Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, Realtors: Louisville Real Estate Blog

Decor for less!

No one wants to have to compromise when buying their dream home! So, I can assume most of us would probably be thinking of how to save money for the furnishing and decor afterwards! There are of course many ways to shop furniture on sale or buy used, but today I will be focusing on how to procure some good home decor. In my opinion, the decor is what really showcases the personality of your home and makes it personalized to your taste. Enjoy decorating and styling your home, don’t have it be a burden! Below you will find a list of places and websites where you can find home decor for less. In my experience, these places have less of your typical cookie-cutter decor and look more unique and custom compared to what some of the more expensive stores carry. 

1. Peddlers malls/ Garage sales

There are so many hidden gems at these places if you are willing to take the time to look! Find super rare items that can’t be replicated. You may have to fix or add some final touches to what you buy but you can get a wonderful outcome for barely any money spent. 

2. Thrift Stores

Similar to peddlers malls and garage sales, thrifted items can be super special and add so much zest to your home. 

3. Amazon

Everyone knows that Amazon is undeniably the most convenient site on the Internet and it definitely applies to home decor shopping as well! Amazon is very easy to navigate and I can guarantee...

Buying a home during Covid-19

Ever since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been encouraged to only go out for essential purposes and our needs. Our needs have remained the same despite the world’s circumstances and one thing everyone needs is a home! Buying a home at this time may seem intimidating or like it is not a good idea, however there are definitely benefits to buying right now! Certain elements of homebuying have changed for safety protocols, however we are certain the homebuying experience is not compromised right now, it just looks different! Below you will find a list of reminders when buying your new home in this time period. The real estate market has not stopped and we hope you will not stop finding your dream home either! 

1. Be prepared for virtual home tours. 

To ensure the utmost safety of clients and agents, most showings will be virtual or by appointment. But, this can be a great thing! This gives you the opportunity to view more homes and not have to coordinate all the time it takes to schedule in person visits. Virtual home tours have been in existence, however now your realtor can zoom into details and personalize the tour to you and your needs. Be prepared to encounter some properties that are exclusively virtual tours. 

2. There is less buyer competition. 

Although the spring season is always hot for real estate, there are of course some that have decided to postpone the buying and selling of their home this year. Take advantage! There is more room...

Get Outdoors! Local Parks and tips to have a safe outing!

It is time to get out of the house! Whether you are seeking a good workout or a quiet meditation spot, go out and enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh air. The state of Kentucky, and specifically Louisville, has so many beautiful parks and trails to offer. Amidst the pandemic, getting outside is a great opportunity to maintain social distancing while still doing an activity. In this post you will find a list of some of my favorite parks nearby with tips of how to stay healthy outside and how to fight the intense summer heat! 

Louisville Parks: 

Cherokee Park is located in the Highlands and is the perfect place to go for a stroll or have a picnic by the creek. 

Iroquois park is a beautiful walk completely immersed in the trees and has a nice overlook of the city. 

The Parklands have vast open fields for sports and also offer activities like kayaking! 

The Waterfront park has a great view of the Ohio river and Indiana right across the bridge! It is a great spot to take the whole family and walk to dinner downtown after.  

Central Park in downtown Louisville is a great place to sit on a bench and unplug. It also features a historical amphitheatre.   



Kentucky Parks: 

Mammoth Cave- Mammoth Cave, KY 

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10 Easy ways to freshen up your home for the Summer!

It is safe to say that quarantine has taught us all one very valuable lesson: how to slow down!  Of course we have still been balancing work, school and home life but nonetheless, we have had to learn how to occupy ourselves while stuck at home. As we are transitioning into our “new normal” and trying to enjoy summertime, there are a lot of people who want to utilize this time to reset and improve their home. Below is a list of 10 simple and affordable ways to make your space feel like new again! 

1. Add Plants

There is no better way to spruce up your home than to add some greenery! Not only can you improve your outdoor space with new plant additions but add them to the inside as well for a summery and lively touch. 

