Today we’d like to introduce you to Loni Paniagua-Buenrostro.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Loni. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Today I am a wife, mother of three, realtor and founder of Amigas Social Club but my story begins when my parents came from Michoacán, Mexico.
I am first generation born and raised in Santa Ana, Ca. Being the oldest among my siblings I naturally grew up being somewhat of a caregiver and leader.
We didn’t grow up with luxuries but my parents always provided everything we needed.
At age 16, I got my first job working at one of the Quinceañera shops in downtown Santa Ana. So I’ve seen this specific area first hand grow throughout the years.
I graduated from Mater Dei High School and started community college with plans to major in business one day.
Life however had other plans for me. I took a part-time receptionist position at a mortgage company with one of my best friends. That same week I was asked to help out in the processing department and I picked up real quick. I became infatuated with the whole process.
After reviewing so many financial documents I noticed that the ones who owned real estate were always the ones with better financials and therefore better options. So I made it my goal to buy a house and within one year I was able to achieve that goal.
Eventually, I became the manager of the processing department.
I stayed in that industry for about nine years and absolutely loved it. I welcomed my daughter Leila in 2008 and my son Louie in 2011. After that I became a full-time stay at home Mom. Then in 2016, we welcomed our third baby, Lucas.
With a new baby at home and after so many years of being home with my kids, I felt I needed change. So when my husband asked me “Why don’t you become a Realtor?” It might of been my hormones or the assertive way he asked but I decided at that moment I would get my license.
I am now doing something in the industry I fell in love with so many years ago and I am enjoying it so much. Never did I imagine that in the process I would find myself again.
Don’t get me wrong it’s a lot of hard work and it was terrifying to put myself back out there in the workforce. It’s many hours, months and sometimes years before I can help a client get to their next chapter in life but I LOVE IT!
My passion for Real Estate is what lead me to a long time dream of mine. In my first year of business as a Realtor I kept trying to figure out how I could build my business and help out as many people in my community as possible. I couldn’t really find anything that was right for me when it came to networking or where I could make real genuine connections.
It finally dawned on me that if I could not find this space, I would have to create it myself.
I already have an amazing group of women in my life and I have met so many local women in business over the years. I made the decision to save money from my real estate business to be able to fund and host my first Amigas Social Club event in May 2019.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh gosh no!
When the great recession happened in theory my industry was the first to get hit. I went from essentially having everything I ever wanted to losing it ALL and having to start from scratch all over again. The big difference then was that I was a new mom. I felt so sad and defeated. I felt like my entire world was crumbling yet my baby girl gave me hope and motivation to not give up.
Then when I became a full-time stay at home mom after the birth of my second child it was super tough for me. I was used to my financial independence. Bless my husband for taking on that huge financial burden of becoming a one income household all while being a supportive husband and dad. My amigas too were all so supportive and caring during these years. I look back and don’t know how I didn’t go crazy. Those years were so tough and beautiful at the same time.
We rebuilt but this time around it meant so much more. I wasn’t alone doing it and this time it was for my very own family.
Motherhood has been quite the rollercoaster. Autism was a huge blow to our family six years ago. Never did I think I could even say the word Autism without bursting out in tears. It’s been a long and exhuasting journey but we have all learned and grown because of it. Now I can share our journey in hopes it helps anyone that might need it.
Mom guilt is so real and my biggest challenge right now. It’s something I still struggle with. I crave to find the perfect balance between work, home and social life but I am starting to think that maybe there is no such thing as “perfect” balance.
My husband and kids have adjusted to our new normal so well and they are my biggest supporters. Whether it’s helping me put open house signs, tagging along to meetings or helping me with club ideas; they are always ready to get things done.
As a realtor, it took me months to close my first deal and I felt like giving up everyday. It was a real struggle to stay motivated when things weren’t happening as quick as I wanted. I remained dedicated, true to myself and always came from a place of service and I think people can pick up on that.
As for the club, we are learning as we go. We are having to deal with all the logistics of starting something new and trying to find the best approach for things so it’s definitely something we are all growing and learning from. There has been such an outpouring amount of support from our community and we are planning so many awesome things. It’s super exciting!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Real Estate + Amigas Social Club – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My real estate business is centered in Orange County but I can help clients all over California. No matter if you are looking to buy your very first home or you are looking for real estate investments, I can help you. I really enjoy creating realtionships with my clients and advocating for them in what sometimes is their biggest investment.
I have aligned myself with a broker who shares my values. Seven Gables has been so wonderful in providing me with all the tools necessary to give my clients the best service.
As for Amigas Social Club, that was inspired by my daughter, my dear amigas and all the badass women in business I have met. I had no idea all the attention and interest the club would create in my community. We hear about women empowerment but we really did not have a space to all come together and make real connections with each other.
Today I run this club along three other women. Vanessa, Jean and Anais are the foundation to this club and have really helped me take it to the next level. We launched our website in September as a resource and in efforts to offer our community monthly workshops, special events and most importantly an outlet for consumers to connect with local women in business in a fun and safe environment.
The club is an inclusive community of women who want to inspire, support, educate and connect consumers to entrepreneurs. I first hand know how important it is to have the support of your family, friends and community. My goal is to create a true and thriving community of women while providing resources.
All this took years of hard work, dedication, patience and perseverance. This all was just a dream until I made the conscious decision to make it a reality. Since then, I have connected and met so many inspiring women that have helped or encouraged me to go for it. I am ready to make this club as big as our community needs it to be.
My husband and three little ones are why I never gave up. I am so grateful for them. There is still so many things to do and I am just happy I get to share this with those I love.
If you are a women, I encourage you to enjoy all your woman-hood seasons. Even the hard and tough ones because those are the ones that shape you and make you resilient.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am looking for growth on all levels. I look forward to helping as many people as possible through Real Estate and Amigas Social Club. While making a positive impact in my community.
- Website: amigassocialclub.com
- Phone: 949 8726215
- Email: Lonip@sevengables.com and email@example.com
- Instagram: @realtor_momboss and @amigassocialclub
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