What was your first job in the realty industry? I came on board as a Realtor around 12 years ago to the former Peachtree Corners office, which was managed by Norma Santana.
Where did you grow up? Due to my father’s job with Woolworth, we moved a lot. Both of my parents are Cubans. I was born in Puerto Rico, and when I was three years old, they transferred my dad to Spain. In Spain, we lived nine months in Madrid and eight years in Malaga. We were then transferred again back to Puerto Rico.
Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a special education teacher.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? When I am stressed out I like to quilt, because it makes me have to focus on the sewing and not on the stressors.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Ronald Reagan.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Since I spend most of my time on the road, I like to hang out at home, especially on Sunday evenings when we have family dinners.
What do you love most about the industry? I truly love working out of the John’s Creek office because I am surrounded by a great team of agents and staff. I also love working and getting to know my clients and helping them find their new home. I remain friends, after the transaction, with my clients.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am very prompt in answering phone calls and messages. I also keep my clients informed about what is taking place in the transaction. I take pride in my job and treat my clients like I would want to be treated.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Turning my brain off is the most difficult aspect of my job.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I network and market myself everywhere I go, from the grocery store, to the post office, to the nail salon, etc.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? In 1988, while I was a student at University of Puerto Rico, I received a full ride for a year to go to UGA as part of the student exchange program. At that time, having been raised in Spain, my English was very poor. I accepted the exchange and moved to Georgia. My parents told me that if I did well at UGA and stayed in the Dean’s List, they would pay for me to go to college in the U.S. I made and achieved my goal to learn the English language and to excel in my classes.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “American Sniper.”
What is your favorite restaurant? Antebellum in Flowery Branch.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? Fox Theater.
What kind of car do you drive? I drive a Ford Edge.
Smartphone or paper? Smartphone.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? John’s Creek.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Treat others like you would want to be treated.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Google Maps.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I do not have a Twitter account.
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