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2022 BOD Slate of Candidates

Learn about your 2022  GAAR & SWMLS Board of Director candidates.


GAAR Board of Directors Candidate Questionnaires


   

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Without question, the largest challenge we currently face is the housing shortage. If inventory continues to decrease and interest rates increase, housing affordability will become an even larger challenge in the coming years, especially for first time buyers. We need new construction to begin to offset this shortage. It is extremely important that the GAAR Board and the Home Builders Association continue to work together to meet the needs/demand of our community.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

I am truly proud to be a member of GAAR and to have witnessed how member benefits and educational opportunities have expanded through recent years. In order to become even more relevant, I believe GAAR should continue to invest in products, tools and cutting edge technology for our members.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

The last 1.5 years have truly been unprecedented for our real estate industry as well as our economy as a whole. There are daily “click bait” articles online claiming the next housing crash is quickly approaching, so it is extremely important now more ever for Realtors to educate the public of the true facts, data and trends regarding the current real estate market.

Morgan is running for GAAR Vice President, download her full answers  CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The changing climate of the current health crisis and how it affects the economy.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

The promotions, education, community gatherings being continued to offer a sense of community and cooperation.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

I think because we are in a new era of dealing with current situations such as a health crisis, climate changes, and other nation changes this gives all an opportunity of how we forge ahead as individuals.

Helen is running for a GAAR Director position, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Lack of inventory and recovering from the pandemic. Competition from emerging Non-Realtor innovators looking into the future of real estate.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

Consistently letting members know what is done for them behind the scenes. Many only see the Association as a place to have mls access and get their lock boxes.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

Watching how we come out of the pandemic and how it is handled in the political arena. Predicting changes in the market.

Jean is running for GAAR Treasurer,  download her full answers  CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Inventory shortage and lack of professionalism within the industry from Realtors at times.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

Continue to be available and create fun and interactive training classes. Also helping the Brokers to create a successful business plan.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

Navigating the market and growth in ABQ. Continuing to be an industry that is hands on and not just on line.

Dennis is running for a GAAR Director position,  download his full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

High crime rates which hold back growth.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

GAAR is the home base for guidance and education.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

There will be many opportunities for growth and learning through technology and client based platforms where we can have access to useful information to be a step ahead.

Sarah is running for GAAR President Elect, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Providing and improving real and perceived value of Realtor services.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

GAAR should provide fully-prepared 5-8 minute announcements/commercials for use at all company/team meetings to provide information to our membership through that avenue in addition to the avenues already in use.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

Instability of the economy and thus the Albuquerque Real Estate marketplace. We really need to be as well-prepared for boom as for bust and vice versa.

Jack is running for a GAAR Director position, download his full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The demands of the market are unlike ever before. This past year we have had to change our modality of showing based on health conditions, keep deals together through major adversities and maintaining positive and productive relationships with other Brokers, clients and customers. It seems like there is rapid change around every corner. Adaptability, professionalism and a good attitude is the key to survival in this market.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

The Association is finding a way to still be a hub to all members, though our space is under construction. Trying to serve and navigate in a semi-in-person and semi-digital world is a challenge. Adapting to change is key here as well.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

We will be dealing with either a continual market increase or a market downturn. For the first time since I have been licensed, I feel that there is a lot of uncertainty and it is hard to anticipate the future.

Jenn is running for GAAR President Elect, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Uncertainties in the current industry; Pandemic after effects which are unknown to stabilize today's market. Drastic rise of the sellers market! When will it change and how will it affect our clients and the real estate industry.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

GAAR IS RELEVANT to our members but a great deal of them, do not appreciate all that the Association does for us. Maybe because there is a lack of knowledge concerning our Association or Quite frankly don't care because they are busy conducting real estate. We must educate, enhance the knowledge of our members to get more involved so they see the value and relevancy of our association.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

What will be unique in the next two-year time frame, would be to watch the growth of our association along with our city as we have many incoming corporate entities establishing their businesses here. It will also be unique and interesting to see how it overcomes the real estate industry after a pandemic.

Eanika is running for a GAAR Director position, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

My answer to this question used to always be technology. However, in this current market I believe that we have shifted into a greater need for professionalism in our field, and that is the largest current challenge to our industry. In a time where all properties have short times on the market, most brokers are seeing multiple offers on every listing, multiple escalation clauses, and buyers waiving appraisals, we are now in a time where professionalism is key to our existence. The average realtor needs to be better in care and character. We are in a time when it is far too easy to see dollar signs and quick deals as agents but to look past the actual care needed and necessitated by the enormity of the transactions we are assisting in. This is the time for more education and betterment of craft in our industry. This is the time for the cream to rise to the top.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

I feel that GAAR could not be more relevant to its members. Once a member experiences all of the tools and resources that GAAR has to offer they realize that there is no more relevant entity for our industry.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

The most unique thing about the next two year time frame will be coming out of the pandemic and seeing the end to the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and all that will come along with it.

