Last week we sat down with four PNW agents that offer an extra edge when it comes to selling or buying homes for those in our communities that either speak Spanish as their only language or use English as a second language. These four speak Spanish as their first or second language!
Ranging in experience from the “seasoned old guy to the new and new gals on the team,” these agents have the shared opinion that at “Prudential we’re like family, we want to help other agents (with the language) and to see everyone succeed.” They are available to all agents who need assistance with the language! Let’s meet them.
Marco De Oliveira: Marco is the ‘seasoned old guy’, which is fair to call a guy who’s been in real estate so long he couldn’t give us an answer. He knows it’s been over 20 years, all in SW King County! He was one of the original agents in the Olde Burien office. Moving here as a teenager from Brazil, Marco actually speaks Portuguese as his first language, Spanish as his second, English as his third and has a smattering of French. With a son headed (hopefully) into professional soccer, Marco’s community volunteerism has paid off. He’s been very active in the development, coaching of local youth and adult soccer leagues and continues to play in over 40+ (age) soccer leagues. Marco was in international business, travelling and living all over the world prior to settling down into real estate and Normandy Park to raise his son.
Mari Lopez: Mari left a job in a downtown law firm and joined PNW in Federal Way seven years ago. She moved closer to home a year ago when she transferred to their Burien office. “I love working together with the different cultures. We are here to serve and inform in the process.” Mari moved to the states with her family from Mexico when she was three. When not selling or buying houses, Mari is visiting her two young granddaughters (1-1/2 years and 2 months) who live in nearby Tukwila and volunteering Gospel Mission in South Seattle and collecting mass quantities of food for Prudential’s “Give Back” Food Drive. Mari’s bi-lingual business card provides her mission with PNW: “In the business of home ownership, purchasing or selling/En el negocio de compra o venta de propiedades.”
Norbelle Suazo: Norbelle is the new kid on Prudential’s block after five years in the business, she moved her license to PNW’s Burien Office in November 2010. When asked why PNW, Norbelle said “I love it. I’ve already learned alot. They’ve got great tools.” Besides that, she and her husband and their three young kids live only two blocks from the office. She’s been known to walk to work in nice weather. Norbelle has recently started a blog to educate and inform the Latino buyers and sellers. You’ll find this information at bienesraicesenseattle.blogspot.com. (Real Estate in Seattle). Norbelle’s originally from Guatemala and has been in Seattle since she was a teenager.
Adriana Gonzalez: Adriana started her career in real estate in 2004 and has just recently joined the Prudential Northwest realty team. She has never been more excited, about all the tools, services and support that they have provided. With her experience she is planning to live by “We are all about People” Prudential’s famous slogan. She is also a well know radio host of the “Las Como Son” radio program every weekday at 10:00AM 1540 AM and KXPA. com. Her goal is to inform, educate and make a difference bringing to her audience a valuable lesson and sources how to improve their life style. Her charisma and witty personality captures to listeners and viewers of all ages. Her passion, is to make a positive influence in the Hispanic Community showing that everything is possible if you really want it, “If you say you can, or if you say you can’t either way you are right” she says.
Imagine completing the complicated real estate process in a foreign language. That’s what buyers and sellers who do not speak English must do every day. These agents agree that it’s especially tough on the first time home buyers. “Families need help. We are here to navigate through the process. Our clients rely on us to have a smooth and pleasant transaction,” explained Mari.
This Saturday, March 26, Agents Norbelle Suazo and Adriana Gonzalez will be hosting a special seminar in Spanish to answer the very important question facing many homebuyers: Short Sale (Venta Corta) versus Foreclosure (Ejecucion Hipotecaria). Both have financial implications that could effect the rest of your financial life.
This seminar will take place at Prudential Northwest’s Burien office at 127 SW 156th from 12-2 PM. Enjoy some light refreshments as you quiz the experts on other real estate questions you have.
There is no charge for this seminar. Call or text Norbelle at the following numbers for more information: 425-780-9631 or 206-228-8828.
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