Michelle Vega always knew she had it in her to create real success, and she wasn’t afraid to work for it. She knew that anyone who truly succeeds at anything had put hours of work and immeasurable effort into their journey, and she didn’t expect her path to success to be any different. Even at the young age of 13, she had already begun steps toward her goal by helping her grandmother manage her own flower shop in the heart of New Jersey. In a short time, she was adjusted to working in a fast-paced, busy environment, and was ready to move forward. During high school, she wasn’t content to simply learn and graduate, she also took on two, part-time jobs while continuing her classes. This real-world experience fueled Michelle’s drive, and, by the time she finished school, she had already devised a plan for a life as a salesperson. At 18, she set her sights on bigger and better things in North Carolina and packed her bags. Unfortunately, though Michelle was driven, qualified, and willing to learn, she found that employers were hesitant to hire someone of her age. At one point, during an interview for a job in car sales, she remembers being told that they didn’t think “an 18-year-old girl” was going to be able to help clients buy a car and make such a large financial decision.
Michelle refused to be discouraged. She’d already known that success wasn’t something that would fall into her lap, it was something she was going to have to create. She pushed on. Thanks to her consistency and perseverance, she landed a job working in a collection agency, and, by age 21, was in a management position. After giving the company the best sales numbers they’d seen in years, though, she was denied the opportunity to take on a larger role with more responsibilities because of – once again – her age. At this time, Michelle realized the only way to get past this recurring roadblock was to be self-employed. She had a strong desire to achieve more and knew that her potential would never be realized until she stopped giving others control of her success. She decided to take the reins herself and dove into real estate.
After receiving her license, Michelle immediately began working at it the same way she’d worked at everything else she’d put her mind to: with complete dedication. She honed her skills, and it didn’t take her long to realize there was more than one way to succeed in real estate. Aside from providing exceptional customer service, she also saw the opportunities available in real estate investments. She didn’t understand why many real estate agents weren’t putting their money into rental and investment properties, as she could see the potential for financial and educational growth in these as well. Although the journey hadn’t been easy, and there was still plenty more of it to come, Michelle Vega began to reap the rewards of her labor quite quickly. It wasn’t long before Michelle Vega could say for sure that she had found the success she’d been chasing.
But that wasn’t good enough for Michelle. She wasn’t satisfied with creating success only for herself, she wanted to show others how they could create it. She shifted her focus to the underrepresented groups of people who many other Realtors would steer clear of because of the extra work involved. Low-income families, young, first-time home-buyers with low credit, families still struggling with immigration status…Michelle had a goal to help as many of them as she could, not only to buy their own houses but also to learn how to invest in the real estate market as she had learned to do. Her goal was no longer to further her own success but to help these struggling families create success in their own lives.
Fast forward six years to 2021, and one can clearly see that the focus on helping other people rather than working for personal gain is the key to true success. Michelle Vega has built a team of fifteen (consisting mainly of young and underrepresented demographics), and they are the top team in their firm, with Michelle herself being the top team leader for 2020. But the real measure of success is the number of lives changed thanks to the work of these dedicated individuals. With 230 homes sold in 2020 alone, Michelle’s team pushed past that by selling over 300 homes part way through 2021, 90% of these being first-time home-buyers and those going through the process of immigration. Everyone on Michelle Vega’s team is also an investor in their own rental and construction properties, and this gives them the experience and knowledge necessary to go above and beyond expectations when assisting their clients.
Although it is safe to say that Michelle Vega has hit her goal of creating success in her life, her clients’ lives, and the lives of many on her team, she has no plans to slow down. Michelle and her team are determined to help as many clients get ahead as possible, as well as move every member of the team into leadership positions.