Giving back to those who give the most.

As someone whose life is intricately connected to real estate, I not only have a passion for the field but also a deep understanding of what it truly means to have and love a home - a place of safety, warmth, love and security where families bond by building memories and traditions that last a lifetime. Each time I work with a family to help them purchase a home, I experience through their eyes how they fall in love with the structures and how almost instantly the memories start to build and grow.  

Wildfires are part of life here in Southern California and nearly every year, we lose thousands of acres to the heat and resulting blazes. When fires grow beyond brush and scrub to spread through neighborhoods and destroy homes, lives and memories, the surrounding communities are truly devastated. People who lose their homes experience grief, mourning and loss on a deeply personal level as the homes they nurtured, cherished and filled with memories are literally gone in the blink of an eye. It fills my heart with sadness as I think of the happiness my clients feel when they purchase their homes only to realize how many lives are intricately changed forever during fires like the recent Canyon Fire 2 blaze in Anaheim Hills. 

As I watched the news and devastating loss unfolding before my eyes, I was overcome with a sense of helplessness and sadness. I wanted to help not only the families who are experiencing this traumatic loss but also those who are risking their lives to save others and to mitigate as much damage as possible.  Because I am fortunate and blessed to be part of Inspiring Women of OC, a women's empowerment group, I was able to call on these amazing women to rally together to provide hot meals to firefighters in 4 of the stations who worked tirelessly to save families, pets, homes and memories during the blaze.

These dedicated women collected blankets, food and beverages to deliver to the shelters at El Modena High and Katella High, then visited Station 53 in Yorba Linda, Station 10 in Anaheim, Orange County Fire Authority Station 32 and Station 1 in Huntington Beach with delicious meals donated by Panini Kabob Grill, Biltong Jerky and Wild Strawberry Cafe. Without the dedication of these fearless firefighters, many more homes and families would have been leveled and without the love and support of the generous community, families who have already lost so much would have felt even more alone. As the fires are dying down and people are learning how to start over, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who helped make this difficult situation a little bit easier; a tiny bit more bearable. As humans, our compassion and caring for one another create love and light that shine infinitely through the universe to help heal aching hearts and broken spirits. I love Orange County and its spirit of giving.

Today I am saying thank you to everyone who dug deep and whose actions showed someone who has lost everything that there is still hope left in the world. 

My Health and Fitness Journey

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If you follow me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/jojo_romeo/), you’ve joined my health and fitness journey at my new happy place, Stark (http://www.starknation.com/)! On May 19, I stepped into this fabulous boutique gym in Irvine with three major personal goals: to eat clean, exercise at least three times a week, and stretch to avoid chronic pain. I said it then and I’ll say it again, they don’t mess around here! I’ve always been athletic and passionate about fitness, and my experience as part of Stark over the past four months has delivered a completely new way to challenge my body and mind.

My journey kicked off with “The Ultimate Package," which includes the most extensive health and fitness evaluation I've ever heard of!  This assessment includes everything... body composition (19% body fat to start!), a posture analysis, movement testing, lifestyle, cardiovascular testing, and they even ran labs to check and make sure my blood chemistry is optimal!  From there, my new fit fam customized my plan to deliver the best results in the shortest amount of time.

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What makes Stark so extraordinary is its fully integrated approach to health and fitness.  Through exercise, nutrition, IV therapy (I hate needles, but I love this!), and orthopedic/chiropractic care, the team of experts actually collaborate on my behalf to make sure every detail of my program is dialed in. I take full advantage of all of these incredible services, and I absolutely love Rob Ryan, my amazing trainer, whose shouts of encouragement keep me starkin’ it during each one-hour session, whether I’m punching, kicking, crunching, jumping, lifting, lunging, or squatting. Stark’s no excuses mentality—even when I’m saddled with a broken toe—helps me work out my frustrations, and Rob Ryan thankfully doesn’t let me get away with anything. Workouts are endlessly creative, like when I’m pulling his butt around on a sled. They’re the perfect mix of fun and kicking my own ass.

And my results are insane. Now that I’m fueling my body with optimal nutrition, my energy levels have skyrocketed. I love witnessing the incredible physical changes in my body too, including toned everything and zero new injuries! My chronic hip pain has even disappeared, thanks to stretching after each session. Keeping me injury-free is no easy feat! Stark’s collaborative, complete approach not only saves me time, it has also helped me recover from injury and stay healthy and energized to keep up with my demanding real estate career, busy family, and community involvement—not to mention my new Bravo show, “Real Estate Wars,” and all of the red carpets!

I’ll continue to share my health and fitness journey with you in hopes that it inspires you to challenge yourself every day! 

Laguna Beach Home for Sale - Designed by Mark Singer

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An eco-friendly home on the ocean in Laguna Beach designed by architect Mark Singer is on the market at $14 million. The contemporary, 4,000-square foot house has an additional 2,200 square feet of outdoor entertainment areas, including a private courtyard with a saltwater pool and spa.

Inside are three bedroom suites and a kitchen outfitted with professional-grade, Gaggenau appliances. Interiors include limestone floors, Italian windows, Poggenpohl cabinets and doors with Olivari hardware.

The house at 990 Ocean Front was the first along the California coastline to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, according to the agents.

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Bravo’s Hottest New Show, “Real Estate Wars,” Premieres October 5

I’m excited to announce that my new show on Bravo TV - Real Estate Wars - will premiere on Thursday, October 5th at 10PM ET/PT! We’ve been taping the show over the past few months and it’s been a blast. The series focuses on the luxury real estate market in Orange County - and what makes this show different is that it features two teams of real estate agents competing for a multi-million dollar portfolio of properties and developments. Of course, drama ensues! But, as I think you’ll see on the show, what matters most to me and my team - The Relegance Group - is ensuring our clients are happy and that their goals are achieved. 

I have to admit, it’s a pretty great experience being on a show - and I am excited to share the journey with you! Please leave your questions and comments for me below and I’ll do my best to answer them… giving you as much of the inside scoop as the Bravo team will let me!  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!