Dunn, Wickiser re-open office
Robert Dunn Real Estate is back. Dunn and Pamela Wickiser started the company in 1997 and ran it until six years ago, when they went over to Sotheby’s International Realty. “After a couple of premature deaths in my family, Pam and I opted to go to Sotheby’s and we stayed for six years,” Dunn said recently.
“We just decided to go back. We already had our stationery and everything in place from before. We’re happier. Even though you’re an independent contractor in another office, somehow being totally independent is a very comfortable feeling for us.” The new office of Robert Dunn Real Estate is at 1421 Luisa Street, Suite G.
Dunn, an Oklahoma native, majored in history at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He started in real estate with Stan Evans before opening his own firm. Dunn served as president of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors in 1995 and of the Realtors Association of New Mexico in 1999. He served on the New Mexico Real Estate Commission for eight years under Governor Bill Richardson and four years under Governor Susana Martinez (holding the record for the longest continuous tenure) and is now a member of the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation board of directors.
Wickiser is a past director of both the Santa Fe Association of Realtors and the Realtors Association of New Mexico and is a member of FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation. Both Dunn and Wickiser have been chosen by their SFAR peers for “Realtor of the Year” honors.
Dunn has a positive outlook about today’s real-estate market. “I think it’s all coming back. The lower end is moving quite briskly. That’s the classic real-estate comeback, stimulated by people getting more certain about their jobs and security and interest rates.”
In a discussion about the many longtime brokers in Santa Fe— Dunn has 36 years in the real-estate business and Wickiser has 30— he recalled, “We were extraordinarily ethical and it was a wonderful way of doing business and it was fun. Today it has changed a lot. I don’t know much about the new models. They seem to be doing fairly well. I do know that business ethics are of utmost importance.
“My feeling’s always been that if you do a good job, you’re integrity oriented, and you have the experience, your referral system just keeps you busy. I would rather under-sell and over-deliver.
“We’re very happy. Pat French [who had French & French Fine Properties with her husband, Michael French, from 1982 to 2005] told us a long time ago that you’ll be surprised at how successful you’ll be being a man and woman in the business together, and she was right.”
Pam Wickiser and Bob Dunn