We had the good fortune of connecting with Delfina Darquier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delfina, how do you think about risk?
I think about risk as something that needs to happen at many points in your life. Some risks are bigger than others but they all count! I think the biggest risk I took was to move to the US from my home country, Argentina. That was a big life change. Culturally it was a big adjustment and sometimes it still is. Another big risk was changing from a completelly different industry to Residential Real Estate. I like to take what I call “educated risks”, where you make the leap into something new, but you still have pretty good idea as to where and how you will land. All of the risks have always paid off and it is important to learn to move out of your comfort zone.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I became a Real Estate Advisor, I started only doing it part time. Slowly but surely, things turned around and as I learned the business, it turned into my full time job. Every business has its nuances and it takes a while to get to know them when you start something new. Mistakes are made on the way and you learn from them as you go. I think the biggest challenge for me, is to let people know that I am really good now at what I do. It is not easy to blow your own horn, I always prefer to rely on word of mouth for others to learn that I am good at what I do. Getting reviews from my clients is a good way to show others what people have liked about me when we were working together. I have learned to never make assumptions as they may lead to confusion and mistakes. There is no such thing as a silly question, if you are in doubt, always ask. I love working with Engel & Volkers as it gives me and my clients a great platform to advertise and we have such a great and colaborative group of people that it is a pleasure to go to work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When I have friends and family visiting in the Vail area, there is always so much to do! Gondola rides and hiking in the summer in Vail and Beaver Creek are a must.
Adventure Ridge at the top of Lionshead is so much fun! The Mountain Coaster and the zip lining are thrilling!
Ice cream at Sundaes and coffee/lunch/brunch at Hovey and Harrison are amazing.
The Swiss Chalet, Alpen Rose and Pepi’s are great for typical European food.
The Red Lion is great for apre ski in Vail and the Coyote Cafe is great for apre ski in Beaver Creek.
Ice skating in the winter at Solaris or at the Beaver Creek Village is always fun too!
Mountain biking anywhere and everywhere is always awesome and hiking to take amazing colorful photos in the fall is also a great experience.
Rafting in the summer is incredibly peaceful and removed and it gives you a sense of disconnection that is so needed in this busy lives we live.
Check out the Colorado Ski Museum in Vail Village to have an idea of the history of skiing in Vail.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people and institutions that I would love to give a big shout out to! To my parents for their unconditional love and support throught life and for taking a risk themselves and moving from the city to the mountains. Living in the mountains was and still is such a big part of my life. I feel truly blessed to have grown in the outdoors.
To my husband for loving me no matter what, for his patience and for putting up with me.
To my kids for teaching me selflessness, courage and love at a whole new level.
To my business partner, who is always pushing me to be better, I have learnt so much from her and she is my role model.
To the company I work for “Engel & Volkers” for having my back and helping me grow my business.
To the sport of skiing for giving me so much throughout my life. I have traveled the world with skiing, and it still is one of the biggest parts of my life. I have had plenty of acomplishments through skiing and I still enjoy it inmensely.
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