Michigan native, Joseph Altman (2012, Real Estate) enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school to travel, which he did extensively, visiting numerous countries including, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Egypt among many others. During his travels, he began reading books on investing, which led him to an interest in real estate.
Upon leaving the military, Altman began taking real estate classes at San Diego Mesa College where he eventually earned an associate degree in business administration. Upon graduation at Mesa, he enrolled in SDSU to continue his real estate studies.
While there, Altman connected with the SDSU Real Estate Society, and learned about an internship with Evanco Realty Advisors Inc. He began interning there during his final semester at SDSU. Before graduating, Craig Evanco, president and CEO of Evanco Realty Advisors, offered him a full-time position as an assistant real estate manager.
We've had the pleasure to work with three interns from the SDSU Real Estate Society and all three have been energetic, smart and well-versed in real estate.Evanco Realty Advisors
"Joseph was the perfect find because his primary area of interest was commercial property management, our core business. We plan to continue to seek out qualified interns from SDSU because of the great experiences we have them," said Evanco.
Altman said he found the tight-knit community within SDSU's real estate program invaluable and he credits the SDSU faculty for his positive academic experience. He graduated SDSU with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in real estate and his broker's license in 2012.
To current real estate majors, Altman offers this advice:
Explore internships to discover what you want to do in your career and do not wait until the end of your studies to begin interning.
He also suggests that students strategically network with key people working in an area that they are interested in and be sure to network with their own classmates as they will likely be doing business with them one day.
Altman plans to continue working in property management at Evanco Reality Advisors and will pursue a certified property manger designation in the near future.