We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was a widowed with a baby and half a million dollars in medical bills. Real estate afforded me the opportunity to make my own schedule, pick my son up from school and provide us a good life. Because I was the sole income provider, I waited until I had 6 months “survival fund” to cover our basic expenses before I started as an independent contractor. Life experience taught me that anything could happen and I needed to plan. 

What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a real estate professional, proud to serve all sectors my community. I help everyone; not just buying or selling a home, but in building a new life. I was raised in a Puerto Rican home and community service was a part of our life; families stayed in our home while my father found them housing, we picketed with Caesar Chavez for farm workers and would help raise money when a family was in need. I also went to the Opera with my girlfriend from school and another friends bar mitzvah; there were no boundaries with race or economic class. Growing up with a door open to everyone, where you were not alone, helped me receive support and give help when it was needed. By my second year in the business, I was a top producer in Santa Fe. I was hard working and had a child to support. I also cared about my clients, not about the deal. To this day almost 90% of my business is by referral Do your best and others will want to recommend you. I did get to a place where I was working too many hours and not living. I got a coach and built a team, so that I could mentor other woman, while providing even better service to my clients. I can’t do it all, don’t want to and don’t need to. I have an amazing team. This was the best thing I ever did not only for myself but also for my clients.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
What I love the most about Santa Fe is how it is a real community. The best events are community based: starting from the walk to Chimayo on Good Friday, music on the plaza all summer long, the International Folk Art Market with artisans from all over the world in July, Indian Market with every style of Native American art in August; to skiing or hiking in our mountains, Let’s not forget the world class restaurants, art galleries and musical events. Finally, come and sit on the Plaza and people watch. Santa Fe truly is the City Different. The sunsets and fresh air will clear your mind and the cultural actives will fill your spirit.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother is where I really learned about basic business. She had only a 5th grade education, but she understood survival and what one needed to do to be practical and grounded, while feeding your vision. She supported my dreams even when she didn’t understand them. We really taught one another so much. She has passed away, now I carry her in my heart everyday.

Website: emily@emilygarcia.com
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Linkedin: Emily Garcia
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Youtube: Emily Garcia

Image Credits
All of the photos are personal photos, none require credits.

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