Barbara Salinas, Realtor
Barbara Salinas, Realtor
Home Trust International (HTI): What first compelled you to enter real estate?
Barbara Salinas, Realtor (BSR): I was friendly with an established REALTOR who was having trouble finding a qualified Assistant to help her and take over her business as she was planning to retire. We joined and the transition for both of us went very smoothly.
HTI: What inspires you and who has most influenced you?
BSR: My mentor, she was such a fair person and instilled in me that what is best for the customer is always what is best.
HTI: Please tell us about your family and your personal life.
BSR: I’ve been married for almost 23 years. I have a son currently attending University of South Florida and an adult step-son and precious grandson. My husband and I are avid exercisers. We love outdoor boot camp! This keeps us in good shape for our favorite thing… ballroom dancing.
HTI: What is the best advice you ever received?
BSR: When everyone is running, walk. When everyone is walking, run.
HTI: Is there a common thread that runs through all great homes?
BSR: I think it is quality and value and typically the quality of any product or service determines the value.
HTI: In what ways has real estate changed over the years?
BSR: Technology has made information so easily accessible, though not always accurate. Being on top of the market trends and changes has become paramount.
HTI: What is special that brings you pleasure?
BSR: Anything that makes me think of my son, I cherish.
HTI: What makes a room or home sing?
BSR: I am fond of simplicity with a splash of color to catch the eye.
HTI: Do you have a particular place you enjoy visiting?
BSR: I enjoy cruising just about anywhere.
HTI: Do you have a secret hideaway?
BSR: Fred Astaire Dance Studio – it turns into total ‘off-the-clock’ time.
HTI: Then you must enjoy music too? And books?
BSR: I love listening to all kinds of music. I enjoy dancing to swing and blues. As for books, I really enjoy a good mystery.
HTI: Do you have a favorite author?
BSR: My favorite author would be James Patterson.
HTI: So when you’re not working, you’re most likely…?
HTI: What makes a great organization?
BSR: The ability to anticipate the needs of its members or customers and provide them.
HTI: Why The Home Trust?
BSR: I think it seems like a perfect fit for the Naples market. Most clients are away for a significant amount of time and I feel that this will improve my ability to assist them in a timely manner.
HTI: Thank you for your time today. Anything else you’d like to share with us?
BSR: I consider helping people with their real estate needs a great privilege and strive to exceed their goals and expectations. As REALTORS, we all offer the same inventory, so customer service is our product.
HTI: Wonderful. Thank you.