Personal Life

To spend, or not to spend, that is the question.


Written by Carissa Abazia When we talk about money and building wealth, there’s a lot of chatter about how to cut spending. Many of us believe that if we spend less, the golden key to the land of riches will miraculously fall into our lap. But spending isn’t always bad. Spending can improve your quality [...]

To spend, or not to spend, that is the question.2019-09-12T15:43:20-07:00

Down Payment: The Do’s and The Don’ts


Staying on Budget with down payment Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: the bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly. But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance – or anything else. Pinpointing the [...]

Down Payment: The Do’s and The Don’ts2019-04-29T17:40:30-07:00

How To Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home


BY HEATHER CORCORAN The 1960s. In the golden age of Hollywood where glamour reigned supreme, decorating ones' home to feel as luxurious as a high-end hotel was de rigueur. And that aesthetic continues to inspire the interiors of homes today. After all, who doesn't love a velvet couch in the palest pink? We turned to [...]

How To Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home2019-04-23T06:35:24-07:00

Does Work Life Balance Really Exist?


Written by Carissa Abazia Work-life balance is something we crave throughout our careers but do we know what that really means? And if so, is it attainable? We’re all looking for that magical moment there isn’t an unread email or a hamper of dirty clothes left to be washed. It’s that moment in one’s daily [...]

Does Work Life Balance Really Exist?2019-03-28T14:03:38-07:00

The Pursuit of Success


Written by Carissa Abazia Here’s something about me that many would not guess: I didn’t intend to go into the real estate industry, let alone follow in my father’s footsteps. I grew up dreaming of fashion design. I was obsessed with the playful embrace of color and pattern. At the age of sixteen, fashion was [...]

The Pursuit of Success2019-03-23T07:50:16-07:00

Chop Wood, Carry Water: Always & Forever


Written by Carissa Abazia I recently read a book recommended to me by my inspiring and gracious CEO, Todd Scrima of Summit Funding, Inc. Mr. Scrima is not only a brilliant man who is particularly focused on helping people achieve professional wealth and greatness, he’s a firm advocate for practicing gratitude and motivating people to [...]

Chop Wood, Carry Water: Always & Forever2019-02-18T07:26:14-08:00

‘Know Your Strengths’: Leadership Lessons From A Real Estate Entrepreneur


Written by Jill Griffin Diane M. Ramirez, chairman and CEO of Halstead, is known for her passion and devotion to the residential real estate industry. She is a 35-year veteran who started her career in Palm Beach, Florida where she worked as an agent for a number of years before returning to her hometown—New York [...]

‘Know Your Strengths’: Leadership Lessons From A Real Estate Entrepreneur2019-02-17T18:29:44-08:00

Take A Deeper Look


Written by Carissa Abazia It’s inevitable that all couples will go through their share of ups and downs. A combination of busy work schedules, appointments, and commitments can make it challenging to devote as much time to strengthening your relationship as we’d like. On this Valentine’s Day, it is important to reflect on our relationships — past and [...]

Take A Deeper Look2019-02-14T07:11:25-08:00

I Work In A Referral Business


Written by Carissa Abazia Every business owner wants to grow. I’ve grown my business over the past two years, and I have done it by helping not only my clients but also my friends and colleagues who have the same drive: be better, help more, grow, and grow some more.  Over that time, what I’ve [...]

I Work In A Referral Business2019-02-10T20:53:26-08:00

Resolution Evolution: Subtract vs. Add


Written by Carissa Abazia It’s tradition to conduct a self-improvement ritual at the end of each year. This ritual, more commonly known as our New Year’s resolutions, is a list of what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year and beyond. However, more often than not, and despite the best of intentions, our resolutions do [...]

Resolution Evolution: Subtract vs. Add2019-02-04T15:43:17-08:00
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