Alexa Kebalo Hughes had $100 million in sales, was REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 under 30 in the nation and was named the youngest-ever president of Connecticut’s Greater Hartford Association of Realtors, but 10 years of hard work came with a price. Alexa lost her voice.
“Literally, I did not have a physical voice for two years. After all the appointments and showings and all my volunteer activities, I was shot. I just love this industry and making an impact, but my body was burned out,’’ she said.
Thankfully, Alexa can report that has changed. After moving to eXp Realty in June 2020, Alexa reports that her work/life balance is far more harmonious. She can also sing again. That’s a big deal.
Her Ukrainian Heritage Instilled a Strong Work Ethic
Alexa is a second-generation Ukrainian-American, and it has become even more vital that she be able to perform Ukrainian Patriotic songs. She does this to honor her heritage and to support the country under brutal siege by Russia.
“It is very important to me. My grandfather came to America from the Ukraine, all he knew how to do was to work hard. He took a lot of risks and he built our family’s stability and life in America by the swing of his hammer. What is happening there is very close to my heart. We have a lot of family there,’’ Alexa said.
Her grandfather’s Ukrainian strength of character and resiliency is the bedrock of Alexa’s work ethic and can-do mindset.
“I never sweat the small stuff. My grandpa, he would tell me that we are so lucky. He’d say to me, ‘I need you to remember how lucky we are and how hard we worked to get to America, to have so much opportunity,’ ‘’ Alexa said.
Mother-Daughter Team Saw Handwriting on the Wall About eXp’s Business Model
Alexa’s Ukrainian immigrant grandfather purchased a piece of property so that one day Alexa’s father and her uncle could develop that land and help others achieve the American dream. She likes to say he started the real estate bug. But it was Alexa’s mother, Cheryl, who blazed the trail with a very successful collection of real estate franchises in Connecticut.
“When she was a stay-at-home mom, she said, ‘I could sell these condos,’ and that’s how she started. I went off college at the University of Connecticut and, never having thought I would get into real estate, I needed an internship and wound up working at my mother’s front desk. That’s where I fell in love with real estate. I saw the hustle and bustle, the people coming and going and the fact that there was no ceiling and no floor to the business,’’ Alexa said.
The mother-daughter tandem is one of the biggest-selling teams in Connecticut with The GoldBar Team’s lineup of 40+ agents across several states. Since joining eXp, Alexa has recruited more than 89 agents. She is a member of The Goldbar Team and is actively working with agents throughout the globe and speaking in places like Orlando, San Antonio, Phoenix and Alabama later this year. Not only can Alexa sing again, she can fly.
“I feel freedom, peace and growth. More fun each and every day. No overhead, no stress, no offices. That stress of the typical brick-and-mortar brokerage. It can’t compete with this model,’’ she said.
What makes eXp special to you?
“With my mother previously owning and operating her brokerages, I’ve always had such incredible mentorship and access for quick answers. When we went to eXp I was so surprised I was able to get answers by the click of a button. I love to go on Workplace, message people or DM with questions and I’ll immediately get answers.’’
Have you had any experience or success around eXp’s global revenue share and commercial businesses yet?
“One of the most significant things that happened to me since joining eXp is that I am making $5K a month in revenue share while I sleep. The day I realized that I had tears in my eyes telling my family about it. I was so grateful that I finally found a way that allows me to compound my earnings doing what I love to do… helping agents and making a true impact.
What kind of collaboration have you experienced at eXp?
“It’s amazing to partner with friends all over the world. I can’t tell you what that’s done. If I want to write a book, become a TikTok genius, speak on stage and make an impact, eXp is all about collaboration. It’s not fun being the biggest fish in the pond. I want to learn and grow and that’s what’s happening each and everyday with my partners who are now friends from all over the world.’’
10 Fun Things About Alexa Kebalo Hughes:
What’s something about yourself people may not know?
I played Division I rugby at the University of Connecticut.
Who is the person you most admire?
My mother! Absolutely. The most driven, hard-working, aspirational, takes risks and follows her heart and mind. She didn’t give me a fish. She taught me to fish.
One thing you can’t live without?
I love doing my yoga outside in the fresh air, even in the winter, for the sunshine and vitamin C.
One trait that has led to your success?
Always be positive. Forgive yourself and move forward. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Have the best intentions and do the best you can and if it doesn’t work out pick yourself up, restart and try again.
What celebrity would play you in a movie or TV show?
Kate Hudson. I just think she’s so cool and so charismatic.
Negative people. When people complain about little things, or who talk about other people. That’s my pet peeve. Our thoughts and how we speak manifests into reality and it’s ultimately a waste of time and energy. Where your focus goes, energy flows and grows.
Little known fact about yourself?
I don’t have any tattoos. That’s unique these days!
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Wake up without an alarm. Do my morning routine, prayer, meditation and yoga, hand in hand with my husband on the beach and in the surf. Feeling alive with the sun and the waves. I love that.
Song you never tire of?
Anything by Pitbull. I love Pitbull. And I’m pretty much Mrs. Worldwide.
Your epitaph will say:
Work hard, play hard, give back.
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