Letter from the Mint editor: Dad says I can’t be real estate agent

Mint is in Housing Guide because editor loves real estate

GABRIELLA RAMOS, Evergreen mint editor

Every single day, I doubt my major. I am constantly questioning if my strategic communication career path will lead me to my true passion: real estate. I know a lot of us say we love interior decorating and believe we can flip houses after binge-watching HGTV over winter break. But I have been doing this since I was 10.

My parents flipped a house when I was about nine, and since then, I have been hooked. Obviously I love writing, too. So when it came to certifying in a major, that was my immediate impulse. But writing is hard, and no one appreciates you for it, so I found myself climbing back into my real estate safety net.

Upon realizing I wanted to integrate real estate into my professional life, I told my dad I wanted to get my real estate license after I graduate from WSU. He proceeded to tell me if I wanted to be a real estate agent, I should drop out now and save him the thousands it will cost him to pay my tuition for another two years.

Obviously, I’m not going to do that. I am going to milk him for everything he’s worth.

So, I’ve started to think about real estate investment. As it turns out, investment requires knowledge of numbers, and I have literally only ever studied words.

Then I noticed WSU offers a Real Estate Finance and Investments course, or Finance 447, through the Carson College of Business. My only real option was to certify in a business administration minor that week.

So now, this almost exclusive writer is taking Introduction to Financial Accounting and Law and the Legal Environment of Business in order to work my way up to Finance 447 … and I love it.

I know everyone says a business degree is useless, and all of my journalism friends think I’m a sellout, but I’ve learned more about how money works in three weeks of accounting than I ever knew there was to know. So basically, keep binge-watching HGTV, and hopefully you’ll see me with my own show in 10 years. Maybe something like “Gabbie’s Million Dollar Homes,” or “Getting Gabbie Rich on Real Estate.”

Until then, you can find me exploring local listings on Craigslist every night and playing with price range filters on Realtor.com.