Native San Antonio resident Gina Candelario's love of beautiful homes began when she first discovered her hidden passion for architecture, from vintage Victorian classics to midcentury modern to stark contemporary. The UTSA graduate (with a BBA in marketing) was able to turn her passion for refined properties into a successful career as one of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty's top agents, relying on her keen eye for detail and unique client approach.
She has been a winner of the prestigious Platinum Top 50 award for seven consecutive years, and a winner of the Centurion Award twice. Candelario is recognized as No. 7 in the San Antonio Business Journal's list of top Realtors in Luxury for 2018, out of more than 10,000 agents in the city. She has received the Five Star Professional Award and has held a position in the top 10 of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty agents for multiple years. Currently, Gina is No. 1 in residential sales in the Alamo Heights office.
Gina is active with the San Antonio Board of Realtors and is currently a serving member of the Realtor Image Committee and has recently served on the Realtor Builder Committee and the MLS Committee. As a dedicated professional, Candelario stays current on the latest real estate trends through courses and seminars, and to date has earned the designations of Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, Accredited Seller Representative, and Certified Home Marketing Specialist.
She is also a member of the Oak Park Association, The Monte Vista Association, The Tobin Hill Association, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, McNay Museum, The San Antonio Botanical Gardens, The San Antonio Conservation Society, Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce, and the Friends of the Zoo.
Candelario joined forces with her husband, Kuper Sotheby's associate broker Michael T. Berger, and together they are able to offer an ideal combination of discriminating taste with proven business acumen.
We chatted with Candelario to find out more about her work and what drives her.
CultureMap: What inspires you to do what you do?
Gina Candelario: In real estate, my number one passion is coupling buyers to homes. I love figuring out the history of properties and finding people whose personalities match them. I especially love watching the eyes of people as they fall in love with their new home.
CM: What's one piece of advice you'd give to people looking for their dream home?
GC: Listen to their heart and be patient. Hundreds of times, buyers have sat down and told me about their future dream home, only to find that the property they select generally does not match their original description. This isn't because buyers don't know what they want, but properties have souls and they speak to individual buyers in different ways.
CM: And advice to those who are selling?
GC: The No. 1 advice for sellers is to understand your own personal goals. Some sellers have financial goals, meaning they want to achieve a certain price point, while some sellers have time goals, meaning that they are looking to achieve a sale within a certain timeframe. It is rare for a high price and a quick sale to coexist. Once the seller determines their goal, it is very important to ensure that their agent is on the same page as they are.
CM: Sum up San Antonio in three words.
GC: Better than Austin.
CM: What do you consider your "special skill"?
GC: My special skills are a genuine love for people and for homes. I have a true passion for people and making connections. I love the stories that people share and I enjoy the relationships. I also have an undying love for architecture and vintage properties. There is no better feeling than coupling a great family to a beautiful home.
CM: Finish the sentence: "It's a good day when..."
GC: For me, every day is a great day. I couldn't imagine a lifestyle where I wasn't allowed to wake up and do the job that I love doing. Real estate is a seven-day-a-week job, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the families that I have met throughout my career. Mind you, not every day is perfect, but I wouldn't change a thing because my career is everything I want it to be.
See Gina Candelario's latest listings here, or contact her at 210-744-8265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.