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She has been inspired by her grandmother’s work ethic.

posted May 19, 2017, 1:52 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated May 19, 2017, 2:06 PM ]
You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Araceli Gonzalez as a member of PSAR’s Global Real Estate Council (GREC). The GREC provides PSAR members with educational opportunities to enable realtors to expand their practice internationally. She recently joined the GREC.
 
Araceli also is the founder the first bilingual Business Network International (BNI) chapter in San Diego area. The chapter meets once a week in Chula Vista to exchange referrals and make new friends.
 
But did you know that Araceli was motivated to switch careers to real estate sales from the examples of her mother and grandmother?
 
“I will forever be grateful for their hard work, commitment and dedication,” said Araceli. “Watching them work hard and learning about their work ethic convinced me that I could do well in real estate, and it has come true.”
 
In the 1960s, before Araceli was born, her grandmother Margarita moved from Rosario, Sinaloa, to the larger metropolitan city of Tijuana. “That decision changed the destiny of our family forever,” said Araceli. “She wanted a better life for her four daughters and one son. There were more opportunities in Tijuana.” Margarita’s oldest daughter, Guadalupe, was Araceli’s mom.
 
Araceli said her grandmother and mother operated two restaurants in Tijuana and one in National City, La Sierra, which is still in business today. After Araceli graduated from Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, she attended Southwestern College and Pacific Coast College, a trade school.
 
From 1990 to 2005, Araceli worked in accounting for Barrio Station, a San Diego nonprofit that provides, free-of-charge, adult-supervised, academic enrichment, recreation programs, counseling and community service activities to inner city youth. “I was so proud to work there because we were making a difference in the lives of many young people,” Araceli said. “We saved many teenagers in the Barrio who were vulnerable to negative peer pressure, educational failure, substance abuse and gangs.”
 
After 15 years at Barrio Station, Araceli was ready for a change. “A REALTOR® helped me buy our first house and I was inspired by her work ethic and how much she helped us. I wanted to do the same thing for other families.”
 
Araceli earned her real estate sales license in 2003 and became a full-time sales agent in 2005. Today, Araceli lives in the Rancho del Rey area with her three children, ages 13, 18 and 20. 
 
“Real estate is hard work and it’s not always fun,” Araceli said. “But, it’s very rewarding when you help a family achieve their dreams. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people and staying in touch with them after the sale. I know my grandmother and mother would be very proud of me.”
 
Araceli said she appreciates her involvement with PSAR. “I am so grateful to our Association,” she said. “I like the support, the education classes and tech support. I also like to network with the other agents at the meetings. Everyone is so welcoming. I’m so proud to be a PSAR member because they represent us so well in the community.