Ignacio Rodriguez Lopez
Broker, Eugene and Bend Team
I emigrated to Oregon from Querètaro, Mexico when I was 24 years old. My parents hosted students from the United States while I was in high school and college, so I was able to meet university students from various places. Among everyone that stayed with us, the students from Oregon seemed the most relaxed, hip, and outdoorsy. I told myself that I had to visit Oregon for a few weeks after graduating from college before I got a “real” job in my hometown. Well, that was back in 1998, and as it turned out, I never left except to visit my family and friends and eat some good Mexican food.
I grew up playing all kinds of sports, but mostly I stuck with swimming, running, and eventually biking. I ended up competing in quite a few triathlons in my 20s and 30s. Outdoor activities continue to drive me, and I am grateful for Oregon’s endless possibilities for camping, mountain biking, surfing, rafting, and paddle boarding. I tend to connect with people through hands-on projects like woodworking, gardening, ceramics, and cooking, especially with fresh food from local farms.
While I have a degree in business marketing, I made a living in the restaurant industry for many years. Then the pandemic struck, and I chose to make a career transition. I feel extremely lucky to have met the right people at the right time, providing me with the expert advice that has helped me grow as a real estate agent.
My interest in real estate developed through living and owning a home in Springfield over the past twelve years and witnessing the town’s transformation, especially the downtown area. My aspiration is to help bridge the gap to homeownership for the local Latino communities in Eugene/Springfield and Bend/Redmond. I value the opportunity to help my clients make a decision that not only has important financial ramifications but also helps them feel like they have found a great home in a great place.