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Blog Archives: January 2013 — December 2013

Sereno Group Recognized As One Of The Top Philanthropic Organizations By Silicon Valley Business Journal

November 10, 2013
LOS GATOS, CA—November 10, 2014. Sereno Group was honored as one of the top 50 philanthropic corporate organizations in Santa Clara County for 2014 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Sereno Group’s recognition was the direct result of its 1% for Good movement. Sereno Group was joined on the top 50 list by Silicon Valley tech giants Applied Materials, Cisco Systems, Google, Intel, and Oracle, as well as other prominent Silicon Valley corporations. Sereno Group ranked 32nd out of the top 50 organizations recognized for their ...

Sereno Group Los Altos Announces The Los Altos Senior Center As Their 1% For Good 4Th Quarter Recipient

October 25, 2013
Los Gatos-October 25, 2013. Sereno Group’s Los Altos Office announced the Los Altos Senior Center as their 1% for Good recipient for the fourth quarter of 2013. Sereno Group Los Altos will donate 1% of the gross commission dollars closed to the Los Altos Senior Center during the months of October, November, and December. Established in 1976, the Los Altos Senior Center offers a wide array of activities and volunteer opportunities for active adults 50 years and over. The LASC offers an incredibly full calendar of group activities, including ...

Sereno Group Los Gatos Names Youth Science Institute As Their Fall 1% For Good Recipient

October 01, 2013
Los Gatos-October 5, 2013. Sereno Group’s Willow Glen Office announced The Rotary Playgarden as the 1% for Good recipient for the fourth quarter of 2013. Sereno Group Willow Glen will donate 1% of their gross commission dollars closed to Rotary Playgarden during the months of October, November, and December. The Rotary Playgarden is the 100 Year Legacy Project of the Rotary Club of San Jose. The project grew out of the group’s desire to provide a play experience in San Jose for children of all abilities. The park will be centrally located ...

Sereno Group Palo Alto Names Leukemia & Lymphoma Society As Their 1% For Good 4Th Quarter Recipient

October 01, 2013
Los Gatos-October 22, 2013. Sereno Group’s Palo Alto Office announced the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the 1% for Good recipient for the fourth quarter of 2013. Sereno Group Palo Alto will donate 1% of the gross commission dollars closed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the months of October, November, and December. Specifically, Sereno Group Palo Alto’s contribution will go to support the Palo Alto Chapter Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual “Light the Night Walk” taking place November 2nd at City Hall Plaza, Palo Alto at 5:00 ...

Sereno Group Los Gatos Names Youth Science Institute As Their Fall 1% For Good Recipient

September 26, 2013
Los Gatos-September 26, 2013. Sereno Group’s Los Gatos Office announced Youth Science Institute as the 1% for Good recipient for the fourth quarter of 2013. Sereno Group Los Gatos will donate 1% of their gross commission dollars closed to YSI during the months of September, October, November, and December. Founded in 1953, YSI’s mission is to inspire enthusiasm for science and learning in youth with handson science education. To date, YSI has touched the lives of more than 1.5 million children through their programs, with an average of ...

Sereno Group Announces The Addition Of Mike O’Boy To Its Santa Cruz Office

September 24, 2013
Los Gatos--September 24, 2013. Sereno Group announced today that Mike O’Boy, one of the most celebrated agents in the Monterey Bay Area, has joined the Sereno Group Santa Cruz office. For nearly two decades, Mike has built an impeccable reputation through his commitment to the local community and hard work. Since 1999, Mike has been the top producing agent in the Aptos, Seascape, and Rio Del Mar marketplaces. In 2012, he was recognized as one of “America’s Top Agents, California” for his overall sales production by REAL Trends, one of the ...

Sereno Group Willow Glen Names Rotary Playgarden As Their 4Th Quarter 1% For Good Recipient

September 01, 2013
Los Gatos-October 5, 2013. Sereno Group’s Willow Glen Office announced The Rotary Playgarden as the 1% for Good recipient for the fourth quarter of 2013. Sereno Group Willow Glen will donate 1% of their gross commission dollars closed to Rotary Playgarden during the months of October, November, and December. The Rotary Playgarden is the 100 Year Legacy Project of the Rotary Club of San Jose. The project grew out of the group’s desire to provide a play experience in San Jose for children of all abilities. The park will be centrally located ...

