TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT IN CALIFORNIA GABRIELA BERMUDEZ
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Gabriela Bermudez was in college studying to be a CPA in the late 90s when she realized she wanted a career that would allow her to work more closely with people. When her then-boyfriend (now husband) suggested she might want to look into real estate she hesitated, thinking perhaps she was too reserved to be in sales. But she gave it a try and soon found she had a true talent for the industry. She received her broker’s license in 2004. She’s now the owner/operating broker of Las Lomas Realty, which provides the full range of real estate services including escrow services. Gabriela leads a team of 10 licensed real estate agents and four support staff. She’s now been serving the South Bay area for over twenty years. “I like to concentrate in the area that I know so well, so I can provide better service to my clients and can react quickly to their needs,” she says.
Gabriela likes to provide attentive, boutique service so that each of her clients feels like her only client. This has resulted in over 80% of her business coming from repeat clients and referrals. “That shows me I’m doing something right,” she says with a smile. What sets Gabriela apart from other agents in the area? “I’m committed to my clients and I personally handle every aspect of their deal. I don’t delegate my clients to my support team. I provide my clients with the knowledge and expertise I have obtained through the years.” Gabriela has strong communication skills and quickly builds trust with her clients. “I think that’s why they keep coming back,” she says. It’s easy for Gabriela to stay in touch with past clients. “During the transaction I support them and we become friends,” she says. She keeps in touch with them via social media, and reaches out by phone, always calling to say thank you when they refer a friend or family member.
To prepare a property for listing, Gabriela conducts a pre-inspection to determine what needs to be done to the property to ensure it can net the highest possible value. She talks to clients to understand their specific needs, and helps them stage the property so that it looks its best. To market the property, she lists it on the MLS and multiple real estate websites and spreads the word through networking groups. She also conducts a thorough campaign via social media and hosts well-attended open houses.
After working with Gabriela, her clients rave about her honesty and her client-focused approach. They also appreciated her friendliness, professional expertise, and open communication style. “I give all my clients the same quality of service, whether they are buying or selling a house worth $300,000 or $1 million,” she explains. “For me, it’s not just about the money. It’s about helping them achieve their goals.”
What’s Gabriela’s favorite part of the job? “I like working with homebuyers and seeing their smile when I hand them the keys to their new home. When a client refers a family or friend to me, I love it because it tells me I am doing something right,” she says. “I also take pride in being a Hispanic female entrepreneur. I see that as being a big accomplishment.” Since 2008, she’s been investing in her own property portfolio, which has given her valuable experience she can share with her clients. To give back to the community, Gabriela donates to the local children’s hospital, local schools, and her church. In her cherished free time, she loves to exercise and go for long walks on the beach. “That allows me to gather my strength and to structure my thoughts,” she says. She also has a passion for traveling outside the U.S. and learning about other cultures. She’s recently been to Japan and Peru. For the future, Gabriela plans to continue growing and developing her business, while maintaining the high quality of service she provides to her clients. Now that’s a goal her clients will surely appreciate!