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.