Sereno Group Announces Tom Brezsny To Join The Sereno Group Santa Cruz Office

August 27, 2013
LOS GATOS—August 27, 2013. Sereno Group announced today that longtime Monterey Bay area top producing agent, Tom Brezsny, has joined the Sereno Group’s Santa Cruz office. With his over 20 years of real estate excellence, Brezsny also brings a creative, community minded professionalism and an impeccable reputation as one of the area’s most respected Realtors. “Tom has long been respected as a leader in thought and practice in coastal real estate,” said Chris Trapani, Founder of Sereno Group, “He brings a freshness of perspective and an ...

Sereno Group Announces The Addition Of Brian Bernasconi To Its Los Gatos Office

August 01, 2013
Los Gatos--September 25, 2013. Sereno Group announced today that Brian Bernasconi, a wellrespected veteran of Silicon Valley real estate, has joined the Sereno Group Los Gatos office. Licensed since 2000, Brian has built a reputation as both a well-respected Realtor and advocate for the industry. Brian has served in several leadership capacities, including President of the Los Gatos Saratoga District for the Silicon Valley Realtor Association and as a District 9 Chairperson for the California Association of Realtors. “We are very, very ...

Sereno Group Posts $1.1 Billion In Home Sales For The First Two Quarters Of 2013

July 08, 2013
LOS GATOS—July 8, 2013. Sereno Group announced it has recorded $1.1 billion in home sales volume during the first two quarters of 2013, a 65% year over year increase from 2012. The company’s average sales price actually stayed steady at over $1,000,000, even with the marked increase in sales volume. “The market dynamic of low inventory and high demand continued during the second quarter of this year,” said Chris Trapani, Founder of Sereno Group, “All marketplaces remain extremely competitive and multiple offers are expected with most, if ...

Sereno Group Is Recognized As One Of The Largest Private Companies In Silicon Valley

July 01, 2013
LOS GATOS—September 25, 2013. Sereno Group ranked in the top 50 of Silicon Valley’s Largest Private Companies, a prestigious list published by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The SVBJ recognized and ranked organizations based upon the companies’ completed fiscal year revenue for 2012. This is Sereno Group’s first time appearing on the list. The company has already surpassed 2012’s pace and is on course to close out 2013 with record numbers in multiple categories, including an overall sales volume increase of 30% from 2012, total number ...

Sereno Group Santa Cruz Announces Grind Out Hunger As Their 1% For Good 2nd Quarter Recipient

June 07, 2013
Los Gatos-June 7, 2013. Sereno Group’s Santa Cruz Office announced Grind Out Hunger as their 1% for Good recipient for the third quarter of 2013. Santa Cruz’s contribution will help to support Grind Out Hunger’s goal of decreasing childhood hunger and malnutrition both locally and nationally. The organization was founded in 2003, when founder, Danny Keith, realized that one in eight kids in Santa Cruz County were going hungry. He began visiting schools to spread the message of fighting childhood hunger and, from this initial starting point, ...

Sereno Group Santa Cruz Announces Monterey Bay Salmon And Trout Project As Their 1% For Good 2nd Quarter Recipient

May 25, 2013
Los Gatos-May 25, 2013. Sereno Group’s Palo Alto Office announced Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project will be their 1% for Good recipient for the second quarter of 2013. Santa Cruz’s contribution will specifically help the organization replenish our streams and oceans with fish, which directly benefits the species and the sustainability of the larger, local ecosystem. Founded in 1976, the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project (MBSTP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of the native salmon and ...

