Meet Kyara Garza, Real Estate Lawyer and Owner of Garza Law
According to the Hispanic National Bar Association, Latinas account for less than 2% of American Lawyers. Kyara Garza is a Real Estate Lawyer of Cuban-Mexican heritage. On top of balancing her business, she is also the secretary of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Even while managing her law business, she still finds time to do what she loves which includes traveling the world.
Kyara, can you kick it off by telling us about your background.
I was born in Chicago. I grew up most of my life in Cicero, a suburb outside of Chicago. My parents had always wanted to give me and my siblings the best life and education. My parents and sister are my best friends’. My dad is someone who I seek to for advice on business, while my mother is someone who advises me on my personal-life. My dad is a real estate broker, and an extremely hard working man, so I am able to ask him questions about real estate. While my mom, is someone who has always been very honest has been able to advise me on relationships or anything on a personable level.
I pretty much grew up with a very loving, crazy Latino family. Growing up, It was a busy house-hold. But, I have always said that whoever knows me, knows my family. We have a very tight bond.
I attended De-Paul University and majored in Finance, and eventually went to Law school right after. Once I took the bar exam, I passed it the right away the first time. I was academically prepared for it because I studied my butt of for it.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your parents?
When we were little, my parents would help us out with homework. My mom isn’t very fluent in English. So whenever we had any homework that related to grammar, my mom couldn’t help us out as much which challenged me a-lot. It gave me the drive to become better, and learn on my own. Sure enough, whenever someone needs something proof read, I’m their girl.
My dad, had always told me and my siblings that “if you are going to put your name of something, be proud of it.” It always stuck in the back of my mind when I was younger and even now specially as an attorney.
Once you were done with Law-School what was your plan?
Before I graduated law school, I always thought I was to be a family attorney. My first job out of law school was family law and criminal law. I worked for an office but I realized it wasn’t for me. My parents saw how stressed and depressed I was so they advised me to try real estate. I didn’t want to at first but then I realized it was worth giving a shot.
When did you decide to move out of the office and start your own business?
I started my own business after I realized I wanted my own freedom. and flexibility. I realized many attorneys are overworked, stressed out, and paid very little. With the advice and push from my parents, I also realized I was making the right decision.
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What do you love the most about being a real estate lawyer and having your own business?
There is always something going on with real estate, so it’s exciting. Once I networking, and started meeting realtors and real estate agents, I realized I loved it. I also deal with mostly contract law, which I don’t mind. I love my clients too, they are such good clients, and I have learned a-lot from working with them.
In regards to business, I love what I do too , because I am my own boss, and I have my freedom. I love to travel and it is my weakness. Anytime someone invites me to travel, I book it no questions asked. Me and my sister, Dori, love to travel together too. So I just like knowing that I can do that; since i am working with flexibility of having my own business.
Having a business has it pros and cons, it requires a lot of hours and work but it is worth it.
What are some obstacles you are facing right now?
Now that I have my business, I am trying to get more of a social presence with Yelp. I have realized that our current generation cares a-lot about reviews (I do too!) so now I am working on that. I’m just trying to grow my online/social media presence. Most lawyers in my field are older and don’t care much about it, but I understand the importance.
I am also starting to realize that I also need to hire someone. I can’t do everything by myself. Most of my clients speak Spanish, and that was challenge for me too, because I had to really teach myself to become more fluent.
What advice would you give to a Latina Lawyer or just anyone, who is looking to start their own business?
I would say get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The beginning is daunting. Your own friends might not understand it, and you may lose some friends. It is very scary but you need to have the right mindset. Take small steps to work your way up. Work with what you have. If you have to work from home, do it, but try to not get discouraged. If you have ‘ganas’, there is a drive there that will propel you forward.