Our Member: Bill MacBride
Company: Coldwell Banker Mammoth Real Estate
Member Since: July 2009
Bill MacBride is a trusted Mammoth Lakes Real Estate Agent who offers
personalized residential listing and buying services in Mono and Inyo
counties. MacBride is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the
Eastern Sierra in 1995. From 2001 to January 2006 he was a Broker
Associate with Coldwell Banker Mammoth Real Estate and in mid-January
2006 moved his real estate practice to Mammoth Properties. In early
2007 he was asked to move his practice back to Coldwell Banker and has
been there ever since. MacBride is a member of the Mammoth Lakes Board
of REALTORS®. You can learn more about MacBride by visiting his website
After having been provided with what he described as exceptional member
service, MacBride was happy to talk about his experience with REALTORS®
Federal Credit Union:
The Credit Union: How did you learn about the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, A Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union?
MacBride: Through an e-mail from National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
The Credit Union: Why did you join REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, A Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union?
MacBride: I read about the
services through NAR and thought that with the economy I might need
some help down the road. I wanted to be preemptive so if I needed the
help I would be set up and established. If I can go to you guys for a
loan, why not? You appreciate REALTORS® more than a bank and have
flexible lending standards knowing real estate the way you do.
The Credit Union:
What do you look for in a financial services provider?
MacBride: Well it was important
to me that you were a part of NAR as well as somebody who knew the real
estate industry. It’s also important that I have someone I can connect
with – Stacey from your member care team is always a great help to me.
The Credit Union: How can real estate professionals benefit from REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, A Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union membership?
MacBride: Everyone should put
in $100 and open an account. You’ll never know when you could use some
help and this way you’ll already be in. From time to time go in and
read about the services. By going ahead and depositing money I won’t be
caught on my heels when I need a quick loan.
The Credit Union:: What is most rewarding about being in real estate?
MacBride: Both the freedom and
the opportunity to serve people. Helping people is fun. I love to watch
families reconnect and enjoy a home they bought.
The Credit Union: What are your greatest accomplishments?
MacBride: In real estate I’ve taken advantage of all of the continuing education opportunities. They make me a better REALTOR®.
The Credit Union: Currently what are your greatest business challenges?
MacBride: Providing accurate
information on the economy so people can make an intelligent decision
on whether or not they want to invest. Any time is a time to buy if you
can get the right terms, but in a market like ours you have to be
careful in what you tell them. People listen to you as a local expert.
You have to give them non-biased, non-partisan information. Don’t sell
at somebody else’s expense. You need to understand their needs and
The Credit Union: What would you say to someone who is reluctant to use a virtual credit union?
MacBride: Talk to the credit
union – call them and talk to them and have someone walk you through
opening an account. When you don’t have knowledge, that’s when fear
comes in. When you talk to someone and understand the process and the
circumstances of the credit union you will feel better about it. You
can always pick up the phone and talk to member care – they’re not
somewhere overseas they’re right here in the United States.