RTRE 49 – Tim Hur, Managing Real Estate Broker of Point Honors

Tim Hur is the Managing Broker of Point Honors & Associates, a residential real estate firm in Duluth, GA. Tim has built a great firm and has also served on NAR’s Fair Housing committee during 2018. Tim joins us to give life to the fair housing conversation and why it’s important in our business. He also answers great questions around involvement in the industry and commitment to clients needs. Don’t miss this episode. Tune in and listen to your favorite real estate podcast, reThink Real Estate.

You can find Tim Hur at https://www.pointhonors.com

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RTRE 49 – Tim Hur, Managing Real Estate Broker of Point Honors

[music] [Chris] Welcome to re:Think Real Estate, your educational and hopefully entertaining source for all things real estate, business, news and tech. 

[Christian]: I am Christian Harris in Seattle, Washington.

[Nathan]: Hi, I am Nathan White in Columbus, Ohio.

[Chris]: And I am Chris Lazarus in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks for tuning in. 

[music] [Chris]: Everybody and welcome back to re:Think Real Estate. I am Chris Lazarus here with Christian Harris and Nathan White. Guys what’s going on?

[Christian]: Not much. Talking to my favorite people.  

[Nathan]: Speak for yourself. But I am glad to be here on recording so that’s good. Excited we get to talk about some new stuff. For someone might be boring but I still find it interesting so I am excited about that. And this is about it.

[Chris]: How is your CMA going?

[Nathan]: My CRM…I am just slightly…I’m doing alright.

[Chris]: CRM. I say CMA because Christian was just talking about could services and CRM. You know.

[Nathan]: That is something I am still failing at. We won’t talk about it. We have a guest and we don’t want to bore people.

[Chris]: We’ll move on. We do. We do have a guest. We have great guest. His name is Tim Hur. For those of you who haven’t seen him at NAR events, Tim is the managing broker of Point Honors. His bio is a freaking novel. So we’re gonna let Tim. Tim thanks for joining us today. 

[Tim]: No thank you so much for the invitation. I really appreciate it. It’s a lot of fun. 

[Chris]: It’s great to have you on. So for…for our audience you have achieved quite a lot of honors. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself? And what you’re doing.

[Tim]: Sure. Thank you so much for that [laughter]. I appreciate that. Well my name is Tim Hur. Unfortunate not related to the fictional character Ben Hur otherwise I would be not selling real estate. Of course. But no I am…I was your 2018 chair, national chair for diversity for NRA based here in Atlanta. And I have been rocking and rolling ever since, been a realtor for what 12,13 years now. Kind of have been doing this right after college. 

[Chris]: Nice. So tell us your story. Did…Where did you grow up? How did you get into real estate? Where did you go to school? All the fun stuff.

[Tim]: Sure. I was born in Huston. Moved to Atlanta than got too far away. You know, I went to high school here. I went to Georgia Tech right after that. And…

[Chris]: [inaudible] [Tim]: I know. [laughter] Either you hate me or you love me. One or the other. But I had a really good opportunity going to real estate. So I got my license and got into real estate right before the crash. So it was really good. We all…I think a lot of us who have endured the pains of early real estate and have been in the industry at least for a while and everyone is complaining about interest rates right now but you know we started real estate when we were selling into it. It was 7,8,9,10,11,12%. So you know. 

The market tanked so I moved over to commercial for a little bit. And sustained myself with Doreos [phonetics] and commercial and came right back swinging and we’ve been…You know we have a small team here. We have about 18 agents in our company and we operate pretty well. So…

[Chris]: That’s awesome so you were the 2018 national chair for Federal Fair Housing and implementing that.

[Tim]: Well slightly. So yeah I was 2018 chair diversity. 

[Chris]: Can you tell us on how that went on. 

[Tim]: Yeah so the 2018 yeah chair for diversity.

[Chris]: OK.

[Tim]: So the diversity committee from the national association of realtors we were…one of our tasks was to make sure that we helped launch the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the fair housing act. So we were…we were very hands on on that last year. 

[Chris]: So what was the…like how did that go? What did you do for the 50th anniversary? I know I saw you at several events. But what was the whole…What did NAR put together for that?

[Tim]: Sure. So you know a lot of us you know we think of fair housing and fair housing violations more as…I mean this…It is obviously a very dry subject and a very boring subject at times but it is very instrumental and very important. But a lot of us put their housing as a risk. More than something that you can violate…

[Christian]: You can’t [laughter] [laughter]. 

