I’m incredibly happy with the life I’ve built, and so proud of both my career and my family. But the journey to get here was not without its challenges. No matter what form they take, challenges always have the potential to change you. For a long time, I’ve thrived on those challenges in all areas of my life. I first entered the real estate industry in 2001, working in wholesale lending. Working in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment suited me well. There was just something about solving puzzles and helping that I really came to enjoy. In the midst of what we would all come to know as the mortgage meltdown, however, I was laid off, and I decided to get my real estate license in order to continue assisting clients in real estate.
But when the real estate market crashed in 2008, it left me with many unexpected challenges both personally and professionally. I ended up losing my house, the place my family and I had poured our lives and savings into, practically overnight. It was the hardest time of my life. But good always comes along with the bad, and in the midst of the collapse and losing my home, my savings, and a lot of what I had built my life to be, my firstborn son, Lorenzo, arrived.
When Lorenzo was born, everything changed. My priorities transformed, and I became more grounded. I thought less about me and my personal goals, and more about the happiness I wanted to establish for my family. Family has always been the most important thing in my life. My parents, Angia and Miguel, moved to the United States from the Philippines in order to provide for me and my brothers. They worked hard to give us a better life, and their dedication shaped me into the person I am today.
I strive to imitate my parents as an example to my own children. I want all of my kids—Lorenzo, Dominic, Gianna, and Ryan Jacob—to grow up to be responsible, hardworking, well-rounded people, with kind and generous hearts. My husband and I are dedicated to these morals and values, and we’re always mindful of how we can assist others and be good examples to our children.
When it comes to real estate, I have always felt a great fulfillment in helping my clients. After the crash, with the real estate market still upside down, I worked for years helping homeowners with short sales, negotiating with lender on their behalf allowing them to exit on their own terms instead of suffering the loss of going through a foreclosure as I did. It was hard work, but I found great fulfillment in knowing I could help those who were in the same position that I was.
I met my partner, Chuck Barberini, through a mutual friend while working a short sale. It felt like we had been working together forever. We both shared the same professional mindset, and we’ve sought to elevate each and every one of our clients’ experience with us in order to redefine what a real estate agent is. It’s our goal to be friendly, professional, and easy to work with while maintaining the expertise we’ve garnered in our field.
To further improve the quality of our service, Chuck and I recently partnered with an exciting and innovative agency—Fusion Real Estate Network. They provide us with administrative and marketing support so that we can focus the bulk of our time and energy directly on our clients. It’s satisfying to know that I can rest easy being part of such a capable team.
I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you.
I realize that you have many options when choosing a real estate agent, and I encourage you to speak to several different agents. If you decide to work with someone else, I won’t be offended: I want you to pick the agent that’s the right fit for your particular needs. If that person ends up being me, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.