Patrice Washington became a real estate broker her senior year of college. 

After graduating from USC in 2003, Washington opened a boutique real estate and mortgage brokerage with a team of employees to keep up with demand. By 2007, she had made millions and parked her earnings into 13 investment properties. 

Then the housing market crashed. 

Today, the 39-year-old Washington is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author and podcast host. Check out this video to learn how she rebuilt her life after losing everything and to hear her advice for anyone struggling in the coronavirus economy. 

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Originally published at CNBC

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