Family House serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns.
Giving back to the community is a big part of the AMSI culture, mission. As part of our philanthropic programming, on August 20th, AMSI will be hosting a dinner event to bring good cheer and boost the spirits of the families and children during their stay at Family House.
The AMSI Team is organizing a Family Style Dinner, Games & Entertainment, and a Toy Drive. Anyone interested in participating may drop off toys to our offices at 2800 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA. M-F, 9-5, or contact our office at 415-447-2000.
For More Information about Family House: http://familyhouseinc.org/what-we-do/
218 Jacquelyn Lane, Petaluma
Beautiful 3 bed/2.5 bath home in desirable West Petaluma. Built in 2010. Approx. 2500sf. Formal living and dining room. Large kitchen features granite counter, walnut cabinetry, butler’s pantry, and stainless steel appliances. Family room with fireplace, beverage bar directly off kitchen. Hardwood flooring, custom mantel, crown molding, dual-zone A/C & heat, solar power and shutters. Resort like setting with rear deck/garden. 3 car garage.
Recently The New York Times reported that San Francisco has the lowest percentage of kids of any major U.S. city. There are many reasons as the high living costs. Yet, if a kid suddenly has a life threatening illness and has to undergo treatment in San Francisco, who is going to accommodate them, if their parents cannot afford it? Luckily there is Family House, a place where families can stay together and support one another while their sick child goes through treatment.
Maureen Couture, AMSI Realtor specializing in sales, furnished corporate interim housing, and Chris Todd AMSI Unfurnished Rental Specialist, volunteered at the “Give Back” day at Family House, which was hosted by the San Francisco Association of Realtors.
Family House is a not-for-profit organization and serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Maureen and Chris assisted with a buffet style morning breakfast, played with the children and talked with the parents and staff. Maureen says: “It felt wonderful, a total feeling of love and giving. I couldn’t have been happier to be there!”. What she enjoyed the most was spending time with the children, especially with a young girl named Tsentol who just turned 3 this week. She has brain cancer and lives along with her mother and father at Family House.
More than 3,000 families that Family House serves at their location over the course of a year, are not just being provided with temporary 100 cost-free housing, but comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF.
While children undergoing bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation are their most common guests, they also accommodate those facing other life-threatening childhood illness such as fetal surgery, transplants, and cardiac patients when space is available.
Besides getting supported by volunteers and organizations from the Bay Area, they are offered specialty rooms such as a workout, meditation and teen room at Family House. Moreover a private courtyard with BBQ, play areas with books for kids and adults and much more.
Maureen has been so touched by her first visit to Family House and being involved with the kids and their families that she most definitely will volunteer there more often from now on. Along with several AMSI staff members she already has plans for her next visit at Family House. They will sponsor a lunch or dinner for the kids to brighten up their day a bit, and give them the feeling of not being alone while going through these tough times.
Family House is more than just free, temporary housing – it’s a home away from home, and a supportive community of people who are dedicated to providing a caring environment for the entire family while their child is undergoing treatment.
If you want to get involved with Family House too, you can volunteer or donate. Please visit their website for more information at www.familyhouseinc.org
You can also contact Maureen or Chris directly, if you have any questions about their volunteering experience:
We are proud to announce that our wonderful and very dedicated AMSI staff member Jenine Atencio Caucutt has been awarded Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 by the San Francisco Apartment Association. She is the third staff member in a row to take this trophy home after Dawn Cusulos in 2014 and Danny Liu in 2015.
Jenine says “I am passionate about maximizing opportunities for all of my clients.” This surely reflects in her professionalism and wonderful personality. We congratulate her for the well-deserved recognition by the San Francisco Apartment Association.
The company’s industry standing has made AMSI the number one contact for renters seeking furnished and unfurnished rentals in many prime locations across the United States. Additionally, affiliations with property owner’s worldwide have expanded our available accommodations internationally.
AMSI has earned a respected reputation since the company’s inception in 1970 and has been honored for innovation and business achievements.
Jenine Atencio Caucutt
AMSI Executive Leasing, Relocation, Real Estate Sales and Property Management Specialist
Jenine’s staff website
We are very proud for Danny Liu being awarded San Francisco Apartment Association’s Leasing Agent of The Year 2015.
Find all the winners the SFAA Trophy Awards 2015 including AMSI’s Danny Liu here http://www.sfaa.org/events.shtml#tradeshow
His AMSI underpinnings, detail oriented training, and real estate background have allowed him to become a valuable asset to his clients.
“I focus on my clients needs and goals to produce a dialogue of a clear plan of action. My client-oriented service combined with open communication and transparency, and AMSI support staff have yielded extremely satisfied clients and long lasting relationships.” ~Danny Liu
If you are searching for a property leasing professional or property manager Danny will to help you to obtain your goals.
Robb Fleischer tells us about the establishment of San Francisco's First Houscleaning Company, and how this led to the formation of AMSI
Upon the formation of AMSI, Grandma’s Housecleaning Service (San Franciso’s first organized housecleaning company), was a subsidiary of AMSI. Founded in 1970 by Michael Kocina as Grandma’s Helpers, created as a mechanism to provide apprenticeship training to thousands of individuals seeking social refuge in our wonderful city of San Francisco.
