Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Maria!

 

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MEET MARIA

1. Where are you from?

I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Torrance, California.

2. How did you get your start in real estate?
After receiving my real estate license in 2002, I got my start with Brian Palmer’s team at RE/MAX Valencia as an assistant/office manager.
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group?
I heard Jeff is the go-to guy for real estate investments in Santa Clarita. I knew him way back when we were both at RE/MAX Valencia. I gave him a call and after chatting a bit, I realized his organization is an excellent fit for me.
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate?
I chose to go into real estate after reading Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad. I was absolutely hooked on real estate and shortly after, got my license.
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate?
I love problem solving for motivated sellers and finding dream homes for buyers.
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group?
My favorite part of working with the Brandolino Group is the team! They are a great group of people.
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita?
My husband and I came out to the Santa Clarita Valley with our two children in 2001 because of the good public schools and affordable homes.
8. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?
  • I love sit and people watch at the beach…or in Paris.
  • I’m a shopaholic.
  • Coco Chanel is my idol!

Cover Story: The Tolucan Times Interview with Jeff Brandolino

Property investment tips with Jeff Brandolino, President and Founder of Brandolino Group, Inc. Real Estate Investment Company

Jeff Brandolino was featured in Wednesday’s The Tolucan Times Cover Story on property investment tips. Read the full story HERE or check out the latest edition of The Tolucan Times.

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Photo from The Tolucan Times – Property investment tips with Jeff Brandolino, President and Founder of Brandolino Group, Inc. Real Estate Investment Company

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Read the full story HERE

Interview with Jeff Brandolino

Are there investing secrets?

When looking for an investment property, find value-add opportunities.  A property that is performing at its best can only get worse.  We look for properties that we can add value to and increase profits by rolling up our sleeves and doing what we do best!

How can we retire wealthy?

Buy Real Estate and HOLD it long term! Invest with partners and spread your money for diversity. I would rather have 50 percent of two properties than 100 percent of one.

Should I pay cash for Real Estate?

No! Rates are at an all time low. Use bank leverage while it is available at these low costs. Lock in fixed rates and let your rental income pay off the bank over time.

Has the house flipping business slowed down?

Yes. We continue to treasure hunt daily and with hard work, the deals are out there. We have built a well-oiled machine that will continue on through all market conditions.

Are you guys looking for new investors?

Not actively. But we are always open to meeting new potential investors, having the relationships in place is key for when the timing is right.

Do you sell homes or only invest?

We do it all! I focus on acquisitions and listing our assets for sale, while our amazing team of agents list and sell, sell, sell.

About Brandolino Group, Inc.

Jeff Brandolino is a seasoned and top producing real estate agent with Realty Executives (licensed since 1998). With roots in the Santa Clarita Valley, over the years Brandolino Group has extended its reach to all of Los Angeles County.

In late 2006 Brandolino had the vision to redirect his focus into real estate investing just as we entered the Great Recession. Brandolino and his partners have been successfully acquiring, renovating and selling hundreds of properties, with over $300 million in volume over the last decade. They have also managed to acquire a significant portfolio of residential, multi-residential and commercial real estate of which they have repositioned, leveraged and continue to hold as long term investments.

Brandolino Group also has a property management division—Valleywide Leasing, Inc.—that allows them to have complete control and hands on involvement managing their portfolio.

Jeff Brandolino, a Toluca Lake resident, recently opened a second office to be closer to the community in which he resides. Today, Brandolino Group, Inc. investment headquarters is located in Burbank at their recently acquired and renovated commercial building on Burbank Blvd. 


Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Dave!

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MEET DAVE

1. Where are you from?

I’m originally from Chicago, IL but moved out west (to California) at an early age.

