Written by Elizabeth McCabe
“I started in real estate directly out of college 27 years ago,” says Jeff Galindo. Recruited out of Arizona State University, Jeff launched into real estate and never looked back.
“Everything I ever wanted to do has been real estate related from real estate development to construction to sales,” he says. “It’s the only thing I really had a passion for professionally.”
As a child, Jeff’s favorite toys were Legos and building blocks. His love for building was evident from a young age, as his mother recognized.
The ever-changing nature of real estate makes it a stimulating profession. Starting out in construction, Jeff moved through the ranks in the home building industry. When he left, he had risen to the role of western regional vice president of sales and marketing for Pulte Homes. “It was an amazing opportunity and I learned a lot about the industry,” says Jeff. “It gave me a lot of experience that I have been apply and help clients with.”
Building His Team
Jeff continues to build his team at New Door Residential. Eager to find top talent, he selects, coaches, and trains a number of salespeople. Jeff is a listing specialist as well as the owner and managing broker.
“We’re a small real estate company but doing a lot of business. We’re really proud of having recruited the people we have onboard,” says Jeff. The people on his staff have stood the test of time. Four have been with him since the inception of his company. “I’m really proud of that,” he says. “They started out at different stages and levels of experience and have really grown and blossomed. They are all skilled professional real estate agents in their own right.”
Jeff sees potential on his team. “I like bringing that potential out of them,” he says. “It’s a lot of fun.” Jeff started New Door Residential in 2015 and is excited about where he sees the company going in the months and years to come.
A plaque sits on his desk, “Leap and the net will appear.” Jeff lives by those words.
“The ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment is mandatory. You have to be able to do that to be successful,” says Jeff. And he has had multiple opportunities throughout his career to adapt and overcome.
Starting his career during the savings and loan crisis in the early ‘90s was no easy feat. “I’ve seen so many financial crises throughout my career,” remarks Jeff. We had a couple of wars, the tech bubble, 9/11, the Great Recession, and now COVID-19.
Eager to face a challenge, Jeff looks at every obstacle as a call to adapt and change.
“My wife and I are fur baby parents,” smiles Jeff. “We’ve got a couple of Golden Retrievers, Wilson and Louis.” He also enjoys the constant companionship of a Miniature Poodle and a cat.
Wilson is named after the Wilson volleyball in Cast Away. Jeff jokes, “The main reason is that we wanted to make sure that his favorite toys were monogrammed. They turned out to be that way.” Louis, a pale Golden Retriever, is 4 years old. Louis is named after Louis Winthrop in Trading Places.
Jeff concludes, “Real estate is the only thing I’ve ever done and the only thing I ever wanted to do.” He can’t imagine doing anything else, making a difference for countless clients in the process.