2. Get to the five-minute fixer uppers you have been putting off

Every person definitely has little projects around the house that they have always said they will get to “someday”. Now, as we are encouraged to stay at home, is the perfect time to knock them out! These little projects can be as simple as touching up something with spray paint, changing the hardware on a dresser, replacing light bulbs, or even updating your picture frames! 

3. Swap out pillows

A much more affordable way to give your furniture and space a new feel is simply by changing your throw pillows. You could even consider getting a few different sets of throw...

Southern Vintage: Where Modern and Rustic Meet

Our Broker/ Owner, Dave Parks and John Allgeier, CEO of Southern Vintage recently joined WAVE 3 Listens Live to discuss unique ways to take design, update and beautify your home. 

Southern Vintage uses rustic reclaimed wood from 100 year old barns to create unique furniture, flooring and sidings. They do this to create an unexpected combination of styles, textures, and elements recreated into something new, beautiful and timeless.

"We want to allow customers to have an experience that is not normal in our industry, and that excites us. We're passionate about it." - John Allgeier

That passion carries over into the unique design and styles that Southern Vintage offers. Some of the more unique and beautiful things that the company creates are live edge furniture pieces. Live edge furniture delivers practicality, beauty, warmth and nature all at once. Southern Vintage carefully selects their timber to ensure they can preserve the character of each piece. The rough edges of our furniture are left to be what they were in nature, but we plane the pieces to reveal rich wood grain inside.

"This not only brings value but also brings history, it brings something timeless and it allows people to actually come in and add an essence to a room you cannot get unless it is reclaimed." - John Allgeier 

With Louisville continuing to grow in popularity and homes becoming more and more desirable, there are some unique ways that you can...

Virtual Homearama 2020!

Homearama is one of the more popular and heavily attended home design, landscaping and home builders convention in the Louisville metro area. Unforutnately, they have decided to cancel the in-person event in the midset of the COVID-19 health pandemic. The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIAGL) made the announcement today but they did provide some good news as well. The event will still be held virtually!

2019 HOMEARAMA 1ST PLACE WINNER - MANDERLY. STONELAKE HOMES, LLC

Executive Vice President, Juva Barber explained the virtual event in the press release. “While Homearama won’t be in person this year, you’ll still be able to see the hard work of our members and the latest design trends by taking the virtual tours of each of these nine beautiful homes at bialouisville.com/signature-events/homearama beginning July 20, 2020.”

The event is perfect for new and upcoming home buyers and sellers to get an idea of what is important and trendy in the market. These virtual tours will allow the various vendors to show their product in real time and should be even more informative than normal. Bentley Homes, Caliber Homes, Castlebuilt Homes, Joe Kroll Builders, Mason Construction, Mastercraft Homes, Ramage Company and Leo Thieneman & Sons are the builders that have prepared a home for this years event. 

2019 HOMEARAMA 2ND PLACE RUNNER UP - THE MEDITERRANEAN. RPO CUSTOM HOMES & REMODELING

For those people in the Norton Commons area that were looking forward to this event have no fear it...

Building Dream Homes

Ball Homes has been building gorgeous homes in the Louisville metro area for over 60 years and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg Realtors is proud to work so closely with them to help families find or build their customized dream home.

This year Ball Homes rolled out a new series of homes aimed to retain the building integrity, range of features, and warranty coverage buyers have come to expect, but at a lower price point.

The Trend Collection premiered in Louisville at Parkside at Mt. Washington. Parkside is a conservation subdivision offering lots of open space and a great location next door to McNeeley Lake Park and Quail Chase Golf Course. This beautiful neighborhood design includes a pond and wooded areas in the open spaces. This Mount Washington location is convenient to the Gene Snyder and I-65.

Smart design makes these floor plans versatile and affordable.  Carefully selected contemporary products and designer finishes make them beautiful. These floor plans capture the best of modern design, with open concept living and flexible spaces.  Homes range from 1610sf to over 2700sf, and all have two-car garages and three or more bedrooms.

What we are hearing from buyers is that they most appreciate the streamlined selection and design process, making it even easier and faster to build your dream home. Designer upgrade packages and individual upgrades are available to enhance kitchens, master baths, interiors and more.