[Tim]: …Trouble and then we learn about it. But really we were trying to take it different aspect of it and try show that fair housing really should be implemented in the beginning where you really should know about fair housing. 

And the 50th anniversary was very, very instrumental and very…is very important because as realtors we are on the wrong side of the law. Back in 1924 our code of ethics actually said that we would not be instrumental in introducing members of the community that would actually bring down poppy values. It was a direct attack on you know Asians, Blacks, Hispanics. So there was actually red lining and we were instrumental in doing that. Obviously we…that’s why it was very important.

[Chris]: We as realtors, not…

[Tim]: Right. Realtors [laughter]. Yeah that was in the code of ethics. And you know can you…Nobody really believes that 50 years ago that we were actually fighting against fair housing. 

And you know obviously people don’t know this as well but you know Atlanta has a very strong history with Dr. Martin Luther King and he actually was a very big pioneer in fair housing. And the day after the assassination of Dr. King, about a week later was when the fair housing act was signed. 

So it kind of…you know it kind of…there was a lot of things that went out to it. And realtors got smart and the legal issues got smart and we started putting restrictions and covenants. And you know building you know, fair housing violations into them. But now it’s obviously, it’s all been taken away. 

You know as realtors or you know, people that are in the real estate industry we are now looking beyond race and all the…classes at the fair housing act and trying to include LGBT queue housing rights and stuff like that. So we are looking at the future as well to make sure that stuff like this does not happen again. 

[Nathan]: So question for you than Tim, and I don’t want this to sound ignorant. 

[Tim]: No no. It’s OK. 

[Nathan]: Right [laughter] you know, like fair housing you said it sounds boring but it’s not but then again how big of an issue is it? Like it’s not…Like I just don’t…my mind doesn’t think that way to say “Oh we can’t take you here because of this, that or you know redlining as we talk” or steering. My mind does not work like that. Like it just…

[Tim]: And that’s like…that’s the point. Right. So a lot of us…And that’s why it was very important. Not a lot of us don’t think to vio…Intentionally violate the fair housing act. Nobody goes out and says “I am gonna discriminate tomorrow” or “I am not gonna do this and that”. 

We do it unintentionally and it brings up…that’s why it was brought up to light. You know when we…for example you know there is issues such as you know I know that you know we as realtors and tidal companies you know there is a lot of D distinctions where it says “This property cannot be sold to somebody of black descend or Asian descent”. It is actually built into the legal description.

[Chris]: I saw somebody post one of those online the other day. Yeah.

[Tim]: Right isn’t that crazy?

[Chris]: Yeah and it’s the first time I have been in real estate since 2010, that’s the first time I have ever seen it.

[Tim]: Yeah and you…it’s still there. What people don’t realize is that Tidal companies they assure over it because it is illegal. They don’t really remove that portion where it says, this portion you know “This must sold…”. 

So you know a lot of it is awareness but a lot of us don’t go out and say “I am going to go and discriminate against you know, somebody in some, you know one of the protected classes.” We just don’t think that way. That’s why it’s very important. That’s why NAR really…and a lot of people took this as a moral of risk issue. Our committee was very…we were very adamant about you know rewriting the fair housing camp book. And making sure that everyone is tarter at the beginning. Yeah not to intentionally violate but a lot of us just don’t know. And we just don’t know. Sometimes you need a refresher. 

[Christian]: So I have a question so if some would say, I have heard you know going back…

[Chris]:[inaudible] [Christian]: Yes. And I am in Seattle. So you know it should be much more progressive and more focused on…

[Tim]: Sure.

[Christian]: …Discrimination. That sort of thing. You know I have heard you know very well articulated points that you know the history of real estate is reared with if not has a lot of racism and discrimination in history. And sounds like back in the day NAR and probably the whole real estate industry as a whole is on the wrong side of this issue. When did that change? Was that kind of the process of the civil right movement as society started shifting? Or..

[Tim]: Yeah I think…So I think you know I can’t speak on behalf…I am not a history bud, but you know a portion of it you know when FHA started issuing loans. You know a lot of after World War 2 a lot of our veterans wanted to have the white big fences and to live in suburbs. And they were denied that because of FHA insurability and saying there whole fair housing violations here. 

