Barbara Margolis, GRI

BHHS Fox & Roach, Wayne-Devon; Narberth

40 Years Active in Real Estate

What was your career prior to real estate, if applicable?

Not applicable.

What type of leadership roles have you held outside of real estate? 

I have served as a Director on the Methacton School Board for 16 years.  During this period, I served as President of the Board for 12 years.

As a voice for your colleagues, what strengths/insights will you bring to the Board discussions?

I am a good listener and very approachable. When I need opinions as to certain decisions I am about to make on a committee I frequently ask agents from many different companies for their input. I have served on several PAR committees and can bring a broad perspective.

As the manager in a very large office, I am involved with hundreds of transactions, as well as stumbling blocks agents are experiencing, and what is working well. Having been in management for over 35 years, I have seen many situations and can refer back to my knowledge.

What issues do you feel the Association should be addressing?

I think we have to work very hard to minimize “my old association” feeling and strive for agents to think of themselves “all as my association.” We need to stress extra benefits they are receiving and that costs will not go up. We need to bring classes and events to all parts of our footprint to minimize the feeling of being too big. We should continually measure our progress against our goals, have specific goals and timelines so that we can catch issues when they first arise. Finally, we should have ongoing focus groups to find the issues we need to address.

Why are you interested in serving as a member of the first Board of Directors of Tri-County Suburban REALTORS®?  

The Real Estate industry has been very good to me and I believe in giving back. Having been on the Board previously, I would be able to jump right in to make decisions that are timely. There would be no learning curve with me as a director.

I believe in collaborative discussions and this has worked well for me in the past. This I believe, with the merging of the boards, is most important. I also have just successfully merged two large offices into one very smoothly and believe that experience will be helpful in our merger.