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She went to work for someone she fired.

posted Oct 16, 2015, 4:04 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Oct 16, 2015, 4:05 PM ]
You might know PSAR REALTOR® member Rosalva Zuniga as a member of PSAR’s Professional Standards Committee. Its members hear matters of alleged ethical misconduct by Association members or to provide arbitration as requested. “I enjoy serving on that committee because I learn about dangers and landmines that I want to stay away from,” said Rosalva. She also served on the PSAR board of directors from 2009 to 2010.
But did you know that Rosalva’s first job in real estate sales was working for someone she had fired at a previous job?
As Rosalva tells the story: “After 25 years in banking, I was tired of the chaos, red tape and pressure to make more money. So, I left Union Bank without another job. While I was working as a branch manager, I had to fire one of our employees who had trouble balancing his box at the end of the day. He was a very nice guy but his numbers were high or low too often. So I had to let him go.”
After leaving the bank, Rosalva’s former employee opened his own real estate sales office. “I would walk past his office on the way to the gym. I didn’t know it was his office. So, one day he came out and stopped me and we reconnected,” said Rosalva. “He told me that I should go into real estate, and he offered me a job doing both lending and sales. I spent one year working for him before moving to another brokerage. I don’t like lending that much, but I love sales, especially helping first-time buyers.”
Rosalva said her passion for helping young families experience the American dream of homeownership is based on what happened to her when she was a young teenager growing up in East L.A., in the Lincoln Heights area. It’s a story about how her father Pepe, a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, purchased the family’s first home in America.
“There were seven of us in our family living in a rented home on Galena Street, two bedrooms and one bath,” said Rosalva. “My father is very social and the owner took a liking to us. The man said one day to my father, `Pepe, how much money do you have in your pocket?’ My father pulled out one nickel. The man said, `I will accept it as your down payment on your first home.’ My father was thrilled. I remember we had to sell the car to pay for the paperwork expenses.”
Today, Rosalva enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren. She recently took four of them – all teenagers -- to Disney World in Florida. She currently works with Coldwell Banker West. “My husband and I love to travel, that’s why we work so hard,” Rosalva said.
Rosalva enjoys attending PSAR events “because I can catch-up on news with my good friends. Our Association feels like a small church congregation where everybody knows you and it’s just like home. Everyone is so friendly and they’re always willing to help.”