Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Rosa Stimmler learned to never give up. At an early age, she discovered that when things go wrong, solutions need to be found because feeling a victim of your own circumstances is a worthless place to be in.
Her favorite quote, “It could be worst” and her optimism have inspired her every day to be a better person and to accomplish her life and professional goals.
“My tenacity comes from being a Latina raised in a broken family, no mother and plenty of financial scarcity. In the Dominican Republic, you either swim or sink. You have to struggle a lot to accomplish anything so that makes you strong,” Rosa shared with LatinasinBusiness.us.
A proud Latina with a strong character who is very determined and believes it is more productive to see the glass a half full rather than a half empty, Rosa Stimmler always strives to be the best she can be and give the best of herself.
A Latina immigrant with a lot of determination and big dreams
“I arrived to the United States in 1993 and spoke no English at all. I used to be in restaurant management but after 10 years of marriage I got divorced, and became a single mom of a 7 year old boy and no family in the country to help me out,” Rosa remembers.
As a single mom, she needed a career that would offer her the flexibility to take care of her child and support a home. She decided to switch careers and try to become a real estate agent.
“It was not an easy decision, most of my friends told me that I was crazy, my boss laughed at me when I quit my job but I was determined to do it. My ex-husband told me, ‘Don’t get impressed by those rich ladies doing real estate and driving Mercedes Benz; those ladies have rich husbands supporting them.’ Nevertheless, I was focused on my goals,” she said.
She struggled with the real estate terminology because of her language barrier, but she studied hard and took the NJ state exam a few times. She finally passed it and got her license to sell real estate in 2005.
However, Rosa had big dreams and five years later, she went back to school to get her Broker’s License, which she achieved in 2015. “I have always believed that I can do better, whatever it takes. When my son went to college I felt “the empty nest” so I decided it was the time for me to start a new venture,” she shared.
On April 2016, Rosa Stimmler opened her own Real Estate brokerage Royal Lion Realty, LLC. With four real estate agents in her company, she believes they are still “green and growing”. “We help our community by offering the most professional, informative, loyal and dedicated service in the real estate industry. The best interests of our clients will always come first and we will place the clients’ concerns ahead of our own in each and every transaction. We are dedicated to the development of long-term client relationships!” Rosa said enthusiastically.
Not everything was “color de rosa” for Rosa Stimmler
“My biggest obstacle was to learn to speak English in order to move forward with my life but I did it. I do have an accent! Sometimes people underestimate you because of your accent, all you need to do is show them that you have the skills and the knowledge and they will respect you,” Rosa affirmed.
Another motto that Rosa follows is “Keeping your brain green and going is a must.” She believes in constantly educating herself, reading, attending seminars, and learning about her products.
“When people try to make fun of my accent, I would laugh with them and then ask, “How many languages are you able to speak?” Usually, they will not have an answer because a person who is bilingual will never laugh at your accent,” Rosa said.
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“As Latinos, we need to be strong and never take it personal. If you want something, you go and get it, obstacles only exist to make you stronger and help you determine how bad you really want to be successful,” the Latina entrepreneur affirmed.
And she added, “So many people tried to discourage me by saying that it was not easy! Having your own brokerage… My reply is always the same. Nobody said it was going to be easy and I did not expect it to be easy, in fact not being easy is the part I like the most about being independent because if it was easy everybody would be doing it.”
Rosa is an optimistic woman who believes in her potential to be successful. More than believing, she said she could feel it in her blood.
“I have big expectations of myself and I will not let myself down. Why run when I you can fly? I also believe that life is about values. I want my son and my family to be proud of me. And my message to my Latino community is to believe that it is possible to be whoever you want to be without having to settle for less just because people say you can’t.
As for other Latinas starting their own businesses, Rosa’s advice is to believe in yourself and your dreams and not to be worry or scared. “Being scared is a normal human being reaction and should be used as a path to help you get from point A to point B. Never let yourself be the victim because nobody cares about your world falling down. Only you can make it happen, be the best you can be, pursue your dreams and invest time educating yourself,” she concluded.
Royal Lion Realty is a full service real estate firm that prides itself on understanding the needs of sellers, buyers, property owners and tenants. The firm is committed to providing the highest level of service delivery in both Residential and Commercial real estate. Our team philosophy is simple: “Satisfaction is the highest compliment for a job well done.”
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