You know, as people came back and they were promised they could live in suburbs and they don’t have to live in you know in the city limits sometimes and you know a lot of this stuff that were not allowed they weren’t given the same rights so to speak. Some were African Americans but you know we also have to look at you know women. Women were not allowed to own real estate without the permission of their fathers or their husbands until certain parts of the country until the 70s or 80s. So you know, this is a very recent event. These are not stuff that again you know you talk about Seattle being very progressive and you know and California LA but you know fair housing violations come all the time. 

[Chris]: Really? No way.

[Tim]: I know that there are several instances where I have been, when I go around the country for renters. Renters they see an interracial couple. And the landlord is like “No not renting to you”. But in the beginning it was fine because they look at the last name and they were like “Sure sure sure”. And than they come and meet the tenant and they’re like “I don’t want to rent to you anymore”. Why? “So what’s really the case. Why are you not renting to me?” 

So you know there is a lot of those…there is instances and maybe there are one offs sometime but I think that if you talk to some of our women or if you talk to some of our multicultural clients or agents they may have a lot of different stories. And it was really interesting to hear a lot of stories. 

You know there was one case in Chicago. There was one of the champions that I know. And he was talking about how he opened a real estate company and people just kept his phone lines busy so that he cannot sell real estate. So you know back in the day we didn’t have email so you know all we did was we had a group of people keeping his phone lines constantly busy so that nobody could call his real estate office.

[Christian]: Wow.

[Chris]: Because he was black.

[Christian]: That’s messed up.

[Tim]: That’s crazy. Yeah it’s crazy. You would never think that. That’s just something they thought about.

[Chris]: You know what year it was? What year was that? Do you know?

[Tim]: This is right…I think this is…I don’t know. He does speak often. He is at the VLNAIR [phonetics] conference. Well…But yeah it’s crazy just to hear this.

[Chris]: It’s nuts. 

[Christian]: That’s in our generation. [laughter].

[Tim]: Yeah. 

[Christian]: That’s…

[Tim]: It’s only a few years. So what can we do?

[Christian]: Yeah for like your situation you’re talking about with the…the rental discrimination with like mixed race couple or whatever. I mean what sort of resort they have because I mean let’s say “Why don’t you rent to us?”. I would imagine most landlords aren’t gonna be dumb enough to be like “Well because you’re black”. 

[Tim]: You actually would be surprised. 

[Christian]: OK.

[Tim]: Actually you would be surprised. So you would actually be very surprised. And a lot of realtors you have to be very careful as well. 

[Christian]: Sure.

[Tim]: Because you know and you know the way that you…You have to be puritan. If you report it you have a special dedicated line. You know you have to really be careful and they’ll make the calls.

[Christian]: Sure.

[Tim]: You know if it’s not any to you and they deny you. They may not sustain. They may not claim race or they may not claim sexual orientation or whatever the case is or classes. But they can…if you are denied they will call the landlord back and see if it is available for rent. And if it is they will try to go through the whole process you know with a very different case scenario. And see why they wouldn’t rent. So you know if you don’t report it, it doesn’t get reported. So we encourage everyone. If you see violations, you have to report it.

[Christian]: Sure. Now I would imagine that the violations, well I mean you know prior to the fair housing act you know it was just kind of part for the course. But I would imagine with those initially enacted those violations were much more obvious you know as they were struggling to civil rights and racial discrimination stuff. I would imagine it is much subtler these days. I mean what are you seeing as the most common violations you know and I would imagine a lot of those are even unknowing violations. What are you seeing now? 

[Tim]: Yeah I don’t know if there is any common violations. Right. And again nobody goes out there and says “I am going to discriminate against a certain race or you know religion.” It’s you know…it may be more nuanced or a little more subtle than before. It may not be so plain. But you know it does exist and it does happen. 

You know it depends…depending on what part of the country you may be in and if you’re not aware or how to work with a certain culture you may…you may…you may be found in violation. Especially from the code of ethics not if you are a realtor. But you may be found guilty of violating their housing. And again it’s a matter of reporting it. Rather than you know…And figuring out was it really a fair housing violation they really…”Are they doing something against me?”.

[Christian]: Sure, do they take into account kind of intention versus ignorance or kind of just kind of if you were violated you violated it.

