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Cristina Coppola Realtor, Lamacchia Realty, Woburn

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? I was a makeup artist and fragrance consultant for a luxury brand beauty and fashion brand.

Where did you grow up? I lived in Italy (Sicily then Rome) until I was 8 when I moved to Groton, Massachusetts with my mother.

Growing up, what did you want to be? When I was young I wanted to be in the fashion industry.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I’m an artist at heart. During the pandemic, I got really into cross-stitching and needlepoint. Anything that occupies my mind and my hands helps me relax.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Barbara Corcoran, so we can talk real estate.

What is Boston’s best-kept secret? The restaurant scene is amazing.

What do you love most about the industry? I love the challenge of it all, it’s the ultimate test of self-discipline. No two days are alike.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I fight hard for my clients. Whether it’s getting their offer accepted or negotiating them a great deal.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Being the bearer of bad news. The market has been tough and it’s not always easy for my buyers. The important thing is reassuring them that there’s always the next house.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Get on the phone!

What has been your greatest accomplishment? My son is my greatest accomplishment.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? Any and all documentaries.

What’s your favorite meal in Boston? Pasta from The Daily Catch in the North End.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Boston? The Boston Public Library.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? I showed a house with way too many exotic birds inside of it. Needless to say, the owners’ beloved pets created a very loud atmosphere.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? I am trilingual — Italian, Spanish and English.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? Anywhere in the Mediterranean. The most beautiful beaches, perfect weather and amazing food.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Be consistent and work hard.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? PDF/Expert — it allows me to merge docs into one pdf so I can easily submit offers while away from my desk.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? Local foodies.

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