Empire Realty Associates

Devone Henke
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Devone describes:
“On a daily basis, I thrive on the idea that through my service in this profession, I’m meeting new people all the time who are interested in building and shaping an entire community.”
“Jeremy is a personal friend; what attracted me to Empire is the way he maintains an environment in which everyone can work together to mentor each other in their strengths, to benefit the whole.”
Roles: MTC, Realtor
Industry Experience: Serving since 2000 in Appraisals,
since 2008 in Real Estate Sales
Coverage area: Southwest Riverside and San Diego Counties, California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Early on I was instilled with the awareness of my own limitlessness in life… which provides infinite possibilities.”

Elena Marcos
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Elena exclaims:
“After successfully endeavoring into restaurant management and franchising, my husband and I are ecstatic about getting back into the real estate industry- being able to interview clients, getting to know them, suggesting solutions, showing homes, and helping them live into their dreams.”
“Empire as a brokerage is very supportive. There’s always someone available to answer our questions on the spot. We’re always being updated on each other’s successes and playing as a team.”
Roles: MTC, Realtor, Real Estate Agent
Industry Experience: Serving since 2002 in Real Estate Sales Finance
Coverage area: All of Southern California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Training teammates through servant leadership- being ready, willing, and able, at a moment’s notice, to roll-up our sleeves and complete every task- is paramount to our own development and success in offering exceptional service, in both the restaurant and real estate industries.”

Jeremy Hakimi
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Jeremy beams:
“What I like most about the daily operations of this industry is meeting people- learning their stories, hearing about their home state or old neighborhood, discussing their ideals and how those have shaped their vision.”
“I enjoy our team. It’s an honor to work with them. They are more-than-conquerors, for real. Because of their level of expertise and standards of excellence, I’m able to focus on maintaining relationships with my own personal clientele and close colleagues, while being able to help them and their clients reach their goals. It’s a blessing and a privilege.”
Roles: HMTCIC, Founder, Realtor, Real Estate Broker and Mortgage Broker
Industry Experience: Serving since 2004 in Real Estate Sales and Finance
Coverage area: California, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Utah, and Washington for Real Estate Sales; All 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands for Loan Origination
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Moving from San Francisco to Atlanta, in the aftermath of my parents’ divorce at age 8, shaped my perspective and perseverance, proved to me my adaptability, and gave me a hunger for all things new- travel, technology, architecture, culture- everything.”

Kim Petersen
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Kim responds:
“I enjoy knowing that interacting with clients and helping them envision, plan, and hunt for the right house means having the opportunity to build relationships that last a lifetime.”
“Why Empire? I love love love our camaraderie, our people, our loyalty, and our long-term outlook.”
Roles: MTC, Regional Manager Real Estate Sales, Realtor
Industry Experience: Industry Born and Raised,
Serving over 30 years in Real Estate Sales and Finance
Coverage area: Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and the Inland Empire, California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Having founded a mortgage bank, my mother was a trailblazer who taught me to approach life with the philosophy that if someone else can do it- create gourmet meals, deliver winning presentations, train others to be empowered- so can I.”

Lori Sergent
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Lori replies:
“Overall, what I love most is that I’m able to approach client relationships like friendships, while I help them experience finding the houses of their dreams for the first time, seeing their faces light up, and hearing them say, “this feels like home.”
“At Empire, I enjoy that we’re working together as a wonderful, beneficial, interactive team, while individually maintaining the freedom to manage our own clientele the way we choose.”
Roles: MTC, Regional Manager Real Estate Sales, Realtor
Industry Experience: Serving since 2003 in Real Estate Sales
Coverage Area: Chino to Chula Vista, throughout Southwest Riverside County, specializing in Temecula, California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“I live life through faith, believing that this world is created to be a glorious place in which everyone deserves to be happy.”

Maria Rosales
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Maria replies:
“I love being able to guide families toward purchasing and protecting one of their most precious investments, while having the freedom to make my own decisions, work independently, and command my own destiny.”
“I enjoy that our team is 87% women- very powerful, confident, skilled, and knowledgeable women- willing to work beyond 9 to 5, grow, stay flexible, and contribute to the team.”
Roles: MTC, Realtor, Real Estate Sales Executive
Industry Experience: Serving since 2014 in Real Estate Sales
Coverage Area: Southern California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“I maintain a positive mindset, seeing each circumstance as an opportunity.”

