As I close my first decade in the industry, it is clear that this is my passion. This is my future. This is my legacy.”

Nicole Lopez is a third generation professional in the real estate industry. She started off as a sales counselor for a national builder in 2010 and moved through the ranks to her current position operating and managing an all-female team of 11 at True Houston Real Estate. She graduated from the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program in 2018, and holds a National Association of REALTORS® Commitment to Excellence certification.

“I’ve been blessed to be introduced to thinkers, leaders, and dreamers throughout the last decade,” Nicole says of the mentors she has had over the years. “I’m a large believer in the idea that you become who you are around.

“My business is a result of their care, compassion, and concern. I look up to each of them for different reasons and am so blessed to have them around!”

Nicole’s commitment to her community—both the local and broader state community—is what she says sets her apart. She has been actively involved at the Houston Association of REALTORS® in various ways, volunteering for numerous committees, such as the YPN, Technology, MLS, and TREPAC committees. She is also actively involved with Texas REALTORS®, sitting on the Board of Directors this year and acting as a TREPAC Trustee.

“I spend a lot of time advocating and working for the community,” says Nicole. But the real estate industry is not the only organization benefiting from her active involvement.

Nicole has volunteered her time with the City Wide Club of Houston in their fundraising efforts for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Super Feasts, which feed tens of thousands of Houstonians each year.

She also recently received the 2020 Inman Innovator award for her work helping local rodeo vendors sustain their businesses through the challenges of the pandemic. The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was shut down due to concerns over COVID-19, but with Nicole’s help in establishing a digital marketplace, the mostly Texas-based vendors made over $2M in sales to date.

“I believe that the largest challenges currently will be navigating our industry successfully through and after COVID-19,” she says. “No doubt we will see long lasting effects to our residential and commercial sphere, but working together with our membership and truly listening and leveraging our talent as a whole will ensure we come through this together successfully.”

About the Award:

The REALTORS® to Watch Award is a Texas Young Professionals Network award recognizing excellence in leadership, community involvement, and everything else that makes a well-rounded young professional successful in real estate. Any active REALTOR® member of Texas REALTORS® under the age of 40 as of August 1, 2020, can apply for this award. Click here to check out past recipients of this award and to find out more.