Affordability gets even easier with the 2% Walden Mortgage Incentive and all of the Ball Homes quality assurance and warranty programs. Ball Homes is proud of...

Neighborhood Overview of Crescent Hill

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Crescent Hill

Today we are going to talk about Crescent Hill! Crescent Hill has become a great spot for young families with a Louisville Free Public Library branch and its proximity to Cherokee Park. Frankfort Avenue cuts through the middle of Crescent Hill, and the wide array of bars and restaurants provide a vibrant local nightlife. There is certainly something for everyone.

Whether it’s an upscale meal, quick bar bite, local brew, unique cocktail, top of the line decadent dessert or a shopping spree, you can find it all on Frankfort Avenue. You can have the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in all of Kentucky at Please & Thank You, or you can get dressed up and take in a delicious meal at Varanese, Le Moo, North End Café and many more. If you want to meet up with friends, the food and drinks at The Hub, Silver Dollar or Bourbons Bistro are the places for you. No matter which direction you walk, the food is phenomenal.

Crescent Hill has a unique identity. If you are in the neighborhood in October, Halloween Avenue is a multi-block event that is a must visit event for residents throughout the city. Every year the entire street of Hillcrest goes all out with decorations and invites families to take a stroll and experience the spectacle. It has become such a wildly popular tradition that it has been mentioned in quite a few national sources. If Halloween isn’t your thing, stop in on the last Friday of every month for the F.A.T. Trolley Hop where you will get free parking and transportation as the trolly runs...

Neighborhood Overview of Nulu

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Nulu

Today we are going to talk about the Nulu area! Nulu consists of the East Market District of downtown Louisville and is known for its unique art galleries, specialty stores, and antique shops. Some of the best eating can be found in this area as well. So much so that USA Today and Thrillist named it one of the 18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America.

You can see so much just taking a stroll down Market Street, whether it is the one of a kind experiences at the eclectic Red Tree Furniture gift shop or the cool dive bar Taj just behind and down the hidden alleyway. You can also play some ping pong and have one of the best burgers in the city seated outside at the Garage Bar, which was built inside of an old-time car repair shop. If you are a fan of healthy eating and want a nutritious shake, stop in at Luberry and get all the vitamins you could hope for!

Looking for a unique experience? Visit Nulu on the first Friday of the month and hop onto the ZeroBus for an incredible arts show, shopping spree and street throwdown that will get you fired up for the weekend! For the people looking for something a bit more exhilarating, visit Flying Axes or Climb Nulu! For sports fans, take in a Louisville Bats baseball game or a soccer game at the brand new Louisville City FC stadium. Both are walkable from Market Street.

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Neighborhood Overview of St. Matthews

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

St. Matthews

Today we are going to talk about the St. Matthews neighborhood. St. Matthews was settled in 1920 and really saw a boom during the flood in the 1930s as Louisville residents sought shelter in the higher elevated area of the city. Now it is one of the premier spots for families in the city. It is also the largest shopping area in the city home to both Oxmoor Mall and Mall of St. Matthews on Shelbyville Road.

The beauty of St. Matthews is that it feels like its own perfect city just eight miles from downtown. It is the most central part of Louisville, and you can get almost anywhere else in the city in less than 20 minutes.

You will find most of the big national food chains in this area, as well as some delicious local gems. It also has just about every style of food you could ever need. For those looking for more of a nightlife scene, you can take a trip over to Tin Roof, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Dutch’s Tavern and many more.

Nestled inside of St. Matthews is one of the top-rated private schools in the state. Trinity High school has produced many notable alumni including Successful SEC Coach Dan Mullen, MLB All-Star Chris Carpenter and NFL players Brian Brohm and Chris Crane.

On those gorgeous days in the city, you can stroll through Cherokee Park, Seneca Park, or the Louisville Zoo. On your way home, stop at Plehn’s Bakery for a delicious treat. Phlen’s...

