Name: Magda Gomez
Job Title: Realtor
Company: RE/MAX Center
What was your first job in the realty industry? I was a receptionist at a real estate company in Washington DC in 1986. Moved to Atlanta and started raising my family. In 1998, I decided to start selling property in Georgia and here I am.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Puerto Rico and went to college in 1981 and stayed in the United States after graduation with my husband.
Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be on Broadway — I love music and acting. I went to school in New York with this vision but ended up meeting my husband and father of my children and everything changed. Now, I enjoy attending shows. I also taught Drama to middle schoolers as a volunteer. I was able to be back on a stage.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I love the outdoors, playing tennis, and now my newest addiction is Pickleball — a fun, fast game similar to a small tennis or big ping pong court. It is played with paddles. I enjoy the guest programming at the Georgia Aquarium where I tour the exhibits and the importance of Ocean Conservation. It’s my therapy!
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would love to have lunch with Lin Manuel Miranda. Besides that I love Broadway Musicals, Lin Manuel is a very smart person, who struggled through life, jobs, acceptance etc. He has demonstrated that believing on an idea that is far to reach can be obtained with determination, passion and dedication. He is a genius, mixing and combining words in his music composition. Although he has made so much money, he is humble and he has shared and helped and keeps helping the community in reaching ultimate goals. Inspiration at its best!
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Puerto Rico, especially now that the devastation of this horrible Hurricane back in Sept 2017. I have seen many hurricanes as a child but nothing like this. I remember my grandfather talking about a devastating hurricane back in 1910 but never imagine what it meant until now. Puerto Rico needs me — either to visit, help communities, cheer for families that are feeling down and helpless. So from far, I do as best as I can and encourage others to do so as well.
What do you love most about the industry? I love love, love the challenges. Especially when a Buyer is looking and looking and finally when the right home comes along and the faces of acceptance, joy, vision. It all clicks. That is a great feeling. As for when a seller is preparing their home for sale, I enjoy giving them ideas, when I am appreciated for the professional input, and when they follow and we sell the home at a price better and faster than they expected.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am a creative soul, I am a hard worker, Bilingual, I aim to please. That extra step everyone talks about is a giant leap for me.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Time ! I am blessed that my hard work brings me buyers and sellers.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I do a lot of social media, event sponsoring, networking, lunches and chat, chat , chat with everyone in your way. Open doors with a big smile.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? My family, which now includes a granddaughter. I am in heaven. Professionally and as a business woman — I am super pleased that big efforts and hard work yields a nice salary and gives me the opportunity to relax and enjoy a well balanced life. I only have one.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Black Panther
What is your favorite restaurant? So many. You cannot go wrong with Houston’s ! It is always good.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? Tough question for a Realtor. Flatiron Building. It is different and opens a great conversation.
What kind of car do you drive? I drive a Prius. Saves money, small, compact, easy driving and good for the environment!
Smartphone or paper? Both- Got to meet deadlines!
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? NYC
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Get a good training, do not quit your full-time job.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Jonny On It- Coming out March 2018
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Lin Manuel Miranda, AtlUtd