New Realtor association president sees local housing market improving

December 9, 2013 

NAME: TRICIA TIALDO

Job: Realtor and broker, Tialdo Realty at 511 Sherman St. in Belleville (618-235-9000)

Outlook: "As an association, I believe it is our time to grow, build, educate and give back."

Tricia Tialdo was recently named the 2013-2014 President of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois. Tialdo is a Realtor and broker for Tialdo Realty in Belleville and has been an active member of the association for more than 10 years. She recently talked to business writer Will Buss about her new role:

Q: What duties do you have as president of the Realtors Association of Southwestern Illinois?

A: "The president is the spokesperson for the association. They, along with the rest of the board of directors, commit to RASI and work to ensure the corporation's success."

Q: What goals would you like to achieve as president?

A: "As an association, I believe it is our time to grow, build, educate and give back."

Q: How long have you worked in real estate?

A: "Ten years. I received the Realtor of the Year award in 2005 and the Community Involvement Award in 2013."

Q: What attracted you to this business?

A: "I made the decision to become part of our family-owned business since 1981."

Q: How is the current economy affecting the real estate market?

A: "Rising mortgage rates make now the time to buy because of the ever changing lending environment."

Q: What is the current state of the metro-east housing market?

A: "2013 continues to be a bright year. We are excited to see the high percentage of increases in home sales for this year over last year. We are optimistic about the year ending with positive results compared to 2012. This is great news for the next year as well."

Q: What do you enjoy most about your work?

A: "The thing I enjoy most about my work is the close relationship you build with your clients while they are making one the biggest decisions of their lives. It is truly an honor."

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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