Years of Experience: 10 Areas Served: San Diego, CA Q: What made you become interested in real estate? A: I wanted to leave the corporate world, after being an employee for a long time. The opportunity came out to actually work for a mortgage broker, that eventually started a real estate practice as well… Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted? A: I once arrived at an open house that I was about to host, and as I was parking my car outside the home, an old lady received me, saying she had received instructions from the owner, Laura Reategui (me), to be there to take care of the house. She had removed my sign and hid it on the back of the house…She had cleaned the whole house and was outside, peacefully gardening…she was a squatter! She had been seen around empty homes doing the same thing. I called the police and they told me she was harmless, and gently escorted her out. Q: . What was your favorite moment in your career so far? A: One of my most rewarding experiences was finding a home for a client that could only afford a condo, after looking for months and months. Closing escrow on a single family after an amazing negotiation was both rewarding as an agent and heartwarming to see this family that had just received their first child, move into an actual home with a huge patio, on a corner lot, with equity at closing! Q: What do you wish you had known when you first got your real estate license? A: That it is so unpredictable, and that you need to be patient and persistent! Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job? A: Sometimes, working with other agents. Sellers and buyers that are well-informed will almost never be as challenging as dealing with an agent that is arrogant, that only sees his own gain, or that does not return phone calls or emails! Q: If you could sum up being a real estate agent in five words or less, what would you say? A: A freakin’ roller coaster!
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