Sereno Group Willow Glen Announces The American Diabetes Association As Their 1% For Good 2nd Quarter Recipient

May 15, 2013
WILLOW GLEN—15 May 2013. Sereno Group’s Willow Glen Office announced the American Diabetes Association will be the office’s 1% for Good recipient for the second quarter of 2013. Willow Glen’s contribution will specifically help to underwrite the organization’s “Healthy Challenge Camp for Kids” at Seven Trees Community Center in San Jose in August of this year. Currently over 215,000 persons under age 20 have diabetes. The purpose of the camp is to educate high risk youth of the health dangers of diabetes, and its prevention. The camp will ...

Sereno Group Real Estate Ranked Among The Top Brokerages In The Nation For Highest Per Agent Productivity, Overall Sales Volume, And Highest Average Sales Price By Real Trends, Inc.

May 07, 2013
LOS GATOS—May 7, 2013. Sereno Group announced today the company has been named to the prestigious REAL TRENDS 500 list of nationally top performing brokerages in four separate categories for their 2012 sales performance. Most notably, Sereno Group is recognized as the 4th ranked brokerage in the United States for the highest productivity per sales associate. For 2012, Sereno Group agents produced an average of $8,461,905 in sales with an overall $1,777,000,000 in companywide total production. Since initially entering the REAL TRENDS ...

Sereno Group Palo Alto Announces Bring Me A Book As Their 1% For Good 2nd Quarter Recipient

May 07, 2013
PALO ALTO—7 May 2013. Sereno Group’s Palo Alto office announced Bring Me a Book as their 2nd quarter recipient for their 1% for Good philanthropy campaign. During the months of April, May, and June, the Sereno Group Palo Alto team will be pledging 1% of their gross commissions to Bring Me a Book in support of their programs. Founded in 1997, Bring Me a Book estimates only 50% of low income children are read aloud to daily, 33% of those children enter kindergarten lacking basic pre-literacy skills, and 66% of 4th graders cannot read ...

Guy Kawasaki Named As The Keynote Speaker For Sereno Group’S Upcoming Sereno Session Companywide Event

May 01, 2013
LOS GATOS—1 May 2013. Sereno Group announced today that legendary Silicon Valley visionary, Guy Kawasaki, will be the keynote speaker at their upcoming May 6th Sereno Session company-wide event. The half-day event will feature Kawasaki, an agent panel, and Sereno Group founders, Chris Trapani and Ryan Iwanaga, discussing the company’s culture and its long term vision. A New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battled-Hardened for Anyone Starting Anything, Enchantment: The Art of ...

Sereno Group Hosts Another Successful E-Recycle Day To Celebrate Earth Day 2013

April 30, 2013
LOS GATOS—April 30, 2013. On Sunday, April 21st, Sereno Group celebrated Earth Day by hosting a companywide e-recycle event, resulting in over 25,000 lbs of e-waste being collected at the company’s drop off sites. The company’s 2013 collection results are an over 5,000 lbs improvement from the same event during last year’s Earth Day celebration. Sereno Group worked in partnership with Metech Recycling, one of North America’s leading Certified e-Stewards e-recyclers committed to upholding the highest standards of electronic recycling through ...

Sereno Group Attends Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate’s 11th Annual Spring Retreat

April 29, 2013
LOS GATOS—29 April 2013. During the week of April 22nd, a contingent of Sereno Group agents and executives attended the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s 11th Annual Spring Retreat in Carmel, CA. The Retreat was hosted by John Brian Losh, Chairman/Publisher of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, (LuxuryRealEstate.com); a network of top luxury real estate brokers. The network includes the most prominent global luxury brokers and meets three times each year, nationally and internationally, to discuss current real estate trends. At the ...

Sereno Group Posts $387 Million In 2013 First Quarter Home Sales

April 26, 2013
LOS GATOS—April 26, 2013. Sereno Group posted $387,000,000 in home sales volume during the first quarter of 2013, a 55% year over year increase from 2012. Even with the increased volume, the company’s average sale price remained at approximately $1,000,000, further signs of the Bay Area market’s continued recovery. “Sales activity has been incredible during the first part of this year,” said Chris Trapani, CEO of Sereno Group, “We are seeing continued lack of inventory throughout the entire Bay Area, with most marketplaces having less than ...

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