From banker to real estate agent, Gomez is ‘stoked’ about change
Why would anyone with a successful 37-year career as a banker want to leave that to enter the field of real estate sales, particularly in this economy?
“I wanted to do something for myself,” said Andy Gomez, the newest agent at Century 21 Champions Inc. in Los Lunas. “After 37 years in a bank, I just wanted a change.”
A first foray into real estate wasn’t a spur of the moment decision for Gomez, who’d had plenty of experience in the financing end.
“I’d been thinking about it for five years,” he said, “and I’d been talking to (Century 21 Champions partner) Joe Gonzales for about three years. He told me to come see him whenever I was ready to make the move.”
Gomez said he knew the history of Gonzales and his partner, Nancy Montoya, most of the 13 years he’s been in Valencia County.
“That made it all the easier to make the decision,” he said.
He said completing the accelerated course work he took to get his license was the hardest thing he’s ever done, “but I’m proud of the fact I passed the state and national exams on the first try.”
Gomez said a lot of his friends questioned why he was getting into real estate at a time many think is terrible for the field.
“Actually,” he said, “I think this is one of the better times to get into real estate. At the time I was getting my license, about 1,500 agents decided to not renew theirs and move on to something different. That means less competition.
“And it was certainly the best time for me.”
The success he’s had since getting his license May 19 would tend to support that.
“I’ve already closed one residential property and have two residential listings,” he said. “I also have two commercial listings, one of which is scheduled to close shortly, and another commercial listing pending.
“Things are coming in faster than I, and perhaps others, expected.”
Gomez said he has “no problem putting in the effort it takes to be successful,” including walking neighborhoods handing out his card, and said the career change has invigorated him.
“I’m probably as excited and motivated today as I was at the peak of my career in banking,” he said. “I am stoked. I wake up every day excited about what I’m doing. I get a kick out of showing houses.”
Gomez said he is “committed to the community,” whether it’s helping with real estate needs, or in community service.
He is the president-elect and current treasurer for the Valencia County Chamber of Commerce, his second stint on the board, and is on the boards for Partners in Education, Namaste, and the Valencia County Shelter for Domestic Abuse.
Asked about the availability of home financing in this economy, Gomez said, “There’s plenty of money out there. The difference today is that people have to qualify up front and they have to qualify right. The processing and approval of loans today is the way they should have been five years ago.”
Gomez said he’s willing and eager to help anyone with their real estate needs.
“I welcome the opportunity to help everyone,” he said, “buyer or seller, residential or commercial, industrial or farmland.”
Gomez can be reached at 865-3381. Century 21 Champions Inc. is located off N.M. 6 west of I-25, next to the Kick’s 66 in Los Lunas.
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