This practical training was later scholastically accredited by The Apollonian Academy, also co-founded by Michael Kocina. Michael was a well known character and fondly known and referred to as ‘Grandma’ through word of mouth by individuals flocking to San Francisco from all over the world and looking for a productive start during the post hippy-era. Maintain, A property Maintenance Service, an off-shoot of Grandma’s Helpers remains as one of AMSI’s vital services today. It was an honor to partner with Michael in 1981 and with Zoya Lee Smithton a few years later to become AMSI.
Today AMSI is a leader in all aspects of Real Estate, including representing Buyers and Sellers, Leasing, Extended Stay & Corporate Housing, Property Management, Relocation Services, Homefinding, Rental Management and Marketing Technology, Property Maintenance, Interior Design & Housing Cleaning Services. We are truly blessed to work with the best team of individuals who love what they do, and who do business professionally, and with the highest level of integrity and ethics.
If you want to get the big picture on the impact of technology to the serviced apartment and extended stay sector speak to Zoya Smithton of Aaxsys Technology. For operators it’s not too late to get onboard, but ignore the disruption and technological innovations at your peril – “they just have to get technical and get online”.
San Francisco home sales were at their lowest level in January since January 2009 when only 81 homes were sold. Last month 95 homes were sold, a drop of 39.5% from December. Year-over-year, home sales were off 42.1%. Read further for additional articles, stats, and market trends.
Luxury City Living
- Price: $2,600,000
- Bedrooms: 2
- Total Baths: 2
- SqFt: 2,168
American Marketing Systems Inc. is a Real Estate Brokerage licensed by the California Department of Real Estate. License # 01254853 exp. 05/25/18
Palm Springs Elegance
- Listing Price $1,800,000
- Price/SqFt: 768.57
- Status: Active
- Bedrooms: 3
Total Baths: 3
- SqFt: 2,342
- Acres: 0.460
Presented by Gina Ocampo, Realtor
Office Phone: 415-447-2017 . Cell Phone: 650-796-25842800 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
With a passion for San Francisco real estate and commitment to generating superior results for her clients, Gina Ocampo brings over a decade of real estate experience to Novo.
A licensed agent since 2005, Gina represents buyers and sellers across San Francisco. For Gina, helping property owners and buyers navigate what is often the biggest investment of their lives gives her an overwhelming sense of fulfillment. Thrilled to share in her client’s real estate adventures, she loves meeting new people and developing lifelong friendships along the way.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Gina’s extensive travels promoting Philippine tourism around the globe at a young age gave her a greater understanding of diversity and appreciation for unique cultures of the world. Prior to real estate, Gina spent 16 years with Nordstrom in Sales, Customer Service Management, Human Resources and Recruiting, during which she learned the true meaning of “going above and beyond” for others. For Gina, the key to great customer service is treating everyone fairly and always putting her clients’ best interest first.
Gina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Advertising from the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila. Bilingual and fluent in Tagalog, she is a member of San Francisco Association of Realtors, National and California Association of Realtors. When she is not serving her clients in real estate, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, traveling, reading and relaxing.
American Marketing Systems Inc. is a Real Estate Brokerage licensed by the California Department of Real Estate. License # 01254853 exp. 05/25/18
With over 15 years of sales, investment and property management experience, Faz goes the extra mile delivering results regardless of economic conditions.
Farzad Saidy became a real estate broker 15 years ago for his love of helping people achieve their dream of home, business and property ownership.
With a friendly hands-on approach plus years of experience, Faz enjoys helping people make better decisions to maximize their return on investment (ROI).
Faz is committed to your success and provides the highest service possible by giving you peace of mind by being a trusted partner through Understanding, Communication & Flexibility.
Faz embraces the diversity of our community and is fluent in Farsi and English, and basic German and Spanish.
Marina District / Cow Hollow
Between modern and historic, you find everything in this neighborhood. The beautiful homes coexist with trendy restaurants, bars and much more. It’s a perfect mix between the vibration of the nightlife and the calm emitted by the Bay and the park. There’s also the “Marina Green”, a 74-acre park with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. A must-see in this neighborhood is the Palace of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium!
This residential neighborhood gathers trendy restaurants, amazing shops and nightspots. You can get off the cable car at the top of Lombard Street, enjoy the gorgeous views of the City and especially Coit Tower and then follow the curve of the Crookedest street!
Telegraph Hill – North Beach
Telegraph Hill is one of the quietest areas in San Francisco, well-known for its many gardens and views from Coit Tower. North Beach, primarily a residential neighborhood, is the home of the famous San Franciscan baseball player Joe DiMaggio. Restaurants and nightlife spots thrive in this area of town, referred to as the Italian Neighborhood or Little Italy. While Telegraph Hill is pretty quiet, North Beach is quite loud and busy.
For the shopping lovers, Union Square is THE best place to be in San Francisco. World-renowned luxury retailers, sophisticated art galleries and elegant hotels attract locals and tourists from all over the globe.
