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Meet Samantha Lopez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Lopez.

Hi Samantha, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Samantha Lopez. I’m a fresno native who loves a solid bag of hot Cheetos when I’m not working of course.

My interest to real estate all started because of my mom. Watching her follow her dreams of becoming a real estate broker made me realize that I wanted to do the same. I was raised in Fresno and temporarily living in Los Angeles before permanently making San Diego my home. Before obtaining my real estate license I attended San Diego Mesa College where I studied Spanish and International Business. This gave me the opportunity to study abroad in Spain which helped me gain a sense of knowledge in diversity and helped jump start my real estate career. After leaving Spain, I pushed myself and received my real estate license in 2017. I was able to work with the talented Erika Borunda who taught me how to network and where I learned the basics in real estate. In 2018, I joined The Richard Elias Team at Compass. This is where I learned my skills for cold calling, staying consistent and being organized.  Currently, I am still with Compass on Team Azizi. Though, I just joined this past year, my business has gone to the next level because Sonia Azizi has taught me how to expand my business, show my worth, and built my confidence. Being in real estAte has never felt like work to me because I love what I do.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
To be very frank, no it has not been a smooth road at all. It was a major struggle. I went my first two years without closing a deal. When I left Erika Borunda, I thought to myself, okay this career isn’t for me and was ready to walk away. That was until I was introduced to Richard Elias. After meeting with him I was inspired all over again. I knew after meeting with him I had to hit the ground running. I was working 60 hours a week Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm at Compass and Thursday thru Saturday 9pm-3:30am at Omnia Nightclub. At this point, it felt like I had put my blood, sweat, and tears into this career and was not feeling successful. I wanted to give up again but then started loving the grind. You’re probably wondering why I’m being so transparent about my journey, but not only did I grow as a real estate agent during this but also as a person. Something that I’ll forever be grateful for. Never give up!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Realtor at Compass with Team Azizi. Compass is the #1 Independent Brokerage and #2 over all in the US by sales volume. Compass is the future of Real Estate. Just being a compass agent sets me apart from others for many reasons. The technology our engineers have constructed to make the home buying/ selling process go as smoothly as possible is most important. Our “Collections” feature share homes with our clients have helped my clients and myself keep a pulse on the market. We also have what we call “Compass Concierge” we are able to  helps sellers cover the  upfront costs of paint, staging, repairs, decluttering and more with no hidden fees and no interest charged…ever! No other brokerage offers that. We really put our money where our mouth is. Our marketing team is one of a kind. From social media templates- to customizable portfolios We have the most modern simple designs yet make our clients properties stand out. Helping them sell faster and at a higher price. To top it off, 100% of all compass transactions result in a donation to our communities nation wide. It is our mission at compass to help everyone find their place in the world and that is exactly why I am in this career. I truly love seeing people happy.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I can only choose just one? I have so many! I’m one of six kids and there was never a dull moment being in a huge family. Friday nights were the best, my dad would buy pizza for us (shout out to Papa Murphy’s Pizza for being apart of our tradition) and my mom would take us to pick out our favorite snacks. After, we would all get situated with our snacks. We would make a huge bed on the living room floor and watch BOY MEETS WORLD, FAMILY MATTERS and STEP BY STEP or any scary movie. My mom called it mermaid nights (in reference to the movie MERMAIDS with Cher). I know I’m only supposed to choose one but I also really loved our Christmases. It was every kid’s dream with all the gifts and decorations and food. We would make dozens of tamales enough to feed a small village and then we would play games, and we got to open our stockings at 11. I can’t wait to continue these traditions with my own family.

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