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Jonathan Dearman

I hope this finds you well. I wanted to take this opportunity to connect with you and share a little of my story.

I owe a lot to my family for making me who I am today. My grandmother, Bertha Flemming, had started a real estate company back in the 1950s, hoping to provide opportunities for her community to own property. All of her grandkids spent some time working with her, and I was no exception. I started back in high school before earning my degree from the University of San Francisco. I earned my real estate broker’s license straight out of college and returned to work with my grandmother. But as the days went on, I found I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in that position.

My parents, John and Ina, had instilled in me a strong sense of service. Dad was a defense attorney—and later a judge—while my mom headed all sorts of volunteer organizations to help community-minded people throughout San Francisco. They lived with a spirit of service, and I knew that whatever I did in life had to have a piece of that spirit in it.

The truth of the matter is that I didn’t find a way to exercise that sense of service in real estate. Not right away, at least. So I left the business to pursue a different path: education. My years as a teacher were some of the most satisfying of my life. I got to be on the front lines, so to speak, guiding the youth of the Bay Area and helping to shape the future.

To this day, I remain a part of several educational non-profits, including The Teacher Salary Project, which is dedicated to making sure teachers are paid a livable wage, so they can focus on our kids instead of thinking about their next rent check or grocery bill. I’ve also been on the board of 826 Valencia, a tutorial program supporting young writers. Finally, I serve as president of the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools, where we help teachers, communities, school leaders, students, and families to ensure everyone has access to education.

As a teacher, I really treasured every kid I worked with. But that feeling was nothing compared to having two of my own. Someone once told me, “The only thing that changes when you have kids is everything.” I didn’t understand at the time. Back then, I was a much more ‘live and let live’ kind of person. I wasn’t very aware of how I was connected to humanity and the rest of the world. But the second my first child was born, I got it. My daughters, Anika and Maya, truly transformed my life. They added a lot of joy and a lot of responsibility.

One part of that responsibility was making sure I could afford the things they needed. And raising two daughters in San Francisco on my income as a teacher became more and more difficult. As I talked to my grandmother and my sisters, I began to consider the possibility of returning to real estate, and looking again to find a way to be of service.

As I took that second look, I discovered a real nobility to the profession. Helping a family get into a home could be the most important thing to them. The more people who have stability and security in their lives, the better that makes our country, our community, our world.

Of course, San Francisco might be the most expensive place to live in the universe, so housing is at the forefront of all our minds. For that reason, I’ve done a lot of work with affordable housing. I was one of the first people to explore tenancy in common, and I’ve explored affordable construction options, as well. But no matter what the price, I’m committed to helping others find a place to call home.

I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you. And to those of you who I have worked with in the past, I will be running my businesses differently than in the past. I have a team I am working with now that will enable me to accomplish my goals of nobility and service as I help you reach all of your goals in real estate. I am excited to let you know all about it in the very near future.

Buying or selling real estate is often an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent can have significant impact on your results. I want you to pick the agent that’s the right fit for your particular needs. If that person ends up being me, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and the new direction I’m taking in real estate. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.

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