■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
Tiffany Smith of So Cal Realtors and Associates celebrated her ribbon-cutting with an open house on July 13
Realtors often show many open houses throughout their careers, but there are not many that are willing to open their own house to the public. However, on Thursday July 13th, one local realtor did just that! She even had tacos and beer on hand for her guests!
Tiffany Smith of So Cal Realtors and Associates has been in the real estate business since 2015. In July of 2016, she joined the SCRA, and now she finally had her own ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Smith opened her beautiful East Hemet home as the venue for the July San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce mixer, and visitors had quite a house to behold. Smith and her husband welcomed visitors to a bright, airy house with a Mexican beach-themed backyard complete with a bar (mixed drinks were served). The cuisine was equally Mexican-themed, provided by military-owned Baja Style Tacos and Catering of Winchester.
Among those who welcomed Smith to the Valley was San Jacinto City Councilman, Russ Utz.
“An important thing for us is having good quality real estate agents like Tiffany,” explained Utz. “Because whether she lives in Hemet, or her office is in Hemet, we’re all one valley here in the San Jacinto Valley, and real estate truly knows no borders.”
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Smith was presented with Certificates of Recognition from the offices of State Assemblyman Chad Mayes and outgoing HSJ chamber president Michael Carle, to name a few.
“My mom is in Hemet, my grandparents are in Hemet, my husband’s grandparents are in Hemet, my in-laws are close by in Nuevo, my dad’s in Menifee,” said Smith, who believes her family was key in helping her secure her own real estate. “The initial draw was the affordability–Hemet’s very affordable compared to other cities in our southwestern Riverside County area.”
With potentially thousands of homes set to be built in the Valley in the next decade, Smith says this area is prime real estate.
“You’re not by a freeway–there’s lots of industry here,” she added. “A 20-mile drive or less to Moreno Valley, where there’s industry, manufacturing, shipping–all of that. And you can be in Palm Springs in under an hour. You can be at the beach in under an hour. San Diego in under an hour.”
Smith says a good quality home can still be bought in Hemet for under $300,000, for example. “I like not hearing a freeway.”
The American dream may seem out of reach to many, but if you get to know the right realtor you can achieve the dream of homeownership.