John Lentz

Coldwell Banker Preferred, Exton

8 Years Active in Real Estate

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

Prior to becoming a REALTOR®, I was (and still am) an active real estate investor, starting in residential flips and most recently working with small development and new construction.

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

As a younger agent, my leadership outside of real estate traces back to my time at the University of Notre Dame. Since graduating, my focus has been on my career and service to SWRA as a member of Professional Standards and co-chair of the Grievance Committee, as a Mediator for agent and buyer/seller disputes, and as an instructor for the Association.

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

My age group is now coming into the real estate market in ever increasing numbers, and we represent a unique and evolving challenge to traditional real estate agency and practice.  Also, having spent much of my career as an investor and consumer, I believe I have a perspective to offer that falls outside the norm.

What issues do you feel the Association should be addressing?

While I believe the Association is already doing a great job in these two areas, I’ll be an advocate for the Suburban REALTORS® Alliance and encouraging growth in our outreach to and communication with local municipalities regarding point-of-sale and other related issues.  I also strongly support a continued and increased emphasis on professional standards.  Our profession is too often defined by its worst examples, and we can always improve upon this.

Why are you interested in serving as a member of the Board of Directors?

I have a strength and skill in problem solving, and I believe my background and path to this point provide me a perspective and voice that would be valuable to the conversation for SWRA.  Everyone has different ways to serve the greater community, and this is one where my talents could be best utilized to combat the issues that currently permeate our profession and will come up in the future.