An Energetic Realtor Helping Clients Find Community in Mountain House
Alicia Hernandez is a dynamic realtor specializing in working with first-time homebuyers in San Joaquin County’s planned urban development, Mountain House. With years of experience selling homes and coaching softball in the outskirts of Tracy, Alicia has a wealth of knowledge to share. From helping Bay Area natives find their new homes and discover the beauty of a small community to helping prospective buyers feel comfortable at open houses, Alicia’s inviting personality relieves the stress of buying a home.
As a bedroom community east of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mountain House draws families and new buyers looking for a slower pace. Designed as individual villages—where each housing tract is built around a school and a park—you don’t have to travel far to find a quaint neighborhood with small-town charm. Since Alicia has been a realtor in Mountain House for the majority of its time as an independent locale, there are few real estate professionals with more knowledge of the region’s ins and outs.
“Helping people has always been something I see myself doing—I don’t see myself not helping people with my career”
Fostering a Love for Real Estate
Born and raised in Gilroy—the Garlic Capital of the World—Alicia has always felt at home in California, but it wasn’t until she entered the real estate industry in Mountain House that she really found her calling. Alicia moved to New Mexico for a time and was inspired by her own realtors to enter the industry. Right away, she knew she made the right career choice and within two weeks she’d already sold her first home. Since her family still lived in the Golden State, Alicia eventually moved back, pursued a California real estate license, and was captivated by the small-town ambiance of Mountain House.
This planned urban development is 30 years in the making, with new amenities arising as time passes. Complete with several community parks, walking trails, and a very limited number of stop lights, it’s hard to ignore this bedroom community’s charm. While the property values have increased since Alicia first began selling homes in Mountain House, she has always enjoyed showing buyers how much more bang for their buck they can get there, compared to the homes an hour’s drive away in Silicon Valley.
While Alicia tends to look on the bright side—advising clients that “everything always works out, and if it doesn’t, it’s not the right house for you”—she’s also incredibly transparent with potential clients, allowing them to make the right decisions for themselves rather than trying to force anything. Once prospective buyers have shown interest, Alicia does whatever she can to ensure they’re set up for success. This includes many creative tactics, such as advising clients to negotiate the contract’s terms and contingencies or to pay the closing costs so they can increase the value of their offers without going over their budgets.
While Alicia appreciates many aspects of the job—including working with first-time homebuyers and hosting open houses—her favorite parts include calling clients to say, “There were multiple offers and you weren’t the highest offer, but you got the house,” and handing first-time buyers the keys to their new home. “I think that’s the most fulfilling part of my job,” says Alicia as she describes the excitement and joy that she gets to be a part of throughout the process.
Committed to The Community
Mountain House is a very unique region with diverse and tight-knit residents. When Alicia isn’t admiring the community’s trees, well-kempt neighborhoods, and summer farmers markets, you can find her spending time with her granddaughter, Bella, reading motivational books such as Danny Morel’s The Resilience Road Map, or giving back. Alicia donates to a variety of local youth scholarship funds, has coached softball for many years—volunteering with the local little league teams in Tracy and Mountain House—and always looks for ways to give her time to those in need.
Alicia Hernandez, Windermere Valley Properties, Windermere Real Estate, DRE# 01373886