My career in Real Estate has brought a perfect balance to my life - I love to 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.
Getting here was a long journey, starting with my upbringing in balmy, sun-drenched Ecuador. I attended an American High School, which opened my eyes to the world outside the tropical paradise I’d grown up in. In University I wanted to explore and decided to go on an exchange. I turned to the Dean of the School of Economics for advice; he told me “Cynthia, you are a very smart person, you know that if you go to school in a party city like Miami or New Orleans all you are going to do is party. If I were you, I would seriously consider going to a good school in a calm and quiet city where you are going to focus on your education and have a good life. Take a look at the University of Alberta, it's a really good school, and Canada is a beautiful Country.” It’s not like partying 24/7 didn’t appeal to me, I just took myself way more seriously back then than I do now… talk about growing up lol.
I arrived in Canada in August of 2006. Everyone thought it was hilarious that I dressed for fall weather with layers of gloves, scarves, multiple sweaters and a thick winter jacket before winter had even arrived. Growing up, a “cold” day was 22 degrees celsius. When the temperatures eventually fell to a ghastly -50 a few months later, I curled-up in my dorm room, wearing every single piece of clothing that I owned, 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 and toes, 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. Summers are gorgeous and allow for plenty of time on the golf course. Also, given my love and knowledge of good food – Edmonton offers an endless array of good restaurants to explore.
Shortly after graduating I debated between returning home to Ecuador and putting down roots in Edmonton. I ended up getting a very promising job at a Bank where I was a ‘High-Value Client Senior Investment Representative.’ After two years I realized that even though I was good at my job, I was not happy. My friend Nathan who worked for Liv Real Estate always seemed to be happy, and over dinner one night I picked his brain and thought that perhaps Real Estate might be the right fit for me too.
What you do in life is just as important as who you do it with. I found I had a lot in common with Sheldon and Sara with regards to values, goals, and what’s important in life; they are definitely people that I could look up to and respect – personally and professionally. I joined the brokerage in 2011 and haven’t looked back since.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would go eat the typical/traditional food of each country in the world. 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?
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 ??
My husband and I really loved to work with Liv Real Estate, specially with Beverley Hasinoff. She was so candid, looking out for what we wanted, diligent and so helpful in helping us understand all the process as first homeowners. They really follow through and make sure everything is in place. I absolutely recommend them. This is a really professional team.‐ Gabriela Siade Read More