As you may know, the operation of the Realcomp MLS is overseen by a Board of Governors. This Board is made up of 16 representatives; two (2) representatives from each of our eight (8) Shareholder Boards and Associations of REALTORS®. These individuals, who are also connected to the real estate industry, devote several hours of their time and attention each month for the betterment of your Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and its 13,400+ MLS Subscribers.
So that you can get to know them better, over the next several months, Realcomp plans to highlight one Governor each month. This month, please meet Mr. Dave Elya from Brookview Realty of Rochester, MI.
Realcomp Governor Spotlight:
1. Describe your current role in your company and how long you have worked in real estate overall.
I am the Broker Owner of Brookview Realty. I have been licensed since 1991. At a young age I had an interest in real estate, and purchased my first home when I was only twenty-one years old. It took about a dozen more years before my interest in real estate landed me a seat in real estate school. I began my real estate career "part-time", as my third "job". I understood that real estate was straight commission and was drawn to the freedom of not having a boss or 9-to-5 job. The thought of unlimited income also intrigued me.
2. What drew you to the real estate business?
Volunteering at my local Board of REALTORS® has opened the doors to many new experiences and friendships. I enjoy mentoring and assisting agents in their career.
3. What aspect of your career do you most enjoy?
Informing a client that their offer was accepted, especially when it's a first time homeowner or a client that has decided to become a real estate investor,
4. What one (1) thing in real estate has changed most dramatically since you started your career and how did/have you adjusted to this change?
During my nearly twenty-six-year career, I have witnessed many changes in how we do business. Gone are the bi-weekly black-and-white listing books. No more faxes. Today's agents enjoy many technical tools not found when I began. The advent of the PC in every home made working with buyers and sellers more convenient and timely. The cell phone was a luxury item that I had bolted into my car when I began. No internet or texting capabilities. I quickly learned the new technology and made it a point to earn real estate designations.
5. What would people never guess that you do in your career?
People who aren’t REALTORS® would be surprised at what we are asked to do. We are counselors, financial advisors, handymen, negotiators, interior decorators, etc. An interesting story I can share is when an elderly gentleman fell on his half bathroom floor. I located a screwdriver, took the hinges off the door, pulled the man out of the tiny room and called my son to help me pick him up. Looking back, I should have called 911. Unfortunately, they never listed the condo for sale.
6. What is your favorite aspect of serving on the Realcomp Board of Governors?
I enjoy supporting Realcomp as a Governor and its 2017 Treasurer. The discussions and decisions we make concerning the MLS, our industry, and supporting homeownership are important to so many people and their families. REALTORS® play a key role in the national economy. We have our finger on the pulse of real estate!
7. What do you see for the future of Realcomp?
Realcomp will continue to be a leader in technology and data quality, offering great service at a great value to its subscribers. The Governors and Shareholders are working together to continue to make Realcomp Michigan’s premier and trusted MLS.
8. If you could pass along a favorite quote or piece of wisdom to other REALTORS®, what would that be?
My advice to fellow REALTORS® on how to be successful would be to follow the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated, answer your phone, and never over-promise. Just over-deliver!