“It’s a wonderful feeling to brighten someone else’s day,” said Abe. “When we leave a place, we know that the homeowner is safer, in a more comfortable, efficient and warmer home. One house at a time, we can make a difference.”
But did you know that Abe one time delivered a baby in an elevator? Another time, Abe performed CPR on a baby who then began breathing again.
Abe grew up in National City and graduated from Bonita Vista High School (class of 1981). After high school, he worked at several jobs, including as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for an ambulance service. At age 25, he met a woman in labor in an elevator. Abe said, “The lady said, `I can’t wait any longer,’ and she was right. The baby came out right then.”
Abe also worked delivering drinking water for Sparkletts. Abe was about 28 years old at the time when, he said, “I drove my truck to an apartment complex and a lady ran out to meet me carrying a baby that wasn’t breathing. Someone already had called 911. I started CPR on the baby and the baby started breathing again. The paramedics were pulling up when I handed the baby back to the mother and said, `Those guys over there will help you now.’ Then, I continued with my water bottle deliveries.”
Abe also worked for 13 years in the termite industry for several companies, as well as installing cable TV. “I always did well in sales, so my mom encouraged me to go into real estate full time,” said Abe, 53, who started selling real estate in 1995. “My mother (Linda Belasco) worked as an agent for 37 years in the South Bay. My grandfather was an agent in Los Angeles for 50 years. So, that makes me a third-generator REALTOR®.”
Abe was raised by his aunt and uncle (he calls Linda his mom). Two years ago, Abe was reconnected with his father whom he had not seen since age 5. Most recently at Thanksgiving, two of Abe’s children, now ages 24 and 28, met their grandfather for the first time. “I’m grateful for my upbringing because some of my biological brothers and sisters have not been as fortunate,” said Abe. “It’s a thin line between success and failure. Greatness is not automatic. Greatness is a matter of choice. It is the result of decisions you make.”
Abe says being a realtor is a great profession because it gives him opportunity to help people find a place called home, and at the same provide enough income. Today, Abe assists his church in Bonita, and with other churches volunteers provides food to homeless people in Downtown San Diego. He also helps with a food bank at another church in El Cajon. He also is a leader of a men’s ministry class.
“Volunteering is the ultimate expression of human relationships, people acting on behalf of their communities because of a desire to contribute and help,” said Abe. “I’m also grateful for PSAR because our members are active as volunteers in their communities. I’m proud that PSAR makes a difference in the community. Our members have an enormous impact on the health and well-being in day-to-day life.”