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Posted by Ronilo Palama on October 7, 2019
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  • Where are you from originally?

    I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and very fluent in Tagalog. I moved to the US in late 1990’s and lived in pretty much all major cities in California. My husband and I were searching for the perfect home for us for about 3 years and we were ready to give up until we came to visit my sister in San Antonio. We love the quality of life and of course, you can’t beat the home prices! My family moved to San Antonio in 2006 and were glad we made the best decision. We achieved our goal of improving the quality of life and happy to say it was a great place to raise our daughter.
  • What was your first job in the industry?

    I started my real estate career as a REALTOR® in 2005 in California. Back then, Mapquest was becoming popular and I remember owning a thick map book to get me to my appointments. Back in those days, we didn’t have smartphones, so I can only plan on one appointment at a time. Unlike now, I can do back to back appointments!
  • What lights you up in life?

    My family makes me smile every day. They are my WHY’s. I don’t know what to do with my life without them. They’re everything to me.
  • How did you get into real estate?

    I have always been in the sales and service type of career and real estate is the one I consider as my dream job! Real estate always fascinates me and I thought it would a great career to have co’z I love working with people. I got my California license in 2005 and I’m happy that I did. I get a different kind of satisfaction when I help a family with finding their perfect home!
  • Where do you predominately sell real estate?

    I do sell real estate in the San Antonio and surrounding areas.
  • What do you love about the industry?

    This industry allows me to learn new things every day. No experience is the same. New buyers/sellers/investors, different types of properties and situations fascinates me. No matter how stressful it can be at times, I feel that I continue to grow and be better as a person, and as a REALTOR®. You never know what problem you will encounter every day, all I know is it keeps me on my toes. You can’t put a monetary value on the joy and tears when you see a first-time home buyer walk into their home for the very first time. This career is not for everyone in my opinion. You have to want this career for the right reason. It’s passion and love that drives your work to be successful. You must embrace all the pains and problems that come with the industry.
  • How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

    Passion and love in what I do, negotiating and problem-solving skills. In this industry, you need to learn to take care of your clients first and be there for them. Sometimes I do things that won’t make any money because it’s the right thing to do. I always believe that good karma will come back to you tenfolds!
  • Which Home Builders have you had a great experience working with in the last 12 months?

    I love working with Perry Homes, Bella Vista Homes, Armadillo Homes, Lennar, and DR Horton. They consistently provide a great experience for me and my buyers!
  • What is your favorite Model, Floorplan, or Feature?

    I love the open concept kitchen with lots of counter space. I prefer the master bedroom to be spacious with bigger closets.
  • What is your favorite Podcast?

    I love Fired Up by Krista Mashore. She’s genuine and provides a lot of great tips and techniques to her followers that work.
  • In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

    Find a mentor!
  • What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?

    There are too many real estate apps that I love but my favorites are MLS touch, Hurdlr, Evernote, Waze.
  • Tell us an interesting detail about you that many might not know?

    I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures and traditions. I’m not afraid to try new things. I feel that when I travel I learn new things about the place and about myself as well. My family loves to eat and so before we travel, I would have researched places to eat and we sample different cuisines.
    Most people may not know this, I love to cook and aspired at one point to be on the Cooking Channel like a Rachel Ray. Some day I may who knows.
  • What experience would you repeat?

    I love real estate that I will repeat it in my next lifetime!
  • What are 3 adjectives that describe you best?

    Trusted, Passionate and Delivers Results.
  • What is one of your favorite things to do in your city?

    I love to try hot and new restaurants in town and feature them on my FB page so that my followers will benefit from it as well.
  • What have you heard or listened to lately that has inspired you?

    I recently read the book ” You’re a badass” and it’s about changing your mindset and helped me stop doubting my abilities. It helped improve my relationship with my family and how I treat others. I know that life isn’t going to be rosy every day, but this book taught me to approach it in a different way.
  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?

    Life is what you make it! You are always presented with options and you are the only one responsible for the actions you take. I have learned to be mindful of the steps I take or options I choose because I know that there will be different outcomes. One thing is for sure, I learned that if you make a mistake don’t dwell in those mistakes but rather re-assess the situation and try to make it better. Don’t commit the same mistakes again!
  • Do you have someone in your life that has been an exceptional mentor? Who? Why?

    My Mom and my Dad were great mentors. They taught me to persevere and have passion in what I do no matter how difficult it is. They have always encouraged me and my siblings to always do the right things and do the best we can no matter how difficult life can be.
  • What Charity do you support? Please tell us more about your involvement?

    I love supporting Habitat for Humanity and the San Antonio Food Bank. Every year my daughter and I would volunteer a couple of hours of our time to help at the Food Bank. We also bring canned goods right before Thanksgiving.

Maria T. Ferreira

EXP Realty, LLC – Ferreira Group

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