by G. Sax, Director of Growth Management, RESO
Welcome to “Three Questions,” an interview series that introduces you to real estate industry professionals, their businesses and how they interact with real estate standards with a goal of humanizing the tech side of the industry, fun included.
This week’s interview is with Greg Fischer, a Managing Broker and Managing Partner, with additional roles in strategy and growth at West + Main, a real estate company with operations in Colorado, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Q1: You’ve been involved in some heady startup enterprises and forward-thinking brokerages during your time in real estate, including Doorsteps, Move, Approved and Fred Real Estate Group. But if I’m not mistaken, RESO is relatively new to you. What drew you to this organization?
Greg: It is abundantly clear to me that the future of what is happening in real estate software applications and the general sanctity of how real estate is executed will be born from RESO workgroup discussions and through peer-reviewed ratification. I want to be a part of that.
In fact, I believe that more people in the brokerage space should be involved with RESO.
Q2: What advice do you have for bringing potentially esoteric concepts to a wider audience of consumer-facing real estate professionals?
Greg: To start, plain language. Avoid too much technical jargon and state business needs clearly.
Having nice, relatable people in the RESO sphere who clearly have the best interests of broker professionals at heart and aren’t afraid to be candid about what decisions are on the line is also important.
People are not used to open and honest dialogue, and having that at the core of RESO is incredibly refreshing. I also love the spirit of competition, the opportunities we can make happen and the dreams we can fulfill through open dialogue.
I see a difference in today’s approach to problem solving and engagement by RESO and how it compares, for example, to some other technical onboardings I’ve experienced, which have, at times, been daunting and unfriendly. I get that people feel overworked or overwhelmed, but try to remember that humans are involved in all this tech.
Q3: Fort Worth, New York City, San Francisco, Bend (Oregon) and now Denver. That is where you have lived and worked in a rather short span of time. Are you done moving yet?
Greg: I love Denver. It’s a great mix of people, big city, fun, interesting happenings and outdoors. That’s not an answer, I realize.
I’ve been going where the opportunities are, and I’m quite happy with the opportunities I have found where I am now.