by Mike Burkett
roundup staff reporter
Jim Young has been selling real estate in Payson a total of about 3,000 homes, at last estimated count since 1981.
And he will continue selling Payson real estate.
The only difference is that he will no longer be doing it under the banner of ERA Young Realty & Investment Co., Inc., of which Young has been the owner and designated broker for two decades.
"I'm 68 years old, and I've had some sciatic nerve problems lately," Young said, "so I just thought it was time to move over."
Moving into Young's place is Larry D. Jones, who has been associated with ERA Young Realty since 1991. Jones is also an active partner in JFC Company, a local homebuilder.
The sale included Young's Payson office and the branch offices located in Christopher Creek, Young, and Heber/Overgaard.
"Larry was interested in the company, and we struck a deal where he would be the broker and I would have an office as long as I wished," Young said. "I felt very comfortable with that. I'm looking forward to being a sales associate."
"There's no new strategies, because everything runs so well," Jones said. "So basically it will be business as usual, focusing on the client, the service, and listing and selling real estate. We're even keeping the name of the business, because that's the name the community recognizes."
Jones' purchase, he said, has "been in the works in the observation and communication stages for several years, and it hinged on whenever Jim decided when to focus more on sales than administration from the brokerage side."
Young opened the first incarnation of his business in 1981, when it was known as Young Realty & Investments. In 1985, the company merged with Realty World. And in 1994, Young joined forces with the national franchise ERA. Since that time, the company has been nationally ranked in ERA's Top 50 and 100 offices in production, in addition to its inclusion in the ERA President's Circle.
Just as Young will remain on board as an associate broker, his wife, Dorothy, will remain the broker of Rim Country Referral Network.
"Working with this company's associates and its customers and clients over these 20 years has been a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for us," Young said, "and we look forward to continuing this association in a somewhat different capacity."