Josh is running for GAAR Vice President, download his full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Our amazing rapid growth in Albuquerque and New Mexico as a whole has resulted in an influx of new to New Mexico citizens. Keeping up with the historic growth in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas has proven to be a welcome challenge for our local builders, contractors and the community. Real estate investors, both commercial and residential, have enjoyed an amazing opportunity to invest in New Mexico and see their investments grow. As a result the natives of New Mexico have absorbed the increase in rent and purchase price amount.

Another challenge we have dealt with, are third party companies that have revitalized the real estate industry. iBuying on third party platforms is becoming more common. Learning how to incorporate these large third party companies into our business to better serve the public is a worthwhile and important tasking for all realtors. Post pandemic life must go on. With that comes changes with helping the public navigate through ongoing working from home, virtual showings and staying on top of ever changing technology. Technology is our friend and we must embrace and leverage it.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

Varied and constant engagement is a great way to share information. Phone calls, texts, emails, FB live, letters are all options to increase engagement for important topics. Just as in real estate, it’s important to know your audience and communicate with them how they want to be communicated with. With our incredibly diverse population of realtors, we need to appeal to, help and provide training for everyone at all stages of the real estate career. From the newest broker to the most veteran realtor.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

After historic appreciation in New Mexico’s real estate market, we may have continuous exponential growth. There may continue to be an influx of people moving to our beautiful and affordable state. In the next few years we will have more and more tech based real estate integration into our business. We will have to adapt to and leverage this tech heavy focus going forward. Builders and contractors will have to continue to work with the city and counties and do their best to keep up with high demand.

Shane is running for a GAAR Director position, download his full answers  CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Local Albuquerque market challenge is lack of inventory. National disruptors such as Zillow, Purple Bricks, iBuyer programs. Keeping up with technology.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

1) cutting edge technology, 2) promote Realtors through more community involvement, 3) more continuing education (especially CORE & Ethics) professionalism, 4) more awareness of our mission, vision, purpose statement.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

The impact, if any, of mortgage forbearance on our inventory & our local economy.

Alice is running for a GAAR Director position, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Shortage of homes, professionalism, health and safety.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

I feel GAAR is doing a very good job in all areas, however, I think there needs to be an in-depth look into the enforcement of our Code and how we can do a better job at self-regulating our profession to uphold the Code.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

After the Pandemic, forbearance and foreclosure moratorium ending, shortage of homes, low-interest rates, it will be unique and a market we have not seen before.

Carrier is running for GAAR President Elect, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The current Real Estate industry is under huge distress from the lack of inventory, Recovering from Covid-19, and The fast rise in
pricing. Trying to get new buyers into homes has never been harder or competitive. For Realtors as industry experts it's become harder and harder for new agents to gain traction in this market. Years ago open houses were a great way to get business. Now with homes going within the day scheduling them has become much more challenging not to mention much of 2020 not having any at all. Because of this it's brought a new breed of agents into the business. With strong initiative and tenacity to earn the trust of new clients in an ever changing market.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

Helping new members stay the course. Becoming a Realtor is no easy feat. GAAR members need every possible resource and advantage possible. This will keep the membership numbers higher while providing the public with the highest quality services.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

Of course how the inventory will look. However looking more in depth I think we will see that ABQ will never be like 2019 again. I firmly believe this city has forever changed with the industry's moving in and the improving quality of life here. The markets will Hopefully level out with inventory and multiple offers but I don't see a 3 bed 1,500 sqft house going back to being $160,000. Those days are over. My hope is people from other states will see the value here as well.

Chris is running for a GAAR Director position, download his full answers CLICK HERE.

SWMLS Board of Directors Candidate Questionnaires


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I've been an active Qualifying Broker for the past many years supervising between 20 to 90 brokers at one time or another. I've also been a past director of SWMLS for a number of years. These experiences give me a true picture of the importance that SWMLS plays in the ability of our brokers to provide listing and sales services to their customers and clients. It's paramount! 

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

SWMLS continues to strive to provide new tools and services that members can use to increase their proficiency and make their jobs easier. Going forward, we are always being challenged by 3rd party vendors (like Zillow) with inaccurate information...among other things! 

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I'd really like to see more professionalism within our broker members. I'd like to see basic respect for the SWMLS rules and regs and see brokers truly work together for the benefit of their customers and clients. It shouldn't be us against them...ever. 

Kay is running for a SWMLS Director position, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

Having been a member of GAAR for 27 years, and it wasn't GAAR, I thought it was time that I step up the plate and serve in a manner that would help the membership.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

The SWMLS brings all the listings together in one place with the offer of cooperation between agents. SWMLS has the duty to keep the data accurate. We have several recent changes including Clear Cooperation, Coming soon Listings and verbiage that needs to match current standards that are challenges as well as changes.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I am not up to date on all the items on the agenda of the SWMLS board. I am sure that there are many. Keeping the information accurately displayed, along with incorporating changes as the come along whether through local need or the National Stage seem to be a priority. I am certain that I will learn so much if selected for the director position.

