The Why In Realty

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Mary Beth Burgstahler


My father is a Real Estate Attorney in Los Angeles and I grew up in the industry. His father and my grandfather, a child of Sicilian Immigrants, moved to California after the war with nothing and began buying up properties. Today his efforts are known as Mistretta Family Properties and is overseen by my father. It was this legacy, and the urging of many of my family members telling me I would be incredible at this, that initially planted the seed. But I already had a job that paid the bills, and I was "comfortable." Then, in 2016, my sister began a 2.5-year battle with cancer at the tender age of 37, which she eventually lost on Dec. 30th, 2018. It was during the years of her fight that I really began to evaluate my life. I watched my sister embrace life, doing all the things she could do while she could still do them. So, I took a leap of faith, quit my job, and got my license in May 2018. What a beautiful way to carry on a family legacy!

Each transaction has been a blessing. This is a career where you can TRULY help people. Each person who buys or sells has a different story, a different why. I have gained some life-long friends in each transaction because I go into each one not caring about commission but caring about the client. I want to learn about their needs, because if I don't understand their "why," I cannot serve them to the best of my ability.