We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelina Scafani-Sciarrino and Gina Scafani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelina and Gina, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
You hear of overnight sensations, people who have made it big in what appears to be pure luck. Having grown up in the Real Estate industry, we’ve survived the 2008 market crash, rebuilt all that was lost, the most important lesson learned is that we’ve stayed committed to trusting in the process. Having accepted our failures, we ebb and flow with the journey. It is easy to feel defeated and immediately seek change, but it takes true businesswomen, like ourselves, to face our struggles. We take each hiccup and use it as an opportunity to do better, to be stronger, to grow and together we make a dynamic team because of this.
What should our readers know about your business?
In an industry inundated with Brokers we have found that many times their priority is to get the deal closed and collect your commission so they can move on. We have learned that when we focus on our client, their needs and goals that we not only provide better service but also build long term relationships. Selling a home can be overwhelming, emotional and stressful. We often physically help them clean out their homes, pack up their belongings, be a shoulder to lean on throughout the process. We pride ourselves on the time and attention we give to our clients by providing the highest level of white glove service as every client becomes family to us and that’s how we treat our family. We have learned that it takes building of trust and patience in that many are skeptical at first that there is no underlying costs to our services, experiences and the ways in which we offer to help. What the world may not know about Avenue3 Realty is that we aren’t just your run of the mill Real Estate Broker, we’re in it together with our clients in every step of the way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego being known for its weather, sights, coastal activities, bites & sips throughout and assuming they were flying in, we would start right in downtown. We’d take the ferry across the waters to Coronado for a stroll along the sandy beaches and a cocktail at the infamous Hotel Del. On our way back I would suggest a visit to Seaport Village, or experience the US Midway and then end with dinner at Herb & Wood where they absolutely have to try out the branzino, off the menu buns and lovely ambiance. On day two we would start with brunch at Morning Glory where the souffle pancakes are a must accompanied by a little bubbly or bloody mary and then walk up to Balboa Park to check out the museums, view the Japanese Gardens, and spend some time at the San Diego Zoo. With all the walking surely we’ll work up an appetite, perfect time to head across the bridge to Cucina Urbana for their incredible happy hour where we don’t want to miss their brussel sprouts, pizza and meatballs or depending on our moods, go up to the roof of Mister A’s to take in the sunset, have a French hor-d’oeuvre and sip on our favorite drink. Making our way up the coast, the third day would be perfect for some downtime. A quick bite in the morning followed by a read at the beach where we’ll soak up some rays and re-energize for the rest of their trip. After a restful day, nothing sounds better than a delicious meal at Costa Brava in Pacific Beach, Herringbone in La Jolla, or Sbicca in Del Mar, mouth watering menus, great service at all. Rested and rejuvenated, day four is time to get us out in nature. A good calorie burn hike up Iron mountain will surely set any guilt aside as we find a hole in the wall Mexican joint to indulge in some carne asada, maybe a little nachos, and a refreshing beer. By the time dusk hits, a shower and fun comedy show will hit the spot since day five has much in store. To set the tone for the day, wake up with some yoga and a hearty breakfast at Swami’s café that has a large menu to satisfy any craving we have. Later, take a drive out to Escondido to enjoy local wines at a number of the wineries such as Artefact Domaine or Cordiano which has incredible views and notable wood fire pizzas. Day 6 is all about the north county vibes starting with a bike ride up Hwy 101 with stops at local breweries such as Culture Brewing, Saint Archers and Modern Times. Post breweries we can enjoy some live music and bites at Roxy’s and an after dinner drink at one of our favorite speakeasies located inside Home & Away or perhaps even a late night glass of wine with the locals at Third Corner. With a fun filled week, the final day in town is all about spontaneity, see where the day takes us until it’s time to say our goodbyes and part ways.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our family and friends have supported, encouraged and embraced our journey. There’s been some down times or times when we needed some extra support whether it be morally or physically, like helping with Angelina, who is a full time single mother to her son Frank, and would need some extra hands when client meetings conflicted with his care.
1st Photo only of Gina & Angelina… Sergio Fernandez at Sergiosphotos.com