For Century 21 Real Estate agent Jona Gamboa, work is about more than buying and selling homes—it’s about embracing his heritage. For the past three years, Jona has been nominated as one of NAHREP’s Top 250 Latino Agents. This prestigious list recognizes “agents whose hard work and dedication has led them to close an outstanding number of transactions in an effort to increase the rate of sustainable Hispanic homeownership.”
We recently sat down with Jona to learn more about what it’s like to receive such an honor and how it has contributed to his success. Read on to see what he had to say.
CENTURY 21: What did it feel like to be named one of NAHREP’s Top 250 Latino Agents in 2016?
Jona: It has been an honor to be nominated in the top 250 for the last three years. It feels great to be recognized for the work I have done throughout the years, and it has helped me to keep pushing myself to reach new heights and keep serving the community.
CENTURY 21: How has the CENTURY 21 Brand helped you reach this achievement?
Jona: The branding of Century 21 Real Estate has helped me achieve my success. The Hispanic community has a really good perception of the CENTURY 21 Brand as a leader in the Industry and as a global company since it is in Mexico and most South American countries.
CENTURY 21: The NAHREP Top 250 honors agents from many different companies, what do you think sets the CENTURY 21 Brand apart from the others?
Jona: The branding, I believe there is no other real estate company that is better perceived and trusted by the Hispanic Community.
CENTURY 21: How has this honor impacted your career over the past year?
Jona: This has impacted my career considerably, besides helping me to use it as a marketing tool, it has helped to meet great professionals from the top 250 in the industry who have helped me to grow my thinking and my vision. It has also helped me to grow personally along with my business and team.
CENTURY 21: How do you ingrain the NAHREP Mission into your day-to-day business?
Jona: We, the Gamboa team, have the fortune to empower a lot of Hispanic families through sustainable home ownership in our daily lives. It is amazing to see the difference we can make in the families that are the first or second generation of immigrants in the U.S. by helping them acquire their first home and how big of a difference we can make in their lives, and their future. I like to say that our job is to empower families through home ownership so they can build wealth and shift their mindset from surviving mode to striving mode.
CENTURY 21: What advice do you have for fellow Century 21 sales associates who would like to achieve an honor such as this one?
Jona: First, they always need to keep their job in mind: helping and empowering people through real estate. If they keep this in mind, people can feel it and as a result, they will recommend you and your business will grow. People remember you, not for what you say or what you did for them, instead they will remember you for HOW you make them feel!
Second, Invest in yourself. Get a coach, go to seminars, read books, listen to audio books—basically work harder on yourself than you do in your job. You will get paid for the value you provide to the community and marketplace. People will want to do business with you because they know you provide a great amount of value.
Third, Surround yourself with people that are succeeding at the level you want to succeed or higher.
Stay tuned for another agent spotlight coming next month!