Who Are the Agents of Change? Vol.1 — Najla Wehbe Dipp
The Agents of Change program is a network of REALTORS who have made a commitment to give back in a meaningful and relevant way. Once a month we will highlight a member of our community to hear why they decided to get invoved with the program.
Meet Najla Wehbe Dipp, realtor at Pacific Sothebys International Realty and champion of the Agents of Change program. As a realtor Najla believes that buying a home is one of the most important decisions you can make in a lifetime, that’s why she fully commits herself to providing an exceptional customer service experience, exceeding expectations and supporting her clients throughout the process. We got the chance to sit down with Najla to learn more about her story and what has propelled her to join the Agents of Change program.
Why did you decide to align yourself with the Agents of Change program?
I heard about Agents of Change from the very beginning of joining Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, but a couple of months ago I got to help them out with an information booth at an event called “L’Attitude” and that’s when I met Sam White who told me all about it.
It was so exciting to hear that the company that I now work for is helping families in need in Tijuana, so there was no question for me, I had to be a part of it too!
I had the opportunity to help with the building of a home for the first time a couple of weeks ago. My husband came with me too. And it was an amazing day! It’s incredible how in one day the hands of 20ish people can put together a home for a family. I know the life of this family will change forever. Those 3 kids will never forget the day they had a real house to live in. And I know for that mother there is nothing more important than wanting to provide a safe and happy life for her kids. Two nights after we built that home it rained, and I couldn’t stop thinking of that mom, how good it must feel to know your kids will not be wet and cold that night.
Through this business I am giving back to the community that saw me grow up, there are just no words to describe how amazing that feels.
Where are you from?
If I had to name only one place where I am from I would say Tijuana. I was born in Mexico City in October 1985. My dad is born and raised in Lebanon and my mom was born in the North of Mexico, but her dad was also Lebanese, so I grew up in a household with a mix of cultures! I remember as a kid I would ask my mom if some of our traditions and food were Mexican or Lebanese because I would get really confused! We moved to Tijuana in 1987, so technically I was still a baby, but lots of my aunts and uncles stayed in Mexico City, so we still visit about once a year. So I grew up in Tijuana. I can describe my childhood as “magical”. My parents struggled economically when I was a little kid but they always managed to make us happy with as much as they could. There was magic everywhere!
How long have you been in real estate?
By the time I was 8 years old my dad got into Real Estate in Tijuana, and little by little our economical situation dramatically changed. I saw him grow so much as a person and professionally, to the point where he directly worked with the president of the country. He served almost 3 terms as the director for Mexico’s Social Security system. He had under his management thousands and thousands of people, offices, hospitals, among many other assets.
What did you do before getting into real estate?
I had the opportunity to study Industrial Engineering and then an MBA and my studies helped me have a regional position at Santander, a Spanish bank in Mexico. I ran for City Council and served 3 years for Tijuana. It was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life; I worked a lot to help kids in need finish their studies by starting a plan of scholarships by Tijuana’s government. Then I had the opportunity to run for Congress in Mexico but lost only by 3% of the votes.
Within my period as City Council Member I met my husband, who is a Rescue Swimmer for the US Navy, he has served this country for a little over 18 years. I would never had imagined my life would change so much and bring me to this beautiful country that I now love and cherish so much! It has given me the opportunity to meet the love of my life, Chas. And 5 years later here I am as a mother of a very handsome 2 year old named Mason and a beautiful 7 month old baby girl named Samia.
What is the most meaningful part of your job?
It’s definitely a challenging business, but it’s SO gratifying and I love it. Every time I take a buyer client to visit a home I get into their shoes and I feel the home is for me too! And when I work with a seller client I know I have in my hands the keys to the temple of their family, so I treat it as such.
What message do you have for other realtors that are considering giving back?
I am definitely looking forward to the next home build. And I would like to encourage other realtors to do it as well. It’s not just heartwarming; it’s also a lesson of life. We take for granted so many things we have. Not just material things, like a house, a car, nice shoes, etc, but safety, tranquility, happiness. We couldn’t be more blessed in this life.