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Meet Erica Bass of Compass Real Estate in University Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Bass.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began Real Estate the year after I graduated High School in 2004. At the time, I was a waitress at a family-owned restaurant while attending community college. My step-mother was a Broker with RE/MAX and insisted that she was really busy and needed my help and that I would make a great assistant to her. I had no clue what “I wanted to be when I grew up”, and didn’t want to let her down, so I obliged and began working with her part-time. Sales did not come naturally to me when I first started- I was shy and was not always taken seriously by some due to my young age. It took me about a year to understand the business; my step-mom was adamant about the importance of learning contracts, marketing, and the importance of tenacity. After developing these skills, I broke out of my shell and was finally able to embrace it. Her business was continuously growing, so I quit my restaurant job and committed to Real Estate full time.

In 2007, I earned my license, and then the market crash happened shortly thereafter. We secured a few REO accounts(selling bank-owned foreclosures), and were extremely fortunate at that time to be able to do so. Much changed in the industry during that time, and it was unforgiving to many. The market eventually stabilized and it’s been an amazing journey to experience being in the business before and after the crash. I stayed with RE/MAX until 2017, then joined a boutique style office, Pemberley Realty in University Heights. I continue to sell Real Estate throughout greater San Diego, and my office just very recently joined Compass, a technology-driven Real Estate Brokerage, which I am extremely excited about! In my spare time, I run ultra-marathons; which typically require a lot of determination and optimism to finish, a mentality I use in all aspects of my life.

Great, 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?
It definitely has not always been a smooth road. My stepmom was my driving force in the business and in life, and unfortunately, her and my dad suddenly passed away in 2008, right when the crash was happening. I was in my early 20’s and absolutely devastated and lost. I was fortunate at the time to have a steady stream of business selling foreclosures to maintain my livelihood, and also had great relationships with other agents in my office whom became good friends of mine, all of which helped support me. It was a true testament of how important relationships are, as it was an unimaginable time of my life, but I made it through.

A few of these agent friends of mine went on to open a new RE/MAX office in Mission Valley in 2012, and I went with them. We continue to remain friends, but over the years they ended up pursuing other ventures, and the office ended up downsizing significantly. I initially resisted change but knew I needed to make one for myself by finding a new environment in order to stay optimistic and selling consistently. Sales are very much self-driven, and who you surround yourself with is key to your well-being. It was a tough decision to make but I ended up leaving and finding my current brokerage, where they have taken great care of me, and I feel as though I am “at home”. Transitions over the years haven’t always been wanted nor expected, but that’s usually how it goes in life in, right? It’s imperative to look at the bright side and stay faithful that things will work out! I’m a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”.

Please tell us about Compass Real Estate.
My business is based primarily off of word of mouth and referrals. I’m a San Diego Native, and I also spend a lot of time with the running community, specifically, trail runners. I love making connections and getting to know people. I am known for being personable and honest- the last thing I want to do is over-promise and under-deliver. As corny as the saying is, there is no greater compliment than a referral of a friend or family member, and I have been blessed with a consistent repeat and referral stream over the years. It’s important to me to be myself in order to maintain that trust. ​The scenarios in Real Estate are ever-changing, and I think it is paramount to hire an experienced and trustworthy agent.

I previously mentioned my office just joined Compass, and one of the reasons I am so excited about the move is to be able to merge my experience and personal touch with a technology driven company. Compass has so much to offer to consumers that help make the buying & selling process enjoyable, streamlined, along with top-notch tools & marketing that are available. With these factors combined, the key aspects of what a consumer needs are covered, and I’m so excited to utilize it all for my clients. ​

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite memories from childhood would be traveling around to different states in the Southwest in my parents’ motor home. We would take trips from San Diego to Colorado and the surrounding areas, passing through places such as the Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Lake Powell, and other natural beautiful wonders. My uncle on my dad’s side lives in Colorado, so we would make vacations out of going to visit him. On my mom’s side, her mom lived in Hawaii so we would also take trips there to visit her. I like to think these times created a foundation for my appreciation of the outdoors and desire for seeing new landscapes. I’m a San Diego Native and haven’t ever moved away, but I love being able to travel and explore other beautiful cities in the US, especially the outdoors.

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