A Licensed Realtor helps most people realize the biggest investment they will ever make in their lifetime, buying a home. Realtors must posses good communication skills, knowledge of the real estate code, and good sales & marketing skills.
Name: Maurice Ramirez
Education: BA Journalism, Licensed Realtor
Career Bio: Independent Photojournalist; Licensed California Realtor, Bay Homes Realty
Advantages: If you are aggressive and establish a good rapport you can be very successful in realty and make good money. With realty you also have the joy of making peoples dreams come true with the purchase of their home.
Disadvantages: When realtors first start out they often struggle early because for the most part they have not yet established a rapport. Realtors must pay for their own marketing materials and they work on commission. It can be very trying for the first few years when you may not be making too much money.
Advice: Stay persistent and make sure you have another source of income when you are starting out.
How a background in Political Science will help: Get involved in politics, especially at the local level. It is helpful to attend city council meetings so you are informed about the city that you are showing homes in. Knowledge about city services, school districts, special districts will allow you to better inform your clients.