Introducing New MBOR President

December is the first month of the 2024 Fiscal Year for the Morgantown Board of REALTORS® and I’m honored to be its 2024 President. As a result, you’ll now be seeing my columns here, until the end of next November.

In my upcoming columns, just like with my predecessors, I’ll usually write about general Real Estate news, will give you tips on buying and selling, but will also write about topics which may have an impact on our North Central WV economy. I’ll cover news pertaining to the job market, interest rates, as well as strategies and tools which may help you. I’ll also tell you stories from time to time which relate to this industry which you might find entertaining.

As with each previous President, I want to be clear as to which hat I’m wearing when writing this column. It’s the hat of “Board President”…not as an individual REALTOR® of the company where I work. In other words, you won’t see me pitching for business. This is a unique situation in which REALTORS® of our Board, are actually competitors. However, the beauty of this is we also work together. We have to collaborate in the best interests of our industry, and in the best interests of our clients. We’re also very grateful that the Dominion Post provides this outlet to us collectively.

We have local, state and national boards & associations. In addition to performing our duties to our clients, we also strive to be active in our communities. MBOR works for and participates in, a number of charitable causes. Sometime this month, I’ll discuss our role with the holiday food and toy drives.

Having said all of that, I’ll briefly take this one opportunity, to tell you who I am given that I’m still relatively new to this area. I hail from the suburbs of Washington, DC and grew up as an aspiring classical musician. I majored in music in college and went on to have a career as a professional trombonist for more than a decade. In addition, I’ve served in the US Army and Army National Guard for more than 30 years. In the Guard, I’ve held many positions through which I take care of Soldiers. This was in both the DC Army NG and for the last decade, in the WV Army NG.

I found myself living in Ravenswood in Jackson County for a number of years but in 2019, I moved to Morgantown in order to have my son finish high school in this area. Moving to North Central WV was most definitely a beneficial move for us. I began working in Real Estate part time while still living in Jackson County and I served that area as well as nearby Parkersburg. I’m thrilled to now be working in this vibrant Real Estate market and plan to make this my home for many years. I look forward to connecting with you each Sunday here in the Dominion Post over the next year.

Brian McCommon, 2024 MBOR President