How three grandmas rock a career in real estate
Grandmothers Imelda Mollasgo, Maritess Flores and Rosita Jarce are among the top performers of P.A. Alvarez Properties and Development Corp’s sales and marketing group.
Mollasgo, 51, has been with the 23-year-old, Laguna-based real estate company for 20 years now. Her husband, a former marine engineer, joined Mollasgo a decade ago in P.A. Properties and is now assistant vice president for sales under the Magaling (excellent) group.
A service honoree and currently the sales director of the same group, Mollasgo said that being a real estate agent has no limits in terms of income potentials. Being with P.A. Properties (a company known for their affordable housing projects not only in Laguna, but also in Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, and Metro Manila), she was able to purchase four house and lot packages from the company through commissions and incentives. She also got to travel abroad, and remembers fondly the Asian cruise she joined.
Forty was the age when Flores, now 51, started her career in real estate, despite her husband’s objections and lack of support. Now assistant vice president under the Matibay (sturdy) group, Flores tearfully recalls how she rstarted from nothing when their house was burned down. They started to rebuild through her winnings in raffle prizes sponsored by the company.
Now nine years in P.A. Properties, Flores recalls that she cried when she was included in a trip to Palawan for the company’s top sales performers – her first time to ride an airplane.
“I really, really love my job, never mind if my husband didn’t like at first what I’m doing,” Flores said. Four of her five children were able to finish school because of her earnings in real estate (her youngest is still studying).
Jarce, 57, division manager from the Matatag (stable) group, has been with P.A. Properties’ sales and marketing group for 13 years now. She had a dress shop when she bought her house and lot from the company’s St. Joseph 7 project. Then, she was recruited to also sell the company’s projects, despite her husband’s objections.
Jarce, now a widow, said nobody is questioning her anymore on why she chose to have a career in real estate, which enabled her to a buy house and lot each for her two children.
The “Golden Girls” of P.A. Properties are a proof that having a thriving career, raising a family – and now, raising grandchildren can be achieved.
Mollasgo, who has a son based in Malaysia, has four grandchildren (three of them live with her and her husband). Despite working full-time, she said she is very much hands on in taking care of her apos.
She is thankful that her career affords her to provide the best care for her grandchildren – sending them to private schools and hiring a tutor and a house help for them.
Flores is also a doting granny, who enjoys bathing, taking selfies with and snapping videos of her grandchild’s antics.
Meanwhile, Jarce said for as long as she could climb the stairs of the office building, ride and alight from a jeepney, there is no stopping her from thriving in her work with P.A. Properties.
For Flores, she said her story serves as an example to those starting from scratch. She also advised the younger generation of real estate agents, brokers and sellers to leave their problem at home as their job knows no time, and they are on the beck and call of the buyers.