Inspiring Young Latina: Yeidy Angelucci
04/16/2012 - 13:22 ||
Real estate agent and entrepreneur, Yeidy Angelucci, is a force to be reckoned with. The Puerto Rican mother and business owner jumpstarted her own Rapid Realty franchise in Brooklyn, NY last year, and is celebrating continued success and it's no wonder why. The 31-year-old is one of the best closing agents in the history of the company - with a record of over 90 deals in a month!
We got to chat with Angelucci about how she worked her way to the top and what she does to give back to her community. Learn more about her inspirational story below.
How did you get your start in the world of real estate?
I was supposed to start off as a sales person, which is basically a showing-agent, but I kind of felt like that that wasn’t for me. Eventually I was asked to complete paperwork for a closing with an assistant broker at the time. I got to learn how to do that and I got trained in like 45 minutes and then I became the number one closing agent within the company. I closed like 97 deals in one month. I want to break my own record but I haven’t yet.
Congrats on setting that record! How did you accomplish that? What were your day-to-day goals?
My motto is ‘why can’t I do it?’ I really love what I do. At that time, I was working around 13 to 14 hours at a time. When I worked I’d go until like 2 o’clock in the morning and the hardest part was getting up the next day and having to do it all over again because I’d have to be in the office at 10am. I would meet with new clients non-stop. I know it sounds really silly, but the fact that I could help someone have his or her next home, or apartment in this case, it’s awesome.
What kind of challenges have you faced throughout this entire process as a businesswoman?
I quit actually in 2007 and then I came back in 2010, had a baby, and I actually had a stroke when I had my son. I was 28 and I had a stroke and they told me I couldn’t work, I couldn’t drive my car, I’m very independent and I couldn’t do anything for a whole year. The doctors would say, ‘you have to take it easy, no stress,’ but I just couldn’t sit around and do nothing! So last year I opened up my first Rapid Realty branch in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and we recently had an anniversary party celebrating its success. I felt my agents deserved it. It’s been a long journey, but I’m stronger now because of it.
As a female, what kind of advice would you give to other women who want to break into a male dominated career like yours?
I think we as women are strong, we can do anything we want. I feel like even though there are males in real estate, women do much, much better in the industry. One of our top performers is a mother of two and she does amazing. My advice to anyone who wants to get into it is it is hard. It’s not like you have a big salary you can depend on at first, but it’s something that makes you want more.
How do you give back to your community?
Right now I’m associated with the American Cancer Society. We’re actually coming up with an event hopefully for May 2 and we’re going to raise money for them. I’m also a Jehova’s Witness so we strongly believe in servicing our community. I have to juggle that as well, which means that I’m in the community preaching and doing bible studies. So it’s worthwhile, at least for me because I see my work and my efforts making a difference.
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