“You simply cannot be anonymous here. You want to be conscious of other people.”
That quote seems to be the secret sauce to Jackie’s accomplishments in the community.
Jackie Suarez relocated from North Carolina with her husband of 30 years, Carlos (aka Uncle Cha Cha), to North Idaho back in 1999 and shortly after entered the real estate arena as a full-time agent.
It should be noted that prior to launching into real estate, Jackie had a solid background that provides a great foundation for her profession. In the late 1980s, Jackie worked as a paralegal for an attorney whose practice involved title searches and real estate closings. Then, in the early 1990s, she was recruited to manage a title company. Solid credentials, right? Well, there’s more.
As a young girl, and one of six children, Jackie and her family moved every several years; something precipitated by her father’s career. “Can you imagine moving six kids every two to three years? Those life experiences give me an understanding of what the client may be experiencing.”
Although real estate market conditions seem to be favorable today, I asked Jackie about her experience during the recession. As she tried to refrain from being emotional, the response was gracious. “Those are some of the most grateful clients [and] the most meaningful work I have ever had.” It was an era of her career where she learned the most in a short period of time. Becoming certified in Short Sales was paramount as “the moment called for it.” Her
days as a paralegal and title officer helped as the attention to detail was critical as clients relied on the expertise.
Jackie continued with her career and obtained her Brokers License; although she finds herself perfectly content with being an Associate Broker at Century 21 RiverStone. Additionally, her practice is complemented by her business partner, Ron Hanson, a life-long North Idaho resident. “He has so much knowledge pertaining to this area,” said Jackie. The duo is becoming legendary.
When I asked Jackie what she does for fun, there was a moment of hesitation as her work lately pushes the hourly spectrum. But she then reminds herself how much she likes to run the beautiful trails throughout Sandpoint. Gardening and reading are a must. Most important is time to connect with family. Also, “Guarding Sundays, that one day, is so important,” as she carves out time for reflection on what’s most important— God, family and relationships.
For the future, she laid out visions of working with Carlos on their farm, connecting with the land and growing their own food to assist with a healthy lifestyle.
Sandpoint, this is a professional full of gratitude and grace! Dedication, experiences, an eye for detail, family focused … Jackie Suarez, your talent has been uncovered.