A native of Mexico, Karina Pacific immigrated to the United States as a teenager and immediately fell in love with Los Angeles. She has been a resident of the South Bay for 20 years. Karina volunteers with the Richstone Family Center, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse; Young Life, a youth mentoring nonprofit; and Operation Underground Railroad, which rescues young people from the world of child sex trafficking.
What do you love about real estate?
“I genuinely love the people in real estate, whether it be clients, vendors or agents. Building and strengthening relationships with my clients has truly enhanced my experience as a Realtor and left me with friendships beyond the business realm. Having the ability to guide them through their real estate needs is truly an honor.
As a classical feng shui consultant, I’m able to apply this practice by leveraging clients’ home energy potential. By implementing the foundations of feng shui, health, relationships and prosperity can be enhanced in each home, making it an excellent complement to real estate.”
When did you first consider working in the real estate industry?
“I was raised in Mexico by a single mother who worked tirelessly to buy a small duplex. She rented one unit, and we lived in the smaller one. She took great pride in being a homeowner. In Mexico—and for many people throughout the world—owning a home comes with the feeling of great accomplishment, security and honor. This sentiment has stayed with me and is one of the main reasons I wanted to become involved in this complex but highly rewarding industry.”
Which personality traits are most important to be successful in your field?
“Being an active listener and reliable communicator are essential. This industry comes with many moving parts and personalities, which makes a positive attitude most important. Staying curious while asking the right questions is vital throughout the process. As a Realtor, staying informed about the local, national and global markets is essential. Creativity when problem-solving, multitasking and networking are always important.”
In what ways do you empower other women to succeed in business?
“Women are rock stars! Real estate is extremely competitive, but when a gal colleague has a win in business or life, I love cheering her on. Every day we need to cheer each other on for the big and small wins. When we support each other, everyone thrives and makes the world brighter!”