We all have a few powerful memories that stick with us throughout our lives. For me, a particular memory was as a young girl. My father had served in the military since I was born. When I was five years old he was ambushed while deployed in Vietnam. Back then, a lot of women wore heavy eye makeup and I can still see my mom crying thick black tears when she heard the news.
They thought he was dead when they found him. He had suffered bullet wounds in his arms and legs, his whole left side was paralyzed, and he had to have metal plates implanted in his skull. The doctors expected him to be in a vegetative state and claimed he wouldn’t live past the age of thirty. They also warned that he would probably never walk or talk again on his own.
He proved all wrong. It was not easy. He spent years in the hospital and like a lot of Vietnam veterans, he battled addiction. After all that he had been through, no one expected him to survive very long.
Although he and my mom were divorced, she and my stepdad had a tremendous amount of respect for him. I grew up living with her in the Mississippi Delta and visited my Dad in California every summer. My Mom always taught me to be prepared for the unexpected because life has a way of throwing a wrench in the works and you must keep on going. If something wasn’t working, you didn’t quit, you adjusted. I learned early on to always move forward.
That was the lesson that has lead me throughout my career(s). Whether it was the personal training business I founded in San Diego or the years spent in cosmetic sales, I was always looking for new ways to help others and motivate others to improve their lives. I found the greatest fulfillment in connecting with people daily, especially after I realized my calling as a Realtor®.
In 2001, I earned my license and jumped headfirst into real estate. I still remember my first sale. I got the call while in a car full of my teenaged stepchildren. They were as excited as I was when I pulled over to answer the phone! I got the listing and set to work giving it my all.
When my sales manager told me I had listed the house too high, I remained adamant that I had made the right decision. It ended up selling for $15,000 above the appraised value! After that success every homeowner in the neighborhood wanted to list with me, earning me rookie of the year at my brokerage.
I’ve brought that same determination to every real estate transaction since and have always strived to take the best possible care of my clients. I earned my broker’s license in 2006 to build my expertise and expand my capabilities.
I’ve helped clients across California and in other states to maximize value while buying or selling a home.