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John L. Scott Bothell broker featured in REALTOR Magazine

John L. Scott Bothell broker Renee Uribe shows the scar from her surgery to have a brain tumor removed.

John L. Scott Bothell broker associate Renee Uribe was featured in REALTOR Magazine recently. In the piece, Renee shares her story of survival and success, overcoming personal hardships including domestic abuse and most recently a brain tumor. 

REALTOR Magazine | Autumn Cafiero Giusti

In the first week of COVID-19 shutdowns in March 2020, Renee Uribe, a sales associate with John L. Scott Real Estate in Bothell, Wash., was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A large lump had grown in the space in her brain responsible for critical motor and sensory functions. Although noncancerous, the growth could become life-threatening if left untreated and carried the risk of lifelong facial paralysis, deafness, and loss of balance. “I remember sitting in my office, and I was like, ‘That’s it. My real estate career is over. I don’t know what’s going to happen,’” Uribe recalls.

Since then, the 38-year-old mother of three has not only survived but thrived, having sold $23.6 million worth of real estate in 2021—her best sales year yet. That’s more than double the transactions she completed in 2019, the year before her diagnosis. Those who know Uribe say her comeback is a testament to her tenacity and grit. “She persevered,” says Katie Kendall, Uribe’s repeat client and friend. “She was resilient and would not let anyone tell her she had limitations. I have never seen determination like she had.”

Read the feature: Finding Inspiration in Your Darkest Moments

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