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Archive for Saturday, January 19, 2008

Realtors retool for 2008

January 19, 2008

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Award winners during Friday's Lawrence Board of Realtors Installation Mixer are, from left, Tom Harper, Salesperson of the Year; Gary Nuzum, Distinguished Service Award; and Deborah McMullen, Realtor of the Year.

Award winners during Friday's Lawrence Board of Realtors Installation Mixer are, from left, Tom Harper, Salesperson of the Year; Gary Nuzum, Distinguished Service Award; and Deborah McMullen, Realtor of the Year.

Members of the 2008 Board of Directors for the Lawrence Board of Realtors are, from left, Bev Hill, treasurer; Oliver Minnis; Sandy Garber; Mary Jones, past president; Thomas Howe, president; Leslie Foust, secretary; Becky Mondi; Nicholas Lerner; Randy Barnes, president elect; and Judy Brynds.

Members of the 2008 Board of Directors for the Lawrence Board of Realtors are, from left, Bev Hill, treasurer; Oliver Minnis; Sandy Garber; Mary Jones, past president; Thomas Howe, president; Leslie Foust, secretary; Becky Mondi; Nicholas Lerner; Randy Barnes, president elect; and Judy Brynds.

Thomas Howe says that Lawrence-area Realtors have plenty to look forward to in 2008, even beyond interest rates at three-year lows, residential prices holding steady and plenty of inventory sure to be available heading into the spring market:

¢ "Smart" lockboxes at listed homes, offering higher security and providing real-time use information.

¢ A Multiple Listing Service capable of providing customized and especially detailed market reports.

¢ And a newly refurbished, remodeled and expanded headquarters building, turning a former one-room schoolhouse into an information center catering to continuing-education events for agents.

"We've loaded our toolbox," said Howe, of Reece & Nichols Acres Realty and 2008 president for the Lawrence Board of Realtors. "Now we get to use our tools."

More than 200 members and guests of the Lawrence Board of Realtors gathered Friday night at Maceli's to review 2007, look ahead to this year and honor professionals deemed especially worthy of recognition. Among them:

¢ 2007 Salesperson of the Year: Tom Harper, Stephens Real Estate.

¢ 2007 Realtor of the Year: Deborah McMullen, McGrew Real Estate.

¢ Distinguished Service Award: Gary Nuzum, president and managing broker of McGrew Real Estate.

Comments

BigPrune 6 years, 6 months ago

The average realtor in town makes about $15,000 a year.

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toefungus 6 years, 6 months ago

A house is just a place to live. It is not an investment. You can liquidate an investment and still have a place to live. LIquidate a home and you need a place to live. Above all, ignore any Realtor who insists you should take out the largest loan you can afford and buy the biggest house you can. Remember, the Realtor earns a commission based on sales prices. Their advice is always tainted by their lack of independence from your decision.

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LivedinLawrence4Life 6 years, 6 months ago

Many of the real estate companies ran ads today touting the production of their salespeople. Does anyone choose their agent based on how many millions they sold the prior year? It seems it would be more embarrassing for the agents to have their company basically broadcast in the paper how much money they each made the year before! When I do business like real estate, I choose someone I know and trust and someone who keeps finances confidential. The fact that these companies run ads listing their sales/income dollars seems counterproductive to me and it doesn't make me want to choose any of them as my Realtor. How do you feel about it?

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bugmenot 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, BigPrune, but don't feel too bad for them. They can deduct virtually everything, from pencils to their vehicle and its fuel, as a business expense.

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kujayhawk83 6 years, 6 months ago

Real estate is about selling. Like other sales businesses your 'grade' is how many deals you do. You can call it consulting or meeting buyers' needs, but in the end it is still selling. Good salespeople (good meaning ethical and successful) are hard to come by and should be applauded. Everything starts with a sale. Heck even the university has to sell itself to the professors and the students.

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