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As a client, she was fired by her REALTOR®.

posted Jun 17, 2016, 12:56 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 12:07 AM ]
You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Joyce Hill who recently achieved REALTOR® Emeritus status based on her 40 cumulative years of membership in the National Association of REALTORS® and her contributions to the real estate profession, the community and PSAR. Joyce, who currently serves as branch manager of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s La Mesa office, has participated on various PSAR committees, including Membership, Political Action and Nominating Committee, as well as teaching lawsuit avoidance.
But did you know that Joyce was once a ballerina? “Dancing has always been my passion,” said Joyce. “I didn’t plan on pursuing dance as a career because it wasn’t considered a `real job’ in my family. Later I realized that I could teach Dance and English as a high school teacher until the `real estate bug’ bit me. I danced daily as a college student while pursuing a degree and later performed for years with a local community college. I quit performing when I turned 50, but continued to dance. Now, I simply work out, power walk daily and take three yoga classes a week to keep fit.”
Joyce is a native San Diegan whose great grandfather came to San Diego in a covered wagon in 1883. Throughout her school years, she was always in some form of leadership. At San Diego City College she was President of the Women Students. She also attended San Diego State University. “I would have actually earned my bachelor’s degree if only I had finished that one dreaded biology class,” she said. “But I learned quickly that I could help more people, make more money and have more fun in real estate than in any other profession. I wrote the offer for my first client on the hood of my car in drizzling rain. I was so excited I didn’t stop to think that my office was only five minutes away.”
At age 22, Joyce and her husband George bought their first home with $800 down. Next, they purchased a vacant lot that was traded for a bigger lot, which they split and sold. “And, so the saga began,” said Joyce. “Before I got my real estate license, my real estate agent was Laura Houle who served as president of the East San Diego County Association of REALTORS® in 1996 and 1998. Laura fired me as a client and told me that I was her worst client ever and that I should go get my own real estate license. We remain friends to this day. That motivated me to focus on real estate as a profession and be in the wings for my husband who enjoyed a successful business in commercial construction.”
Joyce and husband George met as teenagers while playing sand volleyball at Mission Beach. They have built, bought and sold numerous rental properties, which are now part of their retirement plan. They raised two children, Brent and Rochelle, who are married with children of their own and still live in East County. “As a close-knit family, we have camped, water-skied, sky-dived, fished, snow-skied and laughed out loud a lot,” said Joyce.
Joyce has worked in the management side of real estate since 1985. Over the years, she has supervised more than 10,000 closings, conducted more than 12,000 coaching sessions and trained more than 2,000 agents. She has directly supervised as many as 140 agents at one time, 60 of whom were among the top 5 percent producers in the nation. She has won many national awards for production and profitability. “My favorite award was for least amount of turnover for a mega-office in the U.S. and Canada,” said Joyce. “I take great pride in the fact that agents who work with me stay with me. Our office in La Mesa is a leader in the county for per-agent production. My dream is to always elevate the professionalism and dignity of our business.”
Today, Joyce and her husband spend their limited spare time cheering for their grandchildren’s athletic events. “We cheer with unparalleled bias,” she said. “I greatly admire and appreciate our PSAR Association and the dedicated staff” said Joyce. “Real estate is a wonderful, fun profession and PSAR helps our members be successful.”