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Downsizing — After Living A Lifetime in Your Home

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Debbi DiMaggio

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Every year homeowners consider selling their home but oftentimes just sweep that thought to the side. With the overwhelming task ahead – Where am I going to go?  How will I sort through a lifetime of treasures?  Where do I begin?  The seminar on January 13th addressed all of those questions and more.

Homeowners who have resided in their home for 20+ years attended the seminar to learn from the experts. Debbi DiMaggio, Realtor, Marketing Director and Partner at Highland Partners lead the Q and A after delivering her presentation – Demystifying the Downsizing Process. Experts included a lender, real estate attorney, CPA, 1031 Exchange Consultant and a financial planner. Read more about this event by clicking here.

Save the Date:

Debbi’s next event — Living In and Loving Your Home. Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-8PM at the Piedmont Center for the Arts just down the street from Highland Partners Piedmont.

Coming Soon:

Debbi’s new book is set to release this summer, “Real Estate Rules” – 52 ways to achieve success in real estate.

This book is a resource for Realtors seeking to improve their own business and is divided into quick and easy to read chapters with funny illustrations by animator and film director, Steve Hickner. Events will be updated on her Realtor Author Speaker Facebook Page.

If you have a question, don’t hesitate to call her. 510.414.6777 – she is always happy to assist.


Debbi’s other books can be purchased on – Contained Beauty, Photographs, Reflections and Swimming Pools makes an ideal hostess gift, while The Art of Real Estate is targeted to buyers, sellers and Realtors alike.

San Francisco Views | Before and After | Piedmont Refresh

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Debbi DiMaggio

The Facts | Before and After images of one of our Piedmont Listings

The Property / The Project | 110 Maxwelton Road

Each home we list has its own set of issues we must address prior to market. Upon listing a home Adam and I walk through the entire home with our client detailing all the items we feel should be addressed. We do not ask the seller to commit to our long list of changes, repairs or updates at this time. However, our next step is to book inspections so we can gather information about the property and its condition; as well as to obtain bids on work we hope the seller will agree to implement. Here is a quick list of inspections we always obtain: Roof, Electrical, Furnace, Water Heater, Sewer Lateral, Termite, Foundation, Fireplace/Chimney as well as to obtain a complete Home Inspection. [Read More..]

home maintenance checklist // does your home need a check up?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

Debbi DiMaggio -021As we enter into the Fall and Winter Seasons, you may want to take care of a few things around your home. Here is a Home Maintenance Checklist to consider.

One of the most common issues that arise as we are getting our properties ready for market is that the Sewer Lateral is broken, off-set or cracked.  This is something that will eventually need to be addressed when you sell your home, but more importantly, cracks are evident you will want to replace the Sewer Lateral for the well being of your family.  Learn more on the EBMUD website.

Do you have a CO Detector on each level of your home? [Read More..]

debbi’s hot summer picks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

First Off

My Latest On-line Find,

Cuyana features luxurious clothing, totes, handbags & accessories.

Cuyana is an online boutique with luxurious must-haves!  I recently purchased a few of their bright colored cosmetic travel cases as birthday and graduation gifts.  The next few items were all mine.  They were just too hard to resist and their prices, also very good.  The soft leather tote is ideal for my MacBook, so it was definitely a Must Have!  When I was in Beverly Hills a few people asked if it was Celine.  When I got back to the hotel I looked at my Pinterest Handbag Board and found the Celine Bag — a dead ringer!  On to my next two purchases for mua:  And, yes, another gift for me, I purchased TWO weekender overnight bags.  The second has not arrived as it hasn’t yet been manufactured.  I decided against taking the one I did receive on my trips to LA and San Diego as I did not want to check it in as it was too heavy to carry on and also just too nice and clean!  The weekender will, however, be perfect for our local overnight retreats to Sonoma, Napa, Carmel and Lake Tahoe.

Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua and every piece they design is imbued with their love for quality, timelessness, and beauty. They want to make pieces that make you smile- and that make you love your closet.

Take Note

The Lean Closet Movement as per the Cuyana Designers & Owners – I love it!

