A lot of the young people in the valley have grown up with the idea that they’re in this industry for a few years, but that’s all they’ve ever really known.
They’re living the dream, dreaming big.
“The people who come to the valley, they want to be here,” says Eric Zegura, an Arizona-based real estate agent.
“You can’t think you’re going to get your dreams and dreams of owning a house here.
You have to find something that fits your personality.”
That’s why, when Zeguras first moved into his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, he had no idea what it would be like.
He was already in his 30s and had just graduated from college.
“I don’t know what I was going to do,” he says.
Zegurus was born in Tijuana, Mexico, where his father had been a fisherman, and his mother was from Colombia.
“When I was little, I would say, ‘Mommy, how are you?’
And she would say she’s in the middle of a storm and she’s just trying to survive.
I never thought I’d be where I am now.”
So when he was 20, Zegurs family came to the United States to be closer to his parents and the family in Tuscany.
Ziegura went on to get his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and earned his master’s in real estate management from Arizona State University.
After moving to Arizona, Zieguras business career took off.
“We were just getting started, and I was looking for opportunities in the Valley,” he recalls.
He started a real estate consulting firm, and by 2007, he was in Phoenix, where he had already worked with clients like Michael Kors, who had purchased a condo there.
But then, in 2008, the housing bubble burst and the economy tanked.
“At the time, there was not a lot of money to be made, and you really had to look for work,” Zegias says.
“There were a lot things that we could do to make things better, but there wasn’t enough money,” he adds. “
So Zegums, like many other young, aspiring real estate agents, decided to start his own company. “
There were a lot things that we could do to make things better, but there wasn’t enough money,” he adds.
So Zegums, like many other young, aspiring real estate agents, decided to start his own company.
“For a while, I thought we’d be able, for a year or two, to do something in the real estate industry, and then we’d start looking for a new place,” he explains.
But the recession hit hard, and Zegguras family lost their homes.
“Things really did go downhill after that,” he remembers.
“People lost their jobs, their homes, everything.
There were no people left to support the family.
So, I just decided to sell my business.”
And that’s how he ended up on a shortlist of people to open up a realtors office in the Phoenix area.
“All of the people that we interviewed that we were looking at were people that had been through the same thing that I had,” Zieguras says.
And while it didn’t work out, the decision was made to open the office in 2008.
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“That was kind of the genesis of this company.
I hope that people get that.”
But the realtor says that, while it’s great that he’s able to keep working in realtorship, he’s still looking for other opportunities.
“They can tell me if there are any other opportunities,” he continues.
“But I don’t think I can go back.
I’m looking to the future, and that’s what I’m doing.”
The realtor’s dream is to open a realtor business in the near future.
“Right now, it’s not even on my radar screen, but it’s definitely on the agenda,” ZEGURA says.
That future is likely to include opening up his own agency, but he wants to see it happen before that.
“What I want to do is open a company that has a real chance to be profitable, and have the same people that I have,” he notes.
“A realtor office in Phoenix has a lot more potential than one in Tucson.”
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He wants to open his own office and, if he’s successful, move to a city where he can open his office with his own clients.
“With real estate, you have to go into a market, and