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Meet Holly Gumbiner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly Gumbiner.

Hi Holly, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m a native San Diegan and have always loved the city. As a little girl I lived in a tougher neighborhood, then we moved to North Park. From there we bounced back-and-forth to East County & North Park. But when I got married and decided to start a family, my husband and I settled down in Alpine. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years living a simple life. When my kids were babies I was content being a stay-at-home mom. But I knew one day I would find a career that made me happy. I always thought that career would be in nursing, because I love helping people. But six months after I gave birth to my third child I was diagnosed with stage three thyroid cancer. That changed my whole world! I was bitter and scared. I never wanted to step foot in another hospital again, so then and there I decided nursing was not for me. After I had surgery and all my treatments I went back to focusing on my kids & my family. A couple years later I throw myself into fostering and rescuing animals. Then I felt the need to help in more ways so I became a surrogate for a family from London. I carried twins for them. I felt so proud of myself that I was able to help them and I wanted that feeling to stay. But you can only be a surrogate for so long. Then I begin my journey of finding what do I want to do. What will make me happy and help others? A light bulb went off in my head, Real Estate. It was a way to help others but was flexible because I’m a wife and mother first. I love helping people. I think back to when I bought my first home as a young family how proud and happy I was, I want to help someone else experience those same feelings.

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?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. That’s not to say I don’t love it, but like life, it’s smooth one day and bumpy the next. My husband works out of the home. So even though I’m a Realtor, I’m still essentially a stay-at-home mom. This last year was very trying. My kids, like everyone else’s, were distance learning.  I had just got licensed and was learning all the ins and outs of Real Estate, then just like that I became a teacher while home schooling my three kids. All while still fostering puppies, had just started another surrogacy for a family from China and doing all the regular day to day stuff.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a realtor by trade. I help people sell and buy homes. No matter how large or small the transaction I’m here to help every step of the way. I use the slogan “Realtor to the rescue” because of my work in animal rescue. So I use my platform to shine a light on a local San Diego rescue, Passion for Pitties. I truly want to help both humans and animals alike. I enjoy helping anyway I can. All the stuff I’ve learned in my life, from working with animals & helping families have a child had helped me with my Real Estate clients. It’s taught me to see life from their perspective. This is what sets me apart, I lead with my heart and help where I can.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I believe it will stay strong. Currently, it’s a seller’s market but with the low rates, buyers still have power too. I don’t foresee San Diego home prices dropping. Over the years, I see prices rising as more people are choosing to buy over renting. Especially if rates stay low or on the lower end like they are currently.”

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @realtor_holly_sd
  • Facebook: Holly Gumbiner- Realtor #02125275

Image Credits
The picture with the puppy (my former foster JuneBug) was an adoption event. I was interviewed by a lady from the San Diego Union Tribune her name is Karen Pearlman. That is where the photo came from.

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