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Meet Lou Tapia of The Tapia Group in Brentwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lou Tapia.

Lou, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in and around El Paso Tx. In middle school, I was placed in foster care at a place called Lee Moor Children’s home. Didn’t have the normal upbringing, but hey! Who does?

I became a big dreamer, I had big aspirations of making it out of my town and being something great, someone accepted. Ideals brought upon my own self worth at the time. I feel that the kid was a lot braver than I am now. That kid believed.

I left the home my senior year of high school. One day I was super hungry and didn’t have money, so I tagged along with a friend that was meeting an army recruiter at McDonald’s. Friendly guy, he offered to buy my meal. Agreed to join the Army by the end of my Big Mac.

Fast forward four years two deployments and two duty stations I was on a plain back to Austin from Germany. Lived in Austin and attended college and Acting classes for two years. Made the big move to LA after that.

I had a burning desire to be an actor, my past and full emotional life would move mountains I thought. All it did was give me frustration and made me hate the business part of the art. I didn’t want to try to impress, I just wanted to be impressive.

My frustration led me to doing ultra Marathons, 24 hr obstacle races, and MMA fights. I had to get it out somehow. I became a trainer. Training allowed me to empower people, that always did the same for me. The more I helped, the more it helped me. My passion for fitness and athletics grew stronger over the years.

Now I’m a realtor with The Tapia Group, a team in Compass Real Estate, coach, and trainer. I’ll sell your house!! I’ll Mel you believe in yourself!! I’ll make you fit!! That’s my story, I’m aligned with passions, and I’m looking forward to it all.

I left out my greatest successes. I’m married to beautiful Tasha, and we have a little one named Victory Rose and another on the way. It’s been a hard journey, but sometimes if you keep your feet moving forward, you allow yourself to discover the real, beautiful, organic, and spiritually rewarding things life has to offer.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No. Been super hard. I had very low self-esteem growing up. I was in a boys home for crucial years of my life. I enlisted in the Army after that. I went from institution to institution.

-Adapting to civilian life was very hard.
-Gaining self-acceptance was very hard.
-The ultra-endurance races were hard.
-The MMA fights were hard.
-Attaining inner peace has always been hard.
-Being an adult is hard.

I’m not complaining, you asked? 🙂

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Tapia Group – what should we know?
We are a real estate group of realtors. We have a code of integrity, honesty, and loyalty. I think the implementation of our values put us above the rest that works hard to get a better commission. We work hard because we want to stamp our work with quality.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My tenacity and grit. And my ability to make friends. I’ve never been alone. I have a solid network of loyal, smart, and caring friends and family.

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