In 1995, I decided to change my life. Little did I know that the journey I was about to embark on would lead to such exciting and wonderful adventures! I moved to Roseville, California with my young daughter and started my career in real estate. I worked for a small real estate company that guided me through the trials and tribulations of becoming a real estate agent. As it turns out, my first year in real estate was very successful. By getting down to the basics of real estate, I had seventeen listings within my first six months and worked with ten buyers in that timespan. I had finally found what I was meant to do as an adult and absolutely loved it!
Working in real estate allowed me to support myself - and at the same time, it afforded me the time that I needed as a single mom to raise my daughter by myself and to grow as both a mom and as a real estate agent. I met so many people that first year and I am still in contact with so many of them.
I moved back to Pleasanton in 1997 and started working for a small real estate firm as a Listing Agent. That first year back in Pleasanton, I doubled my business. I never worked so hard. It was exciting, fulfilling and I was making life-long connections with clients. Working with buyers and sellers is so exciting. They are all so different, each and every one of them.
My favorite real estate story of all time: one afternoon I was working in my RE/MAX office and Sheila, our receptionist came to my desk and asked if I had time to meet with a walk-in (a customer who walks into the office without an appointment). I walked into the conference room and met Danny and his darling daughter, Emma Rose who was dressed in her soccer uniform. We sat and discussed what Danny was looking for in a home and then I introduced him to John Flores, my in-house lender, and I told Danny I would contact him the next day to start his home search. (I had to leave to pick up my daughter from school!) John worked on getting Danny pre-qualified so I would know how much he wanted to spend. Three months later, after showing Danny several homes and finding exactly what he and Emma wanted, Danny and Emma were living in their new Dublin home.
It just so happened that four months later I was working in the area that Danny and Emma were living, so I decided to touch base and give Danny a call. I did not reach him so I left him a voicemail. Danny promptly returned my call. A Giants season ticket holder and an avid Giants fan, Danny invited me to a game. Although I couldn't go, he was persistent. I knew he was new in the area and thought that [he was just being friendly] since he knew I lived in Pleasanton and also had a young daughter he was just being friendly.
Finally, we connected and went to a game together. I have to say it was the most exciting game I ever attended! I Thought Danny was just being friendly by inviting me, but by the end of the game I found out that he really liked me! Duh! Sometimes I need a brick to fall on my head. I had no idea! As my friend John Flores says, I told you so! Danny and I were married in 2005 and today we are still going strong. Thirteen years after getting in the business, he is still my best real estate story.
Real estate has taken me down so many different paths and I am so grateful. Someone once said that becoming a Realtor® was so hard. It may be, but it drove me to find my passion and true love
I love this business - I love the people I work with and I love what real estate has given to me.