Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors’ new executive VP, all about helping Realtors

This week, the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors announced that Dwayne Carte was hired as the new executive vice president of the 3,400-member nonprofit. Carte, 47, is a Realtor and a national motivational speaker and business coach from Minneapolis. He will officially join the Lutherville office on Nov. 21, replacing Joseph T. “Jody” Landers III, who resigned in June to launch an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore mayor. This week, Carte called The Daily Record from the annual meeting of the National Association of Realtors in Anaheim, Calif., to talk about the new mission at GBBR. Q: How do we help the Realtors take advantage of all opportunities out there? A: We’re getting more signs of some economic recovery and buyer activity. And there are always new evolutions of technology that can serve the client better. We have to focus on how we can we get them in front of the Realtors faster, so they can better serve buyers and sellers. How do we take the trade association to help their business needs in a more timely fashion? Q: What is your background? A: I’m from Minneapolis and have been a Realtor there for 10 years where I have also been a national trainer on real estate topics. I have been giving classes somewhere on real estate for 100 days a year [for Encore Seminars, his company] for many years. I’ve been teaching classes as well as consulting with business associations on how to improve the education of their organizations. Before that, I was in information technology for 15 years. I have never lived in Baltimore before, but I’ve been through Baltimore several times on business. I can tell you one of the most exciting things about Baltimore is the seafood and the water. I was born and raised in New Orleans, and it is wonderful that I can now live near water and have seafood, and be closer to more of a coastal climate. (For the record, Carte is a Saints fan). Q: How will you help Realtors here weather the storm of the recession? A: We have to. I remind folks that while it is larger than we can probably remember, it’s not our first time at this rodeo. We have been through foreclosure and short sale markets before, and the reality is the real estate will still balance out in a more favorable fashion than the stock market. This recession provides an opportunity for first-time homeowners and investors to buy at interest rates where they have never been before. Our job as a Realtors association is to make sure we know where all the hundreds of different programs — federal and private — are out there and help find solutions.

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