Every year, the Austin Board of REALTORS® recognizes the best of the best in Austin real estate. Winners are nominated by their peers and selected based on outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and the local community in areas such as business accomplishments, association participation, dedication to the community, and education achievements.
Leonard Guerrero, 2016 REALTOR® Of The Year
JB Goodwin is proud to announce that the Austin Board of REALTORS® recognized our very own Leonard Guerrero as the 2016 REALTOR® of the Year!
Leonard has 23 years of experience in the real estate industry and is currently an active agent and Assistant Sales Manager in our Northwest Division. Passionate about his community and the real estate industry, Leonard avidly volunteers with the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the Texas Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. In 2012, Leonard had the pleasure of serving as the Austin Board of REALTORS® Chairman of the Board. Currently, Leonard can be found serving the local and state associations as Regional Vice President on the State Executive Board.
We asked Leonard if he would share what this honor means to him, his secrets to success, and his advice for the 2017 Austin real estate market:
What does it mean to you to be selected as the 2016 REALTOR of the Year by the Austin Board of REALTORS®?
I'm very humbled to receive the REALTOR® of the Year award from the Austin Board of REALTORS®. It's special in that it comes directly from the industry, my peers, and not from an outside body. The decision makers are real estate agents that I work with on various committees, task forces, and the Board of Directors who determine a nominee's worthiness. The body of work that someone invests in is what is being recognized for the individual. The award is not something that a real estate agent sets as a goal, but something that occurs organically. Personally, I want to contribute back to my industry and to help make the business better for every REALTOR® and the public.
What is your philosophy as an Austin real estate agent?
My philosophy mirrors my brokerage's mission statement: help people. If you keep your vision about those you work with and for, you will be successful. You cannot make your business about yourself only and expect to succeed. People will recognize that about you and move away from you.
What do you think set you apart from other Austin real estate agents?
Each of us makes a decision about what we are able to do or to contribute to. The work I did this past year was no different than the years before I received this award. I'm deeply involved in volunteer work with my local association, the Austin Board of REALTORS®, my state association, the Texas Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. What was special about this year is that someone felt strongly enough about my volunteer work, they made the decision to submit my nomination for consideration.
What advice to you have regarding Austin real estate for 2017?
2017 looks to be another fantastic year in Austin real estate, the Greater Metropolitan Area, and Texas overall. We continue to have job growth as a strong foundation and our quality of life is unparalleled. These are just two elements that drive the continued migration of people to Austin and Texas. The below average housing inventories across the state will continue to keep pressure on buyers in their respective markets and keep local markets to the sellers side. New home builders are working to put more units on the ground while our statewide population growth seems to remain even, leaving real estate inventory at historically low levels in most major markets.