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Conversations with Beth Stauffer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Stauffer.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in the beautiful state of Arkansas. After high school, I enlisted in the US Air Force. The Air Force took me all over the United States as a ground radar technician and technical training instructor. I loved my time in the Air Force and learned so much from that experience. I also met my wonderful husband, John, who is also an Air Force veteran.

After six years, at the rank of Staff Sergeant, I separated from the Air Force so I could be a stay-at-home mom to my oldest son, Dawson, while my husband started a career in nursing. A few years later, our second son JC came along and I decided to homeschool them both. While teaching my children, I was also able to use my GI Bill benefits to further my own education. Because of this, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

Homeschooling allowed our family the flexibility to go on a lot of adventures. In 2015, we sold our two houses and almost all of our belongings to go live on a sailboat in Puget Sound near Seattle. We lived on a beautiful 48-foot Jonmeri pilothouse and in 2016, we set sail for San Diego. We quickly fell in love with America’s Finest City and decided to make this our home.

After 15 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I began my career in real estate. I joined a wonderful team of agents and mentors at Solamar Realty and fell in love with my exciting career. I love helping people buy and sell homes and go out of my way to make the process as smooth as possible for everyone involved. I specialize in residential real estate and investment properties.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Thankfully, I have an amazing broker who is also my mentor, Flavia Berys. She has been right by my side since day one, answering all my questions and teaching me everything I need to know about real estate. She’s a dual-licensed broker and real estate attorney who has been in the business since 2007. So I really couldn’t have found a better mentor and I’m so thankful for her leadership every day.

During the first few months, I did have days when I would get discouraged. There were times when I would think about how I was working so hard but hadn’t made any money yet. When I would have those moments, I would vent to a friend or my husband, then dust myself off and get back to work. I knew my hard work would eventually start to pay off and it takes time to build a business like this. My persistence paid off and in my fourth month, I had multiple buyer clients and my first listing. I would say the road definitely hasn’t been smooth because this is not an easy career, but it has been a lot of fun and totally worth the sacrifices I’ve made.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a licensed real estate agent who specializes in residential real estate and investment properties. I have some clients who are searching for distressed properties they can renovate and sell. I love watching them turn these properties into beautiful homes, which is a great service to our community during our current housing shortage. I also have clients who are looking for a home to call their own. I love getting to know them and helping them find exactly what they’re looking for in a home. Other clients hire me to sell their homes. I love guiding these clients through the process of getting their homes staged for professional photographs and showings. Open houses in these homes are also a lot of fun because I get to meet a lot of new people in one day.

What sets me apart from others are my excellent communication and relationship-building skills. Whether I am representing a buyer or seller, I work hard to build a great relationship with all parties involved. I love networking with other agents and getting to know them. I’ve been told by other agents that they appreciate my communication and professionalism and enjoy working with me. This makes a difference for my clients because transactions much more smooth when everyone is working together through them. I love when the outcome is a true win-win for everyone involved and this is usually accomplished through relationships.

I also work incredibly hard for my clients and hold myself to a high standard of service and integrity. These are values that have carried over from my time in the military. The Air Force’s core values are integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. These values will forever be a part of who I am. My clients often tell me they are amazed at the level of service they get from me and how quickly I respond to their needs. I truly want to see my clients succeed and will do whatever it takes to make that happen while maintaining integrity throughout the process.

On a lighter note, I’m also known for posting funny memes on social media. I love comedy and like to keep things light and funny. During the pandemic quarantine in 2020-2021, I received a lot of messages from people who said my funny memes were keeping them going during a difficult time. Since then, I make sure I post them regularly because I never know when someone may need a good laugh to pick them up on a hard day. Every morning, I also post an inspirational quote on my social media pages. Searching for the perfect one helps me get in the right mindset for the day and I love posting them to inspire others.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
When I began my career, I took homemade challah bread to people in my community as a way to get to know everyone and get my name out there. I’ve taken bread to over 100 people in San Diego. It was such a fun way to meet everyone and people rave about my bread. Now I bake bread for all my clients and give it to them as part of their closing gift if their diet permits. People tell me it’s the best bread they’ve ever tasted and I should sell it, but my true passion is real estate. So I’ll just keep breaking bread with people while helping them buy and sell homes.

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