Meet Ryan Fonseca: Out of school, in the business
Years in real estate:3
Education: "I went to LaSalle Academy and graduated from URI in May with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management."
How did you get into real estate: "My mother purchased Century 21 Rondeau Associates in March of 2009, when I was a freshman in college. That summer I did my real estate coursework, passed the test and got my license."
Previous jobs: "Just one. I worked at Patriot Liquors/1776, stocking and working the register."
My mentor: "Mary Jo Tavares brought me on listing appointments, answered my questions — she has really taught me the most. I have been influenced by so many great people in this business, and I work on a great team. Our office was named the #1 Century 21 office in the state for 2012. It’s been a great ride so far."
Something people don’t know about me: "That I was in school full time and working as an agent full time my sophomore, junior, and senior years. In those three years I sold 30 houses -- $7.2 million in sales – and maintained a 3.5 grade point average."
Sports: "I love to ski — with family when I was younger, now more often it’s a road trip with friends. Anywhere in New Hampshire or Vermont."
Escape: "I like to get out on the water, and on my motorcycle. It’s a Harley Fat Boy. When I’m riding I can’t hear my phone. Even if I could hear it, I wouldn’t answer it because I don’t want to crash."
Favorite restaurant: "There’s no better place than Quito’s in the summer. You can’t go wrong. And I like the drinks, atmosphere, and staff at Agave."
Favorite food: "If I’m having seafood, it’s baked stuffed shrimp. I also really like pasta and meatballs."
Travel: "I try to get to see family in California – Orange County and the Bay Area – once a year if I can. I love the East coast of Florida from West Palm Beach down to Miami. Someday I would love to get to Portugal and Italy."
Why I love the East Bay: "It’s home, it’s beautiful. I can see Bristol Harbor from the conference room at the office. Friends from other parts of the state tell me I’ll never leave, and they’re probably right. I had an opportunity to go work in Southern California. I thought about it, but it’s a big step and not one I see myself making."
Down time: "I don’t get a lot. This is a seven-day-per-week job, and it’s not 9-5. I know that’s not always a good thing. Family and friends yell at me to relax, take some time off. But I don’t listen to them."
Advice: "To sellers, and I know it’s been said, but listen to your Realtor. We are in this business every day. To buyers, don’t miss out on an opportunity. We are seeing signs of improvement in the market. Right-priced properties are selling within 10 to 15 days. We are seeing people getting their asking price. I was even in a bidding war with three other agents a couple of weeks ago."
Goal: "I want to make the National Association of Realtors list of Top 30 Under 30 — the 30 most successful agents younger than 30. That’s my biggest goal.
Listings: "I have eight right now. You can see them at www.c21rondeau.com."
Best contact: "My cell is (401) 489-0065 and email email@example.com