On this episode of the Real Estate Moguls Podcast, we’re joined by Berkshire Hathaway Realtor, Alejandro Tribin,
Growing up in Colombia, Alejandro was exposed to real estate from a young age. He watched his stepfather making commercial real estate deals and often worked with him on weekends and during holiday breaks.
However, when Alejandro came to the U.S to finish college, he started working for the Colombian Consulate as the Consul General’s Chief of Staff.
“It was a great experience because it exposed me to mandatories and it was really great. Then in 2005 I had the opportunity to move to Chicago working with the Colombian government promoting investments into the country. I was working with U.S. companies or U.S. funds in the Chicago area and the Midwest, primarily that we're looking to potentially open operations there or do acquisitions.”
After spending quite a bit of time in that arena, Alejandro realized he wanted to be his own boss. Having been exposed to real estate and being intrigued by the commercial side of the business, he began to grow his business. A few years into his business, though, came the market crash.
“So I stopped for a while. I got back into promoting Colombia working with investors that were looking into it and I actually got to meet a lot of great people at some of the big equity firms here, like Equity International.”
After getting married and having kids, both he and his wife, an executive in her own right, realized someone needed to have a more flexible schedule. Thus, he found himself back in real estate but this time around, decided to start with the residential side. As he puts it, residential real estate is very similar to business consulting.
“People don't really realize that they can afford a house and they keep paying a landlord. It’s about helping them understand why, how is it viable and what does it take for them to be homeowners?”
Regardless of what position he’s been in, one thing always rings true for how Alejandro approaches clients and that is always with compassion.
Tune in to this episode of the Real Estate Moguls Podcast to hear more about Alejandro’s story and how he’s taken his skills from working with the Colombian Consulate to the Real Estate world.