We recently spoke with Jim Cormier, the new 2013 President of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®. Jim has been owner/broker of Building Sites, Inc. in Coon Rapids since 1981, and is a longtime leader in the industry.
How long have you been a REALTOR®?
What communities do you serve?
Mostly north suburban areas in Anoka, Ramsey and Washington Counties.
What area of real estate do you specialize in?
Land development and new construction.
What value do you get from the REALTOR® Organization?
Without a doubt, a member benefits from being a REALTOR®. This organization has so much to offer and it helps its members grow and thrive.
As a volunteer, how has being involved with the REALTOR® Organization helped your business?
It is a great way to network with fellow REALTORS®. When you have a network of professionals in the business, it helps to make transactions go more smoothly, resulting in satisfied clients.
Why did you decide to become a REALTOR®?
The many opportunities that are available by being in the real estate business. The freedom to have an independent business with a chance to reap the rewards of hard work.
Why did you decide to volunteer with the REALTOR® Organization?
My local association was very active in community involvement and political advocacy. It is the best way to give back to the industry that has given so much to me.
What is the biggest challenge facing real estate agents today?
Keeping up with the fast pace of technology and the buyers and sellers that are shopping online. REALTORS® used to be the primary contact and source for real estate information for a buyer or seller. The business model has changed.
What are your goals/objectives for MNAR in your leadership of 2013?
There are three main areas that MNAR needs to focus on to the benefit of our members.
First, political advocacy is so very important to the real estate industry and private property rights. Every facet of our business is regulated. MNAR helps keep REALTORS® safe from those who do not have the REALTORS’® best interests in mind.
Second, to help educate our members to get the most out of their business.
Last, to continue to provide a climate of professionalism through our Professional Standards Committee.
What should MNAR be doing to help members position themselves for the future?
Continue to lobby on behalf of REALTORS®, continue with quality education and provide quality professionalism.
What professional accomplishment, honor or achievement has meant the most to you and why?
Two honors — Minnesota REALTOR® of the Year and the Ed Anderson Political Achievement Award.
It is an honor to be recognized in such a way by my peers.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?
Did you have a different occupation before becoming a REALTOR®? If so, what did you do?
I worked in the iron mines on Michigan’s Iron Range. I moved from a small town to the Twin Cities for a better opportunity.
This Q&A was originally published in the November issue of RESOURCE, the monthly member publication of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®.