Nick Kline, the co-founder of Ornelas + Kline Real Estate Group of Keller Williams, became president of the Collin County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) on January 1, 2017. Since 2011, Kline’s involvement in the organization has included serving on various committees such as the Board of Directors, the North Texas Young Professionals Network, and the Government Affairs Committee. We caught up with Kline to discuss his passion for the industry, his involvement in CCAR, and his goals as president.
Q: You have been employed in a real estate-related field since 2006. What initially inspired you to work in this industry?
A: “It was a management trainee program that I was offered out of college. From that, I decided to get my real estate license.”
Q: What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
A: “I love helping people with their next transitions in life, be it new couples and their first homes, investment properties for their kids or investments to help build their wealth, empty nesters who are downsizing, or families relocating to the area. There are so many different facets to the industry, and no day is the same. You are always experiencing and learning new things, which keeps it interesting and never boring.”
Q: Since joining six years ago, you have been an active member of CCAR. You have served in committees like the Budget and Finance Committee, the Community Outreach Committee, and the Technology Committee to name a few. What has been the most beneficial part of being a CCAR member?
A: “CCAR has many benefits including our family feel, the best customer service of any board in North Texas, and our CEO Mary Leidy, who has been with CCAR for more than 40 years. Being active at CCAR and on its Board of Directors and being involved in committees means that you get to know agents who are involved in real estate in a big way. This helps you and your clients out on their purchases, especially when it comes down to multiple offers.”
Q: CCAR prides itself in providing quality services and programs to its members. What additional goals do you want to accomplish as president?
A: “Something new for 2017 is communicating with our members in a more personalized way with our social media channels, videos, and emails. We also have a great goal to increase our membership as 2017 is going to be a fantastic year for real estate in DFW.”
1. “I literally was born in the desert and lived in the desert until about age 5.”
Born in Las Vegas, Kline is a self-declared Air Force brat whose family moved to Saudi Arabia when he was 9-months-old. He attributes this to part of the reason he dislikes cold weather. “I’m sure there is no scientific reason, but from birth until 5, I literally lived in the hottest places on earth,” he said.
2. “I love cooking.”
Kline said he finds it relaxing to whip up a tasty meal after enduring a rough day.
3. “For the past nine months, I have been an avid spin class attendee.”
Along with other devoted spinners, Kline enjoys burning approximately 1,000 calories during an hour-intensive class. The reward? “ I can go cook more,” he said.