Abigail Bocchetto knows the streets of Houston, from taco stands to art museums and beyond. That knowledge of the city’s intricacies plays a prominent role as she helps clients find their perfect landing spot.
Getting into real estate was not so linear for Bocchetto, but being an independent entrepreneur always has been her strong suit. Before real estate, Bocchetto had her own dog care business — which she realized was not something she could do forever as it was both physically demanding and time consuming. Getting married and moving into a new phase in her life meant her career path would have to take a twist.
Bocchetto comes from a long line of family invested in the realty business. So from real estate attorneys to aunts and uncles who specialize in lending or do the same work she now does, she never lacked a support system or background for her transition into real estate despite lacking previous knowledge of the business.
“They were all so encouraging to me when I told them I wasn’t sure what my next phase was,” Bocchetto said. “They said, ‘Get into real estate. It never hurts to try.’ That was my push.”
Nearly four years later, Bocchetto’s clients at Oakington Realty run the gamut, from buyers and sellers all the way to builders seeking new plots of land for building or new developments inside Beltway 8. Her hot spots include the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest, along with Montrose, Spring Branch and others.
Though all clients are priorities, Bocchetto said first-time home buyers seeking guidance as they embark on an unfamiliar journey are some of her favorite relationships – a passion stemming from the fact she bought her first home at the age of 19, which she believes helps her better serve whoever she comes across.
“It’s fun to teach them the process and get them to understand what they’re committing to – and they’re always the most excited,” Bocchetto said. “Buying one so young myself, I know what to expect pertaining to people’s questions, and explaining the process to them not only makes them a better consumer, but also makes me a better agent since it reminds what it is I’m supposed to do.”
A native Houstonian who grew up in Bellaire, Meyerland, and the Heights area, Bocchetto believes she possesses a unique perspective on development in the area, which aids in her pursuit of serving clients.
“I really feel like I understand the characteristics of so many different neighborhoods,” she said. “It’s so much fun to teach the people who move here about the different aspects of all these different neighborhoods.”
Bocchetto believes Houston has something to offer to each individual or family, and sharing that experience is paramount to the passion for her work. Whether it be a cross-country transplant or someone simply changing neighborhoods, part of real estate from her view is the different perspectives and attractions each area of town can provide for any lifestyle.
“Getting to help someone find the lifestyle that fits their personality is incredible, and that tends to fall into different areas of town,” she said. “Gauging what someone’s personal interests are and helping them find a spot which mimics that is so much fun.”