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At age 7, she helped negotiate a house purchase.

posted Jan 22, 2016, 4:01 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Jan 22, 2016, 4:01 PM ]
You might know PSAR REALTOR® member Evita Beas for her service to PSAR as a longtime member of PSAR’s Grievance Committee. She has been working in real estate sales since 1976 and got involved in various PSAR committees in the 1980s, when the Association was known as the South San Diego Bay Cities Board of Realtors. One of the committees was the U.S.-Mexico Liaison Committee.
 
But did you know that Evita graduated from college at the same time as her daughters?
 
“When the girls were younger and I would remind them about the importance of college. They would say back to me, `Well, Mom, you never graduated from college.’ So, that’s when I decided it was time to also get my diploma,” said Evita.
 
Evita graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from San Diego State University when daughter Tamara also graduated from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in biology. A few years later, Evita graduated from the University of San Diego with a master’s degree in education at the same time as when daughter Jamelle, a UCSD grad, also graduated with a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University.
 
“I am very proud of my personal accomplishments,” said Evita. “It’s been a long road since arriving in this country, living in Barrio Logan and attending elementary school at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School. I remember the signs for rental houses that said `no dogs, no cats, no Mexicans.’”
 
When her father bought the family’s first home in Paradise Hills on Cumberland Street, Evita, age 7 at the time, translated with the English-speaking real estate sales agent. “Here I was at age 7 negotiating on a real estate transaction,” she said. “I have always been fascinated with the real estate profession.”
 
Evita graduated from Morse High School (class of 1966). She got married in 1968 but later divorced. “I was by myself, raising two daughters, ages 2 and 5, so real estate was the perfect job for me,” Evita said. “I was one of the few Latinas working in real estate at the time. So, to avoid discrimination, I used my married name and went by Elbie McCullough for a short time. I later changed my mind and embraced my Latin culture.”
 
When Evita bought her first home in 1977, she was working two jobs, including real estate sales and at a local public school. “The loan officer at Central Federal told me I was the first female ever to qualify for a home loan by myself without a male co-signer,” she said. “Fortunately, things have certainly changed in our industry since then.”
 
During her career, she worked for several brokerages, including Forrest Olsen and Coldwell Banker, before opening her own company called Tri Point Realty in 1983. Today, she enjoys helping clients with short sales, as well as traveling, cooking, yoga and gardening. “Pulling weeds is the perfect de-stressor,” said Evita. “My roses and orchids never talk back to me, they are very forgiving.”
 
Evita said she is currently writing a book on forgiveness. She also is a master consultant on the Chinese art of Feng Shui. “It’s a wonderful helper for staging a home and it helps me with every aspect of my life,” she said.
 
She has served for many years on PSAR’s Grievance Committee. “I’m proud of our Association because of our emphasis on professionalism, ethics and high standards,” she said. “When I first got into the industry, the reputation of a real estate agent was just a notch higher than a used-car salesman. I got involved because I said to myself, `Things have got to change.’ PSAR is wonderful because everyone is given the opportunity to make a difference.”