With more than two decades of industry experience, broker Michael Parent will serve as the 2014 president of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors (MORe), according to a recent press release.
Parent, who is a broker with Coldwell Banker and is Burnet Title’s Chicago Region vice president of operations, said he wants to make in impact during his time as president.
“I want to be as proactive as possible and not be afraid to shake things up,” Parent said. “Just because somebody else has tried something and failed or come up short doesn’t mean we can’t take it on, whether that is developing mobile technology tools and resources for members or finding new ways to educate consumers.”
Parent, who was also selected to the Illinois Association of Realtors board of directors, has experience in multiple facets of real estate, from new construction and marketing, to property management. But he isn’t just looking to add this job to his resume. Parent has serious goals he wants to accomplish during his term.
In addition to increasing awareness about the work MORe does and strengthening its relationships with members and consumers, Parent plans to meet with mortgage and lending professionals in hopes of repairing a market he said is damaged.
“The fact that first-time homebuyers make up only 29 percent of the market, when it’s traditionally closer to 40 or 50 percent, is staggering,” Parent said. “We need more flexible financing options for first-time buyers and lending standards that open up more opportunities in the market. We must also do more to strengthen the FHA and ensure its long-term viability.”