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Farris Hix Real Estate has been active in community service for many years. We believe that supporting local programs and giving back to our community are our responsibilities, and they are opportunities we thoroughly enjoy. We're part of the Coastside, and we love it that way!

From the Half Moon Bay Review: Words From Our Clients

Realtors Offering Real Help
Real estate agents make giving back a year-round effort
By STACY TREVENON
Half Moon Bay Review
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003

Two Coastsiders are striving to reverse any negative images of real estate agents simply by doing what they do — volunteering their time to help others.

In the case of Farris Hix, owner of Farris Hix Real Estate in Half Moon Bay, that means coaching and refereeing youth soccer at home and abroad.

For his daughter-in-law Kelley Hix, who works in the same firm, it means seeking lost kids and helping recreational bicyclists for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue Unit and the county Department of Parks and Rec, respectively.

For her, the reason for putting in this time out of the office is clear. “It’s in my nature to enjoy helping people,” the former registered nurse said. “And I love horses, and I think the horse is a great public relations advocate, and I feel they’re needed as well.”

When she switched from nursing to real estate a few years ago, becoming a top agent at Cornish and Carey for three Estate, she found that peoples' attitudes switched as well. "I noticed that people's response to this profession was mostly negative. It became very clear to me that the few bad apples that the real estate profession has had, have really soured it for the rest of us. So I think it is much more important for Realtors to give back to the community to help turn around that negative impression."

Her father-in-law sums up the same thing. For him, he says, the reason for spending 25 years coaching youth soccer is simple: "Just helping the kids develop and grow and have fun."

This year the San Mateo County Realtors Foundation raised more than $34,000 for charities–including Second Harvest Food Bank, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Catholic Workers Hospitality House–according to Sue Vaterlaus, president of the county Association of Realtors.

"This fund was established in 1992 because Realtors wanted a way to give back to the communities they serve," Vaterlaus said.

Farris has refereed for the Coastside Youth Association and AYSO soccer, mostly for kids under 12, and has organized tournaments around the Bay Area. He hosted a visiting youth soccer team from Sydney, Australia, in 1986 and took a team there from the Coastside in 1987, beginning an exchange program between the two locales, with a winner's cup swapped every year.

A real estate broker on the coast for 10 years and a Montara resident, he has also contributed to the Farallone View Elementary School education fund for the past decade....

As part of the volunteer horse patrol with Parks and Rec, Kelley Hix rides the trails of Memorial, Huddart, Edgewood and Wunderlich Parks in Woodside and off King's Mountain on her 17 year old registered Morgan horse "Athena's Victory," or just "Tina" when they're on the trail.

She looks for downed trees, landslides or lost kids and hikers.

With the Sheriff's mounted unit, she and Tina keep an eye out for lost children or elderly trail users.

She and Tina also do a lot of public relations for the Sheriff's Department, appearing at local rodeos and on "Bike Fridays" when Canada Road is closed to any traffic except bicyclists.

And she's presenting that different sort of image to real estate agents as well, she said.

"It's my hope that people will see me on patrol and realize that I do care about this community, and am trying to do my part to give something back," she said.


Letters From Our Clients...

Yvette S. Contier & Charlie 0. Schwalb
Pacifica, CA 94044
January 22, 2004

Prospective Clients of Kelley Hix:

As recent homebuyers, with Kelley as our agent, we offer this letter in the highest recommendation of Kelley’s services.

Being first time homeowners, we had done as much research into the prospect of owning our own home as we could but fell far short. Luckily for us, with Kelley as our guide and representative, the process proved to be one of refreshing honesty, clear vision, endless patience and selfless dedication on Kelley’s part.

Once the three of us determined what we wanted and what we could afford, Kelley utilized this information to locate and present only the properties satisfying our needs, avoiding the wasted time often spent viewing homes above our budget or below our spatial expectations. Her expediency in locating properties as soon as they hit the market allowed us to bid quickly and her expertise and candor in interpreting the home reports prevented a couple of purchase disasters.

As homes were viewed, bid and lost, as often happens in this economic climate, every phone call we made seemed to turn into an hour’s dissertation and barrage of questions all met with Kelley’s warmth and indomitable optimism.

As we moved toward purchase, the warmth and sincerity with which Kelley dealt with loan agents, insurance brokers, title managers, etc. became the impetus compelling all these people to “jump through hoops” cheerfully to closure. Our loan agent, a 30 year Senior Loan Consultant, was so impressed with Kelley (ranking her in the top 10 agents of her career) they have continued a business relationship, referring each other clients, to this day.

We now own the home we wanted in the place we wanted and consider Kelley Hix in our circle of friends. We’re sure anyone hiring Kelley will feel the same.

Sincerely,
Yvette S. Contier & Charlie 0. Schwalb


NEAL LLOYD JOHNSON
RIYADH 11431
SAUDI ARABIA
18th March 2003

Ms. Kelley Hix, Farris Hix Real Estate
United States of America

Dear Kelley,

I wish to thank you for your assistance when we purchased a residential property last year in Moss Beach, California. It was a pleasure working with you, and we look forward to working with you on future real estate transactions in the Bay Area. We first learned of your firm from friends in London, who knew of your firm’s reputation in the Bay Area.

You were particularly discerning in understanding our requirements. Indeed, while we were somewhat uncertain exactly what we wanted, you immediately understood, more accurately than we did, what we required. You and your firm meet the highest standards of integrity, efficiency, and client service.

I would be pleased to discuss with any interested party our excellent experience working with you.

Kind regards.
Very truly yours,
Neal L. Johnson

DAMIEN B. BROWER
BELMONT, CALIFORNIA

March 27, 2003

Subject: Letter of Recommendation for Kelley Hix

To Whom It May Concern:

My wife and I worked with Kelley Hix from April 2002 to August 2002 as we looked for a home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kelley served as our real estate agent during this period of time, where she provided us with information about the general real estate market and specific homes; took us to view numerous houses and prepared and presented four offers on our behalf. Kelley was a true professional and maintained a refreshingly positive and upbeat attitude.

We were introduced to Kelley in late March of 2002 when we expressed an interest in the Pacifica real estate market to a friend. Even prior to our asking her to serve as our agent, Kelley provided us with information on Pacifica homes and arranged for us to begin viewing them at our convemence. She did not push her services, but indicated a willingness to provide assistance if we so desired. Over time, our interest changed from Pacifica to the Redwood City/Belmont/San Carlos area and Kelley did not hesitate to shift her energy to finding us a home on “the other side of the hill.” We were quite impressed with Kelley’s willingness to go the extra mile. She notified us when new houses were placed on the market and quickly followed through on those in which we expressed an interest. Moreover, Kelley was not hesitant in pointing out potential negatives in a home, even if it meant that a sale would not occur. When it came time to presenting our offers, Kelley worked with us in determining a fair price and represented our interests as we negotiated a purchase price.

In conclusion, Kelley was wonderful to work with and we would ask that she again be our agent should we ever choose to sell our home. Without hesitation, we would strongly recommend Kelley Hix to our family and friends.

Sincerely,

Damien B. Brower
Belmont, California

Kelley,

May you always discover some moments,
Gifts of time in each new day
That are meant for only you...
To think, to dream, to play.

Thanks for your help in making our moments here come true.

Cindy and Dean Rogers