[Tim]: That’s…it depends on how that I guess would…how they want to…you know, how they want to approach it. You know I think a lot of the familiar status gets…gets you know found upon. You know being single versus with family right you know with 2,3 children,4 children, 5 children. You know what…I see that part often as well. You know, disability. You know, you have to make sure you don’t discriminate on disability. So it’s…I think some of the…You know…A lot of the stuff…some of this comes up especially during the rental process. No, I don’t think you know someone says no to somebody when they buy or sell as much as you may see that in more of a lender, tenant sometimes.

[Christian]: Sure. The ones I have seen…You own a brokerage, is that correct?

[Tim]: I do.

[Christian]: OK. As do I and Chris. And the thing I have seen most common that I had a couple of agents on would be like listing descriptions. Would be like “This is a perfect friendly house”. I am like “Yeah you can’t say that”. You know, great for kids, you know. 

And the other think I heard recently you know was an agent who was working with an Indian buyer and they were like “I want to live in a neighborhood hat is primarily Indian”. He is like “I can’t tell you that. You do your research, you tell me where you are looking and I will support that”. But you know…

[Tim]: Yeah if you say like “Oh yeah this is…you know…I think I know where you would like to live because there is a very big Chinese community”. You know that…that’s…you’re steering somebody so you have to be very careful how you do that. You know the next kind of the big one you know is schooling. 

You know schools and how much is good schools. Is that also kind of rooted into fair housing right. Because sometimes some of the better schools will have certain races that would make them more predominant. And so people have been using sometimes, may be using schools for fair housing violations. So you have to be as an agent and as broker, be very careful of schools. Because they are looking at that now.

[Christian]: So you’re saying they’re kind of using that as the avenue to be in a predominantly white neighborhood or something like that?

[Tim]: Potentially yeah, potentially right. So you may need to be careful on how we present schools. You know if you’re saying that this is a really good school it’s very different form saying “Hey this school is predominantly white”. You know in a predominantly higher class subdivision, or a neighborhood so you have to be very careful of how you use school in it too because they can use that…

You know it is interesting that you bring schools up too. Or I brought it up but you know the listing descriptions anyway. Because the other day I was browsing around and there is a couple of apps on…on target marketing. And some of the target marketing for properties I have seen clearly violates fair housing. And I brought it to their attention and they’re like “Wow wow we don’t do that”. But I am like “But you can click male or female and you can click how many children that they have and you can click you know…”Because the data is out there. 

So you have to be very careful on how you do your advertising as well and this is why Facebook got sued. Because you know make sure that you’re advertising when you do decide to purchase ad space, that it is open to all. Because you know in certain people…and this is another unintentional case. 

So people have said “Hey this million-dollar house I envision this to be a certain client. You know it’s gonna be someone with a certain amount of wealth. And you know a certain race and sex”. And so they target, hyper target it you know a certain demographics so to speak. And you know instead of targeting based upon salary they were doing it…you can literally click on the different options and I was telling them “This is very bad”. 

And then of course they redid their algorithm and they took out some of the choices but that it happens. So again another unintentional violation. You’re not going out there as an agent to intentionally say “Hey I am going to market this property only to white people or only to Asians in this market or only to certain you know, Chinese”. You know whatever the case may be. So unintentional.

[Chris]: That’s interesting that you…you know with the whole schools and how Christian you mentioned being a predominantly white neighborhood for a school with…you know Harvard was just recently sued by Asian students for…

[Tim]: Right.

[Chris]: For not being able to get in because they were too good. So I mean it…cultures are changing. The demographics are changing and you know us as agents…what are some things Tim that really brokers or agents should know? Brokers can train the agents or things that agents should know to be aware of outside of the normal like federal fair housing. Because you mentioned online with algorithms.

[Tim]: Yeah.

[Chris]: There really has not bene anything that comes down formally that says “This is how you can use demographics online to advertise”. 

[Tim]: Right.

[Chris]: In the past we’ve had…Say you’re in the Buford Highway area and you’re advertising in a Korean newspaper. In Korean. In…In my training it has been that if you were advertising that elsewhere in the general population that is sufficient but if you go online and you target that it’s a completely different story. 

[Tim]: Yeah I think the intent is always a key factor, right. So you know as brokers our jobs are getting much harder. You know as an agent it’s very important to train them but you know we…they’re independent agents. You know we don’t…They’re not employees of our companies. You know we do have to watch what they do and what they say and I have seen a lot of employment agreement or…You know not employment agreement. I have seen a lot of independent contractors in the game that are actually saying that they are able to monitor social media. Right? Because that’s one of the places where a lot of people do market their properties now. 

