Gechlang has always felt strongly about the importance of community and compassion. She’s a generous spirit, this one, and can often be found in the service of those in need. Not only is she a whip smart real estate agent, she’s also deeply involved at the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For Gechlang, community service is about creating meaningful, authentic connections with people from all walks of life. During her time at the University of Utah, she served as VP and Director of Service for the Asian American Student Association and played a role in creating safe spaces for her peers and fellow advocates. Yet, despite her energy and enthusiasm, Gechlang describes herself as a bit of a granny at heart. In her leisure time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, or discovering a new trail. Granny or not, we are honored to call Gechlang part of our family.
Why does practicing real estate resonate with you? Our homes are intimately tied to our emotions and our wellbeing. When you get the chance to hear a person’s life story, you’re able to visualize a house that perfectly resonates with their lifestyle and values. We all had that moment where a closet seems too small or a staircase seems too difficult. It's moments like these that create friction in our day to day. The work that lies before us is to replace friction with peace and disarray with comfort.
Do you remember when home first started mattering to you? I used to live in a damn garage for years in California. I walked the street to find chump change to help pay for rent and laundry. Nobody told us how hard it was going to be to start from scratch in a new country. I was 15 when we got an actual house in Utah. We took pride in that house. It wasn't pretty, but with some major TLC it became our sanctuary. This house changed everything and it was our everything. New carpets, fresh paint, washer and dryer, and our very own beds. On the second day, the whitest grasshopper I've ever seen jumped into my room. It was a freshly molten young grasshopper. The strongest sign I was ever given. A new chapter of my life begins here and now.
Is there a promise that you’d like to make to your clients? I promise that your home will always be an inviting place for yourself and your guests. And that the choice that we make together will be in alignment with your life and your values.
You could be living anywhere, really. Why SLC? My family and my community are here! I could be anywhere, but it never truly feels right without the people I love. A lot of the folks here have lifted me up and made me see the truth in myself and the power I have from within. I wake up feeling empowered, loved, and supported even through my mistakes and hardship. I'm home now, here in Salt Lake, here at cityhome, here with you. Home means that you will see me for all of me, know exactly that which I lived through so I could be here, finding for you what I am so grateful to have for myself.
How do you take care of your home and how do you take care of the house that is you? Ever since my grandmother’s passing, I’ve made an effort to make space for not just me, but for her and our ancestors as well. She was a devoted Theravada Buddhist and philanthropist who taught me how to live wisely and compassionately. I think a lot about their spirits. If they choose to visit there must be a clean-clear path, an open line of qi from the world outside to their altar. It’s always neat and tidy because taking care of my house is like taking care of them.