RPOA Member Spotlight: Bob Ortiz
Meet Bob Ortiz, a 30+ year member of the RPOA and this quarter’s member spotlight.
Bob has been a realtor since 1971 and practices both residential (homes, land, condominiums and new construction) and commercial (land, businesses, office leases and income property) real estate.
Bob decided to start his real estate career after serving 3 years in the U.S. Army (1966-1969). At that time, there was no money for college and Bob was drafted. Upon his return and while at community college, Bob took up real estate and became a leader in the industry and now has 47 years on the Grand Rapids Real Estate Board.
Bob got his start as a realtor at the Westdale Company and then spent several years at Independence Realty before deciding to take a leap of faith and branch out on his own. And leap he did. Bob believed in franchising and people’s desire to do business with well-known names. He thought this was an opportunity to capitalize on the numerous people moving into and out of the Grand Rapids area and thus became the third RE/MAX franchise in the state of Michigan. RE/MAX of Grand Rapids, Inc. was born.
Bob owned and ran the RE/MAX of Grand Rapids, Inc. franchise for 33 years. But overseeing two area offices and approximately 70 realtors and staff eventually took its toll. Bob suffered a heart attack. It was then that he decided to slow down and hand the reigns over to someone else.
Since leaving RE/MAX, Bob has been with Coldwell Banker AJs and has regained his health, much of his freedom and his business.
“I love the real estate business because I have a flexible schedule and with three children and six grandchildren I can enjoy both my work and my family more than when I had my business.”
Discussing his 30+ years at the RPOA, Bob commented that he has enjoyed his membership and that the RPOA and its staff members Ava Grover and Heather VandenBos have contributed to the good of both him and his clients. Bob’s advice to those just getting started in the real estate industry: “Pay the price. Take the time to learn, to study and get good at what you’re doing.”
Even though Bob has more experience in real estate that someone just getting started, he never misses and opportunity to refresh his knowledge or learn something new. That’s why you see him from time to time in one of the GRAR or RPOA courses.
Bob, who has been happily to his wife Sandi for 45 years, sees himself working for the next 4-5 years. Bob, we’re glad to have you as a member of the RPOA community and wish you the best in the future!