And it does get a little harder as our jobs you know, as you grow you firm and your brokerage firm gets bigger and bigger and bigger. You know, how do you control your 3000 agents in you know do not violate right and who is the one that gets the trouble the broker or the agent? Right? Who is the one that has to go through the whole process and who is the one that is gonna get fined? 

So it is you know…It’s hard to always…Our job is you know to not employ…not only to encourage our agents to make money but to help them you know elevate their business. But it is a harder job for us. You know you mentioned advertising in different languages. And yeah you know I always say make sure that you just don’t advertise it just to 1 community or 1 avenue. Make sure it is available to everyone. 

And I think just in general it’s good practice anyway. You know, why would you put everything in all Chinese or in all you know or in Spanish. You’re limiting your market sphere anyway so why would you do that?

[Chris]: Yeah.

[Tim]: You know it’s good practice.

[Chris]: So what got you involved with NAR? So you came into this before, divide, you got into commercial. What created your firm and why did you get involved on the level that you did? Let’s steer a little bit off of fair housing.

[Tim]: Yeah. It was fun stuff. NAR you know being a realtor, starting off in a realtor world, you know that is something that we kind of naturally gravitate towards. I was fortunate. I kind of took a different path. I went to NAR and started on committees at NAR first. 

I am kind of a little bit of a goof ball and I was taking a…auditing a class. ABR class. And I just happened to be with a lot of the past presidents and future presidents of NAR in the class. And it was really cold and being from Georgia I am always cold. I don’t like snow and I took…I was in a hotel room and me and the instructor were just fighting you know over the thermostat and I just eventually took the hotel robe and I just brought it to class. And the minute he started playing with the thermometer I was like “Done, can’t do it anymore”. Just put on my robe. Out at the NAR building. All the along had no idea. I didn’t even know who I was even talking to. I was just like “Oh I came to take a class”. And then everyone was like “Is that the robe from the hotel? Did you just steal a robe? We’re paying for your class”. And I am like “Oh no no I will take it back, I will take it back”. Come to find out that was Ron Vapes and Steve Brown and those were all the future presidents and the past presidents of NAR. So I think I made a little bit of an interesting impact rather [laughter]…

[Chris]: Yeah that’s a little bit of an impact. 

[Tim]: Yeah but and you know I started getting involved with the realtor world just because it’s very important for us to really ensure that our business is sustainable. You know there’s so many things that we do and one of the few plan to my president circle…planted our members in Georgia. And I just…you know. Right?

[Chris]: Our Pack baby.

[Tim]: Our Pack. Yes. I do believe in giving back. And so I do give quite a bit back just because I have seen the policy world. I am a policy wonk. I have you know as…I want to make sure that our housing rights are protected. And you know yours and my jobs are…you know we’re not impacted every day and I see that. So I want to make sure that we give back.

[Chris]: Well you know what Tim is a former Our Pact chair. I appreciate that. Thank you so much for your contribution.

[Tim]: Of course.

[Chris]: You did everything that Our Pact does. So what made you go out and start your own brokerage? How did you get back into residential?

[Tim]: So I work with a lot of international clients. You know, the good thing about having a dip or diversifying in the real estate world, you know, when I jumped back into commercial I also started working with a lot of international clients and global clients. 

And so you know our firm is a little unique. Most or our agents actually are bilingual. They do speak more than 1 language in our firm which is nice just because we do cater to a whole different demographics of clients at times. And we can help them. 

So when I started working with a lot of international clients they weren’t really affected a lot by the recession. So they were able to work with a lot more investment properties and stuff like that. So when I started coming back into the residential world they were looking for commercial and then they were looking for something to buy on the residential side. So I kind of put my foot back in and it was fun. I started my own firm because I wanted to have a little bit more flexibility you know. Back in the day I would have said that it was because of commissions but looking at it now as a broker you don’t really make that much money. You…There is a lot more headache. But I wanted to…

[Chris]: A headache [inaudible] changes [laughter]. Yeah.

[Tim]: But I did want the autonomy. So I started the firm and ever since I did it has been going ever since out. You know there is a lot of changes going on in the industry and I hate the word “disruptor”, but there is a lot of change going on. But I think at the end of the day if you service your clients and you take care of your clients that’s why they have always been with me and you know I think they will always come back.

