Ainhoa Garcia Jimenez Real Estate Agent, Realty of Chicago

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
I was a nanny for a wonderful family with two kids.

Where did you grow up?
Cordoba, Spain.

Growing up, what did you want to be?
I would say, “a teacher.”

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Spa, cooking, long walks, cleaning.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Will Smith for his tenacity to fight adversity and creativity to think outside the box and be always ahead of the game.

What is Chicago’s best-kept secret?

What do you love most about the industry?
The possibility of meeting new people all the time and of course, giving the keys to their new home to our hard working clients.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I truly care. Being a knowledgeable resource to my clients so they can make an informed decision is key to me.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Finding time to unwind and self-care.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
I have always said that the foundation of any sustainable sales business should be referrals, so nurturing your relationships with past clients, referral partners and friends would be my No. 1 tip.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
I recently became a published author: “Latinas in Real Estate.”

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
Audible is one of my best friends for the last two years. We drive a lot and I use that time to listen to books. I average once book per month. I also like watching Tom Ferry on YouTube for learning purposes.
For fun … Netflix or Amazon Prime for classic movies!

What’s your favorite meal in Chicago?
I am a total foodie! It is hard to decide. Rollapalooza in Lakeview is my favorite sushi spot.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The Tribune Tower.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
I visited an estate sale with lots of handcuffs, surgical books, big knives, wood boxes and so many other “creepy” items. Craziest? We submitted an offer.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
I moved to the U.S. by myself with $75 in my pocket and pushed through many hardships …

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Thailand. This country is just “soul soothing.” Their people, their nature, their teas, their food, their culture are very attractive to me.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Learn something everyday, find a mentor, nurture your relationships.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
Canva. It is really not a real estate app per se, but we are marketers and having a cohesive and attractive brand in social media is also key.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
Marki Lemons, Tom Ferry, Coffee and Contracts.

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