Meet Jennifer Martinez, Real Estate Agent, SkyRise Real Estate Group, Silicon Valley
Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?
JM: I obtained my Real Estate License in 2009, however, I started working alongside my husband for our company, Skyrise Real Estate Group, in 2012.
Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?
JM: I am the Vice President and CMO for Skyrise Real Estate Group. I hold my Real Estate License, and I am also licensed in Life & Health.
Q: What percentage of your clients are buyers vs. sellers?
JM: In 2017 we closed an equal ratio of 50% buyers to 50% sellers.
Q: Do you think people buying in Real Estate look at their home purchase more as an investment?
JM: I believe here in the Silicon Valley with fast-paced equity growth people have a tendency to think of their home as an investment. We always tell our buyers, unless you are an investor, don’t think of your home as an investment. Think of it as your home. You will live here, raise your children here, if you happen to make equity, GREAT!! However fast equity is not the ONLY reason you should purchase a home.
Q: If you had to make one prediction of where the Silicon Valley Real Estate market will be in 2020 … what would it be?
JM: I’d like to start this question by saying no one has a crystal ball. There will always be slight corrections in the market. Overall throughout history Real Estate has proven to increase in value over time. I don’t see 2020 as being any different. There are many positive changes arising in the Silicon Valley, and I believe that will continue to flourish the Silicon Valley housing market.
Q: What has been your most satisfying moment while in the Real Estate business?
JM: Everytime we hand the keys over to a first‐time home buyer it is gratifying. I believe owning a home is, and will always be the American Dream . I would have to say the most satisfying moment for me personally was the day I got to hand over the keys to my baby brother Michael. Michael is a firefighter for the City of San Jose, and he happens to be my hero. The day I handed him the keys to his first condo, I’d like to think that day I was his hero.
Q: If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why?
JM: Knowing American Sign Language, I would love the opportunity to speak with Helen Keller. Her story goes to show there is not an obstacle too large to overcome. In my eyes she is the epitome of determination, & perseverance. Through her inspirational writing she showed the world just how powerful the mind truly is.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
JM: My absolute favorite movie is “Gone With the Wind.” I grew up watching it with my mother as a child. Funnily enough there is a line in the movie where Mr. O’Hara is telling Scarlet, ‘ Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts.’ And selling land ended up becoming my destiny.
Q: What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
JM: My grandmother always told me in Spanish, “No escupe para arriba, porque caera en su cara.” Which basically means don’t spit up, because it will land on your face. In English we use the phrase “What goes around comes around.” I always live my life by that. I don’t do things to others that I wouldn’t want done to me.
Q: What do you like the most about living in the Bay Area?
JM: I was born and raised in the Bay Area. My family has been here for 4 generations. It’s amazing to hear the stories of what the Bay Area, particularly San Jose, used to be. I love seeing the economical transformation and what the Bay Area has become. I feel extremely fortunate that out of anywhere in the world I could be living, I am living right here in the center of the technological universe. So much innovation, growth, and opportunity surrounds us here in the Bay Area, and I am simply in awe that I get to be a part of that.
SkyRise Real Estate Group, Silicon Valley