Graduate Spotlight: Melvin Leon Guerrero, MRE
REALTOR® University Class of 2016
How do you think the Master’s program impacts the real estate industry as a whole?
The MRE program elevates the educational opportunities for those people who take real estate seriously as a career. It sets us apart from the rest. It strives to educate us as professionals and hopefully will show the public that real estate is more than just selling or buying a house.
Why did you pick your concentration?
My focus is on residential sales since that is what I’m currently practicing. I love the ability to help people with their home purchase more than property management or commercial.
Tell me how you feel the Master’s program will impact your future in a positive way.
The MRE program has taught me more than just helping buyers and sellers. The program has taught me the intricacies of managing a real estate firm. The program broadened my understanding of what other professionals are experiencing in their city throughout the country. The program has encouraged me to be more involved with my community, firm, association and the industry overall. It has encouraged me to join a real estate board to carve the real estate industry’s future. I hope to be involved on a national level at one point in my life. The program lifted my understanding of the industry overall, the huge impact homeownership has on people’s lives and the economy. The program exposed me to very difficult situations which helped me to problem solve better.
Tell me a bit about yourself in general.
I have been in real estate like all my life. I started in title/escrow when I was 16 back in 1996. Took a break for college and started back in the real estate industry in 2005 doing mortgages slowly progressing into real estate sales and have since been licensed since 2006. Besides this degree I also have a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Information Systems Technology. Besides work, I love to travel – cruises are my ultimate fave and eventually I will embark on a world cruise visiting 38 countries in 4 months. I need to find the time to take off 4 months from work before I can do that. I want to visit a new city or country every year. I love gambling in Vegas and visiting family in Seattle/Guam. My passion is playing tennis, my need to work on skill is singing cause my voice will clear a room – I’m tone deaf! I’m a happy go lucky type of guy, looking at the positive things in life, enjoy laughing and making people laugh. My new thing is meditating and yoga.
What or who encouraged you to enroll in the program?
I have always been a fan of higher education. I think our industry needs to lift the bar in educational standards. We are viewed as professionals in the public eye, however all we need is to take a class, pass a state & federal test, pay our dues and we handle some of the biggest transactions of people’s lives. I think we need to do better than that and raise the standards.
What did you find the most challenging about the program?
The commitment to respond to other classmates, weekly reading and writing, and the course projects. It does take some “getting used to” but in the end my focus was to learn as much as I can, soak it in, and slowly apply the teachings to my career to make me a better agent for my clients.
Earning a Master’s degree and working full time is demanding. What helped you survive those moments?
Time blocking (which I learned from the program), scheduling degree work into my schedule, making it a habit to log on and answer here and there throughout the day. I incorporated the learning into my everyday work. If I have time to send an email, I have time to respond to my classmates. I would sometimes give scenarios to my classmates that pertained to the course work and so many answers to fix the problem came through from my classmates. It was a buddy system. Learning from so many throughout the country helped me grow into the professional I am today.
What would you tell prospective students about the program?
This is the most daunting task yet liberating at the end. By taking the MRE program, I congratulate you for making the decision to further your career and become a true professional. Take real estate seriously and your clients will appreciate your willingness to grow and become better and for that, they will trust you with your guidance. This is more than a sales job; it’s a relationship business on a professional level combined with the mind a financial planner, technology specialist, motivator, negotiator, therapist, family counselor, and interior designer all rolled into one career. Let’s use this degree to further elevate the public’s perception of this industry.
Congratulations Melvin Leon Guerrero!
A graduation ceremony will take place on May 13th at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.