Augusta real estate executive Bill Boatman will be the president of the Georgia Association of Realtors for 2012.
Boatman, an executive vice president for Meybohm Realtors, has more than 35 years of real estate experience and has worked in commercial, residential, land and leasing transactions during his career. He also served in the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors and the state association, and he said his new capacity will allow him to further serve Georgia’s Realtors and homeowners.
“Every day, our most important work is to promote home ownership and protect private property rights,” he said. “Both of those things are under fire right now.”
Georgia’s real estate market is struggling, he said, but it is recovering well compared with the rest of the country. Serving on committees and as a regional director taught him a lot about the state’s real estate economy, he said.
“The Augusta area has managed to avoid a lot of hurt,” he said. “Atlanta suffered the worst and was the most overbuilt.”
Home ownership and mortgage liquidity are high priorities for Boatman for this year, and he said the Georgia Association of Realtors strives to keep home ownership as an attainable goal. After the 2008 housing crisis, there has been a tendency to swing too far in the direction of denying loans.
“It was far too easy to get a loan, and now we’re seeing the results of that,” he said. “We’re working to make sure there is still a viable path, though.”