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Meet Martin Ramos of Century 21 Adams & Barnes-Monrovia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Martin Ramos.

Martin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Becoming a realtor was a goal of mine, but it kind of happened by accident.

I’ve had the entrepreneurial spirit for as long as I could remember. One of my earliest memories of being in sales is of me having a lemonade stand (just a table and a pitcher of the most unbalanced lemonade a kid could make) and selling to neighbors and passersby on our street. My total work experience up to date includes a short stint as an EMT, machine operator at a 3M manufacturing plant in Monrovia where we made dental equipment, door to door sales with DirecTv, 2 years as the Marketing Director for my family’s extermination business Nicomite Termite Control, Inc and 10 years in construction as a carpenter/roofer (commercial/residential).

The idea of becoming a Realtor came to mind when I was working in construction. I’ve seen large parcels of land turn into beautiful neighborhoods, all over California from Sacramento to San Diego and have even built homes on Catalina Island as well as a few In-n-outs in Nevada and Arizona. Every now and then, I’d be working on a house and see a Realtor come and show the model homes that we built and would say ” I think I could do that”. One day while working on the second floor of a home in Brea, I was brought down in a basket attached to a forklift to cut a piece of plywood and bring it back up to nail it to an exterior wall. Right as I was taking a step to place the piece of plywood into the basket, I walked into the tip of the fork that was sticking out with my left shin. Thankfully, the tip was blunt and didn’t puncture the skin, but it did damage the muscle and nerves in that area.

I believe that everything happens for a reason and that accident was enough to get me out of the construction industry and allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a Realtor. I do miss working with my hands, but I don’t miss being on a roof during the summer!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Even before I became a Realtor, I had plenty of people warning me about how competitive and cutthroat of an industry this is. Five months and one closed transaction into it, I see nothing but truth in their words. One of my biggest challenges early on was time management, I tried to take on too many things at once because I thought I could do it all. Thankfully, my time as Nicomite Termite Control’s marketing director allowed me to find my rhythm and build a strong base of connections in the San Gabriel Valley by being involved with multiple networking groups/associations. Without the support of all the great people I have met and established relationships with over these past two years, I do believe that my start in Real Estate would’ve been much more difficult. It’s true what they say “you can’t do it alone”.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a Realtor, I help people purchase, sell, and lease residential and commercial property. At the moment, I am focusing more on the residential side of the business but I am working with clients that are interested in commercial property. What sets me apart from other Realtors is my construction background. When I walk my clients (buyers) through a property, I can easily point out things that might become a costly issue in the future. As for my clients that are looking to sell, I can help them renovate their home fast and as cost-efficient as possible so that it sells soon after it comes on the market. I am most proud of my ability to connect with people and quickly gain their trust. You can put me in a room with fifty people and I’ll walk out of there with 48 new friends (you can’t get along with everyone, right?).

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My definition of success is being happy with the results that I am producing. If I encounter obstacles along the way, I take that as a sign of progress/effort. If nothing new is coming into my life (good or bad) then, to me, that is a sign that I have stopped growing/progressing.


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