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Jessica Mushovic (CHS ’02) An Energetic Success In The World Of Real Estate

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 12:00 am

Seemingly Jessica Mushovic is a force of nature, with the single-minded goal of helping people with their real estate challenges. And as we’ll discover later, she has the professional and educational background to make that happen.

Everyone knows at least one Mushovic and it is my pleasure to say my total is now three. I was a patient of Jessica’s grandfather, the late Dr. James Mushovic, Sr. and I knew Jessica’s younger sister Megan, who was a volleyball star at Coronado High School (CHS) and later Cornell University. Megan is one of the best volleyball players to come through Coronado in the past two decades.

There are three Mushovic sisters starting with Emily Pruitt, who with her military husband are about to move to Hawaii for the third time. She is returning to her job as a park ranger at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Jessica is the middle sister and she claims to be the ‘glue’ for the family. Megan is the youngest sibling and is busy working her way up the corporate ladder at Anheuser-Busch InBev in St. Louis.

Jessica’s family background becomes even more interesting as she described her dual upbringing in Coronado and Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Yes, the base of operations for the television show, “The Deadliest Catch.” Mushovic explained, “All three of us were born in the same hospital room in Anchorage, Alaska. My parents were high school sweethearts at CHS and graduated in 1969. My father, James Mushovic, Jr. married my mom Janis. He went to medical school, joined the Air Force and was stationed overseas. Because he liked camping, fishing and hiking, he went to Alaska and provided medical help to the underserved natives. He has always had a medical practice up there and for 38 years he had a practice on Isabella Avenue in Coronado as well. He worked a month here and then a month there. In the summers we went up for the busy fishing season. Dad is still going up there to help the doctor who bought his practice. Dutch Harbor on the Bering Sea is one of the biggest producing ports in the United States. It’s beautiful and unique. They have two restaurants, one hotel and one bar.”

When asked if her father knew or had worked with any members of the “Deadliest Catch” cast, Jessica smiled and said medical non-disclosure laws prevented her from commenting. She did remind me that Jim Jr. was the only doctor in the area, so I guess we can read between the lines.

Jessica was in a hurry to graduate from Coronado High School, and graduated in 2002, a year early. “I was a competitive figure skater and I was paid to go on tour. I went to UC Riverside and then UC San Diego and graduated in 2006. I still skate for fun and I go to the Hotel Del and still do a lot of my doubles and combos. I get dizzy now doing some of the spins. And I work on Yoga to keep my flexibility. If I can visualize a move before I get into it, I can still do it. My one regret is I didn’t do a sport in high school. I loved volleyball and softball was really fun. But I chose skating and I had at least three practices a week.”

When asked about her favorite part of high school, Mushovic said, “It’s really the people, the friendships and the experiences. The reason we all come to Coronado for Christmas or July 4th is there is something so special in the water, that we all keep coming back. It’s definitely home. It was really a unique and amazing opportunity to grow up here. I want my own kids to grow up here.”

Other fond memories include the teachers Mushovic had at CHS. “I loved Robbin Adair. It was so funny, you would run into him in the hallway and he would say something that would stick with you. Casey Tanaka officiated my wedding and I still have one of his first campaign buttons. Davin Heaphy was so dynamic in the way he teaches, and he kept the students really engaged. I love history and I loved both Heaphy and Tanaka.”

As you may have deduced from the last paragraph, Mushovic is married to Broneil Baytkarim, who is originally from Tehran. “Broneil works for Navy Special Warfare as a BUDS instructor and we live in Coronado. We’ve been married for four years and together for eight happy years.”

After graduating from UCSD, Mushovic earned her real estate license and then took a Paralegal Program at USD. “I thought it would be good training for a lot of jobs including real estate,” Mushovic said. “I love contracts, understanding the ins and outs. I went to work at Hollywood Realty in Beverly Hills and I learned a lot about acquisitions. The owner was an extremely smart, loyal guy who taught me a lot about acquiring property, positioning yourself in negotiating and he’s brilliant. He shorted the stock market and made half a billion dollars in one day. I helped him with that. He owned over 125 different properties and I would visit each one, telling him what needed to be done and what the value of the property was. He owned a lot more commercial property, but some residential also. One of his properties was one of the most expensive homes in Beverly Hills. I got hired and two weeks later I was helping him with his wedding. I was thrown in with the sharks and I learned all of the information that has helped me immensely today.”

Mushovic has a string of letters behind her name in her E-mails. A full description of her credentials would fill most of this half of the paper you’re holding. However she has expertise in software and computer programs relating to real estate; she is a certified international property specialist; knows about the environment as it relates to housing; is a military relocation professional; is an expert at property pricing analysis; is a real estate negotiation expert; knows about the short sale and foreclosure market; and is a senior real estate specialist.

After working for Lyon Realty locally, then Hollywood Realty, and Coldwell Banker, two years ago Mushovic joined Big Block Realty, Inc., a growing firm which originated in San Diego County. She said, “Actually our first franchise is in Sacramento and we are expanding into Texas, Florida, Washington and Nevada.”

In a video on her website, Mushovic said, “The real estate life chose me.” When asked to elaborate on that concept, she replied, “What made real estate so much fun for me initially was a curiosity about how the process works and how mortgages work. The vehicle that people use to build wealth, also satisfies our fundamental need for shelter. Your home is where you spend time and create memories. Helping people with real estate is an obligation I don’t take lightly. I think it’s just amazing that every day I get to help people transition to the next chapter of their life. Helping them through something like that gives me a profound sense of fulfillment. I am going to really care about them. The gratitude I have to be able to assist them brings me fulfillment every day. Finding someone a home is everything.”

Mushovic doesn’t let geographic boundaries mitigate the search for the perfect properties for her clients. Her military relocation training has her going as far north as Riverside County. Or as Mushovic likes to say, “From the Bridge and beyond. Customers find you from all over the place and you facilitate that the best way you can.”

Her experience in real estate recently earned Jessica a position on the Board of the San Diego Association of Realtors. And she also serves on their Education Committee, a role she described. “The last two years on the Education Committee I have helped tell members about the benefits of the classes we offer. As an agent, you can educate yourself better as a person and become a better agent. You can make your work that much smoother and more effective. We did some good work there. I just started a two-year term on the Board. I went to my first meeting to observe today and I am super excited for what is coming. And I want to make an effective and positive impact. The San Diego Association of Realtors is one of the biggest associations in the country, with 20,000 realtors. There are a number of legislative issues coming up regarding the protection of home ownership rights. We have people working behind the scenes.”

Mushovic recently joined the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, where her sister Emily worked. “She encouraged me to join. And I have enjoyed meeting so many people. I am 100 percent behind shopping locally.”

Mushovic wanted to put in a plug for the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club and their upcoming First Annual Halloween Treat Sweep. “This year I am on the Board as the Historian. We most recently raised money from the 10th Annual Taste of Coronado for this year’s beneficiary, Camp Able. Coming up Nov. 1, the Junior Woman’s Club is organizing the Halloween Treat Sweep and we are asking everyone, including students, to pick up Halloween wrappers on their way to school or work. Students can take their trash to school because every local school is participating. And community members can bring trash to Spreckels Park and enjoy coffee on us. We are encouraging people to bring their own reusable cups. Plus there are 10 golden tickets that will be located around town and there is a prize for those who find them.”

So in a brief summary, third generation local and CHS grad Jessica Mushovic is doing extremely well. And she’s a really nice person who gives back to her community. That sounds like a good recipe for continued success.

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