“Get Your Own Damn License!”
I was asked by the Houston Chronicle to be the subject of its Realtor of the week column.
It was a short piece on my background, how I became part of the real estate community in Houston, and my thoughts on our local real estate market.
When I shared the article with friends and colleagues they suggested I share it with a wider audience.
So, here it goes - I hope you enjoy it.
Texas Roots & Cowgirl Boots
I was born in San Antonio and then spent several years in Houston, before relocating back to San Antonio to finish childhood schooling. I never lost my love for Houston, particularly its vibrant culture and the opportunities that I saw there.
It wasn’t until the age of 23, though, that I packed my suitcase (more like a U-Haul) and drove to Houston to try to make the most of what the city had to offer. At that time, and for at least 5 years, I had no idea that I would move into real estate and own my own company.
Now, after 15 years, I cannot imagine doing anything else.
A Polite Invitation to Become a Realtor – NOT!
I fell into real estate when my husband, Eddie, and I were selling our first home and raising our twin babies, Nick and Madelyn, who are now 16 years old. I was getting frustrated because I thought our realtor could be doing a lot more.
Someone said: “why don’t you go and get your own damn license, as you think you know so much about selling houses."
So that’s exactly what I did J - Hence the title of this post.
Little did I know that I would end up owning my own boutique brokerage firm with a team of nine.
Prior to being at home with my twins, I was working for a personnel placement company and then Societe´ Generale, on the corporate lending side, as executive assistant to six VPs.
These challenging roles taught me some very valuable lessons, including:
- How best to serve successful and affluent people.
- How not to crumble under pressure – believe me I have in the past!
- Organizational discipline.
What Perdomo Properties Stands for in Memorial
My family and I have lived in the Memorial area for 15 years and our children continue to thrive in the Spring Branch school system. I believe that you need to become part of the community before serving the community. Unlike some real estate firms, Perdomo Properties is not driven to be ranked No. 1 by selling the most homes. Rather, what matters most to us is helping our clients make the right move so that we maintain lifelong relationships.
We are nice people to work with and are known for personal service. We pride ourselves on providing distinctive marketing as we are unconstrained by strict budgets and policies of the larger firms.
All this adds up to Perdomo Properties being Ranked No. 1 for getting the best price for our clients – be that buying or selling. I want to ensure our clients are completely taken care of; I don’t want ANYONE thinking we should be doing more.
So, this is where we specialize: taking care of existing homeowners, and those wanting to move into Memorial Villages and surrounding Memorial communities.
“Tell Us More About Yourself”
In truth, this article has been tough because I prefer not talking about myself! I landed in real estate because I wanted to build a brand and set a standard that placed high precedence on hard work and delivering great service.
- I am easy to deal with.
- I do what I say I’m going to do. I keep my word!
- Integrity – I am, sometimes to a fault, black and white as to right and wrong.
- I enjoy quality time- sharing wine, great food, expertise, success, and insights.
Awards, Honors and Certifications
- Five-time recipient of the Five Star realtor award for Texas Monthly Magazine.
- Five consecutive years in the Circle of Excellence at one of Houston’s top, high-end real estate firms. The last being received just before starting-up Perdomo Properties.
- Accredited luxury home specialist, ALHS
- Certified negotiating expert, CNE
Memorial Real Estate is Bucking the Oil Price!
“What’s going on Kim?” is a favorite question I get asked. Certainly, we are in unusual times.
Here are my thoughts on why, despite two years of low and uncertain oil prices, the Houston market where we specialize is still very stable:
- Families are moving into the Memorial area to take advantage of the great schools.
- The energy companies are consolidating many of their operations and relocating employees back to Houston.
- Houston industry is becoming more diverse, for example with health care, institutional, and technology companies setting up or expanding operations here. Houston’s educated and skilled workforce, plus the more competitive cost base, are driving this.
- The sense of community in the Memorial neighborhoods is consistently attracting new families and friends.
- It is heartening that we continue to set new sales records each quarter.
During the rise of Perdomo Properties I have been helped by a great number of people including, would you believe, fierce competitors. I’d like to thank them for their support.
This business has been a blessing to me and my family. I am so fortunate to work with many amazing and talented people. I am grateful to have assembled such a terrific team and am so proud of how well we work together, supporting each other and our clients every day. We are also very thankful for the relationships we have developed along the way.
Thank you for reading! Best wishes to you and your family this Thanksgiving.