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Bill Hinkamp is owner of Rockridge Builders, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (510) 761-6917 or by email.

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Bill Hinkamp: Designing and Building a Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

OAKLAND — Even while studying architecture in college, Bill Hinkamp never lost his love for construction. Later, he would merge his dual interests into a single professional venture. “I’ve always been involved in construction and I continued to be attracted to the industry during my time at UC Berkeley,” he affirms. “Since I was studying architecture, I increasingly began to see construction as a design/build discipline, which would inform my later career.”

Following college graduation, Bill went to work for an architectural firm, but it wasn’t long before he found himself involved in construction once again. Read more

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Getting Ready to Meet with a Remodeling Contractor
OAKLAND — If you’re planning a remodeling project, one of your first steps should be to meet with a contractor. However, in order to make the most of your initial meeting, it’s best to be prepared by having an idea… Read more

Andrea Vernerova is property manager at CM Property Management Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2014. She can be reached at (408) 763-3540 or by email.

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Andrea Vernerova: A Lasting Impact

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — After several years as a real estate agent, Andrea Vernerova realized she could have a more lasting impact as a property manager. “I got into real estate because I liked the idea of helping people achieve their goals of homeownership,” she recounts. “During my time as a real estate agent, I met a lot of people who managed properties. Property management was very attractive to me because, unlike real estate, you don’t just help a client one time and say goodbye—you’re able to continue helping them on a long-term basis. Eventually, I decided to trade my career as a real estate agent for one as a property manager.”

Ten years after becoming a property manager, Read more

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Property Manager Responsibilities
SAN JOSE — A property manager has several responsibilities, both during and between tenancies. Here are just a few of them: Prepare the rental property. When a rental property becomes vacant, the property manager oversees preparations for the next tenants.… Read more

Mark Katz is property manager at CM Property Management Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2014. He can be reached at (408) 763-3540 or by email.

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Mark Katz: Service-Oriented

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — After 18 years as a property manager, Mark Katz looks back on his introduction to the business. “I used to be in finance, marketing and operations,” he recounts. “In 2000, I had an opportunity to get into property management, so I took it. What I really liked about being a property manager was the variety—you’re presented with a new challenge every day, so it never gets boring.”

In 2010, Mark decided to strike out on his own and founded CM Property Management Inc. “I wanted to have a property management company that focused on developing relationships with property owners, Read more

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4 Benefits of Using a Property Management Company
SAN JOSE — Managing a rental property can be a difficult task, which is why the aid of a property management company can be of significant value. Consider the following advantages: 1. Better tenant screening A property management company has… Read more

Heidi Hart is president of Heidi Hart – California Dreaming Real Estate, a Diamond Certified company. She can be reached at (831) 708-8910 or by email.

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Heidi Hart: A Perfect Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CRUZ — As a young mother of three, Heidi Hart knew that any career she pursued would need to have a flexible schedule. When she was offered a job in real estate, she knew it was the perfect opportunity. “I got my real estate license when I was 25,” she recounts. “It actually started when I was offered a job at a real estate office across from my kids’ school. Besides being in a convenient location, the hours were flexible, which allowed me to be available for my kids while also being actively involved in my community. I found that I really enjoyed the real estate business and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

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How to Establish Your Home’s Value
SANTA CRUZ — If you’re planning to sell your home, you’ll need to establish its value in order to determine the right asking price. In the real estate market, this is done using a statistical report called a Comparative Market… Read more

Juan Sandoval is owner of East Bay PC Construction, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 962-5972 or by email.

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Juan Sandoval: Fueled by Freedom

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ANTIOCH — As Juan Sandoval recounts his journey to becoming a building contractor, it’s clear his professional progression was largely shaped by a desire for freedom. “Before getting into construction, I worked in a restaurant, and I’d get tired of being in the same place every day,” he remembers. “When I started doing construction, I really liked the fact that we were constantly moving from one jobsite to another. It just felt a lot freer.”

After starting out as a laborer, Juan worked his way up through the ranks, accumulating a wealth of experience as he went. Read more

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Making the Most of Your Living Space
ANTIOCH — Living space is a precious commodity these days, especially in the Bay Area, where housing prices are higher than most other parts of the country. Whether your house is occupied with people or possessions (or both),… Read more

Jared Cuevas is president of Bay-Valley Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 456-4989 or by email.

