Every month, we’d like to take the time to highlight one of our phenomenal brokers with a profile into their life — their hobbies, their interests, and what is important to them in and outside of Real Estate. This month, we sat down with the wonderful Erika Barela.
Thank you for sitting down with me today, Erika. Let’s start off with something easy. What’s your favorite band or musician?
“I don’t have a favorite band or artist but I absolutely love music and concerts! I enjoy most genres of music and almost always have music playing.”
So, what drew you to real estate?
“I had an interest in and love for real estate from a very young age. I loved going to open houses and looking at model homes. I loved the different architecture and styles. I was in my teenage years when I watched a movie that starred an elegant, successful Realtor. I said, “that’s it, that’s what I want to do.”
What are you most grateful for in life?
“I am so grateful for my faith and my relationship with Jesus. If I didn’t have God, I’d have nothing.”
Who is the person who means the most to you in life?
“My family, they’re a package deal. I have THE greatest family.”
What are some of your hobbies?
“I love the outdoors especially the mountains. I enjoy hiking and exploring new trails. Mountain biking and road cycling are also one of my favorite pastimes. New Mexico is so beautiful and I try to take advantage of all it has to offer. I love road trips through different parts of the country and take as many as I can. If I can’t be outside, I enjoy home decorating. I am also a sports enthusiast and spend a lot of time at sporting events especially Lobo Football since both of my children go to UNM and my son is part of the team. I feel like I’ve lived on bleachers for almost the past two decades, but we couldn’t be prouder! “
How do you relax from a long day?
“I usually do my relaxing in the morning. I am not much of a morning person and it takes me a while to get going. I tend to have a couple of cups of coffee as I reflect on the previous day. I’ll check emails and new listings etc. but I’m not really productive until mid-morning unless I have an appointment or meeting. I’m a night owl and usually end up working late into the night.”