Yvette grew up in Los Angeles, California and is married with 3 adult sons and 2 adult step children. Her goal is that all of their children will be homeowners by the age of 30.
It was Yvette’s experience as a home buyer in 1996, having worked with 6 real estate agents in the pursuit to purchase her first home, was the motivation for her to obtain a real estate license. She had become discouraged by the lack of knowledge many of the agents displayed.
In 1997, she started as a sales associate with ReMax in Inglewood, California and by July of 2000 she obtained her brokers license and later opened a small office in Los Angeles with 4 agents. With the market downturn in 2007, she shifted her focus to property management. After several years, she decided to return to her first love…helping buyers and sellers navigate the real estate process, and in 2014, joined Keller Williams Realty.
She has been an instructor; teaching courses required by the California Department of Real Estate to obtain a real estate license and has spent the last 24 years working with buyers, sellers and investors.
Yvette’s philosophy is to educate her clients and be a trusted resource; while doing so she has obtained several recognized certifications in the real estate industry to include the Military Relocation Pro Certification; Pricing Strategy Advisor; Military Veteran Housing Certification and Certified Military Relocator in addition to completing the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Training program.
Currently, she leads a small team of agents which includes her husband Darrell Hitchens.
Her advice to buyers is to start where you are at; everyone cannot afford to buy their dream or forever home the first time, but living in Southern California will allow you to gain equity through appreciation and you can sell to move-up or create your first income property by renting out and using that home as leverage to purchase the next.
Having parents that served in the military; Yvette and her husband saw first hand how the VA home loan helped them. In 1989, Yvette and her siblings inherited the home of their father who had served in the Army that was purchased using a VA loan. She became a homeowner / landlord at the age of 23 and by 30 had purchased her second home as a single parent.
Yvette’s secret weapon is her meekness, which should definitely not be considered a weakness. She is a professional at all times and great negotiator for her clients best interest.