Dunn, Wickiser re-open of­fice

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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.”

PHOTO BY PAUL WEI­DE­MAN

Pam Wickiser and Bob Dunn

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