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Rising Stars: Meet Amanda Gallardo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Gallardo. 

Hi Amanda, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My first job was as a receptionist at my parents’ real estate firm in Sacramento, CA. At 16 I thought real estate was the most mundane career and swore “when I grew up” I would have a career that was “fun”. Being a military spouse with four children I longed for a career that would allow me to be home when I needed to be and travel from state to state when my husband received new orders. When my work from home career announced lay-offs I took a leap of faith in myself and the unknown. I made the decision to get my real estate license instead of searching for a new job. I wanted a complete change and that is what I got! I continued working from home full time and stayed up many late nights studying my online courses. Do you have test anxiety? I do! Taking my real estate exam was the scariest exam of my life! When I finished the exam before the allotted time ran out, I thought I must have missed something. I reread all of my answers then hit “submit” and nervously walked to the proctor to learn if I would have to take the exam again or not. As I waited quietly the proctor asked me to have a seat and said it was going to be a few minutes. She must have seen the panic in my eyes as I sat there because she followed that up by congratulating me on passing and thanking me for my patience as her computer had locked up. I walked to my car grinning from ear to ear just as proud of myself as could be. 

Becoming a real estate professional was the best leap of faith I ever took. I now hold licenses in two states, get to be home with my family when needed, and get to help clients start new chapters in their lives. I love the excitement of working with first-time home buyers and the nostalgia of homeowners closing the door in a place where so many memories were shared with loved ones as they look to the future anxiously starting their new adventure in life. I specialize in helping military families make cross-country moves. Often times I am working with a spouse who is the single point of contact relaying information to a spouse who is in the middle of a hectic work schedule as they hand over the reins. I love getting to know and connect with each of my clients. I love to learn about them, their history, their family, their future plans and goals, connecting with people on a more personal level is truly what makes my heart happy. I do not stop being there for my clients after the closing of their home, I always make time for coffee, questions, and advice… making new friends is a bonus, seeing my friends flourish around me long after a transaction is done is why I love my career. It’s about people and being a good human being. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
“I don’t know how you do it” is something I hear often. Some call bumps in the road obstacles, I call it life. Being a mother of four comes with a curveball or two. Being a military spouse comes with a few more and being a real estate professional comes with even more than the rest. Our family moves a lot due to my husband’s military career, by a lot I mean every two-ish years, the longest we have lived in one area was three and half years. 

As soon as I started feeling truly established and successful in my career my husband received orders to move to Tennessee, while we were pivoting and preparing our family of 6 to relocate, right there in the middle of my kitchen, middle of boxes piled around me, I was diagnosed with cancer… you guessed it, another curveball!! Instead of moving our family, we made the decision to stay put so that I could continue with my medical care while our children finished their semester and my husband moved to Tennessee ahead of us to start his new position. Covid was a hot topic at this time and I was not permitted anyone in the hospital with me, I underwent surgery alone and gave them the phone number of a friend who took the time off so that she could care for me and my kids. She is an itty-bitty thing but persistence trumped my “I’ll do it myself attitude”, she dropped me off at 5am for surgery, picked me up, got my medication, and got me home to heal. I was knocked on my butt for three months, While I may not have been able to assist clients in my typical fashion, I used that time to revamp my social media and share about my journey with cancer. As soon as I was physically capable my children and I joined my husband in Tennessee. That started a new chapter in my career, starting over. There were times when I doubted my career choice because starting over as a realtor is hard. Being a mom is hard, being a wife is hard, keeping up with doctor appointments and health is hard, life, in general, is hard but nothing in life is easy and I refuse to give up when things are hard. Every time my heart has gotten heavy and I would start to doubt myself (always in my head, never out loud of course) along came my broker & his rockstar of a wife with encouragement. He nor she knows how much their random kindness has helped me get my head together and push on. So has this been a smooth road? About as smooth as an old country gravel road after a rainstorm. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
The majority of my clients are referred to me by others and that is something I am proud of. I work hard for each and every one of my clients. What sets me apart from others is my persistence to find my “yes” in most situations, flexibility, availability (I am always reachable, if I am unable to talk, I will follow up a missed call with a text message to let the caller know), work ethic, high level of communication and competitiveness when it comes to writing winning offers and guiding my sellers through multiple offers. 

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I have a hard time tooting my own horn. I have no assistant. I am a “one-man-band” so to speak! I am the marketing department, schedule and attend all showings, closings, respond to customers via phone, email, web inquiries, and social media, I am the web designer, Mrs. Fix-it, and creator in addition to being a wife and mom of four. I am a busy body blessed with the inability to sit idle. I run not one but three small businesses by myself! I don’t know how to let others help me. I am a full-time real estate professional, full-time “creator” and make door hangers, tumblers, glasses, custom clothing, and other custom items for clients in addition to running a 3 bedroom, 2 bath Airbnb! 

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