Aaron Bosshardt: Turning the Tide in Florida
I’ve lived in Florida most of my life and I’ve done business as a Florida REALTOR® for the past 18 years. In that time our family company has evolved from a boutique residential brokerage into a Real Estate corporation that brokers both residential and commercial real estate. We have also built a property management subsidiary that manages single family homes, multi-tenant office buildings, medical space, shopping centers, apartments, condominium and homeowner associations.
It didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen without education and training. In the late ‘90’s, in order to grow our residential property management division, we stepped outside the then Florida Association of REALTORS® (FAR). Our small family owned property Management Company wasn’t making any money and it felt like REALTORS® frowned on property management. Yet, as a second generation REALTOR® in a family business, I thought I could make my mark by turning our Property Management Company into a profit center.
To be perfectly honest with you I learned everything I know about single family rentals from the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). In 2000, I was recruited to this group by a property management instructor that asserted, “…two designations in real estate that actually make you money are the CPM® (Certified Property Manager®) and the CCIM® (Certified Commercial Investment Member).” It was because of this moment I obtained my CPM® Designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 2010. This is where I learned everything there is to know about commercial property and asset management.
I have watched the Florida REALTORS®, then FAR, get more and more involved with commercial and property management through the years. In 2007 it seemed more reactionary as REALTORS® turned to Property Management during the economic downturn to stay in business. That’s ok, we often start great things in reaction to our environment.
In August realtor, at the Florida REALTORS® Annual Convention, I was in awe with the proactive steps committed to commercial members and property managers. On Sunday, August 25, the Florida REALTORS® Board of Directors unanimously voted to add a seat on the executive council for each affiliate institute. This means that property managers and REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate will now be in a position to discuss and make policy for the Florida REALTORS®. Collaboration is an often overused buzzword these days, but REALTORS® in Florida are now living it. Thanks again to the Leadership team at Florida REALTORS®. If my children one day want to be a REALTOR® and perhaps learn about Property Management, Commercial Brokerage or any real estate profession I am now confident that NAR and the Florida REALTORS® will have the answers they need.
The leadership teams at NAR and the Florida REALTORS® have shown amazing vision making sure that REALTORS® become The Voice of All Real Estate.
I left Orlando prouder to be a REALTOR® than ever before.
Aaron Bosshardt currently serves as the Chairperson of the Children’s Home Society of Mid Florida and the President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chapter 60. You can read the most recent coverage about him in the Gainesville Sun by clicking http://bit.ly/XybpaO