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Meet Mark Mendez of Homes by Price + Hou Group & Robles Enterprise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Mendez.

Mark, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The most important factor I’ll start with is that I had an amazing older brother (Ruben) who taught me the meaning of leadership, empathy, and letting go. Ruben passed away in 2016 from brain cancer but we got to enjoy eight wonderful years together from diagnosis to passing.

Shortly before Ruben’s diagnosis, my friend Scott had given me a book called Rich Dad Poor Dad. This book changed my life. When Ruben sold his life insurance for $300k prior to his death, he handed it to me to begin purchasing income property. With that money, my family and I purchased our first three income properties (2-4) units and one single-family residence in Westchester – and I was just turning 30. With the income earned from the income properties, we paid for my mama’s & Ruben’s living expenses. Today, between my family and I, we own six income properties and have plans to continue purchasing more. All of our properties are in Los Angeles. We continue to use 100% of the income from our properties to pay my mama’s expenses.

I grew up in Venice with a single mother, below the poverty line, with two brothers and one sister. My father, who didn’t live with us, used to visit and beat the shit out of my mom approximately once a month. He had a terrible temper and I witnessed all of it. Once, my mama was being physically abused and she screamed to me to call the police, then my father would scream back not to, and I just remember freezing (simply terrified). That happened for most of my childhood.

I attended all Santa Monica schools and then studied architecture at the University of Southern California. I worked at high profile firms such as Marmol Radziner & Lorcan O’Herlihy. After ten years of designing, I decided to become a Realtor (with Scott’s help as I’m on his team). Best decision of my life. Being a Realtor has forced me to confront every fear I’ve had.

The next phase of my life will be to rehab properties and ultimately build, returning to my roots in architecture.

I’m married with two beautiful boys and live in a Duplex in Mid City. I’m currently 41.

I’ve always grown up feeling like I was too sensitive (being told that by my mother growing up). My older brother used to try and convince me it’s my superpower. More and more, I’m starting to realize it really is.

My goal is to become as self-aware as I can with an acute sense of empathy (that’s the goal).

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I experienced a lot of trauma as a child so trying to untangle that has been a mission. I was in therapy for two years which significantly helped. Having children really helped as well since I want to be the best version of myself for them.

Changing my mindset from one of poverty to abundance made a significant difference in my life as well.

Today, my biggest challenge is believing in myself and trying to be my true, authentic self.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Homes by Price + Hou Group & Robles Enterprise – what should we know?
I’m a Realtor at the Santa Monica Compass but my proudest accomplishment is the company that my sister and I run which owns the income properties. We named the company after our older brother (Robles Enterprise, LLC).

We continue to run the company to make our brother proud even though he is no longer with us.

I don’t really share this portion of my life with a lot of people so most people who know me would never know that we run a multi-million dollar company. I believe collectively the properties are worth over $5M.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My brother, Ruben. My teammates Scott Price & Janice Hou (also mentors), and my sister, Celia (my right hand). And last, my wife who has been the most encouraging and empowering partner!

Ruben leads the way in terms of the person I am. Scott & Janice have helped shape my real estate career. My sister Celia has helped me with the daily grind. And, Michelle is the most patient person in the world, ha!

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