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December 12, 2012

President takes on role at young age

BEVERLY — More than five years after she received her real estate license, Danvers resident Amy Wallick has become the next president of the North Shore Association of Realtors.

She came into the profession via a somewhat circuitous route at a time when it was not easy to sell homes. The Hamilton native, whose father, George Wallick, is a pressman for The Salem News’ sister paper The Eagle-Tribune, earned a degree in marketing at Suffolk University in 2006.

It was not her “game plan” to become a real estate agent. She worked in the mortgage industry for a year but had a desire to sell real estate. She got her license in 2007 and started selling property full time in 2008, about when the market was in a free fall. Undeterred, she became involved with the North Shore Association of Realtors and continued to sell homes. Now a broker with J. Barrett & Company of Beverly, Wallick was installed as the association’s 2013 president along with other officers and directors on Thursday in an event at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem.

What was it like selling houses when the housing bubble was bursting?

The learning curve was really very steep, it was very challenging. It is still challenging now, but I think that I had surrounded myself with some really excellent mentors, and I was able to learn a lot. With my background in mortgages, that was very helpful, as well. And that has certainly made me a stronger Realtor, having come in when things really started to get tough.

You are 28. Isn’t that pretty young to be the president of the North Shore Association of Realtors?

I’m one of the younger ones. In general, if you look at the makeup of our board, the average age of a Realtor is in the 50s, so I’m certainly on the younger end of it, but I got involved with the board early on in terms of attending meetings, and then doing committee work, and they asked me to chair a committee, and then serve on the board of directors.

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