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The Lady with Tools in Her Pocket
By Lynn Effinger
March 8, 2019
At first glance, Jessica Abrego looks like many other attractive young ladies one encounters all over our valley. But assuming she is just another pretty face, like many assumptions we make on a regular basis, belies all that makes her quite unique. You see, Jessica is a refrigeration mechanic in the Air National Guard where she has served for over thirteen years. She is also an aspiring entrepreneur whose energy, enthusiasm, passion to succeed, and desire to be recognized for her accomplishments are driving her to succeed.
But let’s take a step back for a moment to share why Jessica is so driven. She was born in 1987 in Oahu, Hawaii to parents who had previously served in the United States Air Force. Prior to Jessica’s birth, both of her parents were addicted to drugs, and they never quite lost the habit. Her father, a narcissist, who was very abusive to her mother and at times had an extremely violent temper. Her mother, while also using drugs, was still a “rock” to Jessica and her two siblings despite the debilitating effects that drugs and an abusive husband had on her physically, emotionally and mentally.
With many difficult and even frightening experiences throughout her youth, Jessica found escape through school and by playing sports, especially excelling in paddling and special forces (JROTC) in high school. She was on the Aiea High School State Champion paddling team, winning a trip to Tahiti to compete there. Since she was still in Hawaii, paddling, as you would expect, was an important sport on the Islands. By playing sports and competing at a high level, Jessica was able to build her self-esteem and self-respect while gaining a stronger sense of family than she experienced in her own home. Because her parents certainly couldn’t put her through college, and she was not able to afford to pay for her own higher education, Jessica decided to join the Air National Guard at the age of 18, signing a six-year contract, which she continues to renew. Her father was also a refrigeration mechanic in the Air Force before he was booted out due of his drug abuse. Jessica hadn’t learned much about the trade from her father but was intrigued with his handiness and his ability to fix almost anything. When she joined the Air National Guard, she knew that becoming a refrigeration mechanic was the natural thing to do.
Being a young, attractive woman certainly presented challenges for Jessica while serving in the Guard. But she persevered and gained the respect of her peers in uniform along the way. She says she became known as “The ‘Lady’ with tools in her pocket.” You will soon learn how her mechanical nature and experiences are paying off in a big way today.
Jessica got married to a United States Marine when she was only 19 years old while stationed in Hawaii. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, while the young couple had two daughters together, they came to realize that they were not right for each other and were divorced several years ago. The “good news” surrounding the divorce is that they continue to raise their girls equally and show no animosity towards each other, which is very healthy for the girls. Aurelia who is now 10, and Audrey, who is 9, are just one year and a day apart in age. Fast forward. Today Jessica Abrego is the president of Barefoot Vacation Rentals, a thriving property management company that grew out of Jessica’s vacationing in Puerta Vallarta and staying in a vacation rental there. Shortly before this trip, Jessica purchased her first home, a small house off La Serena in Temecula, using her VA loan. When she came home from her trip, she decided to begin renting out that home as a vacation rental with no idea how much one could make by renting out your own home.
As a single mom, many of her friends thought Jessica was crazy to rent out the home where she lived with her two daughters. But a year later she had saved up enough money to buy her second home in San Diego. Those same friends have become “believers.” Some of them began renting out their homes in the Temecula Valley with Jessica’s help as the property manager. She now has 15 properties that she manages, including her ex-husband’s home, which she recently remodeled.
Jessica also recently sold her Temecula home, and purchased a much bigger home in Murrieta, which she also rents out. She reports that it is not unusual for her clients to generate revenue that is two times their monthly mortgage cost. She plans to buy a third property in the near future and believes she won’t stop there.
Like their mother, Jessica’s daughters are talented, athletic, and smart beyond their age. They assist her in many ways, including making “how-to” videos for the guests, helping to design and stage things for photos and videos, and even web site design. Jessica says they are her inspiration.
Jessica Abrego has overcome many challenges and adversity in her young life through tenacity and perseverance, as well as through her willingness and ability to “get her hands dirty” to achieve success in the vacation rental business. She is a marvelous example of someone who has a vision, sets goals and doesn’t let anyone define who she is or what she can accomplish. As they say in the Air Force: “Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win. Jessica does, and she is.
Barefoot Vacation Rentals, a vacation property management company located in Temecula, California, has chosen VRScheduler to help manage its busy operations. They worked with 365Villas to integrate with VRScheduler. They had previously been relying on group text messages to communicate with staff and manage workflow, so they were particularly attracted to VRScheduler’s Master Calendar, Drag and Drop Scheduling Calendar, and Issues and Maintenance Tracking to help streamline their daily operations.
Locally owned by a United States military veteran, Barefoot Vacation Rentals has been managing local vacation rentals since 2015. They always strive to provide a 5-star experience for each of their guests by going above and beyond the standard Airbnb. Each of their homes is equipped with complimentary coffee, tea, water bottles on the bedside, and local honey. Two stemless wine glasses are also available in each home and can be taken home with a quick photo of them posted on a social media account. The Barefoot team loves to travel, share local experiences, and offer great recommendations in the area.
Barefoot also provides semi-annual home inspections and routine maintenance of the 40+ homes they are currently managing. They strive to always have guests feel their business motto: “Life is Truly Better Barefoot.”’
“VRScheduler has been a lifesaver with our growing business and growing team,” said Jessica Hinton, Owner of Barefoot Vacation Rentals. “We are able to properly document, assign, and follow up on our 40+ homes to ensure we stay on top of all recurring maintenance, urgent matters are addressed promptly, and our guests receive nothing but a 5-star experience when staying in one of our homes because we are able to track everything. Our homeowners also see a great benefit in this program, as they are now able to see the repairs and maintenance being performed on their homes.“
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