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An active member of Future Farmers of America while at Liberty Ranch High School, Madison Owning has always been involved with the local community and now that she works as a realtor in town, she is helping her clients make their home here.

“My best memories from high school center around my time in FFA,” she said. “I built lifelong, meaningful friendships. I laughed until I cried. I experienced the highest of highs competing and succeeding, and experienced the lowest of the lows competing and losing.”

Owning was a member of FFA Leadership and competed on the Floriculture and Parliamentary Procedure teams. She also showed swine at the fair and had the opportunity to attend state and national leadership conferences.

“FFA is so beneficial for the community. The program teaches young adults how to be community leaders,” Owning said. “I learned how to start a business, how to sell a product, how to file simple taxes, how to write a check, how to network, how to solve problems, how government works, how to speak in public, how to research controversial topics, find research back facts, and form an opinion, and so much more.”

Aside from FFA, Owning also played softball and basketball and was involved with leadership, serving as a senior class officer. She graduated in 2014 and attended San Diego State University, where she studied business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She had initially hoped to start her own business after graduating from San Diego State University in 2017, but without a solid plan of what that business would look like, she returned to Galt and the business she had learned while still in high school, real estate.

“At age 16, I started property managing my parents’ rentals,” she said. “I loved overseeing different properties and analyzing rental rates, repair requests, [and] trends.”

Her senior year of high school, she started working as an office assistant and transaction coordinator at her mother’s office, and then took over the office manager’s responsibilities when the office manager went on maternity leave.

“I took over all management responsibilities, including payroll, file auditing, database management, insurance management and more. I really enjoyed the organization that the position required, and always looked for ways to improve the efficiency of our systems,” she recalled.

This experience motivated her to earn her real estate license while in college in addition to her studies at San Diego State University and, by the time she moved back to Galt, she was ready to hit the ground running.

She is now a realtor at Parker Realty in Galt.

“My job is to navigate the buying and selling of real estate for buyers and sellers. I match buyers to homes for sale, and I match sellers to buyers who might like their home,” Owning said.

This calls for a variety of responsibilities to be met, such as marketing houses that are for sale, negotiating contracts, scheduling and overseeing inspections, communicating with the buyers’ bank or lender, and more.

Owning recently closed her 50th transaction in two years, a milestone that she is proud of and that motivates her to continue to push forward in her career. She hopes to grow her team over the next five years and then open her own brokerage. Eventually, she can see herself becoming more involved with the investment side of the business, potentially holding long- and short-term rental properties.

“So many clients become friends, mentors or referral partners. I am constantly inspired by my clients’ stories and their why,” she said. “It’s pretty incredible the hurdles some people overcome to buy (a) home.”

Owning is still involved with FFA as a member of the alumni chapter and helps to plan the annual holiday soiree. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, spending time outdoors, and working on her own house.