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Inspiring Conversations with Celila Martin of Help You Buy and Sell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Celila Martin.

Hi Celila, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Well, my parents separated when I was nine. One day we come home and see a locksmith change the locks. We no longer had a home or immediate access to our belongings. In an instant, my mother became a single mother, losing her husband, her business and our home. If she had more information, she could’ve saved the home or maybe we would’ve had a better outcome.

After I got married, my husband had to sell his home and the experience was terrible! The listing agent put no thought into truly helping us, people would show up to see the home without notice amongst other things that made the process so draining.

That moment of helplessness reminded me of what I went through as a child. I decided I would figure out the steps needed to be a realtor and sincerely assist people like my parents. Fast forward to today, my business is referral-based. I focus on guiding first-time home sellers. This is really rewarding because they are counting on me to ensure they have money for retirement. I hired an assistant this week! Today I went to Best Buy and bought her laptop and it feels pretty incredible to hire someone, pay them a good salary and contribute to the economy.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been smooth, but I am grateful for the bumpy road because that’s how I have been able to grow. Now, I realize the biggest struggle was me. Lack of belief, lack of effort, lack of determination. I thought just wanting it to be was enough. Once I stopped blaming others for my struggles, the door opened for opportunities.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Help You Buy and Sell?
I am known for helping Latinos feel no shame for refinancing their home and to beware of overpaying for real estate assistance. I help homeowners see their home as an asset and not debt. Most Latinos want to pay their home off which is nuts because most of America’s wealth is made on leveraging your home and turning it into an asset.

You should know that I am working on establishing a nonprofit to assist first-time home buyers fill in the gap. I meet a lot of qualified people that have solid credit, a great employment history and money saved up. They are just a few thousand short to fill in the gap for closing costs. That’s where I plan to help them fill in the gap and I know they will pay it forward for the people that come after them.

I want readers to know if someone tells them it can’t be done, look for another way and question something if it seems off. I met a woman who had to sell her house because she had purchased it with her brother. Since her brother was getting married, they had to split the asset. When they were selling it, the lady asked their listing agent if she could help her buy a home. The listing agent told her “the only home you can get is a mobile home or a home in Tijuana.” The lady believed it. She was offended, but accepted the listing agents comment as her truth. I am known for advocating for people like my parents. I am very passionate and know this is the only reason why my business has grown. I stick around after the transaction.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I see my industry growing. I want to massively share my message to homeowners. They need to prepare now because the gap in the middle class is widening. If people don’t put plans in place now, in 5-10 years where will the wealth be for the next generation?

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James Mendez, Fabian Martin, Allison Stevens

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