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Education, professionalism, advocacy, 2019 president outlines ties that bind Realtors

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Becky Karpe, 2019 president of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, is shown at one of her listings in northwest Oklahoma City. [PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Becky Karpe, 2019 president of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, is shown at one of her listings in northwest Oklahoma City. [PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN]

For Becky Karpe, 2019 is going to come down to two words: “Stronger Together.”

She outlined exactly what that means in December in her inaugural speech as the 2019 president of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors.

“We want you to view your membership as a professional strength,” she told the audience at the annual luncheon. “We will bring you outstanding educational offerings that will teach you how to be even more valuable to the real estate transaction. We will provide advocacy to protect you and your clients interests."

Lest anyone mistake her earnestness for lack of humor, she continued: "We will host networking opportunities that will help strengthen your relationship with your fellow gang members — I mean fellow Realtors.”

It's no accident that Karpe, 40, a broker-associate at Metro First Realty, 3232 W Britton Road, echoes the association's mission statement, which calls for education, professionalism and advocacy.

“I feel like I'm always drawn back to those things” she said. “How can we provide the best educational offerings, best advocacy efforts and really networking for our members?”

For one, she plans to carry on the monthly meetings the Realtors brought back last year. They also have guest speakers, she said. In February, Mayor David Holt will hold forth.

“That has gone over very, very well,” she said. “Our members have the opportunity to meet once a month where we can break bread together and discuss the topics of concern in our industry. It's just a good chance for us to get together somewhere besides in a contract negotiation.”

Mother's footsteps

In a tidy bit of serendipity, Karpe takes over leadership of the Metro Association of Realtors 10 years after her mother, Judy Lindsay, served as president. Lindsay is now a consulting broker with Metro First Realty and serves on the association's board of directors.

Karpe was 13 when her mother got into the real estate business, and she remembers listening to a lot of one-sided phone conversations as her mother offered guidance to real estate agents.

“I learned quickly that if you keep your ears open and your mouth shut, you'll learn something,” she said while showing one of her listings, a three-bed, three-bath home listed for $228,900 at 11412 Condor Terrace in northwest Oklahoma City.

Karpe herself started in real estate in 1996 as a senior at Putnam City North High School, working as a DECA student in a local real estate office. She organized contracts and mail-outs, designed fliers and put out open house signs. She carried a pager so the office could contact her whenever they needed her.

In her inaugural address, she recalled what happened when the pager went off at school — they and cellphones were prohibited.

“My pager was confiscated and sent to the office only to be released to one of my parents,” she recalled. “So my mother went up to the high school to retrieve my pager that I used for my job that I received school credits for.”

Someone in the office told her mother the only reasons a student would carry a pager were for drug-dealing or prostitution.

“Or real estate,” her mother caustically replied.

Karpe became a Realtor in 2002, and she said she's grown to love the profession more as time has gone on.

“It's such a relational industry,” she said. “I really enjoy helping people as they make one of the largest investments of their life.”

Karpe and her husband, Trace Karpe, live in Surrey Hills with their 11-year-old son, Maximus.

“I'm really surprised with how many people who say they want to get more involved in their association, and that delights me. I'm really excited about the opportunity for us to come together,” she said. “I really believe that we are a powerful force when we are working together for a common goal.

"We all want to help the public in real estate transactions, and when we work together, work toward educating ourselves and becoming the best possible professionals we can be, we make the industry better, we make ourselves better.”

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<p>Judy Lindsay, 2009 president of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, looks over paperwork with her daughter, Becky Karpe, in this photo from 10 years ago. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]</p>

Judy Lindsay, 2009 president of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, looks over paperwork with her daughter, Becky Karpe, in this photo from 10 years ago. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]

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