Maggie “The Daughter” Castillo believes she is living her best, blessed life. Partnering with family members Maggie “The Mom” Velasquez and Jose “The Husband” Castillo, the trio makes up The Maggie & Maggie Realty Group, who are licensed in Texas to sell real estate as part of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., while affirming their organization as “The Family in Real Estate” with the mantra, “Here to serve you.” Taking pride in her profession and role as chief executive officer, Ms. Castillo loves helping families attain home ownership, providing employment opportunities to individuals in her community, and enjoying her own resort-like lifestyle complete with singing birds in beautiful backyard trees that she describes as an oasis.
Recent winners of the Platinum Award from Keller Williams Houston Central and the Gold Award from Keller Williams Elite, Ms. Castillo and her partners focus on helping clients buy and sell residential real estate and are beginning to venture into the commercial market. About 90% of her leads come from referrals, and the rest from social media. With stellar assistance from her administrative staff, she and her team ensure high-quality service when showing homes to clients and managing expectations. What makes The Maggie & Maggie Realty Group unique in the marketplace, according to Ms. Castillo, is that they also give attention to members of the Hispanic community by providing education and guidance to individuals who fear they may be taken advantage of.
Ms. Castillo attributes her success to her strong faith, passion, and grit and to communicating well with her family partners and employee team members, whom she allows to grow by giving them the authority to be creative and take charge of their departments. She also credits her husband and mom for being extremely supportive while acknowledging her own commitment to her family as the mother of three children and being one of three siblings herself. Her faith and profession collided when Ms. Castillo recalled her most memorable moment that seemed to occur out of nowhere: getting her first listing, which was worth $1 million.
To Ms. Castillo, it was a reassurance that God was opening every door. It also happened at a time when she was under a lot of stress, had just given birth to twins who had to be taken to the neonatal intensive care unit, and her husband had lost his job. Ms. Castillo pushed forward and successfully overcame every challenge for the sake of her family by leaning on her “Lord and Savior” and her husband, who was the first to suggest that she enter the real estate industry, knowing that she is extremely competitive.
In the next five to 10 years, Ms. Castillo plans to help grow her real estate organization with successful buyers’ agents and listing agents under one roof, where she can lead, teach, mentor, and continue to impact community growth. To everyone who wants to become a real estate professional, she advises them to have passion, persistence and purpose. The key, she says, is having faith in oneself as well as writing down and staying committed to goals despite the inevitable hiccups, hurdles, rainy days and financial problems. Ultimately, Ms. Castillo wants to be remembered as smart, resilient and determined — someone who will fight for you and never give up until she helps you to reach your goal.
Prior to her real estate career, Ms. Castillo worked in the dental field in Houston, Texas, as director of operations at Smilepoint Dental Group, an orthodontic practice, and as a treatment coordinator for Anna Munné, DDS. Setting a solid educational foundation, Ms. Castillo earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston, where she also completed dental hygienist coursework, and an Associate of Science from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas.