Kion Kashefi was born and raised in Stanislaus County, and now currently resides in Merced County. Kion graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a B.S. in Biology.

He later also completed a Master’s Program in Nutritional Biology at UC Davis in 2010. He currently is the Business Development Manager for Stanislaus Farm Supply.

Although Kion was not raised with an agriculture background, he has immersed himself in the industry over the last 8 years and has gained a love and appreciation for agriculture.

He is responsible for marketing new programs and products in current and developing markets, and provides consulting in nutrient management, animal nutrition, crop health and soil fertility. Kion is also the vice president of Merced County’s YF&R.

Kion Kashefi is also a new member of the Ceres Rotary Club, and has recently move back to Modesto, CA.  He enjoys spending his free time volunteering in the local community and spending time with his family.

Kion is also looking forward to starting a specialty cattle operation on his family’s ranch in the near future to help keep this family tradition alive.  He looks forward to helping influencing more young people to pursue and support careers in agriculture and is excited for continuing a future in Agriculture.

Kion Kashefi – My First House

In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?

Merced, 2012

What was your living situation prior to buying your first house?

Lived in an apartment solo in Davis, CA while finishing up grad school.

What motivated you to purchase your first house?

Wanted to start a family, first step to long term financial security

How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?

We built up our credit and saved cash for a down payment.

When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family.

Both, we knew that the home would be a little small for a large family, but we knew it would be a perfect starter house for our family and first child.  The house was economical enough to start a life in and to keep as a rental as an investment property.  We had our first child in the house and now we have the house as a rental.

What are 3 things you liked most about the house?

Great old neighborhood with beautiful trees.  The house was also remodeled and was very nice to live in….we loved the character of the house.

Was there anything you didn’t like about it?

Nothing except that we knew it was a little small for what we were looking for…..

Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?

Yes the house was remodeled inside, we added tile and painted walls…we also put a new roof on the house

Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.

When we walked in the door of the house for the first time with a first child.

Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?

Renting It.

What advice would you give other first time home buyers?

Be patient…make sure you find the right first house and know that it will be  a work in progress if it’s a starter house….but patience is the key!