Here you will find stories about TNG agents
and their life journey.
"The thing I enjoy most is being able to put my clients at ease and make it as smooth of a process as possible. If I'm working with buyers, to just see how happy they are once they get keys to their home and their family is in a home that they never thought they could be in -- and they're just loving it.Real estate is helping me because it's pushing me out of my comfort zone. I know, ultimately, that it's helping me be a better person." -- Christine Coelho, TNG Agent since 2006.
"I came from a corporate world where I quit every week. I made great money, I had lots of power, traveled throughout the United States and like I said, I quit every week. Now, I look forward to getting up everyday and getting involved in this and helping people. It's just so rewarding, it really is... I love working the weekends, I love doing open houses and it's just fun.In 2004 I got my license, in 2005 I teamed up with him (John De Maio) and it's been a good life." -- John Tyler, TNG Agent since 2013.
"I was in dentistry for 30 years and had my own practice. I decided I wanted a change, sold my practice and I got into real estate. Real estate has worked out well for me. I'm a little bit older but I still feel good. It's a good income right now and I have a wife to take care of. She's not well and I have the flexibility in my schedule to take care of her. I don't have the 8 to 5 schedule like I had in dentistry.Having a teammate really helps because when I had my solo practice everything was on me. Seven days a week I was on emergency call. John Tyler and I get along really well and our egos are checked at the door. If John and I miss out on a listing then we immediately go out and farm. We'll work and start creating things. We consistently farm but when we miss out on something, that motivates us. We don't sit and sulk. We get motivated and go out and do it." -- John De Maio, TNG Agent since 2013.
"After working 22 years in the garment industry, the Free Trade Agreement was put in place. Companies weren't manufacturing here in the U.S. anymore so it lead to a lot of layoffs and that had a big impact on me. It was the first time I collected unemployment. I decided to go back to school and I said, 'I'm going to do something about this'. I took a 16 week, 40 hours per week computer course. I took a Business Management course and in 2005 I got my real estate license.I not only learned about real estate for my profession but I learned for my own investments. I was able to purchase another home and use my first home as a rental. It's awesome because I can take my experience and share it with others. I tell them, 'hey, you can do this'. You have to take the fear out of investing. Don't be afraid to do it. That was the smartest thing I could have done.Whether it's a trip that you've never taken, a new home you want to buy or an investment, whatever it is, set the goal and make it happen." Rochelle Guerra, TNG Agent since 2007.
"It's a challenge to be free of debt, have savings and all of that. My goal is to work hard everyday on improving my business so when the time comes to retire, I don't have to worry about finances. On the other hand, sometimes I think that I don't want to retire because I enjoy what I do.I've been blessed to be a very healthy person. I am self motivated and not lazy. I like to work and I consider that to be a benefit. Of course, having a really good family and good kids are some of the best blessings that I have.I would tell any young family to spend more time with their kids, as much as they can. Kids look up to the parents so do what is good for yourself and it will be good for the kids as well." -- Arnie Medrano, TNG Agent since 2016.
"My family back home installed strong work values in me. My mom raised us as a single mom until she met my stepdad, Ted. I have a lot of respect for my stepdad. He went out of his way to make sure that I had all the love that a child needs when your biological father is not around. Ted made it very easy for us to love him.My husband does everything that you're supposed to do in a marriage. Richard gets me and he loves me unconditionally. He always tells me that he's proud of me. I feel fortunate to have a great family. It's important to appreciate the blessings that you have." -- Patty Arellano, TNG Agent since 2015.
"I woke up this morning and I told my husband I was so lucky because I get to help people find homes and how lucky I am that I get to do this everyday. And I think about some of the clients who are now friends and how much fun it is, even with all the work that it is, too. But it's also very much fun.I can't imagine a Monday through Friday and weekends off kind of life because I have been doing this for so long. I think it's been 23 years." -- Sherri Patterson, TNG Agent since 2014.
"I deal a lot with first-time homebuyers and they're hard working people. I love it when they come to me when nobody else would help them. I've been having a lot of success because I explain to these buyers what they can expect, what the step-by-step process is and what it takes to become a homeowner.I would say my business is 90% referrals. All because I helped someone who was rejected by someone else and the buyers then turn to me. It's beautiful when you do something you love and then you get paid for it." -- Rosie Garcia, TNG Agent since 2013.
"Agents talk about being successful and making a lot of money in real estate. I would say, don't concentrate so much on the money. Concentrate on being the best agent that you can be, follow your plan and follow your schedule. If you do, then the money will take care of itself.It's also important to be persistent. Everyone has challenges and times they want to quit. My son owns a barbershop but was thinking about letting go and getting a job. I told him, 'don't quit'. Sometimes you have to make adjustments to your plan but keep your focus. Set your mind to not quit, regardless of what happens." -- Oscar Dixon, TNG Agent since 2012.
