AJ is a star, and not just on the dance floor or roller rink! Tune in to learn how AJ took over a roller rink, hosted a skating party, got made fun of by strange association tenants, and still managed to become an “accidental volunteer leader.” Learn why volunteer leaders matter in real estate – and not just for realtors, but for homeowners and homeowners-to-be, too.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 00:55 – AJ’s background: She is in Dayton, Ohio and focuses on property management, commercial, residential and receivership, and has been in the business for 25 years
- 01:27 – What is receivership?
- 01: 30 – She goes in and takes over things on behalf of courts and law firms; businesses to run and real property
- 01:41 – This can be an inn, a roller skating rink, an industrial warehouse operation, office buildings, hotels, multi-family units; all could be at a moment’s notice
- 02:06 – They also do residential and property management
- 02:20 – How did taking over a roller skating rink happen? What’s the story?
- 02:34 – She used to skate and was good; when she took it over she shut it down, invited a ton of friends, and had a skating party
- 03:17 – She didn’t buy the rink, but her friend bought it to showcase his luxury cars
- 04:00 – She never expected to be made fun of by people in the Condominium and Home Owner’s Associations
- 04:15 – Strange people can live in the associations and have strange ideas despite state law that dictates otherwise
- 04:41 – She tried to encourage to clients to buy into the associations so they participate in what is going on because they’ve already made the investment
- 05:20 – You can’t complain about the decisions if you aren’t apart of the association’s decision-making process
- 06:20 – She is going to be the president of the state of Ohio in 2019; she is an “accidental volunteer leader”
- 06:42 – She is from a small brokerage that she started with her father; at her local board, you must be president before you can be president or officer in Ohio
- 07:00 – She couldn’t get on the board of directors and had tried for years; she kept missing because she was from such a small brokerage
- 07:20 – They appointed her on two different years and asked her to run for Treasurer and she won
- 08:03 – One reason why this role has been worth her time/energy and why it matters that she, as a volunteer leader, is involved in a real estate deal?
- 08:28 – The friendship and contacts that you gain make it easy to close a deal because you have personal connection with other agents
- 09:20 – Hire a volunteer because they are up-to-date, involved, and lobbying on the homeowner’s behalf
- 10:10 – In volunteer leadership you get someone who knows all changes that affect your home and sale
- 10:35 – When interviewing realtors, always ask how invested they are in political advocacy work to affect policy in ways that help you as the consumer
- 11:15 – Why AJ is a star
- 11:20 – She is a competitive ballroom dancer and loves dancing
- 11:35 – She’s done “Dancing with the Stars” and have competed with many pros head-to-head
- 12:20 – How to reach AJ: Her company’s website or call her at (937)609-4281
- 12:50 – Contact Leigh if you want to learn how to get involved
3 Key Points
- As a homeowner, it is important to get involved with your association so you can impact its decisions and policies.
- Active volunteer leadership as a realtor guarantees friendships and contacts that prove useful when needing to close a deal or work with another agent.
- As a client, always hire a volunteer because they’ll be up-to-date, involved, and lobbying on your behalf.