Cynthia Leal Chiang, REALTOR®, Associate

Hello! My name is Cynthia, and though Calgary is my current home, I originally come from a place that is the polar opposite of everything this fine city is known for.

My upbringing in balmy, sun-drenched Ecuador, where snow was not a word in my vocabulary, was filled with every sport imaginable. Growing up, my specialty was track and field, and I was particularly good at the long jump; our enviable climate made it possible for me to participate in these sports year-round. I am extremely close with my family, and thanks to modern technology (Facetime), I'm still able to connect with them even now, every day and see how they're fairing, thousands of miles away.

I attended an American High School in Ecuador, which really opened my eyes to the world outside the tropical paradise I'd grown up in. About 80% of the teachers at my school were American; in listening to their stories, I realized how different life was there and in other places in the world. In University, I really loved and excelled at Economics, and given that this is a Global subject, my mind would wander; I'd constantly think about the significant differences between poor and prosperous nations. After a few years, my curiosity became more than just theoretical, and I was interested in seeing and learning about these differences first-hand.

The school I was attending in Ecuador had different exchange programs with schools all over the world. Not knowing where to go, I turned to the Dean of the School of Economics for advice; after all, he'd gotten his MBA from a school in Spain and had also been to the United States for school, so I trusted his worldly Academic perspective. We sat down to discuss my options, and his advice was very practical; he told me, "Cynthia, you are a very smart person, you know that if you move to a school in a party city like Miami or New Orleans, all you are going to do is party and you are not going to take your education seriously. If I were you, I would seriously consider going to a good school in a calm and quiet city where you will focus on your education and have a good life. Take a look at the University of Alberta, it is an excellent school, Canada is a beautiful Country, and you've always been curious about developed nations anyways, so consider it".

Since you know the outcome of this story already, I obviously didn't just consider his advice, but I acted upon it shortly thereafter. I arrived in Canada in late August of 2006. I transferred to the U of A to complete my Bachelors Degree, and to my surprise, it was an unseasonably warm September. I hadn't accounted for this and had only packed sweaters, gloves, scarves. Even when October rolled around, everyone thought it was hilarious that I dressed for warm fall weather with layers of gloves, scarves, multiple sweaters and a thick winter jacket. Growing up, a "cold" day in the city of Guayaquil was plus 22 degrees. When Winter really hit us in mid-February, and the temperatures fell to a ghastly -50, I curled up in my University dorm room, wearing every single piece of clothing I owned, all at once, and questioned my sanity for choosing to move to such a cold place. When the cold snap was over and feeling returned to my fingers, toes and face, I realized that there were actually a lot of benefits to living here...even in the Winter. I love Skiing, and Banff was just a few hours away by car; having world-class skiing conditions that close was definitely something I took advantage of as often as possible. Also, given my love and knowledge of good food, Calgary offers an endless array of good restaurants to explore.

Shortly after graduating University, I debated between returning home to Ecuador and putting down roots in Canada. I ended up getting a very promising job at a Bank here, where I was a 'High-Value Clients Senior Investment Representative,' which in some ways was a natural step for me to take, given my strength for 'numbers.' I realized after about 2 years, however, that despite the fact that I was good at my job, I was not happy. Working in this very structured, rigid environment didn't leave much flexibility - in any regard. I started to take notice of my friends and which ones were actually happy with their career choices and why. My friend Nathan who worked for Liv Real Estate always seemed to be happy with his job, yet he had the time and means to enjoy life outside of work. Over dinner one night, I picked his brain further and realized that perhaps Real Estate might be the right fit for me also.

Joining Liv and deciding to pursue Real Estate 150% was the perfect marriage and balance I was searching for in my life. It capitalized on my ability to set my own goals, meet new people and help others in a real and tangible way; it's the best decision, professionally, that I've ever made. I'm extremely happy with where my life is now, and I know that this reflects in my relationships and the satisfying results that I'm able to achieve for my clients.

How I Liv

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would travel to each country in the world and eat the typical/traditional food. Also, I would buy an island.

What did you get into trouble for the most as a child?

I never got into trouble. I was a good kid. Seriously.

What's your favourite restaurant in Edmonton?

Bodega, Rge Rd, Viphalay and Duchess.

What's your dream vacation? OR What's the best vacation you've ever taken?

I'd like to ski the Alps – once I get good enough ?? Or go to one of those secluded islands where nobody lives.

What's your favourite quote?

Adapt or die.

If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do?

I would go to Ecuador and eat Ecuadorian crabs until I died.

If you had a 25 hour day, while everyone else only had 24, what would you do with the extra time?

Sell more houses.. or read more books ??

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Cynthia was referred to us by our previous liv real estate agent that helped us find our first property. Cynthia was patient throughout the process, and paid close attention to our needs and wants. More importantly, she was very transparent and she kept us informed at every stage of the deal. Whe... Read More

~ Rashed & Kaila Toukan (Buyer) 5 months ago

From the very beginning, Cynthia was professional, friendly, personable, honest, smart, knowledgeable, outstanding negotiation, punctual, cared about what I was actually looking for and went above and beyond for her clients. I felt so at ease all of the time because Cynthia knew exactly what ques... Read More

~ Courtney - Calgary (Buyer) 7 months ago

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