[Nathan]: A [censored] men to that. [laughter] [Tim]: Yeah so I just…

[Christian]: Nathan said the first F bomb in the day. Ladies and gentlemen Nathan [censored]…

[Nathan]: Well you know how I feel about that so you know you don’t need a big name, you don’t need a gigantic flag, you don’t need to have all the tech in the world. Just need to take care of people. 

[Tim]: Yeah absolutely. And you know in that thing that is you know going to independence or working in a mega firm there is always pros and cons. But people always go…they go back to you. They back to Nathan White because they know Nathan White is in real estate. They go back to Christopher because they know that Christopher is in real estate.

 So I think that if you know…and that is what I try to teach my agents like “You guys can leave me any day, I mean I have to sign your release forms if you decide to leave tomorrow or today or within the hour. You know, I hope that you know, during the time that you were with me that you were able to build your own brand so they come back to you for ever and ever and ever for real estate purposes. And if you can’t than tie yourselves with…if you’re not gonna be in real estate than tie yourself with a referral company and make some money that way”. 

There are so many different avenues in making money in real estate. And I have a top agent, a top agent in my office. I call her top just because she doesn’t sell real estate. She refers. And it’s funny because she works for a company that does a lot of relocations and if they don’t offer real packages she’s like “Where are you moving? I know where you’re moving to. Let me find you an agent”. And she just collects a referral check all day long. And so in my world that’s a top agent who doesn’t sell real estate but is able to collect and really utilize her license. But it’s funny how…I know when the checks come in. And I am like “These are yours”. I know exactly whose check it is. It’s fun. 

[Nathan]: So Tim I always like to ask some fun questions and I typically pluck them out of a great book by Tim Ferriss.

[Tim]: So you’re the one?

[Nathan]: Yeah I am the one right. Tim Ferriss wrote a great book called “Tribe of mentors”. He asked everybody the same questions and I always like to ask guests a few of these questions that he asked people. So I will fire away with the first one. If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it? What would it say? 

[Tim]: A billboard with anything that I want on it?

[Nathan]: Yeah what would that message be?

[Tim]: [laughter] I think people very close to me would say…It would probably say “Leave me alone”. 

[Nathan]: Really [laughter]. That’s great.

[Chris]: Tim Hur wants to be left alone. 

[Tim]: You know when I am at home and I want to be by myself, I want to be by myself but you know you don’t get that luxury as a broker and working with international clients. We’re always…We’re always doing something but you know just having the time alone to be like “Give me my 15 minutes”. 

You know I try to turn off my phone when I am working out just because I am like “That’s my 1 hour that I have, don’t have to worry about clients. You can wait”. But yeah I think that’s…you know that was the first thing that popped into my head.

[Nathan]: That is fantastic. Might be the best answer that we’ve gotten for that one yet. I don’t know. Leave me alone.

[Tim]: I think that’s the most truthful one you could get on the show. Right?

[Nathan]: Yes and I appreciate that. So…

[Chris]: That’s good.

[Nathan]: So number 2, what are some bad recommendations you hear in our profession? What are bad recommendations you hear all the time?

[Tim]: Bad recommendations. You know I don’t think anything is ever a bad recommendation. I think you just…you’re just…you’re just very misguided, right. You just…people don’t realize all the ins and outs of how difficult it is to buy and sell a home. 

Recommendations…Gosh I hear that every day. I hear bad recommendations every day. I will say that rather than giving examples you can probably tell by my face. My partner says that I have facial trots. And I can’t hide it anymore. So when I hear something really weird or wonky my face just turns. So you know I don’t say anything. You just kind of tell from my face.

[Chris]: You just see the reaction. 

[Tim]: You see the reaction. So I have been told that I need to really control my facial [laughter]…

[Christian]: Start doing Botox. Just numb your face.

[Chris]: Yeah it will tone it all down. Just nothing to worry.

[Tim]: Yeah just gotta tone it down. That’s probably you know sort of recommendations I hear all the time. I will tell you that. Just kind of be careful of that.

[Nathan]: Got you. So 3rd one. What is a book that greatly influenced your life? 

[Tim]: A book that greatly influenced…Who reads books? OK.

[Nathan]: Audible counts.

[Tim]: Yes I am a bad millennial. I like to have something in my hands. No this is…

[Nathan]: I am a book nerd so…

[Tim]: Oh you’re a book nerd. You know I am a big fan of the Chronicles of Narnia and I do like reading a lot of of very you know I don’t want to say Christiany but you know it’s very interesting reads. You know things that are kind of up in the air and Scrutiny…One of my favorite books is the Scrutiny of Letters. It was…I re-read that book not long ago and it’s a very good book. I would recommend it.

