A Safe Haven to Call Home

Bistra Bejanski, City of Brisbane Realtor

A Safe Haven to Call Home

BY: ALISON WILSON, Brisbane Chamber Editor/Marketing Director alison@brisbanechamber.org

Bistra Bejanski knows and understands the importance of a safe haven to call home. We sat down for the interview and she immediately said, “I represent buyers and sellers. My very first real estate deal was $3.315 million for a duplex in San Francisco!! And, just recently, I closed a property in the San Francisco Bayview district! I like making dreams come true. I like being with people, finding solutions.”
We spoke about how she immigrated to the United States from Bulgaria with her husband, Pavel, and son, Stanley. I asked Bistra how she found Brisbane. She said, “My sponsors live in Brisbane. A Brisbane resident gave me the opportunity to start working two weeks after we arrived in Brisbane. I learned bookkeeping and accounting. One year later, I transferred to an investment/property management firm where the journey of the real estate world began.”I love Brisbane. I felt at home.

People were friendly, even though I didn’t speak good English at that time. Bulgaria is like Brisbane with a love of dance, crafts, and arts while located on the foot of the mountain near the bay. Plus, there is plenty of sunshine. It’s so beautiful here.”
Demonstrating results Bistra was a Manager of the year for 2003 and 2004 at Office 1 Superstore Bulgaria, and 2013 Robert Rowland award winner given for dedication and achievements at Cournale & Co Inc. in San Francisco.

I asked Bistra how she became a realtor. She replied that when her son was 17 years of age she decided she wanted to start selling real estate. I learned that she would get up at 4:00 a.m. to study before Stanley went to school (Terra Nova HS) and she would go to work. She earned her real estate license in 2014. Bistra said, “I like challenges and finding solutions. I like working with people, I am a good listener and excellent negotiator. Real estate is a good opportunity for me to work with home buyers and sellers, helping them reach their goals. Working in the field of investment and property management, combined with my sales background from Bulgaria was a natural bridge for me to cross to real estate. When I take a job – I take it seriously. I stay focused and absolutely committed to provide the best service.” Continuing, she said “Real Estate is so big! You need to know the market place, contract law, loans, planning and building codes, design, staging, etc. I am constantly educating myself on the trends of the marketplace as well as changes in the law and taxes. It is unique that I have a knowledgeable and trustworthy team to rely on.”

I asked Bistra why she chose to be a realtor with McGuire Real Estate. She replied, “A friend of mine introduced me to McGuire. After my first meeting, and learning more about the company, I knew I wanted to be part of the McGuire family. I like it that it is family-owned, founded almost 100 years ago, and that McGuire is a symbol of excellence, integrity and success. The agency is well recognized and constant award winner – just for 2017.” McGuire was named 2017 Bay Area’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For Award. McGuire has a strong presence on social media, eaching thousands of people by using the power of social media. They were ranked #19 of the Top 30 Real Estate brokerages on social media. Charles E. Moore, McGuire CEO and grandson of the original founder said, “Our clients are our agents. We support them in every endeavor.” Bistra said,
McGuire treats everyone as a part of the family and focuses on providing luxury service, clients are first!”
Bistra’s commitment to the community shows in everything she does. She’s always looking for ways to contribute and give back to the community that has given her so much. As the 3rd VP of the Brisbane Lions Club, and committed to donating 10% of her commission on any closed listing of a Brisbane property to the Brisbane Lion’s Scholarship Program.

Call Bistra to ask her information about your home, your dream property anywhere in the world or simply to say hi. Bistra represents clients around the world, both moving to and from the Bay Area! She ended the interview saying, “McGuire gives me the global tools and marketing networks to reach people. We are affiliated with Savills, Luxury Portfolio International®, and Leading RE. ‘Local expertise. Global reach.’”
She can be reached by phone 415.728.6714, email bbejanski@mcguire.com. She is on Facebook and the web at www.BistraBejanski.com

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