Meet José Quiñones: Owner and non-competing broker of Linda Vista Real Estate Services, community investor and developer, and husband-father-friend. José earned his real estate license in February of 2014 and has been a whirlwind journey to success ever since. During his time as a direct sales agent, José sold over 300 homes, and the 36,000 miles he put on his Kia Sorrento during his first year is a testament to his hustle. From the start, José defined many lofty goals for himself: to own his own brokerage (he opened his in 2015); to invest in real estate rentals (his portfolio grows yearly); and to become a non-competing broker who aids his many agents to grow their own businesses and realize their own dreams. He has achieved all of these objectives and more through real estate, an industry that he says has allowed him to combine his love for community with his passion for serving.
Born in New York City, José spent his childhood in Puerto Rico and came to Delaware in the early 1990s as a single father of three children; he currently lives in Milton, Delaware with his beautiful wife Yvette and their son, Trey. Throughout the years, José worked as a security guard at Draper-King Cole Canning Company, a parts clerk at the Purdue Plant, and more, but eventually came to real estate from the substance abuse/counseling world. First as a leader in the Hispanic community – he has won Best Real Estate Agent awards, and has sat on both the Human Relations and Governor’s Council on Hispanic Affairs committees– José is now a leader in the Sussex County community as a whole, as his Vlog Yo Soy Sussex, a personally produced series that celebrating life in Sussex County, reveals.
Much of José Quiñones’ success stems from his driving mission: “To develop strategic alliances to strengthen communities,” which is one of the many reasons the county Chamber of Commerce conferred on him their 2018 Trailblazer Award in recognition of his pioneering expansion business services. He values every relationship he has and uses his superpower of making people feel worthy to bring them to the table and close the deal. Nowadays, José revels in his role of empowering his agents do the same. Linda Vista (translation: “Beautiful View”) has 23 licensed partner agents at time of print, and all of them agree that working with José helps them create their own beautiful views of success in real estate, and in life overall.
When not coaching his agents or strategizing on how to better serve them, José can frequently be found at the beach. He enjoys sunrises (his goal is to watch 88 dawns in 2020), riding around town in his beach buggy, indulging an occasional glass of Scotch -neat, and road tripping with his wife Yvette and Trey. You can also often find José at a local coffee shop chatting up the owner and early-risers alike: He is hard pressed to enter any room without being greeted by people whom he has met on his journey – clients whose homes he helped them buy, other real estate agents he befriended at the settlement table, or soon to be new friends.
Like many successful people, José makes it look easy, but works hard behind the scenes for it. He is motivated to be an inspiration to others, and therefore lives with intention: He journals and reads regularly, sets daily alarms to remind him to “stop, and be grateful,” and works out with a personal trainer three times a week. Without fearing vulnerability (or maybe, by embracing it?), José documents both his struggles and his triumphs on social media as an example for others.
Though he is nowhere near “done” (new goals include continued investment, personal training competition, and larger scope impact his Linda Vista tribe,) José plans to spend his sunset years in Puerto Rico, where his heart still remains. The thought of José, a man filled with an energy unmatched by men half his age, and a daily joy akin to a kid on Christmas (José often stops people at random and asks, “What makes you smile?”) retiring is difficult for most people to imagine, including José himself: “I’m just still enjoying the journey that the real estate industry has led me on. I know I’m having the positive impact I strive for because of the people who choose to work side by side with me. So I’m going to continue to live my best life by making my passion and my work one and the same.”