From Franciscan Monk to Real Estate Guru; Remembering Tim Corliss

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with LKN Realty, LLC 242267

 When I first became a Director of the California Assoc. of Realtors years ago, I remember listening to our then president; a robust, burly man that seemed to captivate the audience whenever he spoke.  It wasn't until some 5 years later that I had the good fortune to sit in a committee with him.  By then, Tim Corliss was truly a shadow of his formally burly self due to his couragess battle with cancer.  But, that didn't change his desire to give and work to better our industry.

 Perhaps Tim Corliss's greatest legacy in the real estate industry is what is now the SRES: Senior Real Estate Specialist designation.  This program was founded on Tim Corliss's belief that more than anything seniors need a counselor, not a salesman and he wrote a program that was based on knowledge, patience and the willingness to offer seniors a wide variety of housing options.  It taught and still teaches Realtors how to help seniors with one their greatest challenges:  "overcoming fear of change...".

I have had my SRES for years, and even helped his wife and CAR, after Tim's death, to re-write the class materials.  When I read the Inman News article today about the SRES designation it reminded me of how lucky I was to have known, albeit briefly, it's creator Tim Corliss.

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