certain Odin has suffered a fiery fate beside his goats. After several agonizing days, they were finally able to return to their home and survey the destruction. What did they find? They saw ashes, rubble, their barn and home burned to the ground, all their belongings gone and, miraculously alive, Odin. Weakened, burned, and limping, but still steadfast, Odin had never left their side, even as the fire raged around them. Several deer had also joined the group, apparently seeking shelter in Odin’s paternal presence. Since the home was gone, a kind neighbor offered their barn to Odin and the goats. Today, Odin and his goats are reuinted with their family and are putting their lives back together. Stories like Odin’s remind us even when circumstances are grim, there is still hope to be found.

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