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Meet Jessica “Jecka” StJohn of Jecka Real Estate in Pacific Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica “Jecka” StJohn.

Jessica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Started for the Love of Real estate when I purchased my first house at age 22. I then was able to purchase an investment property at 23 and resold it for a great profit. Sold my other home after 2 years for a nice return and then purchased my 3rd home all by the time I was 24. Since I loved real estate so much I decided to become a realtor in 2007.

Since then I work the difficult distressed market. Hard and desperate and serious times hit when I found out my husband at the time fell into really horrible drugs. I realized I had to protect our 3 boys, youngest only 6 months old.

After splitting with him, real estate became due or die, not just a fun passion. I had to take care of three kids and give them the life they deserved. I promised myself I would give the same life with or without a father that helps support. Real estate allowed me to be a single mom and raise them on my own. From that point on I stayed focused and driven.

It was nothing but easy. I was fighting depression and had suicidal thoughts, I was mad at God, I didn’t know why my life got torn apart like this? I had to fight these thoughts and feeling while putting a smile on my face every day. I did not talk too much about it because I was embarrassed. My x husband was homeless and I feared the worst each day. Even though we were no longer together I still wanted the father of my children to be ok. I did not want them to have to tell friends when they grew up that their dad died from OD.

Mentally, this tore me up inside. But getting through this was the only way I could be a good mother, I could not and would not allow this to take me too. Unfortunately, drugs can take the life of the person using but many times it takes the loved ones around them too because they are so worried that they are not themselves anymore. It destroys the victims too. I was not going to let this happen to us.

I was able to save enough money up for 6 months worth of bills and moved them to Birdrock, La Jolla. Office being 5 min away, I could be a good mother and work hard. I was a master juggler of my life. My life has been through a lot of hardship but with that, I became the strong independent woman that I am today. I have accomplished more than I even knew I could on my own with kids to support.

For this, I am grateful for those hardships. I appreciate the little things in life, I have peace and joy, and I enjoy my kids even more now. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Stay humble and live within your means. I encourage other single moms to be strong and keep going. Just focus and stay on track. Dream big! Things get better but you need to live a balanced life, clear your mind and don’t allow the bad thoughts to bring you down. Turn the hardship into your strength. You can choose to allow it to destroy you or lift you up.

Being a realtor kept me focused to work hard and freedom to juggle my life. It also helped me to be compassionate towards others having to do with the hardships I have been through. Whether it’s a divorce, losing your house, losing income, death or dealing with an illness. Life is not easy and I understand what people are feeling and I’m very patient and sympathetic. Real estate includes all these and or so it has made me a better overall realtor to my clients.

I can happily say Life is Good!

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?
In general, as for real estate, it always has its ups and downs. Real estate is forever changing and you need to stay on top of the market changes. Majority of the realtors do not make it and get another job. The average realtor does 1.5 transactions a year. This is not enough to live from. So making sure I am always on top of things is a must! Most of my business comes from referrals. I work hard to keep that up.

Jecka & Co. Real Estate, powered by Realty National – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My brokerage is Realty National, and my team name is Jecka & Co. I recently started a small team to better service my clients and get a little extra help. I specialize in off-market fixers, distressed sales, foreclosures, trusts, probates, and traditional real estate. I have closed the most difficult sales with 10+ liens on the title.

Now the changes in the market I close more and more traditional high equity sales. Moving more into Luxury real estate as well. I am proud that I worked up the latter and made it on my own. I recently won the San Diego Circle of excellence award. This is rewarding for being in the top 5% of all realtors.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I don’t measure my achievements based on awards. But, the proudest moments are when I get to close a sale that changes my client’s life. At times this is finding their dream home and other times it’s helping them save their home from foreclosure.

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