Please meet local Super Dad Jake Barrena of the Barrena Real Estate Group based out of Aliso Viejo. Owning and running businesses is nothing new for this amazing Dad. In the past 18 years he has created and started 12 companies in that time. He has owned a few gyms, a marketing agency, a nonprofit organization, played professional golf, started an e-commerce business and now, he is the broker and owner of Barrena Real Estate Group. At BREG they are all about transparency, honesty and consistency. In addition to helping us local Moms find our dream home, Jake is also out in the community helping small businesses and those in need with his Selfless Sundays, Serve Saturdays and monthly Community Socials. Read on to learn more about these amazing community events, what advice Jake has for finding your dream home and his favorite way to spend time in SouthOC with his family.
Let’s start with where are you originally from and how long have you lived in South OC?
I have lived in South Orange County nearly my entire life. When I was younger in elementary school, I did move to Big Bear for a few years and for college I moved to central California in the Sequoia National Forest.
What made you decide to raise your family in South OC?
I have been all up and down California. South OC is my favorite county of all. My favorite city is Laguna Niguel where I live with my beautiful family.
What did you do for work before you became a talented realtor?
I have been an entrepreneur the last 18 years. I have created and started 12 companies in that time. I have been done a variety of things, such as performance personal training, owned a few gyms, marketing agency, nonprofit organization, played professional golf, e-commerce business and now, I am the broker and owner of my real estate company.
Why did you decide to start the Barrena Real Estate Group?
I am an extremely self motivated individual. I have also have a different take on business than some entrepreneurs. I believe good business only happens when people lives are positively impacted. My idea for a real estate company is unique compared to other agencies.
At BREG, we are a for-profit company, but I run the company as a nonprofit. I believe it is important to make money, but it is more important to impact the people in our community. Barrena Real Estate Group is a corporate partner with Miracles For Kids. We donate a percentage of all our gross revenue to MFK. As a nonprofit, Miracles For Kids helps families with critically-ill children fight bankruptcy, homelessness, hunger and depression – so they can fight for their kids’ lives. Help us make miracles.
We also reach out to our community through various outreach programs we offer. We give back in four main ways; Selfless Sunday, Serve Saturday, Community Social and Local Nonprofit Donations.
What is the BREG Method and how do you use it to serve your customers?
Our passion is serving the people of Orange County with their Residential and Commercial needs. We truly enjoy helping people who have a desire to buy, sell or invest in Real Estate. We utilize our expertise in negotiating the best deal for our clients. This is what we call the “BREG Method”.
The “BREG Method” is straightforward; transparency, honesty and consistency. We keep up-to-date with current market trends, risk analysis and potential opportunities. Our goal with every client is in our mission statement; Maximize the Customer Experience with Outstanding Service, Proven Results & Community Outreach.
When customers give us the opportunity to serve them with their buying, selling or investing needs, we don’t let them down. We work smart and hard for our clients.
What made you want to become a realtor in Orange County and specifically in the Laguna Niguel area?
I personally love the rolling hills of Laguna Niguel. You get great views and fantastic trails to run which I love to do. In my opinion, you cannot beat the easy access to the beaches of Dana Point and Laguna Beach my favorite beaches.
What is Selfless Sunday & Serve Saturday and why did you decide to start these monthly events?
Selfless Sunday is a monthly event sponsored by Barrena Real Estate Group. This day is designed to be a opportunity to GIVE back to those around our community in need.
This day is extremely special since we give back in TWO different ways.
ONE – We select a candidate in our community who is in desperate need of financial assistance.
TWO – We select a local small business to support by promoting and holding an event to raise funds for our selected candidate.
Serve Saturday is a monthly event sponsored by Barrena Real Estate Group. This day is designed to be a HANDS and FEET volunteer opportunity. Come ready with a good attitude to get dirty and work hard!
You also host monthly community socials at different local small businesses, tell us how important it is to you to support our local small businesses and why you are passionate about bringing neighbors together.
The Community Social is a monthly outreach event sponsored by Barrena Real Estate Group. All our welcome. This is special event has TWO main goals:
ONE – Support our local small business which is the backbone of our economy. Come help us support our local small business.
TWO – Facilitate an environment to “MEET & GREET” your neighbors in a casual comfortable setting. We provide free wine & appetizers for anyone who comes.
I am passionate about small business because I have been one for nearly two decades. I know the pains and successes associated with running small business. They are the backbone of economy.
NOTE: the next community social is June 14th from 6 to 8pm at Salt Creek Wine Company 30100 Town Center Drive B-2 in Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
What piece of advice would you give to a family looking for their dream home right now?
Best advice, be patient. Inventory is at an all low right now. We do have less buyers on the market due interest rates being higher than the last few years. But, with the inventory being low, there are not a ton of options out there. There are still more buyers than homes on the market right now. It can be frustrating for buyers but be patient. When the timing is right, you will find a dream home.
Is there anything that surprised you about becoming a Dad?
No surprises for me. I LOVE being a dad. There is nothing better in life than being a dad able to pour love and support into his kids. My wife and I have been happily married for 15 years. Our daughter is 6 years old and son is 4 years old. We absolutely love it! It is extremely tiring at times, but to me expected as parents.
Did you get any advice from our father that you would like to share?
Yes and no. My dad was not present in my life. Because of his lack of example, he taught me to be present in kids lives. Not just physically, but mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I have my dad to thank for that one. Thanks dad!
What are your favorite things to do with your kids in SouthOC?
I do a weekly separate date with my daughter and son. We typically do simple things. We go to the car wash, Starbucks, restaurant, ice cream, mall, hike, park or Chuck E. Cheese.
How do South OC Moms go about finding you, so that we can find that perfect dream house for our family?
You contact me through the link below which has all my social media and contact information. Jake Barrena – https://linktr.ee/