Patricia Alfonso Broker Associate

Ancona Real Estate

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?

Every time I had to organize an event for the international corporation I was working at, it felt like fresh water for my soul. I was so good at it that I ended up planning events, like weddings, banquets and quinceaneros, for my colleagues and their friends as a side job.

Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in a paradise island of the Caribbean, Dominican Republic.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

When I was a child, I remember wanting to be a flight attendant, I was fascinated with their fancy look; then, while in high school, I studied to be an executive assistant, and I felt in love with that profession.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

I step back from the situation, keep quiet and listen to the universe.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

Florence Scovel Shinn; there is so much enlightenment on her work, and I figure that she was a very approachable person with a great willingness of sharing her wisdom to anybody who would have listened.

Where is South Florida’s best-kept secret?

Colee Hammock Park in Fort Lauderdale.

What do you love most about the industry?

The fact that this is such a broad industry that, as an agent, you have so many chances to deliver solutions to people on different stages of their lives. That is rewarding!

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Having to deal with a non-cooperative party; sometimes it is the client, sometimes it is a professional they have retained.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Keep in touch with your clients, they will be your best source for referrals after a memorable experience of your service.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

A book called The Power of the Spoken Word and watching tutorials to improve my social media skills.

What’s your favorite meal in South Florida?

Ox tail with “congri” and fried yuca at restaurant El Cristo in Little Havana.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in South Florida?

There are so many impressive mansions all over South Florida, both old and new construction, that it will be unfair to choose just one.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

One of many, LOL! I had a showing appointment confirmed on Showtime for a just posted listing on the MLS, before the next day open house; I went with my buyers and as a standard, I left my business card on the kitchen counter when leaving the premises. A couple of hours later I got a call from a very upset listing agent asking me if I’ve been inside the house? I said yes. Apparently, he had no authorization from the owner to show the property that day and therefore he was going to lose the listing. I had to call his client to explain that the app was allowing showings for that day and had to convince her that this misunderstanding was not the Realtor’s negligence but because of a “glitch” on the Showtime system. She was fine after that.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

That my English communication skills were very limited when I permanently relocated to the U.S. back in 2012, but my passion for reading has helped me to greatly enrich my vocabulary, and my children and my husband have helped me to improve it’s pronunciation.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?

My husband and I have been accomplishing our goal to visit all NFL stadiums whenever the home team is playing. It is so much fun!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

This is a genuine and rewarding career. Invest on it.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Jack Canfield, @chris_smth, Austin Hendrickson, Peter J Ancona.

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