What was your first job in the realty industry? Assistant to an Agent on the broker’s team for two years before they talked me into getting my license and working full-time in real estate.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Watch movies (mostly slapstick comedies).
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Miami Shores, Fla.
Growing up, what did you want to be? As a kid (until junior high), I wanted to be an archeologist, specifically a paleontologist. But then a teacher burst my bubble.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? William Shakespeare.
Because he is my favorite writer/poet, and I think that he was pervertedly hilarious at various points in his career (according to his emotional state at the time).
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Home with a hot cup of coffee, my pets and husband by my side as the kids drive us nuts with constant coming and going and talking and buzzing about. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
What do you love most about the industry? The fact that there are so many facets to it that there is no excuse to be bored! Every agent “drives their own bus”; if they crash, they have no one to blame but themselves.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I sincerely love what I do; and it is evident in everything that I am a part of! I attend classes and meetings ongoing throughout the year to stay on top of changes in the industry.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Patience…with clients, with staff, with students and peers. I say the serenity prayer a lot in my head, which keeps me grounded. I have a temper and often need to vent to my partner, who can always make me laugh about whatever set me off, within seconds. Hey, I’m human!
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I am involved in many different organizations that connect me to people from various backgrounds and industries. It fulfills my need to give back, allows me to serve others, and people see me as sincerely happy to help.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Achieving the respect and recognition of my peers as a trusted professional and REALTOR that everyone can rely on to help them with anything asked of me.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Well, since I am writing this during the holiday season, “It’s a wonderful life” is an annual favorite, but it resonates with me on so many levels beyond “sappy christmas flick.” It is a great way to learn about mortgages and finance.
I recently re-read “The Art of War,” but “Memoirs of a Monster Hunter” by Josh Gates (from TV’s Destination Truth) is my favorite book that I’ve read in years, because it is so funny!
What is your favorite restaurant? It’s no secret that I love all things Italian and yes, that goes the same for food…
BEST IN TOWN: “Capriccio’s” in Pembroke Pines
*** Expensive ***
BEST AFFORDABLE: “Brio,” also in Pines.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? Oh, that’s tough, because I am obsessed with all things historic. My childhood home was a 1923 Spanish colonial.
I can’t pick just one. I’d say any home built before 1950 in Miami Shores or Coral Gables emits a beauty to me that is impossible to beat.
What kind of car do you drive? I recently downsized from a Ford Expedition to an Escape in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and conscious…I miss my Expedition.
Smartphone or paper? I am a balance of high tech – high touch. I do most on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but still prefer physical legal documents for risk management redundancies.
What is your favorite city after Miami? In Florida: St.Augustine.
On Earth: Florence, Italy.
In 10 words or less, what’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Education is critical to your success in this industry.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? RPR Mobile. Where has it been all our lives.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Josh Gates from Destination Truth, because he is hilarious.
Deborah Boza-Valledor from the Miami Association of Realtors, because she keeps us in the know of all things important (and fun).
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