We had the good fortune of connecting with Erick Ibarra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erick, is there something you believe many others might not?
Growing up you’d always get asked “what do you want to be when you grow up”. A Firefighter, astronaut, surgeon, etc… As you grow older, you’d start to hear this term “Be Realistic”. Essentially, shattering any hopes and dreams that one could have. I strongly disagree with this term, as someone who is pursuing a great career as a realtor. I never followed the norm or conventional advice. Having to supportive parents; that came from Mexico, with only $50 and a kid to raise. You can imagine the sacrifice and work my parents have gone through day to day. Now, by no means am I perfect- from ditching school to barely graduating. You would think I’d be a lost cause. Fortunately for me, I was able to be influenced by strong leaders that allowed me to pursue what I now love. Why can’t someone be the Einsteins or the Gary Vee’s of the world? Because… someone who was lost told you “Be Realistic”… At my young age (23) graduating high school, owning my property, helping clients, and doing what I love. No one will tell me to be realistic as realistic is a fear to hold you back. Dream big!
What should our readers know about your business?
I was given a choice, go to college or learn a trade. Fortunately for me, I have family members who are successful business owners. They taught me of what it mean’t to own a business. Which sparked my interest in pursuing a real estate career. After multiple failed attempts at taking the license exam, i finally passed. My passion is shown through the honest & transparent conversations I have with my clients. I am NOT in the business of selling you a home; I’m in the business, of building a relationship to help you achieve your real estate goals! When I first started I went 6-7 months without a closing, hungry and anxious if I’ll even make it in this business. I finally helped friends get their home. The over whelming emotions of hope and joy that I helped my first clients was immense. Fast forward working as a realtor, providing value to my hispanic/latino community. I am proud of the business I’ve continued to grow. Delayed gratification & patience goes hand in hand with commission only careers. It’s not easy, I just continued to do what I needed to do in this business.
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.
Best local spots to visit, in Co hiking is a huge thing. Isabelle glacier or Emmaline Lake both are breath-taking but difficult spots to visit. If you’re looking to have fun, check out punch bowl social or go to a speak easy inspired bar called “Run For the Roses” at dairy block. If you’re thinking of eating, Jing is an awesome place to eat & hangout.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Where I am it life is from the supportive friends, family and mentors I’ve been able to build relationships with. As a student of life, these individuals have taught me valuable lessons I carry through my own journey. Oh and my 2 year old husky names Bella. At the end of the day, you’re granted a book; with blank pages, remember to give yourself credit for all the successes and failures you’ve gone through!