Raul B. Subia came to Los Angeles in 1988 like so many before him – to seek a career as an actor-dancer-singer. Driving from San Antonio, Texas with few possessions and about $1,500 to his name, he spent the first night in L.A. in his car.

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Although he landed a few gigs in Hollywood – including co-star roles on a couple of television series and a spot on the Spanish-language version of “Star Search” – he has had an eclectic career in interior design, retail, cosmetology, event planning, nonprofit management and – mostly – real estate and property management.

And it was at SMC Community Education that he took classes to prepare for his real estate license exam. He now is a licensed real estate agent and property manager with a firm in L.A.

Subia got his initial taste for real estate assisting a celebrity interior designer making high profile homes beautiful. His interest in real estate and property management grew as he moved into facilities-related positions, including overseeing prestigious high-rise buildings from a facility and operations management position and serving as a Corporate Concierge at the landmark “1888 Building” in Century City, whose tenants included major corporations such as Turner Broadcasting.

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He says his real estate training at SMC Community Ed was valuable, and he has particular praise for instructor John Anderson.

“John is really knowledgeable and his passion for real estate is admirable and I’ve learned so much from him,” Subia said.

SMC also gave him the opportunity to pursue his passion for sustainable living by getting his LEED Green Associate certificate from the college’s Resource and Recycling Management Program.

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“As a real estate professional, my commitment is driven by my troubleshooting skills and keen focus on VIP-level service,” he said. “As a true people person, my inspiration is to help clients with the best in commercial development and leasing, sales transactions – or just securing that perfect place called home.”

Subia says real estate is challenging and that he is learning a lot about the field.

“I used to be under the real estate umbrella, but now that I have my license,” he said, “I understand the profession and all its complexities better.”

Raul Subia can be reached at Rsubiarealestate@gmail.com.

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