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Posted by Ronilo Palama on January 14, 2021
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Q&A SA - Oscar Villalobos image
  • Where are you from originally?

    I was born in Chihuahua City and immigrated with my mother to El Paso, Texas. After moving to Salt Lake City, Utah to study, I found myself back in Texas and decided to make San Antonio my home.

  • What was your first job in the industry?

    I feel like it should be “assistant to other realtors.” Training under my mentors felt like a full-time job and I’m super grateful for the opportunity!

    To answer your question, Realtor.

  • What do you love about the industry?

    I love the versatility of how you can manage your business. There isn’t a magical “proven formula”, but rather an openness. You watch big producers and their habits and apply characteristics to your own style to create your own formula. It’s very similar to the chef world. you can follow a recipe and attempt to recreate a dish, but you need to make it your own if you want it to stand out.

  • Where do you predominately sell real estate?

    I like the Greater Northwest San Antonio area. I feel like it has so much potential to rival the scene downtown as far as restaurants, attractions, nightlife, and shopping.

  • How did you get into real estate?

    I had an interest in real estate in my teens. I witnessed the transactions that came with selling land and noticed how the realtor just had a way with words.

    Fast forward to a few years ago. While in the market for my own home, I noticed that San Antonio was becoming one of the best places to live and I knew I wanted to be in on that action.

  • Which Home Builders have you had a great experience working with in the last 12 months?

    I had lots of fun with Journey Homes’ scavenger hunt. Picture day at Century Communities was amazing. Sitting in at an Open House for Empire was awesome. From the Grand Opening at Perry Homes Kinder Ranch to learning about camera angles with the rep at M/I Homes in Winding Brook. I can’t think of a builder with which I haven’t had an awesome experience.

  • What is your favorite podcast?

    I love the KoyPond podcast.

  • What is one of your favorite things to do in your city?

    Hike the surrounding nature trails!

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  • In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

    It’s gonna be bumpy at first, so hold on tight and don’t get discouraged.

  • Tell us an interesting detail about you that many might not know?

    I can cook just about anything but will not eat seafood.

  • What experience would you repeat?

    In life? Getting lost in Reykjavik, Iceland.

  • What are 3 adjectives that describe you best?

    Original, Bold, and Versatile.

  • What is your favorite Model, Floorplan, or Feature?

    This one is tough, but Empire’s Braunig is the home I haven’t been able to forget.

  • What have you heard or listened to lately that has inspired you?

    Jo Koy’s podcast is hilarious but he loves to motivate. He does it without even trying to motivate. it just casually slips into the conversation.

  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?

    “Be polite to your waiter.” – Anthony Bourdain

  • What lights you up in life?

    My giant family! (in numbers, we are not tall people)

  • How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

    I am pragmatic. If there is a situation that seems bleak and out of reach at the moment, I will come up with a solution and a plan to get to a better situation where we can not only paint the pretty picture but hang it up on your wall!

  • What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?

    RPR – I love that it will pull up surrounding available properties very quickly

  • Do you have someone in your life that has been an exceptional mentor? Who? Why?

    My mother – no contest. I have watched her build businesses from the ground up and work tirelessly for days.

  • What are one or two books that have changed you?

    Kitchen Confidential. One look at this book and I promise you’ll learn to appreciate even the lowly food stand down the street. There’s got to be a lesson in humility there.

Oscar Villalobos

eXp Realty

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