“The people I meet, and their stories, are fascinating to me.”
Andrea Lucero’s ties to the Santa Fe community and its people run very deep. A life-long Santa Fean, she has experienced first hand the changes it has gone through as well as the many aspects that have stayed the same and make it wonderful and so unique. “I love that I was born and raised in this beautiful city, and now get to share it with my children as I also raise them here,” Andrea says contentedly. “My parents have always been involved in the culture. I loved when my mom, Olivia Bacon, would gather with her sisters during the holidays to cook and bake. They are of the Vigil family from Canyon Road. Trick or treating in Casa Solana with my cousins was the best! Zozobra and Fiestas were a big part of our family’s celebration each year. In fact my father, Rudy Fernandez, was once Don Diego de Vargas and served on the Fiesta Council as well as the Caballeros.” A family involved deeply in politics, Andrea’s father was also a County Commissioner for several years.
Andrea’s father unknowingly started her real estate career. “He was a Santa Fe Realtor for many years and I enjoyed seeing him work and the satisfaction he received out of helping people buy and sell homes,” she muses. “I wanted so badly to work with him but he discouraged me from doing so. I can be stubborn sometimes, though, so I started my classes without his approval and received my license 17 years ago — it was the best decision I have ever made!”
A career in real estate has given Andrea the same enjoyment it gave her father. “Everyone has a story and each one fascinates me,” she chuckles. “The people I’m lucky to meet and the stories they share with me is what I love, love, love most about my job! It’s incredibly gratifying to help my customers take a new step in their lives by guiding them towards finding the home of their dreams or selling one.”
“Barker Realty brings a professional and caring aspect to my chosen career. Not only is it a well respected and managed real estate firm, it is my family and they are always supportive. We work together as a team, and my clients feel like they are sitting first class when they are welcomed and assisted by such a stellar and innovative company.”
Although selling real estate is what Andrea calls ‘my time,’ family is everything to her. “My family is my passion and, of course, my faith and personal relationship with God,” she exudes. “I love family time! Watching my kids in their activities — football, basketball, softball, theatre, piano and guitar performances — they keep me busy!”
Andrea is currently a Director with the Santa Fe Association of Realtors. For many years, she and her husband also ran a non-profit organization. Its mission was to provide an opportunity for Santa Fe’s youth to develop their skills and increase self confidence by creating an environment in which they can learn, grow, develop character and compete against the best athletes in the region and nation, all while balancing the needs and responsibilities of family, school and community.