Are you looking to invest in real estate? Do you have a career goal in become a licensed real estate agent? Well we have the scoop on everything you need to know with VH1’s “Love and Listings” Samantha Barretto!
- Why did you choose your profession?
Every wealthy person I encountered shared with me that they invested in real estate so I knew I wanted to learn and understand how the industry worked. I started my career flipping houses with a group of investors in Las Vegas, and when I moved to Los Angeles 2 years later, I fell in love with high end luxury market. So, I got my real estate license and became a full time luxury realtor.
- What is the favorite part of your job?
The relationships I make. Some clients have turned into life-long friends.
- What is the most difficult part of your job?
Balance. There are so many moving parts to a real estate transaction and when you have multiple deals going on at once there are a handful of clients, vendors, team members, etc needing your attention and calling you at all hours of the day, so at times it can be hard to have a work life balance.
- Who is your mentor (if any)?
I worked with a top producing agent for 3 years. When I first got started, she was the only agent in my office who was closing over $10 million deals consistently so I kept reaching out to her to ask if she needed any help. She liked my persistence and took me under as a mentee. I closed over $100 million with her.
- Best piece of advice for someone pursuing your field?
Patience and Consistency. Your first deal is not going to happen over night. Focus on lead generating and prospecting – host open houses, attend networking events, post on social media anything that has to do with real estate – build a database of future clients and stay connected with them.
- If you have not chosen this profession would have you chosen instead?
A teacher. I love teaching.
- Favorite designer?
I shop at Marciano a lot! I feel professional and sexy wearing their clothes. And it is good quality material.
- Favorite makeup brand?
Bare Minerals – I was blessed with good skin so the lighter the make-up the better for me.
- Favorite hair care?
I am still trying out different products. I haven’t found one that I absolutely love.
- Favorite skin brand?
All natural coconut oil! I put coconut oil on my face and body every night when I get out the shower and it leaves my skin glowing and soft.
- If you could only choose 5 items to put in your purse everyday, what would they be?
Cell phone, chapstick, wallet, notebook, pen
- Free plug:)– Anything you would like our readers to know that you are supporting, selling or creating?
I support several non-profits for education including The Leela Project, The Mona Foundation, and Hope 4 Kids. Please google all 3 organizations and learn how to support. It is important for us as a community to help one another.
Education (Schools Attended)
Bachelor Degree in Mass Communications at Arizona State University
Certifications or Licenses?
California Real Estate License
This is so inspiring! This just was my sign to get started in investing. Thank you!
Beautiful homes with a beautiful girl – you can’t beat it:)
I just moved to LA and I want to take the licensing exam. Would love to have her as a mentor:)