A couple from Mexico never believed buying a home in the U.S. was possible until meeting Karen Elmir, 28. First, she found a banker who helped them with a loan program for foreign nationals, and then she found them a lovely condo at a good price. Elmir obtained her real estate license at 18, three months after graduating from high school, and soon after helped her best friend’s sister buy her first home. “They have known me since I was young and understood my maturity and business savvy,” she says. Her trilingual skills (she’s fluent in Spanish and Arabic) have been a huge asset. Elmir hired a PR firm to introduce her as a real estate source for journalists. The media exposure helped her five-member team nearly triple their sales in 2016.