Taiwan native adapts to Toledo marketWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Realtor Litza Lee will soon close on her first sale in Ohio.
The native of Taiwan said she has wanted to be a Realtor since she moved to the United States in February 1993.
But it took a while.
”At age 22, I really wanted to get into real estate, but at the time I spoke very little English,” she said, adding she speaks Taiwanese and Mandarin.
She took a job at Meijer on Alexis Road, then moved to Columbus in 1995 for a promotion. In 1996, the company transferred her back to Michigan in 1996 as a manager in the Southgate store.
While she worked, she attended classes at Monroe Community College and worked herself through books to learn English.
”I would go to the library and get a book on tape and the book [in print],” she said, adding she also made recordings of herself speaking English phrases to critique and correct her pronunciation. ”I tried to push myself to read a book. I tried to push myself to read one a month.”
The work paid off when she acquired her real estate license in Michigan three years ago, but she didn’t stop there. In May 2005, she earned an Ohio license. She joined Welles Bowen Realtors in November.
”I believe I’ve always been good at sales,” she said.
She said her inspirations and sources of natural salesmanship are her grandmother, who died in 1993, and her mother.
For 60 years, her grandmother would walk three miles a day to sell groceries. Her mother, who also sold groceries, always repays kindness and generosity, she said.
”I always look up to [my grandmother],” she said. ”She is a very strong person inside and out.”
She said her family is proud her accomplishments, and joked that the distance between her and her family has earned her a ”VIP status when I go home.”
She said those familial lessons and
her positive personality translate into
her work. She said it is tough building a real estate career, but learns from each experience.
She also found inspiration in Welles Bowen broker Kevin Smith, who first met her while she was still working in Michigan.
”When you meet her, you know the type of energy she has and the type of excitement she has for her profession and anything she gets involved in, whether it be business or community, music or cultural,” Smith said. ”She’s a person that gets totally involved. And that’s why I think she’ll do well with whatever she’s involved in.”
He said she’s also determined.
”That’s how she tackles everything,” Smith said. ”Real estate, learning languages, experiencing life.”
Lee said she works hard at everything.
”I like to devote my time to a client,” she said. ”I wish I could give the whole world to them to buy or sell a house.”
She said she likes to work with first-time home buyers.
”I like to [find] the connection of linking of what their emotions are and what they need in service,” she said, adding she finds fun in her job. ”You need to make your client feel important and you need to joke around sometimes.”
She said she uses some of those same emotion-connecting skills in her work as a committee chair for the Chinese Association of Greater Toledo.
”I like to be there for the newer people that come into the United States,” she said.
In both real estate and her CAGT work, it’s all about making people feel at home, she said.
”I just like to help people because by helping people they are satisfied and they are happy,” she said.