2. How did you get your start in real estate?
I started in real estate back in 2003 when I found my passion for sales.
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group?
I’ve known Jeff Brandolino since 2003 when I first started out in real estate. Recently, I decided to move my business in a different direction and focus more on investment and wealth management.
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate?
I decided to go into real estate because I remembered when I was young I used to love going into open houses with my parents and hoping that the house would be ours. I eventually turned that fascination with homes into a career. I feel very fortunate to be involved with helping people plan one of the biggest decisions they will be making in their lives.
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate?
My Favorite part of Real Estate is telling my clients Congratulations! Start getting ready to move.
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group?
My favorite part of working with the Brandolino Group is the wealth of talented people combined with the synergy of the positive energy in the office.
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita?
I chose Santa Clarita because I believe it is a great place to raise a family and its still close to the beach and the mountains.
8. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?
  • I graduated the University of Southern California with a Bachelors in Applied Health Science (Fight On!) in 2003. Big Trojan Fan!
  • I am a huge classic car enthusiast. Dream car is a 1956 Bel Air.
  • I work also in community outreach providing different resources to various cities throughout Los Angeles.

Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Randy!

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MEET RANDY

1. Where are you from?

I am from New Haven, Ct.

2. How did you get your start in real estate?
I got my start in real estate in 2008 trained by Re/Max agents in The Antelope Valley. I really honed his skills as a short sale negotiator and as a residential specialist.  After 3 years in the real estate business, I landed an opportunity to play music in Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Band. After 3 years on the show, I came back to real estate with a burning desire to help not only entertainers and celebrities with their real estate issues and concerns, but anyone who truly wants to take advantage of the real estate market and have it work for themselves and their families!
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group?
I was introduced to the Brandolino group through Tammy Mai, one of its executive brokers, who thought that I would be a good fit for their team.
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate?
I choose to go into real estate because it allows me a chance to spend more time at home with my wife and daughters. Also, real estate allows me to enough money to be a part of my family’s lives without missing out on those crucial few years of child development!
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate?
My favorite part of real estate is prospecting for new business! I love to connect with people and negotiate on their behalf!
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group?
I love working with the Brandolino Group because of their high level of individual accountability amongst each other, their high standard of customer service, and their overall high level of sales production.
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita?
Los Angeles has been my home now for 15 years! There’s no other place my family and I would rather be!!
8. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?
  • I love to cook!
  • I love to clean my house from top to bottom
  • I can braid and comb all of my three daughter’s hair with no problem under 15 minutes!!

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Randy played in Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Band, toured with the Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder and shared the stage with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Christina Aguilera to name a few.


Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Chad!

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MEET CHAD

1. Where are you from?

I am a native of Los Angeles who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. 

2. How did you get your start in real estate?
I originally started in the mortgage industry in the late 90’s as a loan officer before becoming a Realtor in 2002.
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group?
I was introduced to the Brandolino Group through Adrian Tan. After meeting with Jeff, I knew the Brandolino Group was the right fit to help accelerate my growth in the industry.
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate?
People always need real estate and it is one of the best vehicles for creating wealth.
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate?
My favorite part about real estate is the complexity of each and every transaction. I love the art of negotiation in structuring the best deal for my clients.
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group?
My favorite part of Brandolino Group is the synergy and professionalism of the team. Each team member has a vested interest in being the best in the industry for serving the needs of our clients.
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita?
LA is my home.
8. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?
  • I am an avid traveler.
  • Fitness and fashion enthusiast.
  • Like to watch documentaries.

Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Frank!

