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Daily Inspiration: Meet Krista Lombardi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Lombardi.  

Hi Krista, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have been doing real estate since the end of 2005, I got my license, and shortly after that the real estate market stalled leading directly into the recession and burst of the housing bubble. Passion and consistency are what got me to where I am today! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not a smooth road at all! When I got my real estate license there were over 20,000 houses on the market and I lived through the Great Recession. 

I love what I do so much that it helped me stay full-time in real estate despite properties sitting on the market for 6 months to a year with short sales and foreclosures. Toward the fall of 2008, my husband had a life-changing golf accident and lost his eye leaving me to bring in all of our household income. 

It is a challenging career full of obstacles but that so is life, and I love taking the challenges on! 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love strategizing what the best plan is for my clients. When, where, and how they purchase is all worked out based on their goals and where they are in their lives. Are they having kids? Do they want to move in 3 years, or will they be able to stay in the house for another 5 years if the market dips? How much do they have in reserves in their bank account and how stable is their job? Is it a slow market to sell and better to wait until next year? 

The factors determining when to buy or sell a home are critical. Many buyers want to go house hunting and love the idea of having their own property, but I believe it is my job not to just sell them a house but make sure that this move is the best one for them. Sometimes it is better for them to wait 6 months or even more because of their life plans. Other times we needed to go house hunting yesterday. Regardless of which path is best, I never sell them something that will not be beneficial to them based on their life goals and what they need to accomplish. 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I did not know anyone when I moved to San Diego and I spent the first three years here networking at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. A lot of my network still comes from there and we still do business together. I am incredibly grateful to the Chamber for helping me get started in real estate. 

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