[Christian]: Allegory. Allegory story.

[Tim]: Yeah. I just like the title too. I mean Scrutiny of Letters. It’s kind of like…you know.

[Nathan]: I will tell you I like books. I do have to do a quick plug. For those that do listen and like to know what book…Right now I am reading a book called Men’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. If you haven’t read great lately go grab this book. It’s really interesting. He was an Auschwitz survivor. If you are having or struggling with your why in your life, go read this book. It will speak to you. Great book right now. This one right here. You can’t see it because you’re listening but those that are recording right now can, but an awesome book. So anyway, onto that. Well best answer ever. Leave me alone. Thank you for that. I appreciate it.

[Tim]: [laughter].

[Christian]: I have a quick question as we’re wrapping up here. So you own your own brokerage. So you’re a managing agent. So are you selling real estate yourself?

[Tim]: I am. I am a compete broker. 

[Christian]: OK. So you’re doing that [inaudible]. Whatever. We know what you mean. You’re still involved in NAR?

[Tim]: I am.

[Christian]: Right you’re still committee. So what’s…What’s…I mean I don’t know how you find time for all of that. But what’s kind of your next move?

[Tim]: Mainly.

[Christian]: Because of your involvement in the association.

[Tim]: You know in this…as long as you can constantly serve and you know I don’t mean that there is always ways to always get involved. You know I am a big Our Pack guy. I am a big global guy. Big diversity guy. You put your hands in a lot of business. 

But the thing as…the important thing rather than what I want to do or what I see myself in 5 years with what the realtor world is really more of “Let’s get everyone else involved too”. I think that’s just really important on a local level. State level. International level. You know we hear all these different stories about “The realtor committee doesn’t represent me” or certain things, “Certain communities don’t represent me well”. We can find you a mission. We can find you a way to get involved. And I think that’s the really more important story than trying to find where I really need to be plugged in the next life. We can all…We’re all…We’re realtors. We’re selling real estate. We can bounce around. We can serve wherever we’re asked.

[Christian]: Yeah. Do you…Do you believe that non realtor, non-members have an ability to serve and make an impact without being a member of the NAR. Is there…is there diversity in that or…

[Tim]: Yeah, so actually there’s 4 multicultural associations that NAR recognizes rather. There is the agency of real estate association of America. There is a national association in…

[Christian]: ARIA. 

[Tim]: Yes ARIA. There is the national association of Gay and Lesbian in Real Estate professionals. NAGLREP. And National association of real estate brokers for the black community and the national association of real estate…of Hispanic real estate professional. NAHREP. So you know just because you’re a realtor…You know if you’re not a realtor and you want to get involved with some of our multicultural associations that’s where to go. 

And so they make an impact on their own communities itself. So yeah you don’t have to be a realtor. We would always encourage you to be one but if you want to be one. But even if you’re a part time or…you can still make an impact because there is so much to do in our world. And yes we don’t have…There’s only 24 hours in a day and we don’t have a lot of time but you know there is always…You can shrug along and you can find something to do. 

[Chris]: I couldn’t agree more Tim. Thank you so much for joining us today. We got a lot of really great nuggets both on the fair housing side, both on your background and getting involved. For anybody who wants to reach out how can they find you?

[Tim]: You can find me again…My name is really easy just think of the fictional American character of Charles Helson and think of Tim Hur. Other than that you can find me on Facebook. I am easily available on social media all summer. It’s always nice when you get hacked and someone makes a fake profile of you which I found very recently but yeah you can’t miss me. 

But you can find me…the easiest way is just google me and find me. If you don’t google yourself and do a vanity search of yourself I highly recommend it.

[Chris]: Definitely. Awesome. Everybody thank you so much for tuning in for this episode of re:Think Real Estate. Catch us back next week as we celebrate our 50th anniversary…not anniversary. Our 50th episode. 

[Tim]: Congrats you guys.

[Chris]: Could be a long year. But thank you Tim for joining us. Everybody if you haven’t go to rtrepodcast.com. Put in your email and name in the little subscription form and be alerted every time an episode drops. So you can hear great nuggets from guys like Tim Hur. Thank you and we’ll see you next Monday. 

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