Tenacious and driven, Ashley Bernardes is a New York City native fueled by the same kinetic ambitiousness that powers the Big Apple. It's an energy that provides Ashley a constant reminder that anything is attainable, if you work hard enough. "Success comes to those who are willing to persist a bit longer," she says. "It's the work you put in-most of the time, when no one is looking-that matters most." Armed with that can-do outlook, a friendly demeanor and a lifetime's worth of city knowledge, Ashley is a well-rounded and trusted guide through the New York real estate landscape. She comes to the industry with a background of diverse experiences, all of which have prepared her for success. She's worked as a Zumba instructor and as an English teacher for two years in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and both experiences have instilled in her a true appreciation for the value of communication and connection. "I have always worked with people, in one way or another," she says. "I believe my honest and positive persona make me a great people person and a powerful real estate ally." Ashley was born and raised in Astoria and resides in the neighborhood to this day. In her free time, she enjoys being physically active: riding her bike when the weather's nice, working up a sweat at fitness classes, and hitting the slopes to snowboard in the winter. Ashley is fluent in Portuguese and has working knowledge of Spanish and French.