Portfolio Real Estate held a Grand Opening event last Thursday at their new office. Founded by Samantha Tov and Judy Cuong, this new real estate agency has hit the ground running, literally with dragons dancing through their front entrance.
Realtors and supporters from all over Elk Grove, Sacramento, and even the Bay Area came to attend Porfolio Real Estate’s Grand Opening. A huge buffet with delicacies was available for the masses of people to consume. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, traditional dragon dancers danced in front and through the front entrance into the new office. Dragon dances are believed to bring good luck to people. The longer the dragon in the dance, the more good luck will be brought to the community. The qualities of dragons include being fearsome and bold, while holding great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom, and auspiciousness.
With the ribbon cutting, dragon dances, and buffet at the Grand Opening, the Portfolio Real Estate officially opened for business. Even during the Grand Opening, you could see real estate transactions taking place. Clearly, business is booming and the future for Portfolio Real Estate looks bright!
The Portfolio Real Estate Team
The co-founders of Portfolio Real Estate are Samantha Tov and Judy Cuong. Important to note, Judy and Samantha have been partners for the last ten years. They are team leaders that have trained and mentored over 20 Top Producing associates. This dynamic duo has earned numerous recognition awards as the #1 Team for last few years at RE/MAX Gold, a company with 80 offices and over 1200 agents. They are named as part of RE/MAX International California/Hawaii’s Top 10 teams for 2015-2018. Furthermore, they received recognition as one of RE/MAX TOP 100 teams in the USA for 2015-2018. Together, Judy and Sam close between 200-300 homes annually.
Entrepreneurship is in Samantha’s DNA. “She is the daughter of asylum seekers and grew up helping her parents run their businesses after school and on weekends. Sam started her first restaurant at eighteen and got her real estate license in 1999. Twenty-six years of business expertise make her a formidable negotiator and fierce advocate.” “She is the current president of Asian Real Estate Association of America, Greater Sacramento (AREAA) and serves on the board of directors of the Sacramento Association of Realtors.” Samantha is a mother of three daughters, Caitlynn, Josephine, and Emma and wife to Chris Weissensee who owns Capitol City European Auto Repair. **
Judy Cuong has over eighteen years of real estate experience. “When not focused on her clients, Judy volunteers in the Elk Grove community and enjoys time with her husband and two children. She works with AREAA, SAR, and the Girl and Cub Scouts, and dedicates time to helping children and the elderly. She also rebuilds communities and is always looking for a way to give back.” **
The Portfolio Real Estate team which handles day to day transactions comprises of co-founders Samantha Tov and Judy Cuong, as well as Alexandra Villanueva, Anthony Tuyen, Vyvyan Dang, Scott Luu, May Huang, Cindy Li, Razia Aery, Judy Lay, Julee Cooper, and Anna Cuong. Aside from the realtors, Portfolio also has a few other team members who handle different aspects of their business. Hilary Hedemark is their Real Estate & Tax Lawyer, Broker-of-Record at Reside. Corey Alverson is their Creative Director. Ashley Bledsoe is their Marketing Director. Chris Dzoba is Director of Engineering. John Balladares is Marketing Engineer.
Alexandra Villanueva became a Realtor in 2014. “Her Associate’s Degree in Legal Assisting gives her extensive knowledge of contracts and real estate compliance laws. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in History.” “Alexandra is fluent in Spanish. She serves on two committees in The Sacramento Association of REALTORS: The Leadership Academy and The Cultural Diversity and Fair Housing Committee.” **
Anthony Tuyen is a rising star. “He started as Judy Cuong’s assistant, was promoted to Transaction Coordinator in 2014, and with Judy’s trademark mentorship, became an agent in 2018.” He is currently obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Economics. **
Vyvyan Dang operated a cosmetology business in Natomas for over twelve years. “Vyvyan fully understands the importance of excellent, personalized customer service. Upon earning her real estate license, she knew she needed to join a strong team so she can provide the best possible service to her clients.” She specializes in “home buyers, investments, and the luxury market.” **
“Scott Luu started his career in real estate right after he moved to Elk Grove and lost everything in the stock market crash of 2008. Always one to see the opportunity in misfortune, he teamed up with his brother to work on short sale transactions. After a successful six-year venture, Scott decided to expand his booming real estate career by joining Portfolio Real Estate.” “Scott’s experience in the post-crash market gives him the insight and independent problem-solving skills to navigate any challenging transaction.” Scott has a degree in business. He studied marketing at San Francisco State University. **
** Excerpted from Portfolio Real Estate website
MayMay Huang has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Services from University of California, Davis. She has over ten years of experience in sales and also owns several local businesses and teashops, including Teacup Boba Tea and Foot and Body Reflexology. “As a twenty-year resident of Elk Grove, May’s in-depth knowledge of the community is priceless. She assists clients with everything they need, from arranging staging and cleaning services to coordinating loan processing.” **
Cindy Li has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Merced, and a background in economics and business. “Coming to the team with years of experience managing and expanding a local tea shop where she created successful marketing campaigns, negotiated with vendors, and instilled a culture of top-notch customer service, Cindy was inspired to become an agent by her mentors Judy Cuong and Samantha Tov.” **
Razia Aery has run many successful businesses over the years. “She keeps in close contact throughout the entire process and is always available when clients have questions or need clarification. Razia not only listens, but can translate complex real estate concepts and details into five languages; besides English, she is fluent in Hindi, Fijian Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. She is also National Commercial Real Estate Association (NCREA) certified.” **
Judy Lay has lived in Sacramento for over thirty years and was in the construction industry for fourteen years. “Specializing in buyers, seller, and flippers, Judy is motivated by the challenge of closely following the market’s ups and downs and keeping herself constantly updated in both the local and national housing markets.” **
Julee Cooper has worked in real estate for fifteen years. She has a degree from University of California, Berkeley. Julee worked at Oracle and venture capital firms before transitioning to real estate in 2003 and moving to Sacramento. “Her years of experience, knowledge of local neighborhoods, and her tight working relationships with top-notch local vendors and contractors bring great value to Julee’s business, career, and reputation, as does her proficiency in the Vietnamese language.” **
Anna Cuong worked for over eighteen years as a licensed cosmetologist and runs her own salon. Anna has a habit of taking care of her clients like they are her close friends. “When clients work with Anna, they know they have a dedicated partner and friend whose only concern is helping them achieve their real estate goals.”
** Excerpted from Portfolio Real Estate website
Check Out Portfolio Real Estate
Portfolio Real Estate is motivated by a desire to help people to embrace the challenges and joys of buying and selling real estate. Their goal is to provide service that reflects a reputation that is built upon integrity, empathy, and compassion. In other words, they want to make the experience of buying and selling a home as enjoyable as possible with a smooth transaction.
Portfolio Real Estate is officially open for business. You can stop by their new office located 9240 Laguna Springs Drive, Ste 101, Elk Grove, CA 95758, check out their website Portfolio Real Estate, or give them a call today!
Congratulations Portfolio Real Estate!