Neighborhood Overview of Portland

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Portland

Today we are going to talk about Portland. Portland has a very rich and unique history filled with massive arts and culture. When Portland was founded in 1835, it was actually a separate town and was not annexed into Louisville until years later. Now it is Louisville’s largest neighborhood with a population close to 13,000. Traces of countless immigrant cultures can be seen throughout the neighborhood. French, Irish and German influence can be found amongst the local cuisine and architecture.

Portland has a very tight-knit community that values its local businesses as well as its parks and churches. It has become a hot spot for young families moving into the area since it is ranked as the most affordable cost of living area in Louisville.

Due to its rich history, Portland has become a hub for Louisville’s artistic minds that have become drawn to the Art Gallery Warehouse District near 15th street. This is the home of the Tim Faulkner Visual Art Gallery and the proposed new home for the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute.

After you have enjoyed the wonderful views and immersed yourself in the unique culture, you can take a minute to grab some lunch at one of the many local restaurants. One particularly delicious location is The Table Café. The Table is incredibly unique because not only do they highlight strictly local produce in their menu, they also boast a pay-what-you-can...

Neighborhood Overview of Germantown

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

 Germantown

Today we are going to talk about Germantown. This is one of the oldest and most local-centric neighborhoods in all of Louisville. It received its name due to a large influx of German immigrants in the 1800s. This neighborhood is home to shotgun style houses galore, and it has a deep rich history that they have maintained while still upgrading the location with top notch restaurants and dive bars.

 

For some top of the line delicious meat dine at Hammerheads. If it’s a worldly twist that interests  you, Eiderdown is one of the more popular locations. Eiderdown is also known to head up the local Oktoberfest annual festivities. You can also swing by Check’s Café which has been a staple in that community for over 60 years.

 

With that rich history comes a lot of unique and fun traditions for you to experience with your family. The first Saturday of every month you can enjoy an entertaining puppet show on the corner of Breckenridge Street across from the delicious Wiltshire Pantry. Take part in the World Championship Dainty contest in July where Germantown and sister neighborhood Schnitzleberg residents compete.

 

One of the best parts of Germantown is the proximity to everything. There are grocery stores, parks, downtown and anything else you could need in just a short drive. It is a very well lit and walkable neighborhood and is very dog friendly....

Neighborhood Overview of The Highlands

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

The Highlands

Today we are going to talk about The Highlands. Nestled in the center of Jefferson County, The Highlands is one of the most sought-after living locations in the city. It boasts a strong community of young professionals. 

Bardstown Road is considered Louisville's premiere restaurant row, and it runs through the middle of the Highlands. Residents take advantage of this fun and unique experience frequenting the outstanding local restaurants and bars.

Residents take advantage of beautiful and sunny Louisville afternoons exploring the Louisville Zoo or taking a stroll in Cherokee or Tyler Park. The Highlands also boasts many eclectic boutiques that will scratch any shopping itch.

The Highlands is one of the top neighborhoods for young professionals. Ranked 1st out of 60 for that demographic in Louisville, it is a quite affordable place to buy a home. The rental market is a bit more expensive due to its strong popularity, but it is very budget-friendly for new families looking to move. You can get a gorgeous 2 bed 2 bath single-family home or condo for around $180,000 all the way up to a larger 4-bedroom 4 bath ranch style home for $500,000.

Do you live in the Highlands and have something special about the community that you think people should know about? Have you lived there before and loved or disliked it? Comment below and let us know! Also, stay tuned for more neighborhood overviews!

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Neighborhood Overview of Anchorage, KY

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Anchorage

Today we are going to talk about Anchorage, KY. Nestled in the center of Middletown, Anchorage is rated the #1 neighborhood to raise a family in the entire state of Kentucky. It boasts high rated public schools and is close proximity to a lot of strong private schools in Louisville as well.

On those particularly pretty days, you can grab a cup of coffee from the wonderful Anchorage Café and then hop over to the Anchorage Trail for a beautiful nature-filled two-mile light hike near Willow Lake.

Afterwards, you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a local craft brew from Great Flood Brewing company. If breweries aren’t your style, take in one of the countless local restaurants surrounding the Anchorage community.