“A lean closet enables a fuller life- for ourselves and for others. Our Lean Closet movement challenges us to collect fewer, better things, and to donate the pieces in our wardrobes that are merely taking up space to those who need them. Sometimes when things aren’t adding up in your life or your closet, it’s time to start subtracting.”

How serendipitous that I just discovered Cuyana.  As tomorrow I meet with my organizer, Gail Kezerian, to begin purging what we don’t need, organizing what we have and donating what we can.  I can’t wait! Freedom!!


Understated Elegance in Beverly Hills

L’Ermitage, a Viceroy Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Beverly Hills on the beautiful tree-lined, Burton Drive — Best described as Intimate Luxury with Exceptional Service.  It was exactly the same as I had experienced upon my first stay just a few years earlier.

L’Ermitage is one of my favorite hotels in LA.  The service impeccable, the design – clean lines – and the entire experience can be described in two words, understated elegance.

Ideally located just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive to the left and Robertson Blvd to the right.  L’Ermitage is a full-service hotel that lives like an intimate boutique hotel but with all of the services and more of a larger hotel similar to my other favorite, the Beverly Wilshire.  Amenities include a spa, steam room, roof top pool, restaurant, lobby bar and gym.  I am moved to repeat myself by saying, the attentive service provided by each and every person in the hotel was truly stellar!  Thank you!!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

New Found App

MOVES for iPhone, By ProtoGeo

I just downloaded this app on my iPhone.

Are you always on the move like me?

Now your iPhone can tell you how much you move.
Moves automatically tracks your everyday life and exercise. Just carry your phone in your pocket or bag.

My first day I forgot to keep it on me at all times. I kept putting my phone down as I continued to move. Imagine all that time undocumented.

Keep on Moving! And Enjoy your Summer!!  XOXO! Debbi

Moves App


PS. Be sure to share your favorite finds with us too! Comment here or email me at

what the buzz! by the accidental techy // that’s me!

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

What the Buzz!

By me, the Accidental Techy

Appropriately named, by a real, self-proclaimed nerd.  But all in good fun!

I went out the other evening with my single gal pal, obviously cool and in the know, and in just one hour I learned about two awesome Apps.  Of course, Charity is always on the top of my interest pile, so I was pretty excited to learn about CharityBuzz.  Be sure to implement CB into your next charity event or fundraiser.  Also be sure to check out my Travel App.  Just in time for summer!  All Apps can be downloaded on your smart phone or laptop.

Learn more:

Need a ride but don’t want to drive or take a cab?  Give Uber a try.  Request a ride from anywhere, anytime.  Simply download the App on your iPhone or Android and whala your private driver is on his/her way.

Why drive yourself, or hassle with traffic and parking when you can arrive in style. Choose from a Taxi, Hybrid, SUV or Black Luxury Sedan.


Travel Luxe USA Getaways in 4 Days

★ Dream in Luxury, Travel in Style in 4 Days ★

Travel Luxe USA Getaways in 4 Days features a list of luxurious resorts, restaurants and what’s fabulous in the US destination of choice*

Passionate about travel and everything fabulous this App will take you behind the scenes to the best of everything. Choose from the hottest, hip or posh hotel, casual chic or five star restaurant, must see places to visit, things to see and of course, shopping and spa’s. Once you have selected your destination, sit back, relax and click away to excellence in luxury.

*Although many of the venues are child friendly, family resorts are not featured in this App.  Click here to download on iTunes.




An online auction site where you can bid on incredible experiences and other unique items.  The best part is that the proceeds go to a designated charity.

It’s Genius!!  Check it out!

Here’s what one pleased partner had to say: This was our first time partnering with an online auction house to raise money for one of John’s favorite charities, and we were very pleased with the work done by CharityBuzz. They took our event to the next level, helping us to raise significantly more money for our cause. We look forward to a long and continued relationship.

— Donna Faircloth, VP of Marketing, John Varvatos


Share your favorite App with us. Thanks for stopping by! XOXO! Debbi

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