Last week, I was in Tahoe at the "Luxury Council" seminar sponsored by Chase International, a high-end Tahoe real estate company with IMPRESSIVE listings on the lake, in Truckee, and throughout the Tahoe area, extending all the way into Reno and Sparks, NV, This wasn't just an opportunity to view some remarkable properties on the water, but to network with out-of-area Agents and to share some trade secrets. (They're really not so secret.)
A car service to drive us around the lake for The 21st Annual "Lake Tahoe Luxury Estates Tour" sounded like a good idea until the driver showed up late, noticeably shaken, had no sense of direction (nor smart phone with GPS to guide him), and arrived in an actual s t r e t c h limosine that was too large for our small party of five, and too clumsy to make the hairpin turns required in the narrow, windy roads of Glenbrook and Zephyr Cove.
It's June which means a whole new crop of birds have just graduated from high school and are about to leave the nest . . . Congratulations! (It also means we are entering our summer market.) Baby birds no longer, these kids are about to soar - some off to college in distant locals, while others will take a gap year, volunteering as they defer their higher education.
"So tell me what you do," I said to Sarah as we met outside of Peet's on Piedmont Avenue. Sarah and I are in a professional networking group together and these one-to-one sit downs are part of our homework, outside the regular Tuesday lunch meetings.
"I'm a trust and estates lawyer," Sarah said with a smile, her elderly dog on her lap, "I help people disperse their assets and plan their affairs."
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 500 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.