RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

NOV 2018

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46 November 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE N early 30,000 members make up the Real Es- tate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC)—25,000 of which hold the Accredited Buyer's Repre- sentative (ABR®) designation. On an annual basis, REBAC recognizes a select group of individuals who have displayed exemplary acts of buyer representa- tion and who have played a significant role as ex- perts and leaders in the industry. These ABR® des- ignees are chosen for the REBAC Hall of Fame by an independent panel. This year's Hall of Fame inductees include John Ralph of Team North Star of the Wells Group in Durango, Colo; Lyla Stark of RE/MAX Jefferson City in Missouri; and Michael Straley of the Go Straley Group at eXp Realty. These inductees will be showcased during the ABR®, SRES® & GREEN Networking and Awards Recep - tion at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 3, 2018. But what does it mean to be a Hall of Famer? According to Straley, who is the super - vising broker of Stafford Market Center at eXp Realty, the recognition comes with a sense of responsibility for elevating the real es - tate industry and the value of homeownership. "I hope to raise awareness for what I believe is foun - dational for our country: the ownership of real property and the laws surrounding it," says Straley. "When you own something, as opposed to renting it, you treat it dif - ferently and you feel like the rule of law protects you. It's a lifelong dream, and when people achieve it, they go through a transformation that's exciting to watch. I hope my Hall of Fame achievement helps to promote that." Stark, associate at RE/MAX Jefferson City who never dreamed she'd be so successful in real estate, and has found her calling, has always followed the philosophy of working toward truly helping people instead of being a salesperson, which aligns with the REBAC mission of buyer representation—to bring that goal of homeowner - ship to clients with a service-oriented attitude. Ralph, licensed associate real estate broker of Team North Star at the Wells Group, believes Hall of Famers have an obligation to show dedication to their career and clients. "This includes continued education that helps en - hance service to those buyers you can help throughout the years. It also means participation in your real estate boards and community activities, whether it's on a local, state or even national level," says Ralph. "Helping pro - mote the REALTOR® brand and image so that those you work with understand the benefits—and realize they can trust you to do the best job on their behalf—is a major contributing factor." Community involvement is another common thread that binds Hall of Famer recipients together. Playing a significant role in local groups and real estate associations can help REALTORS® establish themselves as experts, which goes a long way toward helping to advance REBAC's mission— commitment to buyer representation and its practice. For Ralph, a recurring involvement in local and state boards is very rewarding and one of the resources he uses to stay well-informed of changing technological and industry trends, as well as local and national real estate market shifts. "While participating on various committees over a 15- year period, I served as president of my board twice and as one of the six district vice presidents on our state board," says Ralph. "Knowing that I can make a differ - ence helping to shape the future of our profession as we deal with so much new technology and how it affects our role in real estate is exceptionally gratifying." Additionally, volunteering his time and resources to charity has made Ralph realize that he gets back so much more than what he gives—a sense of accomplishment and being able to help others. Ralph's brokerage sets aside a percentage of each closing commission to put toward community causes, such as for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Project Merry Christmas for disadvantaged families. Straley agrees on the benefits of community involve - ment, having been involved with multiple organizations over the years, both with industry groups and also with non-real estate-related associations. 2018 REBAC Hall of Fame Inductees: How Education Can Enhance the Buyer Experience by Liz Dominguez John Ralph Team North Star of the Wells Group

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