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Manzanita Ventures planting roots
Ready to grow with rebounding market
From left, Brian Lange, Georgiann Rose, Suzanne Candini, Rachelle Souza, and Maria Gikas are launching Manzanita Ventures, serving the Central Valley’s real estate market. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
A Manzanita is a strong, resilient tree.

The vines intertwine throughout the evergreen shrubs as it continues to grow over time.

Hence the name of Manteca’s newest real estate business.

Co-founder Suzanne Candini hopes that Manzanita Ventures will parallel that of this tree. She along with fellow co-founder Rachelle Souza, Georgiann Rose, Maria Gikas, and Brian Lange are among the team that will bring experience, innovation and service.

Included are five integrated services – residential resale; commercial sales and leasing; property management; interior design / space planning; and custom building and remodeling.

Manzanita Ventures appears ripe to help the area’s beleaguered real estate industry get back on its feet.

“This market is poised to start the healing process with what appears to be the beginning of price and market stabilization,” Candini said. “It’s a different market with a different mindset, one that will need specialized services that are based entirely upon customer needs.

“It’s a new profession, meaning a different approach to servicing this industry is needed, which Manzanita Ventures will innovatively provide.”
Customer service will remain No. 1.

“The one constant that will never change in this industry is it being a relationship-based business,” Candini added. “Times are different and the way real estate business is conducted will be different, but it will always be credible relationship and trust – the corner of our mission.”

The Manzanita Ventures team offers plenty of diverse experience.

Candini was president of Central Valley builder Florsheim Homes, and has over 20 years of experience in the business and was responsible for the construction of an estimated 4,000 houses.

Souza has an extensive background in both property management and commercial building.

In her 20 years, Rose has specialized in space planning and interior design.

In her long tenure, Gikas brings a wealth of knowledge in residential real estate.

Lange’s know-how is in business management and marketing.

“The collective knowledge that we are bringing together here is truly exceptional,” said Candini. “I have a long history with each of these individuals, so I am confident that we have the right professionals in place to make this happen.”

Manzanita Ventures is located at 204 N. Sherman Ave.

A grand opening is scheduled there for Thursday, June 24, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 209-601-3557 or 209-481-9422.