"I was able to put all 3 of my kids through college. They were my 'why'. They were the reason I became a Realtor. It was to help our family financially and in December 2015, my last child graduated college.I was a stay at home mom for 18 years. When my kids were growing up, I made sure I would do something for their class for every holiday. I did this because when I was in 4th grade, a parent brought goodies for Valentine's Day and it made my day. I was a child in a new country, new to this culture and that little box with candy meant the world to me.When my daughter was in 5th grade, she came home and told me she didn't want me to take goodies to her class for Easter. I sat her down and I said, "Brittney, I wish this was about you but unfortunately, it's not about you. It's about the one kid who may not get anything at home and this small gift might be the only thing they get for Valentine's or Easter. It's for that one child who it's going to mean a lot to, like it meant a lot to me. Can you think of someone in your class that our gift might have that kind of impact?' And she said, 'yes, Juan would probably really like it.' Then it's about Juan. From that point on she knew why we did this.I like to give back to a city that helped me, a kid from another country who didn't speak English. Whittier welcomed me with open arms and helped me become who I am." -- Aracely Gordon, TNG Agent since 2014.
"I was a teacher for 10 years. I had a Realtor friend in my Bible study group and after buying my first home I thought, 'I can do this'. I was teaching and selling real estate and eventually I took a gamble and went full-time. I had to cash out my teacher's retirement in the early stages to keep it alive. That was hard to do but I don't regret it now.I eventually found, or God has brought me to TNG. I know this isn't about TNG but I can't separate it out because Craig, Eddie and all these people around me, whom I love, makes it a family feeling; which doesn't have to be that way with business but it is. And I'm glad it is. The culture I experience where I work now is the reason I wouldn't want to work anywhere else, even though I have opportunities to do that. In the future, I'd like to be in a nice house. I enjoy people and having them over. That's when I feel I'm happiest. Seeing kids run around, playing. That's life to me." -- Nic Petrossi, TNG Agent since 2012.
"My happiest moment was becoming a mother. I was scared and at one point thought, 'how did I get myself into this?' But that first time that your baby cries 'up' and you hear the relief that comes when mom picks them up; that responsibility of caring for somebody felt very important to me.I've learned to live today like there's no tomorrow... I've had several things happen in my lifetime where the job is taking over, the stress is taking over and I just stop to take a moment and ask myself, 'if I got hit by a bus, which of these things would I regret not doing?' And I try to do that thing. Sometimes it's work, sometimes it's family and sometimes it's taking time for yourself. But it's taking that moment to make a good choice, because what if I don't have tomorrow? How do I want to spend today?" -- Jane Noltensmeier, TNG Agent since 2012.
"One of my new clients I just helped get into escrow is actually my mailman. So for 12 or 16 months he knew that he could grab one of the top dog agents that live in the neighborhood and he came to me because he said, 'you're my guy.' I asked, 'well, why?' And he said, 'because you're a good guy and you won't take advantage of me.' So that goes back to morality... Treat people the way you want to be treated and you can do well in this business." -- Manny Da Rosa, TNG Agent since 2013.
"Being a single mom, I think that there's a big balance when you have your own business. Of course, you want to put time into your business but I love that I can schedule time with my kids and that I have the freedom to be with them.Real estate can be very stressful but there's so much fun, flexibility and freedom in it. And you do feel like a business owner because the time you put into it does feel like it's rewarded. I'm such a relationship person... I always tell my new clients, 'usually you end up being my friend so I hope I like the house that you buy because I'm going to be there, too.'Buying a home is such a big deal and it's such an intimate process that I really love sharing that type of experience with family, friends and new clients." -- Laura Spencer, TNG Agent since 2005.
"I got into real estate because of my Realtor who sold us our house. She was very nice, very helpful and I thought, 'I want to be like her'. I've been a Realtor now for 25 years. I would say that for this type of job you need a lot of patience, you need to have a passion for it and you really need to enjoy working with people, but it has been very rewarding. My daughter is 19 years old and I got to be there with her as she grew up. She plays volleyball so I took her to her games and I was there to help her when she needed me. In my career, I have seen a lot of changes and had challenges but I don't have any thoughts of retiring. I'm going to continue this because I enjoy the work and helping people." -- Virginia Flores, TNG Agent since 2016.
