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I’ll be completely forthcoming in saying that I never expected to be in real estate. As a child my dreams were to be a race car driver or to play basketball in the NBA. These were a little stretch, and my misunderstanding that I needed to work hard to make these a reality made sense to me a little too late in life. I went on to attend school at Florida International University in Miami and studied Sports Management and International Business with the intent to travel the world as I was blessed to have done during my childhood.
Having grown up overseas, I fell in love with other cultures, customs, and languages. However, even though I expected to continue to live my life as a foreigner in Europe or Asia, I fell in love early while attending university. A few years later in 2005 I was blessed with my beautiful son Caleb…the same year I became licensed in real estate. At the time I was selling cars to support this life changing event as my degrees never opened the doors I expected. I was soon approached and convinced by my Godmother, a successful agent in Coral Gables, to get into real estate.
I had no expectations whatsoever, other than working less hours with the potential at making a better living. The car business was fun and rewarding, but I was working around 70 hours a week and missing out on quality time with my new-born son. I dove into real estate and the rest is history…well, it has been a roller coaster with learning pains, a market crash, and a move to Orlando from Miami, but I wouldn’t change it for anything; even to be a race car driver or to play in the NBA.
I have met and worked with so many wonderful people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Working in real estate as an agent and investor has been more about the long-term friendships and relationships than the accolades, success stories, marketing techniques, or experience. It is my honest belief that the only thing that sets agents apart is the obsession and compassion for anyone but themselves. Buying and selling a home is the largest and most critical sale that is made in one’s life. It can’t be treated solely as a business, and in the end, it is about you the customer, not the purchase or the sale.