Jim Martin is a lifelong resident of Lancaster County and a graduate of Manheim Township High School. He and his wife Debbie Murray Martin have five children and eight grandchildren.
Jim earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Davis & Elkins College and operated a Navistar International truck dealership, leasing company, and repair facility for over 35 years.
"After selling my Lancaster business in 2003 I strove to find a second career that would hold my attention, fuel my passion for Lancaster and be of benefit to the people I touched" Jim says. "Real estate fills those requirements and is a gift every day."
As a lifelong resident Jim utilizes his knowledge of the area, specializing in homes of distinction in the city as well as Lancaster, Manheim and Hempfield Townships.
One of his strengths is helping real estate clients manage the stress that can be part of buying or selling a home.
"Real estate is a very emotional business" he says. "It is a large part of my responsibility to my clients to smooth out those highs and lows and to keep perspective in emotional environments. All parties want the same outcome, a successful close, and I guide us through the shoals to get us there."
Regardless of the product Jim believes clients want to deal with a professional they know, like, and trust, who is knowledgeable and communicates with them in a timely fashion. "I try very hard to be that person."
What he enjoys most about his job is helping people make momentous positive changes in their lives, whether it is a first-time buyer getting the keys to their new home or a home owner moving on to a new chapter in life.
Beyond his real estate career Jim has served as president of the board Lancaster Museum of Art where he is a Life Trustee, and on the board of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence(ASE), the Demuth Museum, the Urban League of Lancaster, Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square, and the Pennsylvania State Society of Sons of the Revolution. He is a member of the Hamilton Club of Lancaster and the Lancaster Pirates.
"Lancaster is a great town, a gem hidden even from many who live here" he says. I am so proud to be a Lancastrian!