Updated: Sep 21, 2020
E’mira Torres Uses her Voice to Make the American Dream Possible
An immigrant from Michoacan, México, E’mira Torres came to the United States with her parents, not able to speak one word of English, but she was determined to learn—and she did. Quickly, she became one of the only family members to comfortably navigate the English language and word got out.
“Family members and trusted friends would call and ask me to help them translate important documents, bank statements or accompany them to walk throughs, loan signing appointments and gladly, I did! I loved the feeling of being of service.”
Noticing that although eager to pursue homeownership, her family was reluctant to start the process because of the language barrier, Torres was encouraged to become a REALTOR®. “I saw the need for more Spanish-speaking real estate agents in my community and my family kept nudging me to become a REALTOR®. They already trusted and believed in me." Her family’s support inspired her to take the leap.
In 1992, Torres became a REALTOR®. “At the time, I had six young children. The study time was limited, but I made time, because I understood the impact I could make. I received my real estate license and went to work.”
Torres gained the reputation of a trusted bilingual real estate practitioner in the Madera/Fresno region and became a top producing agent—but soon, she felt the need to challenge herself and expand her own aspirations. “Five years into my real estate career, I was ready to start my own realty office. And it was important to me that my office had two top priorities; excellent customer service and a positive office culture.” Now, Torres has two Realty World brokerages; one in Madera, California and the second in Fresno, California.
“Being a REALTOR® has given me the opportunity to take a seat at the table, where decisions about our communities are made. This is how we break down barriers—by using our voice.”
Beyond REALTOR® success, Torres weaved her passion for servant leadership into her real estate career by getting involved with her local, California and National Association of REALTORS®. “It’s my passion. Being a REALTOR® has given me the opportunity to take a seat at the table, where decisions about our communities are made. This is how we break down barriers—by using our voice.”
Proudly, Torres has served as the 2009 President of the Madera Association of REALTORS®, where she currently holds a Director role. Her advocacy work has helped guide school boards, her local city council and the Madera County Board of Supervisors; particularly around legislations and initiatives to promote increased home supply and affordability.
Today, her motivation remains the same: to empower her community and familia—especially her eight children. With encouragement, she offers this advice: “Find your passion, fight for your dreams, believe in yourself and when you’re in a position to help others, use your voice.”
Wondering where to start? Join C.A.R.’s Latinx Professionals Network whose mission is to amplify the voices of Latinx REALTORS® in California.
The California Association of REALTORS® proudly celebrates E’mira Torres as a Latinx industry leader.