The new president of the West Metro Board of Realtors said the west Georgia region will be one to watch in 2018. Based on the amount of people coming into the industry and a rebound from the 2006 recession, she said there are signs indicating a positive side for commercial real estate.
Deloris Goldin also acknowledged veteran real estate professional Mitt Conerly Sr. who received the 2017 National Association of REALTORS Horizon Award for Commercial Achievement. Conerly was the only Georgia recipient of the award and West Metro was the only board of Realtors in Georgia represented at the national conference.
Goldin said Conerly taught her when she began her career.
As president of the West Metro board, Goldin will work with industry professionals and members from Carroll, Haralson, Paulding, Douglas, Fulton and East Alabama, among others.
“I’m looking forward,” she said. “I think the market next year is going to be a great market. I believe the prices are increasing and I believe it’s a seller’s market, not a buyer’s market. So many years we lived in a buyer’s market. Residential came back before commercial did, but in the past year I’ve had more commercial deals than usual. I’m looking forward to working with all the membership. We have a great group of people.”
Outgoing President Connie Holloman said she enjoyed her tenure and credited Goldin as a mentor and the one who told her to consider seeking the role.
“I did enjoy the networking with the other agents,” Holloman said. “I think our area is different from a lot of other areas. The Realtors here, even though we are competitors and we work for different companies, somehow we still can maintain friendships, which I think is rare.”
“That is a part of being a Realtor,” Goldin said. “It’s about working together. We have a code of ethics that we abide by to be a member.”
Goldin said she is excited to see the group continue its community outreach. Emergency shelters, food pantries and fundraisers have all been supported by the West Metro Board of Realtors.
“We do a whole lot out in the community and you’d be amazed at what our membership gets involved in. We really try to go back into the community and they expanded into Bremen and Temple and Heard County and Villa Rica.”
Right now, there are more than 350 real estate professionals who are members coming into 2018, a significant increase over the 200 when the market gave way during the recession.
“We grew this year,” Goldin said. “We got down when the market got down. Now I’m seeing more people going to get pre-license. So that’s a sign the industry is growing again.”