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Selling jewelry at swap meet taught sales skills

posted May 16, 2014, 3:42 PM by Joyce Evans

You might know Minerva Garcia as a past PSAR’s board member and current chair of the PSAR’s South County Local District Coordinating Committee. But, did you know that Minerva’s focus on helping others through real estate is the result of her mom losing her home to foreclosure when Minerva was age 17?
“When I was a teenager, my mom lost her job because she got sick and her tenants quit paying,” recalls Minerva. “Watching my mom’s pain, and not knowing what to do, convinced me that I would learn the choices that were available so that others could avoid what my family experienced.”
A San Diego native, Minerva grew up in National City, attended Central Elementary School on E Street, and started learning the art of salesmanship at an early age. Her first job at age 12 was selling jewelry and hair accessories at the National City Swap Meet, which still operates today at 30th Street and D Avenue in National City. In addition, when spending weekends in Tijuana after her parents separated, Minerva was part of the youth group at church and volunteered selling food every Sunday to raise money for the Church. “I learned how not to be shy and talk to many different types of people and give back to my Church” she said.
While attending Sweetwater High School, she worked at Chuck E. Cheese. She also worked at Olan Mills Portrait Studios, making sales calls at an early age, but selling pictures not homes. She later worked in retail stores, Gymboree, Bath & Body Works and Illuminations, all in the role of general manager. After graduating from high school (class of 1994), she attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, a private career school. But, at age 20 when she purchased her first home on her own, she knew her calling was to be a REALTOR®. Her father, who works as a piano tuner, encouraged her to get her real estate sales license.
She earned her license in 2000, and her father was her first client. She sold him a home in Chula Vista where he still lives today. In 2003, she left her retail job to work full-time in real estate sales. During her career, she has sold hundreds of homes as a consistent top producer. Today, she is with Coldwell Banker West’s office on Boswell Road.
Minerva started giving back to her community by getting involved with the Kiwanis Club of Chula Vista where she eventually became chapter president.  From there she decided to volunteer in an organization that would align with her mission of home ownership, private property rights and community service. She decided to get involved at PSAR. 
“Real estate allows me to earn a living and still give back to my community. That’s why I’m involved with PSAR,” said Minerva. “I want to make a difference in my profession and in the life of my family.”
Minerva and the love of her life, Cesar Silva, a loan officer with Point Mortgage, live in EastLake Vistas and are raising their two children, Vienna, 8, and Saeed, 3. Vienna enjoys dance lessons and catechism classes, and both kids play soccer at Montevalle Park on Saturdays. “God, my family, my friends and my community are my life, and serving them makes me the happiest person in the world,” said Minerva.

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