My name is Gabe Mendez, and I was born and raised in
beautiful San Diego, CA. I am 35 years old. I attended high
school in Southbay San Diego and went to community
college for 2 years right before I was accepted into CDCR
for a career. My Mother raised my sister and I and she
showed us what hard work, consistency and focus on a goal
actually looked like. She took really great care of us.
We lived a modest life and in 2005, one of my mother’s
proudest accomplishments, she was able to purchase her
first home for my sister and I. We finally had our little life
where we could begin our own memories. We got a dog, and
invited friends and family over. We really loved this home.
In 2007 we fell victim to predatory lending and that was a
very hard time in our lives. My Mother lost the home, she
filed for BK, and we spent the next 9 years rebuilding as a
During those years, in 2013 a friend of mine asked me to
assist him in real estate, and I agreed. I was his Transaction
Coordinator - the compliance person. My responsibility was
to read through each contract and make sure they were
legally sound.. Which doesn't make sense to me as I'm
writing this because I had zero experience. I’m not really
sure what he was thinking.
As I read through the contracts, I learned more about these
transactions. A majority of the files were under a N.O.D
status meaning these homes were being foreclosed on. This
is when I realized these families were going through what I
had gone through. They were losing their homes. I asked my
friend why, and he explained that banks were approving
people for loans they couldn’t qualify for and the banks
were not explaining the loan products. The banks would
make heft fees for selling this particular product, and the
families received a low teaser payment.
It was at that moment that I decided to get my license and
to advocate for those who did not have a voice. I pursued
real estate and I received my California Real Estate License
in December of 2013.