Anchorage offers many wonderful amenities and rates well in the affordability category. No matter your budget, there is a home that will fit the needs of anyone who would like to call Anchorage home. From gorgeous and stylish 3-bedroom homes to larger and more eclectic 5-bedroom homes, you can find your dream home.

Do you live in Anchorage and have something special about the community that you think people should know about? Have you lived there before and loved it? Comment and let us know below and stay tuned for more neighborhood overviews!

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Diversity Month Highlight - Kyle Roth

Today we are excited to introduce agent and staff member Kyle Roth as part of our Diversity Month celebration. A special thank you to Kyle for opening up about his experience as a proud member of the LGBTQ Community and his experiences with diversity in the real estate industry. 

Q: Why is diversity in the workforce – particularly in the real estate industry – so important? 

A: Diversity in the workforce is very important because not only does it give people opportunity that they normally would not have, but diversity brings different perspectives that can benefit everyone. It is important to have a diverse workforce that can help recognize and meet the needs of a variety of clients.  

Q: When it comes to matters of diversity, did you have a professional mentor and how did she/he help prepare you for this career?  

A: No, I did not have one. Coming from a previous background of Cosmetics, my entire work force was full of very diverse people. Also, growing up I would always watch HGTV and I would notice many LGBTQ professionals on there working, and it always made me feel included. When I transitioned into real estate, I never felt it would be an issue just from what I had been exposed to growing up watching those shows.  

Q: What’s the greatest lesson you could offer to an aspiring LGBTQ real estate agent?

A: The greatest lesson I could offer would be to be yourself. This is a business where you will attract people who will work with you because they like you. I have never had an issue of discrimination in this field, and I think it helps that I have always stayed very true to myself. I personally think it...

Diversity Month Highlight - Jaki Watson

Today we are excited to introduce staff member Jaki Watson as part of our Diversity Month celebration. Thank you, Jaki for opening up about this! Not all diversity is on the outside!

Q:  What does diversity mean in your household?

A: My diversity is not on the outside, not visibly seen until you notice my hand tremors or when my neck reddens as I start to sweat. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a chronic, sometimes debilitating anxiety disorder. GAD is often paired with depression and Obsessive Compulsion Disorder. Diversity in my family involves a lot of patience, learning, understanding, and embracing each of our special talents.

Q: Tell us about the holidays you celebrate with your family and their significance

A: We are a holiday family! We celebrate every holiday together and have family dinners and birthday months. A typical gathering looks like elders around the table, sports on the television for those who need to zone, and friends of the nephews running around. Our biggest yearly event is the Turkey Bowl played on full bellies every Thanksgiving. Going through the COVID-19 pandemic without these gatherings is hard, but necessary.

Q: What is one important fact about your diversity that you want others to know?

A: A difficulty that I come across is that when people learn I have GAD they look uncomfortable like they need to treat me with kid gloves. This is new to them, but this is my everyday existence. Being worried about the future makes me a great planner; foreseeing every possible outcome to an event works in my favor in most conditions. Every person dealing with neuro-atypical brains has their own journey, this is mine. Anxiety is part of my life but so is family, friends,...

Diversity Month Highlight - Krupa Patel

Today we are excited to introduce agent and staff member Krupa Patel as part of our Diversity Month celebration. Krupa is one of our newer additions to the BHHSPW Family

Q:  What does diversity mean in your household?

A: In our family, diversity means understanding and balancing two cultures. We find ways to celebrate the Indian culture and the American culture. 

Q: Tell us about the holidays you celebrate with your family and their significance

A: We celebrate Diwali, Holi, Kite Festival, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween. Halloween is celebrated not as a religious holiday, but fun for the kids.  

Q: What is one important fact about your diversity that you want others to know?

A: I was born in India and my husband, Raj, was born in New Jersey along with our three kids. We are constant trying to balance and learn the two different cultures and building our own fusion of both cultures. From meals to clothes and language to going to temple and prayers. We are constantly trying to understand and accept everyone’s capabilities and the limits of each. As a family of five, we try to find ways to celebrate our cultures so each member of the family can appreciate them and take part in their own way.  

