Carissa Wright

  • Broker Associate

    Pacifica Properties Group

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    905 Manhattan Beach Blvd.,
    Manhattan Beach

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    Women of the South Bay

Growing up in Greater Los Angeles, Carissa Wright was always interested in real estate. She redirected her interests in college and earned a B.S. in kinesiology from California State University, San Marcos. She worked in various industries before obtaining her real estate license in 2015 as a way to work in a business where she could also invest the necessary hours to care for her newborn daughter. Carissa began helping friends with their housing needs before going full time in 2017. She earned her broker license in 2020 and gained top producer recognition. 

She stays active with yoga, running, golf, soccer and beach volleyball. A mom of two, Carissa is involved in her kids’ school, sports and extracurricular activities. She is passionate about philanthropy and is an associate member of Sandpipers, which serves those in need throughout the South Bay.

What inspired you to pursue a career in real estate?

Prior to real estate, I explored careers in pharmaceutical sales, nonprofit management and bank management. After the birth of my first child, my long work commute and inflexible hours forced me to reevaluate my career. Since childhood, I’d been captivated by the housing market—spending hours immersed in housing magazines and attending open houses. As I assessed my professional skill set as well as my passions, the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, and my real estate career was born! 

What would you like potential clients to know about you?

I view real estate as a service industry career. I am determined to be present for my clients in as many capacities as possible, even after closing. I am full-service in every sense. Understanding the financial and emotional weight of such a life-altering transition, I do all the heavy lifting for clients so they’re free to focus on their lives. I walk buyers through the entire process to ensure their comfort and confidence. I coordinate all aspects of sellers’ properties, including vendor management, so they’re market-ready. I love what I do!

What challenges have you faced as a woman in the real estate business?

The most significant challenge I’ve encountered revolves around juggling a full-time career while simultaneously raising young children. The constant battle to allocate sufficient time to create work-life balance seems to be a mythical monster. However, the more I’ve delved into literature and discussed it with other working moms, I realize the struggle isn’t unique to me. 

The demands of both work and family are unending, making it a struggle to carve out time for self-care. Yet I’ve come to realize that when I do create the time, I become not only a better Realtor® to my clients but also a better mother, partner and friend. The most productive approach is not to strive for unattainable balance but to focus on making intentional choices. Understanding this allows me to give 100% to my clients, ensuring that the time I invest in my career isn’t wasted. 

What are the benefits of having women working in leadership roles?

With different life experiences, backgrounds and viewpoints, women leaders often foster a culture of creativity and open-mindedness. Their diverse perspectives can lead to more innovative solutions to complex problems, which is imperative in real estate. In addition, women often excel in building relationships due to their empathetic communication skills, resulting in more satisfied clients.  

What motivates you to go to work every day?

The incredible connection I have with each of my clients is truly my driving force. It’s a constant honor and thrill to be a part of their journey in buying and selling homes. The dynamic nature of each day keeps things exciting, while also pushing me to consistently challenge myself and evolve. 

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is finding happiness every single day.  

What advice would you give your younger self just starting out in business?

Be patient! Many of the leading real estate agents in the South Bay market—or those showcased on TV—have invested years building their businesses. Real estate is a gradual journey; if you commit, work hard and stay focused, success will gradually unfold over time. 

Tell us about the book you’re loving right now.

I am currently reading Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, and it is absolutely life-changing! If you are like me and struggle with always feeling like you have too much to do and never enough time to get it all done, it is a must-read!

What local hot spots do you love?

My favorite place to grab a quick, healthy bite (or latte) is The Source in Hermosa. I love all of Chef Amber’s tasty creations but am obsessed with the Golden Latte and peanut butter cookies. I’ve basically finagled my way to ensure all of my breakfast and lunch meetings occur there!

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