The first thing that you should know about me is that hard work is a big part of who I am. I know that a lot of people say this, but I have proven it since I was very young. In middle school, I washed cars and cleaned houses for my neighbors to earn my own money. I got my first official job as a sophomore in High School, and I have been working since, upgrading to more advanced positions and higher-level careers as I got older. While my friends were going to the mall and having fun, I was learning the ins and outs of business. While they were spending their time talking on the phone, I was opening a checking account and developing a budget. This diligence, determination, and dedication that I learned at a very young age is the foundation of success for my current career.
Speaking of my current career, I have been interested in real estate for a very long time, as well. My Dad was in sales for a long time and my Mom became a REALTOR® in the mid 1980’s, so I guess you could say this business is in my blood! I actually began my real estate career at the age of fifteen, working as a weekend receptionist for a brokerage in my home town of Fountain Valley. While I was at community college, I was an assistant leasing agent for my Mom’s company, so I was around people in the field for much of my early life. I remember being so enamored with the realtors as they came and went. I was captivated by their success. They had nice clothes and fancy cars, but my attraction was more than that. The thing that I was most impressed about was their professionalism and dignity. They were all super hard workers and were in charge of their own success, which fascinated me. From that point on, real estate was something that I was interested in and a career option in which I knew I would excel.
Even though my Mom’s example and my first job really peaked my interest in real estate, I did not pursue it as my career, initially. I decided to focus more on sales in general and put my curiosity with real estate on hold during that pursuit. To support my direction towards corporate sales, I enrolled at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Sales and Marketing. After I finished college, I worked for two companies in the Information Technology industry, first in support and service, then in software sales. While my previous IT related career might seem at the opposite end of the professional spectrum than real estate, that experience has been extremely beneficial to my current field. Not only did it teach me skills with sales and customer service, but it also gave me a knowledge and understanding of the benefits of technology in business, which I incorporate everyday in my real estate career, including paperless processes, application creation, and digital marketing.
My time in technology was extremely successful, and I was very comfortable and content for many years, but as I got older, I started to consider having a family, and I knew that the long hours and constant travel would make parenting very difficult. Then I sold my first house and bought my second home, and it totally reignited the spark of passion that I had found early in my life working in real estate. I loved the process and I knew that it is much more conducive to raising a family, so I knew that it was time for me to pursue my true calling! In 2002, I earned my Broker’s License, and I never looked back!