"I've never had so much clarity in my life than when I was driving home from Irvine at 5:15pm and I know it's going to be a 45 minute drive in bumper to bumper traffic. You have the radio playing but in your head you have an inner dialogue saying, 'there's so much more to life than this'. I was working two jobs at that time. I saw a future in real estate but it was a scary proposition to give up the safety blanket of a steady paycheck. We were a single income family and it wasn't a lot of money but it was decent and it was guaranteed. Making the jump to real estate full-time was the scariest thing I had ever done but there was comfort in knowing that I could be so much more than this.Real estate was a breath of fresh air for me. It's something new everyday and it has no ceiling. Not just financially but the freedom of not punching a clock and going where I want, when I want. I have a 3 1/2 year old son and being able to pick him up at school is important to me.This business is not easy. I wouldn't say that it's cutthroat because that term's more of a competition with others. Here, you're in a competition with yourself. I know deep down what I have to do." Darren Reynolds, TNG Agent since 2013.
"I had been a property manager since 1996. I was going through my divorce and that's when Craig took me on as his assistant. We were working in his garage office so I would hear how he spoke to people and I was impressed with how he did business. It starts at the top so when Craig said he wanted to start a brokerage, I knew he was going to be successful. I said, 'let me be your first agent, please'. I got my license because Craig was always encouraging me to do it and I decided that I wanted to help people going through divorces. I knew that I could help them in a special way because I know the anxieties and issues that they deal with. It became my specialty and in some ways like my ministry. It gave me a purpose.Do unto others as they would want -- not what you want done unto you, but what they would want. It's important to listen, really listen to people's needs and then try to meet those needs. Listening is a skill and it takes practice." -- Amber Shubin Litvin, TNG Agent since 2004 and TNG's first agent.
"It's a great experience to work at TNG. It's a job that I've enjoyed because I can set my own hours and I've met great people who are down to earth and have always encouraged me to build my business and be successful. At the same time, I'm able to provide my family with the extras that we normally wouldn't have." -- Virginia Morales, TNG Agent since 2006.
"I was 38 when I started in real estate as an assistant. My youngest daughter was in 6th grade and my girlfriend asked me if I would like to work for her part-time. I said, 'I would love that!' Two years later I got my license and I'm going on 22 years in real estate.Through the years, I've learned that we have to be grateful for a lot of the little things in life. I just don't feel that money and material things bring you happiness. They might bring you temporary happiness but you have to find the true happiness within yourself. My husband and I have been married for 44 years and we're like any other marriage with ups and downs; but I'm thankful that he helps me with my business and we spend time together. Life is good." -- Sally Ragan, TNG Agent since 2014.
"I had been an electrician for 11 years and one day I started helping my wife, Amber (we weren't married at the time), with paperwork and marketing. I started to see myself transitioning into the real estate business.When I got my license, it was the heyday for most agents; the market was hot and homes were selling like crazy. It seemed like every agent was selling houses but I was struggling. Then suddenly, the market crashed, the easy sales were gone and a lot of Realtors got out of the business.Amber and I had to get through those tough business times. I'm kind of glad that we didn't have easy sales because we learned how to be better real estate agents and we stuck it out. Those years were really good for learning.I like to figure out the 'takeaways'. Whether you experience failures or mistakes, you always want to take something away that's positive." -- Eddie Litvin, TNG Agent since 2006.
"My biggest blessing is my wife. We've been married for 9 years and she has been very supportive of me from the beginning. Everything that I do, everything that I strive for she has always been there for me. If you want something then take initiative, take action. Whatever you want to do, don't just think about it. Act. You're not going to get where you want to be unless you take action. I used to think a lot and that doesn't really get you anywhere. You need to think a little and then take a lot of action. That action will lead to progress and hopefully get you to where you want to be." -- Kevin Lee, TNG Agent since 2013.
"In college, I played soccer and had 6 knee surgeries. Having to overcome each surgery was difficult. I had to work on getting back on my feet, be able to run and then get back on the field. So going down for the count each time was discouraging. It was a challenging time but it made me stronger. I had to dig deep and learn who I am, what I want and what's important to me. I was recruited to play at a lot of great Division I schools. I decided to play for a Division II school because I went to their campus and it was a family; they had each other's back, they were confident in their coach, they loved each other and that's what I wanted. The most important thing to me is being around family." -- Alex Petes, TNG Agent since 2015.
"Happiness is a compilation of moments spent with those I'm close with, my kids and my husband. It's watching my kids enjoy life and excel at things that they like to do. It's being with Russ and being happy about how things have turned out, where we are with our family. When I think about the struggles we had when the kids were little and where we are now... we still have struggles but they're different. I appreciate the happy moments more.Don't be afraid to try things, especially things you're interested in or curious about. I used to be afraid of failing but I don't worry about that as much anymore. Fear can stop you from trying things that could be a lot of fun. You only get one run at life so you have to make it count." -- Melanie Nygren, TNG Agent since 2009.