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Conversations with Johnny Aragon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Aragon, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty

Hi Johnny, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I began my real estate path in 2018 while working at a small college in Koreatown that taught the real estate license program.

I earned my real estate license that year, but I was also admitted to the part-time MBA program at USC that year, so I ended up focusing on my studies. (FIGHT ON!)

In May 2019, I began working at Coldwell Banker Realty Pasadena while pursuing my MBA. I started off as an Office Coordinator, then earned a promotion to a Sales Support Administrator in August 2020. Once I graduated from my MBA program in August 2021, I wanted to move up further in my real estate career, so I chose to pursue the Realtor role since I already had my license and I wanted to go out on the field.

Aside from an MBA, I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from California State University Los Angeles. I used my G.I Bill for my studies since I served in the U.S Navy for 5 years, right out of high school. I grew up quickly and I am glad I joined when I did!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was tough when I first started working at Coldwell Banker Realty Pasadena since I didn’t know much about the real estate business, all while balancing a part-time MBA program.

However, I was determined to do my absolute best for the agents and be a great co-worker. A greater obstacle months later was the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, which made it harder on my mental health all while still balancing school and work.

Despite all these challenges I was facing, I received a lot of guidance and support during those 2.5 years as a staff member, which is why I chose to stay with the company as a Realtor. It’s hard to find great company culture these days, but our office sure has it!

I also received a lot of support from my family and friends during those difficult times, which I am forever grateful for. It was hard for me to ask for help, but I had to let my guard down.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Although I am beginning my career as a Realtor, I worked previously for 2.5 years at Coldwell Banker Realty, learning a lot about forms and how certain processes go.

I attended many training sessions at my office when it came to the different company tools, real estate regulations, and best practices, as well as lessons on the new purchase agreement, so I have a lot to offer. I’ve held a few open houses so far and I am eager to meet people and help them find their dream homes and sell their homes. I continue to educate myself on what is going on in the world of real estate so that I am able to work with buyers and sellers to the best of my abilities.

I am proud of how much I’ve grown in the past 14 years of my life. When I was about to graduate high school, I already signed up to join the U.S Navy and was getting ready to leave for boot camp about 1.5 months after graduation. Growing up, I was shy and quiet, but something inside me told me to sign up and take a risk. I never looked back and I am happy I made the choice I did.

Even taking on an MBA program was a challenge while switching careers to real estate, but I have tenacity. I don’t give up on myself and I work hard for those around me. What sets me apart is my determination and optimism in life. I don’t let the bad things weigh me down. I use them as lessons and press forward. That’s all one can do.

When I am not working in real estate, I do volunteer work for a veteran organization called Team Red, White & Blue. I am a Chapter Captain for the LA chapter. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans through physical and social activities. Glad to be a part of this amazing organization!

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
This is going to sound super nerdy, but growing up, I wanted to learn combat moves like the Power Rangers.

I was always fascinated by their fighting style and as I got older, I liked how the Star Wars characters would fight with their lightsabers. I try to box at least once a week, so I guess it’s close enough for now. Haha!

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