Let’s be honest — REALTORS® face an ever-changing industry. With emerging tech, growing trends, and a booming market, it’s vital to keep up. Join Gilbert Gonzalez, CEO for the San Antonio Board of REALTORS®, as he gets real with experts on what REALTORS® need to know in this industry.

It’s time to Get Real.


Meet Your Host!

I’m Gilbert S. Gonzalez, SABOR’s CEO. I work with our Board of Directors and staff to find the best ways to provide great service and resources to our members. We created this podcast to help members like you stay in the know about what’s going on in the real estate industry. When I’m not hosting or wearing my CEO hat, you can find me at the nearest Whataburger or checking out the latest movie. I’m also a native San Antonian, and an alumnus of St. Mary’s University (go Rattlers!). Check out our podcast and if there’s a topic you’d love us to cover, shoot us a message. Happy listening!

Listen to Our Latest Episode:

Obtaining a surveillance system for a property is far easier now than in the past, but what happens when the cameras for security are used during the home selling process to get leverage during negotiations? We speak with Donna Coltharp, Assistant Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University, about common scenarios real estate agents or homeowners may face in regards to wiretapping.

The information in this episode is not intended to be legal advice and should not be relied on for specific circumstances listeners may be facing, always consult with your attorney and your broker for how to handle the issue of recording conversations on a property.

Guest speaker: Donna Coltharp (J.D. ’97) is an Assistant Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law. Before coming to St. Mary’s, Coltharp served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Phil Hardberger, of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, and then to United States District Court Judge Edward Prado. She then moved to the Federal Public Defender’s Office, where she worked as appellate counsel and eventually became First Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas. She served on the National Defenders’ Supreme Court Advocacy Assistance Program and was co-chair of the National Association of Defender Services Amicus Committee. In both capacities, she has drafted briefs and contributed substantial work to many significant cases argued in the Supreme Court.

COVID-19 has placed unprecedented pressures on everyone, including property owners and tenants. With unemployment rising to historic numbers, many Bexar County residents are concerned about their ability to pay rent or mortgage. In this episode, we speak with Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager, on the programs and resources available for tenants and landlords, and the need for better communication between them.

Guest speaker: Lori Houston was appointed Assistant City Manager in July of 2015. Prior to her arrival to the City Manager’s Office she served as the Director of the Center City Development & Operations Department. Ms. Houston was essential in bringing a grocery store to downtown. Through her leadership, the City has facilitated the development of an additional 49 housing projects that will ultimately yield 6,275 housing units in the downtown area. These projects represent an investment of over $1 billion in downtown San Antonio.

You’ve heard it before; there’s no place like home. But have you dug into data on homebuyers? Who is buying? Where? What do they want? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Jessica Lautz, NAR’s VP of Demographics and Behavioral Insights, on types of research data available to members, and how it can help you improve your business.

Guest speaker: Dr. Jessica Lautz is Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights at the National Association of REALTORS®. The core of her research focuses on analyzing demographic trends for both NAR members and housing consumers. Through management of predictive analytics, surveys, focus groups and data analysis, she presents new and innovative ways to showcase results. Jessica discusses research findings in major media outlets and international presentations.

Dr. Lautz received her Doctorate of Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University. She also has a Master’s in Public Policy from American University and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Law and Justice from Central Washington University.

April 2020 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, or engaging in other housing-related activities. In this episode, we speak with an expert on the subject, Verónica Soto, Director of the Neighborhood and Housing Services Department for the City of San Antonio.

Guest speaker: Verónica (Vero) R. Soto joined the City of San Antonio, Texas in July 2017 as Director of the newly created Neighborhood and Housing Services Department. Vero administers the City’s housing policies and programs, HUD entitlement grants, and Tax Increment Finance program and oversees housing production programs, neighborhood engagement, Neighborhood Improvement Bond program implementation, fair housing and leads housing policy development. Vero has over 20 years of experience in planning, housing and neighborhood development.

In this episode, we talk about the economic impact of COVID-19 on our local, state, and national economies, and what we can expect in the coming year.

Guest speaker: Keith Phillips joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in January 1984.  His areas of concentration include regional economics and economic forecasting. Research Papers in Economics, which tracks publications in economics, ranks Phillips in the top five percent of economists across the world in terms of the number of distinct publications. Over the past sixteen years he has been the most accurate forecaster for Texas job growth in the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast.

In August 1996, Phillips was transferred to the San Antonio Branch in an effort to improve the regional economic coverage of the Dallas office and to better serve the needs of the South Texas community. He teaches courses in managerial economics and quantitative analysis in the executive MBA program at UTSA. He obtained his PhD in economics from Southern Methodist University and holds a BA and MA in economics and a bachelor of journalism degree in news/editorial from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Do you need a permit for that renovation? Probably. Here’s what you need to know about building permits for homeowners and contractors.

Guest speaker: Michael Shannon, PE, CBO was appointed Director of the Development Services Department for the City of San Antonio in May 2017. Mr. Shannon, the City’s Building Official, oversees over 430 employees with a budget of approximately $34M for the Development Services Enterprise Fund and more than $15M from the General Fund in FY 2019. The Enterprise Fund supports land development, plan review, permitting, and building inspections, while Code Enforcement and graffiti abatement is supported by the General Fund. Shannon grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is married to Veronica Contreras-Shannon. The couple has two children.

In 1946, Guy Chipman began a career in real estate and was active in the industry for over 50 years. We spoke with Guy about how things have changed over the years and what the industry was like back then. This year, Guy celebrated his 100th birthday. 

Guest speaker: Guy Chipman, Jr. was President of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® in 1962 and 1963, and Chairman of Texas REALTORS® in 1983. He began his career in real estate in 1946, after serving seven years in active military service including time in World War II. He soon became a broker and founded the Guy Chipman Company. He was named SABOR’s REALTOR® of the Year in 1964 and received SABOR’s first Distinguished Service Award in 1990. He was a trailblazer in our industry, fighting for equality at the Board, taking an active role in creating the MLS and using his expertise to improve the forms that members still use today. He celebrated his 100th birthday in 2019 and continues to be an asset to the association with his experience and guidance.

NAR is back with a brand new edition. In this episode, we talk to NAR staff on the recently passed Clear Cooperation Policy, their national media campaign and changes to your Code of Ethics requirement.

Guest speaker: Rene Galicia is NAR’s Director of MLS Engagement based in Washington, D.C. He has worked in the real estate industry since the early 2000’s, with experiences at various levels including a residential brokerage, an affiliate business and in a multiple listing service.

Guest speaker: Katie Johnson is the General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer at the National Association of REALTORS®. As General Counsel, she is responsible for assuring that the programs, policies, and activities of NAR are in compliance with the law. She also is responsible for defending the association against legal challenges and initiating litigation to protect and preserve association assets and policies. As NAR’s Chief Member Experience Officer, she leads initiatives to enhance member engagement and satisfaction through delivery of trusted knowledge, resources and experiences that elevate member success and professionalism.

Texas is a non-disclosure state when it comes to sharing the sales price of a home. But what does that mean? Hear from Michael Amezquita, Chief Appraiser for the Bexar County Appraisal District, on the process of collecting data, how it’s used, and what rights you have as a homeowner. Read about sales price disclosure in Texas.

Guest speaker: Michael Amezquita has served as Chief Appraiser of the Bexar Appraisal District since 2003. Before that, he was the Chief Appraiser of the Cameron Appraisal District for eight years. He has served as a Board Member of the Board of Tax Professional Examiners and he was the 2005 President of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts, an organization with which he continues to be an active member.

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