Linda is running for a SWMLS  Director position, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I believe that a leadership position is the ultimate service position. As a voluntary role, in leadership you must realize you are there for the betterment of the group and membership as a whole, and always keep top of the mind that your service to the membership comes before any other interest you may have in the position you are serving.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

The SWMLS is the hub of the REALTOR member activity. This is our inventory for our buyer clients and our market data for serving our seller clients. With the data information there for the consumption by the public, it is of utmost importance that we realize the responsibilities of the SWMLS to keep accurate data while also trying to service our buyers and sellers by representing their properties correctly in the Multiple Listing System. The future challenge for the SWMLS and any Multiple Listing System is to make sure we are using the most up-to-date technologies while complying with local laws regarding our disposition of the information contained in the system.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

One suggestion I have had is to remove the "buyer broker" information in Pending status, and only disclose the buyer broker information in the Closed status. This would reduce some improper uses of the data.

Linda is running for SWMLS Treasurer, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

As the Owner and Designated Broker for Signature Southwest Properties, I understand the issues that our brokers encounter during the course of conducting their business. I have leadership experience, having served as the President of GAAR and Director for the GAAR Board of Directors for 8 years.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

The role of the SWMLS is to collect accurate data and preserve the integrity of our data. Some of the challenges that we face are staying current with our technology and providing tools to our membership.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I feel that SWMLS is doing a great job but I believe we always need to be aware of new technologies and tools and bring them to our membership.

Sherry is running for SWMLS Treasurer, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I have extensive experience with various MLS systems and have used them on a full time basis for over a decade. I've owned andoperated successful small businesses since 1990, managed employees and finances. I've lived in multiple states, worked with agents, buyers and sellers in multiple states, all walks of life, and have a fairly wide reference base. My most recent board work was on the Upper San Juan Library District in SW Colorado where I served for 4 years, starting as director and finishing as president. As president I was instrumental in acquiring adjacent land and expanding the Ruby Sisson Library parking lot, something that had been on their wish list for many years. I currently sit on the SWMLS Policy Committee, think it does excellent work and would like to expand my role.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

SWMLS guides the development and operation of our MLS system here in central NM, ensuring it works accurately, smoothly and usefully for subscribers (and participants). SWMLS also helps ensure the service is used properly and ethically by subscribers and there are not impediments to subscribers doing so. As with all MLS operations, our major challenge a will be the increasing potential for irrelevance of MLS systems that do not change with the times. MLS systems must recognize any light at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train and not the light of day if that particular MLS system is not managed well.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

Not sure there is any "one" thing. Continued work on compliance and clarification of rules to make compliance easier, maybe. The SWMLS works well and careful attention to detail and subscriber input to drive tweaks and fixes is all that's needed.

Joe is running for a SWMLS Director position, download his full answers CLICK HERE.

Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

Real Estate Sales. Strategic Sales Leadership, Team Leadership and Training, Marketing/Competitive Analysis, Sales and Business Growth, Profit Optimization, Relationship Management and Organizational/Change Management Versatile, results-oriented, and highly accomplished real estate sales professional with extensive experience in overseeing residential real estate sales. Demonstrated customer service excellence, business acumen, and strategic planning ability. Possess a collaborative approach in leadership with the aptitude and experience to foster a team-oriented environment while providing support, guidance, and training to increase productivity and performance. Utilize strong industry knowledge, strong communication skills, and the ability to develop key relationships to support the overall profitability, performance, and positioning of the company.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a tool that allows real estate agents to work with other agents in their region, even if they work for competing agencies or brokerages. Challenges facing the SWMLS: adapting to keep up with rapid technological developments. Real estate professionals have to become more transparent and accessible to compete with rival services, and they will have to keep pace with the rapidly changing demands and expectations of an Internet-savvy public.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

Making sure that all our members know all the technology that SWMLS provides to our members. And help our members use the technology to help their businesses thrive.

Jeanette is running for SWMLS  President, download her full answers CLICK HERE.

Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I have been serving at GAAR and SWMLS in different capacities since 2014 and feel I bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and historical insight to our association. My experience in the Brokerage and leadership world comes from the Team my wife and I own. Seeing thousands of transactions over the years gives me a perspective that few have into the ever-changing challenges Realtors and our Customers face.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

To me, the role of the MLS is to create a convenient and useful marketplace for the sale of Real Estate. This marketplace needs to be a place all stakeholders, including Buyers, Sellers, and Brokers benefit from participating. The greatest challenge I see is if Brokers decide to “go it alone” and get away from the cooperative advantages of participating in the MLS.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I would like SWMLS to be seen by the membership as “My” MLS and have them feel they have ownership and “a say” in what is happening at the association. I hear it often, brokers talk about the Association in the third person and use words like them and they, as opposed to us and we.

Tego is running for SWMLS  Vice President, download his full answers CLICK HERE.