By Paige Gilmar
Every day seems to be a new apocalypse. As you awake to a new day, the morning love songs of robins and wrens are replaced with the squawking of news reporters. Like some modern-day disciple of Jesus Christ, they proclaim the end of all modern goodness and morality. The freshest copy of your local newspaper materializes their verbal word in print, its ink bleeding with instances of school shootings, gang fights, political corruption, and corporate greed.
The world seems to be built on bombshells, with one wrong step leading to our utter destruction. The anthem of Western journalism remains the same sad song, a store of broken records. When hooked to news broadcasting like life support, it is hard to imagine kindness and compassion in this world. Could these bigwig news reports be leaving something out? Is there really any humanity left within the human world?
A quick trip to the Bay Area is enough to remind us that goodness can still be found within our American borders. A hub for social activism and brilliant innovation–Berkeley brainiacs and San Franciscan sages alike are continuously pursuing the utilitarian ideal to bring about the greatest good for society. From protests to paintings, all members of the Bay Area seem to be giving a hand to make the world a better place, even its real estate companies.
Stemming from the heritage of Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in 1887, Highland Partners was founded in 2009 by some of the most prominent figures in the industry, including Heidi Marchesotti, Adam Betta, Debbi DiMaggio, and Mindy Sun. An international real estate corporation with a client-centered boutique operation–Highland Partners offers an experience unlike any other, interweaving professionalism with personability. This distinctive company specializes in luxury real estate within Piedmont, Berkeley, Oakland, and greater San Francisco areas.
Co-founder Heidi Marchesotti explains their process, “We treat our agents the same way we would like to be treated. ‘Respect’ and ‘integrity’ are not just words that we use but the actions and traits of each person at Highland Partners every day.”
“Our goals mirror the wants and needs of our clients. For us, luxury is not a price point. It is a level of service that we provide to our agents and to our clients. Happy, mindful agents make for happy clients, so we are always working toward building our company slowly, with focus, and we are very selective in the agent-hiring process.”
However, unlike many high-end companies, Highland Partners embodies their illustrious title holistically, taking the “high road” in all respects, even its moral ones. With the wealth this company collects from its thriving business, a portion of its earnings are given back to the community to improve the lives of many Californians. Highland Partners provides support and volunteering to over fifty programs, including local schools, hospitals, and community agencies.
Marchesotti expands on this, “Born from a need to create a better working environment for realtors with regard to support services and client care, we also wanted to create a company that gives back to the communities we serve not just by writing a check, but actually improving the quality of life by volunteering, education, and involvement.”
“We have a list of hundreds of organizations that we are involved with. Probably our most recent home-build through give-back homes and Habitat for Humanity is the most notable. We raised money for a home-build in Oakland through Soul Cycle charity rides and general fundraising through our agents. On build-day, many of our agents, working in two half-day shifts, actually participated in the build from hauling garbage to building interior walls.”
“When you work that hard and are actually in the community, getting dirty and making a difference, what you get in return for that experience is so much more fulfilling.”
Nevertheless, Highland Partners’ dedication to excellence has not gone unnoticed by the state and national communities. In 2015, Highland Partners was awarded the Butterfly Trust Mark by Positive Luxury for their commitment to social and environmental issues. Such an award makes Highland Partners the first U.S. real estate company in the world to be given the butterfly seal of sustainability.
Marchesotti states, “Being the first company in the US and the first real estate company in the world to be awarded the butterfly seal is a true honor. It acknowledges the work we have done and strengthens our mission of giving back going forward.”
Highland Partners was also nominated by Oakland Magazine for the title of “Best Real Estate Company on the East Bay” this year.
Marchesotti says, “It is always an honor to be nominated year after year. Like the butterfly seal, it shows that our passion and the way we approach the business is working and that our friends, agents, clients, and neighbors have noticed and appreciate the work we do.”
Highland Partners has been featured in Trend Prive Magazine’s latest issue to show that human goodness comes in all forms, even if it is not recognized by big-name companies like CNN. The goodness of life can be found everywhere–all you have to do is simply look.
If you are interested in buying or selling a property, reach out to Highland Partners at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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