Richard Havens, CCIM, GRI


Dick has been President of  GEOCORP since 1989, an international  commercial real estate specialist representing sellers and buyers of income producing properties; including office buildings, warehouses, shopping centers and apartments. Also, Dick markets acreage, development sites, recreational and resort properties. 

He was Director of Investment Properties for North Carolina Estates (1990-1999), an exclusive affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty. He participated in The Estates Club, a high end marketing company and is a participating member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Real Estate Program. He is still actively involved with North Carolina Estates, a residential real estate company, with special emphasis placed upon elegant residential estates, historic properties and spectacular vacant land.

His interest in pursuing a career in real estate is personified in the Preamble to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors, which reads: 

Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization. REALTOR’S should recognize that the interest of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership.

From Athletic Fields to the many Fields of Commercial/Investment Real Estate is the path taken by Dick in his life time. Review of his experiences on the athletic field one finds him a member of a team that won three (3) Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championships and a Cotton Bowl victory for Duke University, of Durham, North Carolina. 1960 – 62

In the field of real estate, his experiences include several years in residential construction, a Broker in a residential firm and President of his own real estate company. He earned the designations of Graduate Realtor’s Institute (GRI) and the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Historic Property Specialist which reflect his desire to be the best in the “Field” of Commercial Real Estate. 

Between the time he spent on the fields of athletics and real estate there where three and a half (3 1/2) years on the military field, as a Captain in the United States Air Force, with duty served in Southeast Asia. (SEA) 

His objective in the above mentioned fields was his desire to provide unparalleled efforts in achieving success.

The common thread between the “fields” is the passion, teamwork, knowledge and compassion that the player, officer or broker brings to the field or table. 

PASSION – the love of being involved in the participation of something worth while and basically good for all people. The word “work” is not appropriate because an act of passion is not work.

A Realtor since 1977, licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. Colleagues have respectfully mentioned that Dick is old as dirt – which is OK with him, since dirt is one of the things that he sells. 

TEAMWORK – working with others in the process of achieving a win- win solution to a problem or the successful closing of a transaction.

Owners, sellers, developers, investors, lawyers, city/county/federal officials, engineers, architects.

KNOWLEDGE – a continuing process of learning all the aspects of the professional field, one has chosen to pursue that may affect the relationships with clients, customers and the results of transactions.

Westminster, Maryland Public Schools – Bachelor of Arts Degree – Duke University (1963) – Master in Teaching Degree – University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) – 1968

COMPASSION – being aware of the needs of others   

Realtor Code of Ethics – Golden Rule – “ Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even to them.”

North Carolina Real Estate License 1977 – Present
South Carolina Real Estate License 1992 – Present
National Association of Security Dealers (NASD) EXAMS: #22, #39, #63 1983 – 1984

Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) 1979 – Certified
Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) 1984
National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Property Specialist 1991

National Member, Realtor Land Institute (RLI)
North Carolina Chapter, RLI
International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) 
National Association of REALTORS
North Carolina Association of REALTORS
Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors.
Board of Directors of Triangle/East Chapter of National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 1995 – Present

Captain, United States Air Force
Seymour Johnson AFB 1963
Takhli & Udorn RTAB Thailand 1965 – 1966

President of RLI of the Carolinas 2014 – 2016
Vice President N.C. Chapter RLI 2012
President of Durham/Chapel Hill Commercial Listing Service 1990
President of Triangle Commercial Real Estate Exchange 1992
Inductee Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame 1997
All ACC Academic Football Team, Duke University 1962