15 Years of Success

This year marks CSR‘s 15th birthday! That’s right, we’ve been around for, perhaps, longer than you’d think. While this year we celebrate success as a growing, healthy company in the heart of Silicon Valley, we couldn’t have made it this far without the progressive thinking, motivation, and family-like-culture that our Leadership Team, Staff, and Agents posses. So why is this such a big deal? Well, research supports the fact that nearly 50% of businesses fail within the first year of life, 73% within the first five years, and an astounding 96% within 10 years time. This alone makes us pretty proud to still be standing strong after year 15. 

In 2003, Bonafede brothers, Steve and Brian, decided to continue their real estate business with their own Silicon Valley flavor, along with close friend, Dave Wendt.  From the start,  it was all about family and building relationships.  The business consisted of the two brothers, their sister, Laura, and Brian’s wife, Dina Bonafede. From there, close friends joined in and provided lending services to start the company’s initial growth. Just a few short years later, in 2007, CSR grew to 50 agents and staff, despite the economic downturn. Through it’s many ups and downs, business stayed above water and the Bonafede brothers stepped up to the plate. They continued to educate veteran and new agents on how to best maneuver through the ever-changing market. Simultaneously, CSR’s Commercial Division was formed by close business partner, Tony Odom. Both businesses fought for success together and grinded it out through seemingly impossible times. While it seemed nobody could buy a house and businesses were closing left and right, somehow, CSR made it through to the light at the end of the tunnel.

2012 rolled around and the company was in need for a few adjustments in order to maintain growth among Silicon Valley’s vast technology boom. That year, Terry Meyer, VP of Operations & Broker Associate, joined the CSR family. With heavy knowledge and experience within the real estate arena, Terry was able to collaborate with the Bonafede brothers and act as the glue that held the expanding company together through recruiting, branding, and promoting a company culture of inclusiveness and education. The following year, in 2013, Duane Hood joined forces with the Commercial division, thus forming CSR Commercial Capital, which provides comprehensive financing solutions.

The next year, in 2014 CSR Cares was born. One of the guiding principles at CSR is that we support and ignite positive change in the community where we work and live. The foundation is a non-profit organization focused on supporting and benefiting children within our community. To this day, CSR Cares has raised over $1,000,000 in an effort to support the well-being of children and the community. 2016 came around and our agent pool grew to 70 agents and staff, and exceeded 100 agents the following year.

2017 was a big year for CSR. Not only did we expand to Roseville, CA, we also can check a successful business merge off the bucket list. In September 2017, Silicon Valley Associates (SVA) joined forces with CSR and appointed Don Jessup as Vice President. In the latest news, both CSR Residential and CSR Commercial divisions have been recognized by Silicon Valley Business Journal and named in the Top 10 Real Estate Firms in Silicon Valley. Here’s to 15 years of success and many, many more.



CSR Cares – Hope for NorCal

SAN JOSE, CA November 6, 2017 — Community is one of CSR Real Estate Services’ (CSR) primary focal points. In early October, 2017, wild fires left northern parts of California (Sonoma, Napa, Santa Rosa and Solano counties) deeply scarred after burning more than 160,000 acres or 250 sq miles, leaving thousands of people homeless, business owners out of luck all while claiming 41 lives. While situations like these can never fully be anticipated or prepared for, CSR Real Estate Services (both San Jose and Roseville branches) sprang into action immediately.

Acting as a donation hub, both CSR branches (San Jose and Roseville) opened their doors even more so to the community in accepting donations that will go directly to those in need, not fed through a larger organization.  Over the course of 10 days, CSR successfully gathered two car loads and a large moving truck load of donations to be distributed to families in need. From food, water, clothes, shoes, new brushes, toys for children, gift cards, toiletry essentials, tents, sleeping bags, pet food, bedding and more, CSR sincerely thanks the Bay Area for coming together and truly making a difference.

As if the donations were not fantastic enough, CSR Cares Foundation took things one step further in hosting an impromptu event, benefiting those in need. On October 26th, 2017 CSR Cares joined forces with several business owners, athletes, radio stations, service providers, musicians, artists, community members and more to make this event truly one of a kind. “We just feel like we needed to do something more and we were elated to do so”, explained Jennifer Murdix, CSR Real Estate Services Director of Marketing.

The results at the conclusion of the evening were astounding. More than $4,600 were donated directly to those in need – that, in addition to all of the inner-office and community donations shipped up north earlier in the week.

A special “thank you” to all of those who have donated their time and services to those in need; You really made a difference in so many lives: Morgan Creek Golf Club, The Sacramento Fire Department, Suddath Relocation Services, 101.9 The Wolf, Bunz Sports Pub & Grub, Original Pete’s, Sacramento Republic FC, Sacramento SPCA, SacTown Sports Bar, OnQFinancial, The Cripple Creek Band, Cliff Hughey, Amanda Gray, The Sacramento Kings, UFC, San Francisco 49ers and so many more who have been incredibly generous.

CSR Cares donates $5,000 to One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding Inc.

morgan hill csr caresCSR leadership was quoted on Morgan Hill Life’s website on May 24, 2016

“When CSR Real Estate Services established CSR Cares, our goal was to donate funds to charities that aligned with our mission of affecting positive change for children in our community. One Step Closer is exactly the type of specialized program that we want to support.” said Terry Meyer, vice president of CSR Cares.

“This is one of the largest donations One Step Closer has ever received.” said Mark and Landa Keirstead founders of One Step Closer. Says Mark, “We want to thank CSR Cares for their generous $5000 gift to our School Readiness Program for children with special needs.”

One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding Inc. is a Morgan Hill charity offering therapeutic riding and other equine assisted therapy to children with physical and emotional disabilities.

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