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Meet Trailblazer Sara Nguyen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Nguyen.

Sara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since I was a child, all I wanted to do was be the president of a bank. As a kid, I even had my own bank. I worked to put myself through college and graduated with honors, with a degree in finance and management. After college, I worked in investment banking and broke through the glass ceiling. I finally had my dream job in downtown Houston, on the top floor.

Then one evening I was leaving my office around 10:30 p.m. While waiting on the bus to go home from work, with my infant baby and husband waiting for me at home, a homeless man walked over to me and it was like he looked right through me, and he asked what I was doing. I said, ‘waiting on the bus.’ He said, ‘no, what are you doing?’ He pointed to the top floor of my building, which how could he have known what floor I worked on, and he said I was not doing what I was called to do. I thought about this long and hard, I talked with a friend, a mentor who I had known for a long time, and he just happened to be in real estate investment.

This felt right to me. Somehow, real estate was to be my journey; it was just right. So, three or four months later, after considerable thought, I turned in my resignation, obtained my real estate licenses and never looked back. I totally and completely love what I do now!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Since obtaining my license in 2004, I have continued to be an award-winning Realtor and a Top Producer. Of course, there is an inevitable struggle maintaining a balance between a career, clients, being a wife and now mother of two teenagers. At the end of the day, I sincerely love people and love working in real estate. This career has turned into service of giving and not just being a job. The great thing about real estate is there is no ceiling put on the career, earnings potential or opportunities. The sky is the limit if you are willing to put in the work and continue to stay on top of learning.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
A Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene and one of the real estate’s top producers in the area, I also am promoting Fort Bend and the Houston Metroplex on television. I am one of the local Realtors on the national television show, The American Dream-Houston series. On this program, I take viewers on adventures throughout the Houston Metroplex, highlighting all the area has to offer, such as homes, restaurants, and activities families in the area enjoy.

Last year, 2019, was a banner year for me, due to so many referrals from past clients and repeat clients, which hopefully speaks volumes to my services and client satisfaction. In fact, I was humbled with being named the number 1 producing solo agent in the Houston Metroplex for BHGRE Gary Greene, which is a great honor, as this real estate firm has so many top-notch, excellent Realtors. I feel I am known for giving my clients exceptional personal attention and care throughout the entire process.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I find the biggest challenge, particularly for females, is balance. I grew up in Rockport, TX a very small town and came to Houston for college. I graduated from the University of Houston with a double major in business with a focus on finance and management and have always been career-driven. That shifted a bit after I had my first daughter. I feel that it is tough to balance being a successful independent business owner, wife, mother and community servant. In addition to my successful real estate career, I volunteer with many organizations, such as with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, a woman’s shelter, our family church and several school organizations. The balance is tough, but I think each facet is critical for my long term goals and determinations I see for myself in life. Striving to achieve and be better is always a must!

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