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Annual Changing of the Guard at Local Realtor Associations Signals Pressing Issues

2017 president of the California Association of Realtors will focus on such issues as affordable housing and protecting the independent contractor status of real estate agents.

(Boonton, NJ, December 29, 2016) — Geoff McIntosh started his career selling sewing machines at Sears. He later owned a restaurant in Idaho.

When he moved into real estate, he finally found a career he wanted to stick with. Three decades later, McIntosh is managing broker at the 186-agent Main Street Realtors in Long Beach, CA, and 2017 president of the California Association of Realtors.

As head of C.A.R., McIntosh will focus on such issues as affordable housing and protecting the independent contractor status of real estate agents.

McIntosh spoke to Real Estate Broker’s Insider about his career, his business philosophy, and his concerns for the future.

"The MLS wars drive me crazy," he says. "We have these little territories, and we’re not going to give up our territories — and yet consumers are looking at Zillow and Realtor.com and have access to more information than we do.

"My fear, is that if some big player outside the industry gets interested in real estate, they could come in and disintermediate us. We’re distracted by the chatter with each other, and we need to figure out how to get along with each other."

More from Geoff McIntosh appears in the December issue of Real Estate Broker’s Insider newsletter.

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