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MEET FRANK

1. Where are you from?
I’m a California native and have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1984.
 
2. How did you get your start in real estate?
I got my start while looking for new opportunities and trying to make a transition out of retail sales arena. I embarked on a journey into the world of finance back in 2002…3 years into my quest, I got licensed as a real estate agent and can proudly say, as of today, I’ve helped a plethora of families accomplish their goals of home ownership.
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group?
I’ve always been a true believer of the philosophy that, “…One should be surrounded by a successful sphere of influence if one seeks a successful mindset,” Jeff and the Brandolino Team have proven to be just that sphere I had been searching for…I’m excited to be a part a successful organization and the contribution I will bring to the team.
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate?
I, like most folks, fell in love with the idea of making my own schedule, being my own boss, and the limitless opportunity to grow my business. Not in that order but they all may have played a part in getting into the real estate industry. However, as we all certainly find out quickly, to accomplish all that, you have to be ready for the Grind! I love what I do and do what I love. I have seen many try and many fail…Only the strong survive in this business and I’m proud to say, I’m going on my 11th year in full time real estate. I’d encourage anyone who wants to try it to go for it! But, be mentally prepared for a LOT of hard work!
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate?
Firstly, I love the art of negotiations. But, my absolute favorite thing about real estate is the smiles on my clients faces when I hand them the keys of their new home.
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group?
Brandolino Group’s dynamic team shares a wealth of knowledge, valuable resources and a reputation for success that is difficult to match. However, the best aspect of the team is the family environment not just for their team but, their clients as well.
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita?
I’m actually pretty effective in the Tri­-Valley areas (a.k.a. Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and San Fernando Valley). Being fluent in English and Spanish gives me an edge on expanding my territory outside the Santa Clarita borders. But, SCV will always be my hometown – I feel the most confident and comfortable in my knowledge of the area, the neighborhood values and their amenities.
8. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?
-I’m an artist by nature (mostly freehand realism)
-I’m also a self-proclaimed “picker” and restorationist of vintage furniture and antiques
-I tore my right achilles heel while breakdancing 🙂

Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Adrian!

MEET ADRIAN: 

1. Where are you from? 
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I moved out here when I was 14. I grew up in Santa Clarita Valley.
 
2. How did you get your start in real estate? 

I was answering phones part time for Realty Executives and was attracted to the business through my encounters with Jim Tanner and top realtors on the area.

3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group? 
After looking at the real estate business and having a sense of management, I realized there is more to real estate than just buying and selling houses. There are sooo many sub-platforms in the real estate industry and the Brandolino Group’s vast experience in all arenas is something I wanted to be a part of…Associating myself is tremendous leverage and credibility for my business. I approached Jeff in combining our efforts through my skills in sales and coaching plus, his keen investment sense to develop an original business model.
 
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate? 
Because being a part of someone’s sale, purchase or investment heavily relies on the trusting relationships sellers and buyers have with their realtor. I have a passion for helping others achieve their goals through compassion and clear communication. I know by doing so, it automatically helps achieve mine.
 
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate? 
The industry’s versatility, design aspects, and the fact it’s a tangible investment. Plus, people will always need real estate.
 
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group? 
My favorite part about the Brandolino Group is the degree of professionalism. We hold high in our standards to support one another and our clients. Being up close and alongside powerful minds like Jeff, Tammey, and the rest of the group leads to a synergistic approach in satisfying our client’s needs.
 
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita? 
Ultimately, my parents chose Santa Clarita Valley when I was living in the Philippines. We initially visited the United States when I was 10 and they decided they wanted to move here. They stayed and I went back home with my siblings and didn’t see my parents for 4 years. In those 4 years, they were able to get the proper paperwork for our citizenship and chose Santa Clarita for its schools, safety ratings, and family-oriented planned community.
8. What are three things people might not know about you? 

1)      I moved out here when I was 14 from the Philippines which surprises most people as I do not have an accent. 

2)      I had a much deeper meaning of my purpose on helping others after I fell asleep on the wheel and hit a tree going 60MPH.

3)      I love fashion and trying out different types of food.


Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Cecilia!

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MEET CECILIA: 

1. Where are you from? 
I was born in Lima-Peru. In 2000, my husband Benjamin and I moved to the United States in hopes for better opportunities for our daughter.
 
2. How did you get your start in real estate? 
In Peru, I was actually a computer engineer. Upon moving to the US I started working in the travel industry for 5 years or so, then transitioned into doing loans. I worked in the loan business for 4 or 5 years, I started as Loan Officer Assistant, then Loan’s Processor. In 2011, I decided to try my hand at real estate.
 