Q: What strategies have you used to respond to diversity challenges?

A:  It has been a challenge to really have a perfect  balance of all,  so we work on accepting the individuals and their own understanding and knowledge or each

A special thank you to Krupa Patel and her beautiful family for agreeing to share some insight into what diversity means for her and her family....

Diversity Month Highlight- Judie Parks

Today we want to highlight our Principal Broker and Owner Judie Parks as part of our Diversity Month celebration. For a long time, women owners and brokers were scarce in the Real Estate industry, and It is incredible to have a leader as inspiring as Judie.

 

Q: What is it like being a woman business owner?

Until my brother and I bought the company, I did not have a true understanding of how rare I am in this role.  It was a real eye-opener to learn that the majority of agents are female, but the majority of owners are male.

I hope that I am an inspiration to young girls as well as to young men.  I love to see the joy and the pride on their faces when my husband and my sons tell their friends that their mom is a co-owner of BHHS Parks & Weisberg, Realtors.  It gives me hope that someday the question you just asked will not be significant.      

Q: How do you achieve work-life balance?  

There is no such thing as work-life balance just as anyone with children can attest that you are not “fair” or “treat your children equally” at all times.  You meet your children where they are and give them what they need and sometimes one child needs more than another.  The same is true for work-life balance.  When I first started in Real Estate, I left my previous position as an engineer.  During my exit interview, a question was asked that still resonates with me. My supervisor asked me, “Do you know how many hours you will have to work? Do you know you will have to work nights and weekends?” As he said that, all I could do was smile. I was working every day from 6:30 am- 4:00 pm, on call every night, and worked almost every other weekend. 

The difference would be that I would determine my hours and be rewarded accordingly.  So,...

Diversity Month Highlight - Mika Heinze

Today we are excited to introduce agent and staff member Mika Heinze as part of our Diversity Month celebration. Mika has been a member of the BHHSPW family for 6 years. 

We asked Mika what diversity means in her life and work. Here are her responses.

Q:  What does diversity mean in your household?

A: 

Diversity in the Heinze Household means we are all unique, and we respect our individual differences. We all have different personalities and perspectives. 

Q: How does your family celebrate holidays? What is the significance in your household?

A:

We celebrate birthdays, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. These holidays are important for our entire family, and we take time to get together to share dinner, play games and socialize. My kids celebrate Black History Month each year in February. It’s our way to remember important African Americans whom made an impact on our lives. 

Q: What strategies have you used to respond to diversity challenges?

A: 

We accept diversity challenges as they come. The benefit of this is that it allows for us to see others’ points of view and learn from it. Everyone sees things differently, and we need to be aware of that.

 

A special thank you to Mika Heinze and her beautiful family for agreeing to share some insight into what diversity means for her and her family. Stay tuned this month for more agent spotlights! If you have any experiences with diversity...

Diversity Month Highlight - Marilu Eng

The month of April is Diversity Month, and we will highlight our agents and staff that bring their personal approaches to our company. Today we are highlighting agent Marilu Eng who has been with BHHSPW for two years. 

We asked Marilu what diversity means in her life and work. Here are her responses.

Q:  What does diversity mean in your household?

A: 

Diversity represents the love and relationship that I have with my husband and with each of my children. My husband was born in Hong Kong and comes from a completely different culture than me. I have been blessed to watch that mix of Mexican and Chinese heritage develop in my children. Because of the natural diversity in my household, my children have grown up influenced by three very unique cultures. In addition, the opportunity for our family to live and travel all around the world, plus their exposure to the Spanish, Chinese, and English languages has given me and my children a unique worldview and an attitude of acceptance and love for all cultures and people.

Q: Tell us about the holidays you celebrate with your family and their significance

A:

My family celebrates all of the major Mexican and Chinese holidays such as: Dia de Los Muertos, Dia de Reyes, Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival, as well as other universal and American holidays such as: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July and Easter. Each culture’s holidays play a vital role...