We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Vivar and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cynthia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?

From a young age, my parents taught me the value of education, motivation and hard work. My father was a janitor, and my mother cleaned houses for a living. Growing up, my mother used to take me with her to clean the most gorgeous homes around Culver City, Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades. I owe my love of home design to all those homes that I visited as a child and helped clean with her during my summers and weekends. It is through this experience with her that I developed my love of home fixtures, home architecture, and interior decorating.  

In their native country of El Salvador, my parents did not have the opportunity to obtain a formal education, and so they taught me that Education would open doors to a bright future for me. It is because of my exposure to their hard work, grit, strong faith, and maintenance of beautiful properties that I owe my love of Real Estate and Education to them. My 3 children (all boys!) are what motivate me in everything that I do.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a Venice native who has worked and lived across Los Angeles, I thrive on empowering my clients to be knowledgeable of the communities they are seeking to buy property in. I educate my clients on all aspects of the Home-Buying and Home-Selling process, and inspire them when they feel like giving up. Many people think that it is virtually impossible to buy a home in Los Angeles, and I teach them otherwise. It is my firm belief that property ownership and home maintenance is one of the best ways to improve our communities. I empower my clients by equipping them with the winning mindset and tools that are necessary to own or sell a home Southern California. Many millennials feel that they have been “priced out” of certain areas of Los Angeles, and being born and raised in Venice, I have experienced and seen this firsthand. However, it IS possible to buy a home in this city full if possibilities. As a School Counselor, I am motivated by fostering the next generation of adults to not only be successful academically and pursue a 4-year college degree, but most importantly to also be respectful and conscientious human beings. I believe in having high expectations for my students and in holding them to a high academic standard. I pride myself on being culturally-competent, and I thrive on the diversity of the students and families that I work with. I am passionate about leveling the playing field in both Education and Real Estate, as well as eliminating the Achievement Gap.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles has no shortage of delicious food and entertaining places to visit. The Sunday Brunch at Pez Cantina in DTLA or El Torito in Santa Monica are hands-down my favorite (maybe because I used to work there in high school?). A stroll across the Santa Monica Pier, and a walk from there to Venice Beach gets the heart pumping while enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. I love Salsa music, so an evening salsa dancing at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills or El Floridita in Hollywood definitely has to be on the calendar! As a family, we like to drive up north to Santa Barbara (my husband and I are 2 UCSB alumni, after all!) or down south to San Diego. Shopping at the Westfield Culver City (which will forever be the “Fox Hills Mall” in my eyes), the 3rd Street Promenade, the Century City Mall the Village Topanga, or the Camarillo Outlets (and gosh how I miss the Westside Pavilion!) makes for an enjoyable shopping experience. Kenneth Hahn Park in Baldwin Hills and Anthony C. Beilenson Park in Lake Balboa are two personal favorites for relaxation and a day of serenity. As a fan of interior décor, my home must always have freshly cut flowers- and a morning stop at the Flower District will always deliver the best and brightest flowers and plants. If you are in Mid-City or South Los Angeles, make sure to stop by any Salvadoran restaurant for some Pupusas de Queso con Loroco or Pupusas Revueltas!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In high school, I was encouraged every step of the way by my School Counselor. She saw my academic potential, and she encouraged me to pursue a 4-year university after high school. I pursued graduate school, and eventually started working at my alma mater thanks to the connection that I maintained with my own high school counselor. She recommended me for the position, and I was lucky enough to replace her when she retired. She continues to mentor me to this day, and continues to volunteer at our school. 

When my husband and I decided that it was time to buy a home, our lender referred us to our Real Estate Agent, and we could not have been luckier. She educated us in everything regarding the process of buying a home. She was our mentor, our sage, and our biggest cheerleader when both my husband and I felt like giving up after losing to bidding wars. In our process of finding our home, she was quick to recognize my love of Real Estate, and she encouraged me to obtain my real estate license. She directed me to a school where I could complete the coursework necessary to obtain my state licensing and even connected me with someone at the school. She was the first person I called when I finished my required coursework, and the first person I contacted when I passed my exam. I truly have been guided by shining stars throughout my lifetime, and I seek to encapsulate this Giving energy and transfer it to others. It is all about giving back and seeking to improve life for those who come after us.

Website: www.cynthiavivarrealtor.com

Instagram: @cynthiavivar_realtor

Twitter: @VivarRealtor

Facebook: @VivarRealEstate

Yelp: Cynthia Vivar, MA, PPS

Youtube: @VivarRealtor

Other: cynthia.vivar@kw.com

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