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group? 
The beautiful Tammey referred my husband Benjamin and I to Brandolino Group! 
 
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate? 
I felt it was an opportunity to really grow professionally. As a realtor, you own your business and can make your own schedule. As my family is very important to me, being in real estate has helped allow me to spend more time with my loved ones.
 
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate? 
I love helping people find their dream homes!
 
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group? 
I believe that the experience and support of Brandolino Group will help me flourish in reaching my goals. 
 
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita? 
I moved almost 3 years ago, and I like Santa Clarita Area because it is a very clean and modern area. 

 

 


Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Evelyn!

MEET EVELYN

1. Where are you from? 
I was born and raised in Santa Clarita. I have lived here all my life.
 
2. How did you get your start in real estate? 
I have always had interested in this industry. I completed a few courses on Real Estate while I was in college. Never went foward with taking my state test because at that time I was working in the litigation industryAfter being laid off with that company I decided I wanted a change in careers. I decided to give real estate a try.
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group? 
I was referred to Realty Executives by another Realty Executives agent and the Brandolino Group swooped me up.
 
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate? 
Growing up I used to ride along with him when he would go collect rents from a couple of his investment properties. Once I got a little older he used to let me listen in on his conversations with his realtor. I remember always thinking what a cool job he had. He got paid to show properties.
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate? 
If you work your butt off you can make it big. It all depends on your motivation.
 
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group? 
I have been blessed to find such a great group of caring and fun people to work with. 
 
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita? 
Born and raised here.
 
8. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you? 
I am very handy. I can go from being all dressed up and in high heels during the day to knocking down a wall and putting up dry wall at night. I love playing poker and cooking on my down time.

Get To Know The Brandolino Group, Meet Miriam!

MEET MIRIAM

1. Where are you from? 
I was born in Glendale, CA and am a 3rd generation Californian. I grew up as a pastor’s/missionary’s daughter and lived in Brazil for 4 years through part of elementary school.  That time in my young life had a lot of effect on who I am today.  I was a restaurant manager for over 10 years, became a legal secretary after that and now am also a paralegal as well as a Realtor.  I have 3 beautiful daughters, that include a set of twins.  
 
2. How did you get your start in real estate?  
Buying/selling a home is a very emotional experience for most families. I wanted to be a different kind of realtor, its not about the money but about my clients, it is their lives and their home. I bought and sold a couple of my own homes using realtors and didn’t like the way the agents conducted business. They didn’t explain anything but just said sign, sign, sign. This inspired me to become a better realtor, one that really cares.
3. How did you get your start at Brandolino Group? 
I was friends with Tammey Mai before I came to the Brandolino Group.  They took me in and made me part of the family!!  A lot of it was my twin Tammey Mai who also has an older daughter and a set of twins.  You can’t keep us apart.
 
4. Why did you choose to go into real estate? 
Look at answer 2 above…. Also, I thought as I was old and gray, I could continue to sell homes at my own pace and still have an income.  
 
5. What’s your favorite part about real estate?  
When buyers and sellers meet and like each other.  The transaction is very emotional for both parties and as a seller, it is comforting to know that the people moving into a home is going to love it as much as they did…. 
 
6. What is your favorite part about working at Brandolino Group?  
The people I get to work with.  The team is awesome and they work as a family and run like a well oiled machine.  
 
7. Why did you choose LA / Santa Clarita? 
I moved to Santa Clarita from Glendale in 1990 to raise my kids in a safe environment with good schools. Since 1990, I’ve watched Santa Clarita grow and change.  I call the Santa Clarita Valley “God’s Country” and enjoy living here and working here.  I am proud to show homes and welcome other families to our beautiful valley.
 
8. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?  
I am a computer geek and I love to fix things.  That includes difficult or challenging transactions!!  
I recently replaced my power window assembly and door handle in my Toyota Camry and enjoyed every minute of it.  Yes, I am a geek!!!