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Jared Cuevas: Uncommon Expertise

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ANTIOCH — As a second-generation painter, Jared Cuevas’ experience on both the contracting and supplier sides of his industry has culminated in an uncommon depth of expertise. “I started out working for my dad during summer breaks in high school and college,” he remembers. “After college, I worked for him full-time for about eight years until he retired in 2010. At that point, I went to work for Sherwin-Williams, and after that Kelly-Moore, which gave me experience on the supplier side of the industry. Eventually, I wanted to start painting in the field again, so I started my own business.”

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The Importance of Paint Preparation
ANTIOCH — When having your house painted, don’t overlook the importance of proper preparation. That fact is, there are some things a new coat of paint can’t hide. Worse still, there are things that, even if they can… Read more

Nic Ratel is sales and operations manager of Water Heaters Only, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (877) 932-5525 or by email.

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Nic Ratel: Heating Up

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

GRASS VALLEY — Nic Ratel started working for Water Heaters Only, Inc. part-time during college, but once he decided to go full-time, his career began to heat up fast. “I started out working the late shift, answering customer calls and booking jobs,” he remembers. “At the time, I was studying graphic design and attending classes in the mornings. I actually had some plumbing experience—my father was a maintenance technician and I worked with him a lot throughout high school. At Water Heaters Only, I found that I enjoyed dealing with customers, and I eventually decided to join the company full-time. Read more

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Two Considerations for Tankless Water Heaters
GRASS VALLEY — When selecting a new water heater, you may be interested to know if a tankless water heater would be a good fit for your home. While this depends on several factors, there are two basic… Read more

Jason Windus is owner of Need A Hand Movers And Hauling, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 418-0975 or by email.

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Jason Windus: Lending a Hand

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA ROSA — When Jason Windus found himself out of work in 2008, rather than rely on others’ help, he opted to make a livelihood out of helping others. “Before getting into the moving and hauling business, I used to work for my uncle’s sign-making business,” he recounts. “When the economy took a dive in 2008, he had to let me go. I had kids to feed and a new truck payment, so I needed to quickly find a new means of income. Off the cuff, I built a box around the bed of my truck and posted signs around town advertising hauling and cleanup services. Read more

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How to Protect Your Mattress During a Move
SANTA ROSA — Mattresses are expensive commodities, especially with today’s high-end specialty models and sophisticated comfort technology. That’s why, if you’re moving, you should take measures to protect your mattress from damage while it’s being transported. The simplest… Read more

Seif Zareef is owner of Z and Z Plumbing, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 764-8361 or by email.

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Seif Zareef: An Early Calling

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

Whereas many tradespeople find their professional callings in adulthood, Seif Zareef found his when he was just a boy. “Both my dad and my uncle were plumbers, so I was introduced to the trade as a kid,” he remembers. “I started going out on jobs with my dad when I was five years old. Even at that age, I knew I wanted to be some type of contractor when I grew up. Since I had family in plumbing, it was natural for me to go in that direction. By age 20, I was working full-time as a plumber, and by 23, Read more

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Garbage Disposal Guidelines
SAN LEANDRO — Most homes have garbage disposals, but not all homeowners know how to use them correctly. Here are a few guidelines for proper garbage disposal usage and maintenance: Always run water when running your garbage disposal—this helps the… Read more

Hung Tu is president of An Ky Construction Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2010. He can be reached at (408) 840-3993 or by email.

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Hung Tu: Building a New Livelihood

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — When Hung Tu agreed to help his sister build her new house, he didn’t realize he’d also be building a new livelihood for himself. “My sister hired a contractor to build a house, but after problems arose, she asked if I could help with getting it finished,” he remembers. “At the time, I was working as an electrician. Once I was on the job, I found I had a talent for construction—I was a fast learner and I really enjoyed the work. After my sister’s house was finished, I got a job with one of the contractors I’d been working with. Read more

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3 Reasons to Move Out During a Remodeling Project
SAN JOSE — If you’re a Bay Area homeowner looking to upgrade to a nicer house, you may find yourself in a predicament. After all, due to the high cost of housing, even if you sell your current home, you… Read more