This month we recognize Kelly Cantu as our rising star. A self-proclaimed “feisty small town girl at heart”, Kelly is a native Texan. Raised in the small town of Kaufman before coming to San Antonio, she has the small town southern charm from her upbringing and the go get ‘em attitude she has acquired from living in the city over the past year. This attitude has helped launch her to high rankings within the KW organization, landing her on a list of the top 5 new agents within the brokerage after only eight months in the industry. With a volume of 20 units written and nearly $1.5 million in home sales, we think it is safe to say that she is a star that is quickly rising in the San Antonio real estate community.
Q1: What did you do before real estate?
I was a public school teacher for 14 years. I taught both Kindergarten and 2nd grade. I loved teaching, but was ready to try something new. I have so many great memories of those years. I miss the teachers I worked with and the kids who brought laughter to my life on a daily basis. It is one the hardest jobs out there, but there is so much about it that I am eternally grateful for.
Q2: How did you choose KW?
I did my research and knew I wanted to work with KW. There is no brokerage that offers as much training for its associates. I knew, as a former teacher, that being well educated in the business is a must! It is easy to get your license, but not at all easy to practice Real Estate. I feel so supported here and I know I made the best decision for me. There could not be a more fun place to work!
Q3: What has been your biggest challenge so far?
The biggest challenge has been finding a balance between work, play, and family. There are no "hours" in Real Estate. I tell everyone this is a "lifestyle" instead of career. It is important to try to shut down for a little while and get your mind off work.
Q4: What has been your biggest reward so far?
I LOVE helping people make their life better. I love helping people move on to their next chapter in their lives. Buying and selling a home is one of the most important things people do in their lifetime. I am honored to be a part of it.
Q5: What has been the biggest benefactor in your success?
I would have to say my family. My husband was very supportive of my move into Real Estate. It is a big deal to go to your significant other and say, "Hey, I am thinking I am going to make a total career change and I have no idea if I will actually be successful, but I think I may be good at it". Your spouse has to be willing to carry you through the beginning stages and believe you can do it. My family believed I could do this even when I was totally unsure. I will never forget that!
Q6: Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in my faith and in my family. I look to both for support when I am feeling really defeated. I often say, "leave it to the Lord" in times of trouble. If things are not going my way, I try to remember God knows the plan better than me. I also remember that I won't be supported spiritually if I am not doing things for the right reasons.
Q7: What is your favorite thing about San Antonio?
Food, food, and more food! I can not believe how much great food they have here. I lived in a very small town with nothing but a McDonald's and local Wings restaurant. It was a HUGE change to have all this great food readily available. Needless to say, I had to up my workout routine.
Q8: Name one thing we might not know about you.
I am actually a pretty shy person. I was concerned about not being successful because all the agents I know are so outgoing. I am a real homebody and shy in groups. It takes a lot of effort to push myself to be more outgoing.
Q9: What is your favorite restaurant?
The impossible question. I would have to say if I had my choice of restaurants it would be Luby's. I just love their home cooked food and pies. I would say my favorite "date night" restaurant would be The Canyon Cafe. I was most excited about Freddy's Fast Food when I moved here. I LOVE their custard ice cream.
Q10: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have no clue where I will be in 10 years. I have been wrong every time I have been asked this throughout my life. I would LOVE to think I was living in my beach house in the Florida Keys, but only the Lord knows what is planned for my future. I know it will be unexpected and an adventure no matter where I end up!