By Paige Tepping
RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—While today’s economy and real estate market have many real estate professionals and architects closing up shop, it has also provided numerous opportunities for those looking to take advantage of any open doors that pop up along the way.
Not one to let anything stand in his way, Sid Afshar, CEO of Sunfield Development in Orinda, California has let today’s market carry him from one big city to the next—creating a success story in its wake.
Even though his company is located in Orinda, Afshar’s extensive travel to Oakland has enabled him to form valuable business connections in the area as well as get to know the city’s goals. “In traveling to Oakland, I have come to realize that it is a very exciting place with a lot of opportunity,” says Afshar. “Most importantly, the city is one hundred percent committed to serving the people of Oakland and making it a great, vibrant place.” Now Afshar and his team will have a hand in developing the uptown area of the city, helping to draw in more consumers and money to develop additional projects down the road.
“It is clear to see that the pendulum has swung,” said Top 5 Member Ran Wyder, broker/owner of a real estate company in Oakland. “In the past, Orinda was the more built up area as many people were leaving Oakland to go settle in Orinda, but now, people are coming back to Oakland, so this is where the opportunities are,” continues Wyder.
With three developments already approved in the area, Afshar is confidently handling the challenge of serving the people of Oakland. While the city is experiencing a retail leak to surrounding cities, Sunfield Development is hoping to help increase retail and bring shoppers back to the area—keeping in mind the underlying current of the city—entertainment.
“Even in a down economy, it never hurts to take chances,” says Afshar, “as you never know what new opportunities you will be presented with.” As he continues to make a name for himself in the Oakland real estate scene, Afshar is looking forward to helping become a vibrant community. “There are many trends developing in Oakland, and we are excited to be a part of the city’s future,” he concludes.
For more information, visit www.sunfielddevelopment.com.
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