Career move has been a blessing for Oklahoma City Realtor Chuck Harris
Ten years ago, Oklahoma City Metro Realtor of the Year Chuck Harris sold his Enid agency to join Century 21 All Pro Realty in Oklahoma City
Chuck Harris got out of the real estate business — so that he could get into the real estate business.
In 2003, Harris sold the Enid agency he built with his wife, Trisha, and moved to Oklahoma City to join Century 21 All Pro Realty.
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Last December, not quite 10 years after what Harris calls “one of the best decisions I ever made,” his career was honored by the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, which named him 2012 Realtor of the Year. Harris is managing broker of Century 21 All Pro, 8524 S Western Ave., No. 102. The agency's broker owner, Mary Berry, was Realtor of the Year in 2011.
While the association chooses its Realtor of the Year based on service to Realtor organizations — Harris is a board member for both the Oklahoma Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors — local Realtors President Keith Taggert said that on top of it all, “Chuck is just an awfully good man.”
Harris said he was “ready to trade” agency ownership for sales management and for a decade has continued to build on his expertise not only in traditional sales and service to his homeowner clients, but also in sales of lender-owned homes.
Although the rate of foreclosures in recent months has been decreasing in Oklahoma, as in the rest of the country, Harris said “about half” of his business remains in the sale of bank-owned houses.
There is always buyer interest in the lender-owned sector of the market, Harris said, because “depending on the property,” there's always a chance for savings in foreclosures.
“There's no emotion involved,” Harris said. Rather, banks holding foreclosed properties are “just looking for the return” of what they've lent on a home.
The Harrises purchased a bank-owned home for themselves when they sold their Enid agency and moved to the metro area.
Harris was happy for the opportunity to continue working in real estate sales, which he started as a student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He has made a life of it. After 43 years in the business, he recently was awarded Emeritus Status by the National Association of Realtors.
But he also had an eye on the grandparenting business.