Marlenne Roldan
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Marlenne explains:
“In real estate, I love being there to see people advance to that next level- whatever that is- as newlyweds, parents-to-be, re-locators, executives, or empty nesters.”
“Within Empire, I love that everyone relates so closely and gets along so well.”
Roles: MTC, Realtor, Leasing Specialist
Industry Experience: Serving since 2013 in Commercial and Residential
Real Estate Sales and Leasing
Coverage area: All of Southern California, specializing in the Inland Empire
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“What I find super-fulfilling is being a part of other people’s successes, holding their hands, literally being a steppingstone, and watching them achieve their goals.”

Mirna Escobar
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Mirna relays:
“I love working in a professional environment outside of ‘corporate America’, exploring new places, traveling for market research and showings, and meeting new people, especially by referral from colleagues.”
“I enjoy that Empire is a rewarding place to work, run by a smart broker, paying better commissions, assessing fewer fees, and offering lots of one-on-one help.”
Roles: MTC, Realtor
Industry Experience: Serving since 2005 in Real Estate Sales
Coverage area: Southern California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Remembering my journey from Honduras into this country, and getting through the process of becoming a US Citizen, is a source of pride that motivates me to accomplish everything in front of me.”

Tania Tamayo
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Tania articulates:
“I love watching the purchase process from the client’s perspective, seeing a team of professionals perform together to ensure success- starting with the initial call and moving through researching, financing, and coordinating the transaction.”
“I enjoy that while I build relationships with clients, Jeremy encourages me to learn every aspect of this business, by answering questions and even letting me shadow agents.”
Roles: MTC, Client Relations
Industry Experience: Serving since 2015 in Real Estate Client Relations
Coverage Area: All of Empire Worldwide
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Seeking to eradicate children’s suffering in Mexico and the US motivated me to be the first to graduate from high school and college in my family, in order to help develop successful businesses and pursue opportunities to serve in social work.”

Victor Velasquez
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Victor volunteers:
“I feel a moral obligation to educate each client, and consumers in general, with the RIGHT information- concerning disclosures, liabilities, and other responsibilities, while celebrating what the process means to them, so they’re equipped to make the best decision.”
“I love the small-family culture and freedom of working with Empire that allows me time to venture into different aspects of the industry, like short sale negotiating, loan modifying, flipping, investing, and more.”
Roles: Founding MTC, Real Estate Sales Executive
Industry Experience: Serving since 2002 in Real Estate Sales and Finance
Coverage Area: Orange County and the Inland Empire, California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Making the serious commitment to earn my master’s degree continues to help me in becoming a better dad and bringing more value to the community every day.”

Clara Navarrete
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Clara shares:
“I love the fact that this industry is so vast, the agenda changes daily. Each client, and every colleague, has a unique story we’re helping them write, and a new victory we’re helping them experience. Assiting my sister, Clarissa Abadilla, in expanding her transaction coordinating company, by focusing on team building and surrounding ourselves with others who work effectively and intensely, is a privilege.”
“We’re so grateful to be considered part of the Empire family while maintaining our autonomy and serving other clients. Facilitating the purchasing process for the MTCs at Empire has been a great way to re-acclimate to the region after spending years in international real estate in Belize.”
Roles: MTC, Transaction Coordinator Extraordinaire
Industry Experience: Serving since 2004 in Domestic and International
Real Estate and Transaction Coordination
Coverage area: Orange and Riverside Counties and nearby
Los Angeles and San Diego Areas, California
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“An exceptionally inspirational band teacher in high school led me, as a clarinetist and drum major, from temporarily shy to everlastingly self-confident.”

Clarissa Abadilla
When asked, “what do you like best about your day-to-day operations and the real estate industry overall?” and, “what do you enjoy most about working with Empire?” Clarissa reflects:
“I love that the landscape of my professional life is fresh and new every day, that even though transaction coordinating stays the same, navigating the activities of each client’s requirements allows me to exercise my expertise in distinct ways.”
“The fact that I feel at ease with Jeremy and the rest of the MTCs, like they’re an extension of our family, is what I love most about working with Empire.”
Roles: MTC, Transaction Coordinator Extraordinaire
Industry Experience: Serving since 2006 in Transaction Coordination
Coverage area: All 50 United States and the District of Columbia
“What adds to your more-than-a-conqueror spirit?”
“Having my sister Clara’s mentoring and support, and seeing her meticulous sense of excellence in action, inspires so much of the essences of strength, perseverance, and triumph I enjoy in my own life.”