SOMA / South Beach
Lovers of museums will enjoy this area. This modern neighborhood of San Francisco, located to the south of Market Street (therefore explaining its name SOMA), gathers among others, the MOMA, the Jewish museum, MOAD the museum of the African Diaspora and many restaurants, bars and nightlife hot spots. Here you will find warehouses converted into lofts, modern high-rise condos, and of course AT&T ballpark, home of the San Francisco Giants, winners of the 2010 World Series.
This residential traditional San Francisco neighborhood will give you a great glimpse on many of San Francisco’s landmarks. Take the cable-car to climb the very steep hills. Explore and discover some of San Francisco’s best hotels, the luxurious Fairmont and Mark Hopkins, savor amazing cuisine, and visit Grace Cathedral and wander its indoor and outdoor labyrinths.
Haight-Ashbury / Panhandle / Golden Gate Park
Haight-Ashbury is the true representation of the ’60s hippie culture. You can find fragments of this long-gone area everywhere, in shops and in buildings. Tattoo parlors, head shops, thrift stores and art galleries flourish in this dynamic neighborhood. You are also steps away from several lush parks: Buena Vista Park, the Panhandle and of course the mythic Golden Gate Park. Located at the east entrance of Golden Gate Park, the Panhandle is almost one mile long. This green park offers beautiful paths for bikers and walkers, a basketball court and a playground. Golden Gate Park is a verdant heaven in San Francisco for those who want to picnic, jog, play soccer or drum. It hosts many museums and must-see places: the Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, De Young museum, Conservatory of Flowers, etc. Twin Peaks Twin Peaks is a residential neighborhood, a short distance away from the heart of the city. On the top of the hill, the second highest point in San Francisco, you can enjoy fabulous 360 degree views of the whole city!
San Francisco’s own gay village, one of the largest and best-known worldwide, runs on Castro Street from Market Street to 19th Street. This safe and clean neighborhood features the popular and original Castro Theater as well as many boutiques and special clothing shops. Shopping here is a must-do, as you can find items not often available anywhere else.
San Francisco’s oldest building, the Mission San Francisco de Asis, gave the City its name. Located between Castro and Noe Valley to the west and Potrero Hill and U.S. 101 to the east, “The Mission” is a mix of trendy restaurants and boutiques as well as traditional, historical cafes and stores of the Latin culture. Famous for introducing Mexican food to Americans, the Mission is the original home of the San Francisco burrito. Enjoy Dolores Park, especially in the summer, and watch the locals play tennis, basketball, BBQ, etc. There is also a large children’s playground and a dog play area. Another must-see in the Mission are the murals: more than 600 different murals painted on the walls of buildings and residential houses.
Richmond / Sea Cliff
In this residential area you’ll find a mix of different homes, from turn-of-the-century Edwardians to the most modern of apartment complexes and mansions, as well as some of the last cabins that survived the 1906 earthquake. The most surprising and most infamous site is the Black House, a black and purple Victorian owned by Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, who is said to have performed Satanic rituals at that location. Sea Cliff is an exclusive community featuring gorgeous properties, some of them used as retreats for celebrities.
The “sunniest” neighborhood of San Francisco refers to this hill, located east of the Mission and South of SOMA. Potrero means “pasture” in Spanish. This quiet area is isolated by freeways and an industrial landscape, which gives this neighborhood a feeling of distance from main and central San Francisco. Potrero Hill is also the home of San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam Brewery.
Between school and shopping, Pacific Heights is still today one of the most prestigious neighborhoods and has been featured in many movies and television shows. This fancy area offers spectacular views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Fillmore Street serves as the neighborhood’s shopping and dining street, and every year hosts a Jazz festival.
The name says it all: this is the heart of the economy of San Francisco. After the California Gold Rush, this area boomed. With its many historic office buildings and modern skyscrapers, the Financial District hosts headquarters of numerous companies and organizations. Sunset Known for its foggy weather, most San Franciscans love this neighborhood, which is close to Ocean Beach. What they like about this culturally diverse neighborhood is that it is more like a small town within the City. Many families with children live in this area, as well as UCSF graduate students.
Alamo Square / North Panhandle (NoPa)
Alamo Square is a residential area surrounding a park of the same name. Featuring the world-renowned Painted Ladies, a row of classic Victorian houses, Alamo Square is a very popular destination for tourists and locals. The up-and-coming North Panhandle is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of San Francisco with many modern bars and restaurants along Divisadero.
Welcome to China! Right in the heart of San Francisco, near Union Square and the Financial district you will find one of the largest Chinese areas outside of Asia. Many typical and authentic Chinese markets and restaurants can be found in this residential area. A definite must-see is the original fortune cookie factory. While Stockton Street is the tourist spot with many souvenir shops, Grant Street is the “traditional” and more authentic part of Chinatown where locals buy products in open-air markets. So, be open-minded for another culture and take a trip to Chinatown!
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Stunning 5 bedroom/ 3.5 bath home located on a prime street in Kent Woodlands. A south facing home, on a quiet and very private lot with beautiful views. Dramatic three story home situated in a prime Kent Woodlands location. Grand and sophisticated, the residence is just moments to Woodlands Market, highly rated schools, the Larkspur Ferry and 101.