Robert A. Wolf, MAI - My Memories Of A Legend In Central Louisiana Real Estate...the Warren Buffet of CENLA!
From 1992 to 3/1994, I had the privilege to work for "Mr. Wolf" as an Appraiser for the closing of England Air Force Base in Alexandria Louisiana. While short in size, everyone in Town called him "Mr. Wolf" as he owned a sizable portion of the Town, commercial and residential. Like Warren Buffet, he was a savvy investor! He would set his sights on a property, perhaps for years or decades, and purchase when it was a favorable opportunity. Because of his investment prowess, he commanded a large client and consulting base of some of the wealthiest in CENLA. I appraised some of their homes.
Avid Health! Even in 1992, he appeared "old" in age, but his age may have fooled some. He had so much energy and was difficult to keep up with as he played tennis, walked, ate healthy, made it a point to talk to many at restaurants we dined in. He loved his rose garden and his estate size yard in the middle of Town on Georges Lane. When I first moved to Alexandria in 1/1992, he allowed me to live in his guest house on his estate.
Despite his taking good care of his health, he was an avid worker and would rather be at work or listing commercial real estate or doing deals than traveling abroad. He could afford to do anything in the world he ever dreamed...for years...but his love was work and his clients. He taught me a strong work-ethic.
In his world, I felt uncomfortable at times as I had a lot to learn, however, he was a patient teacher. He would drive me across the street from a commercial property we were appraising or he was considering purchasing and would pepper me with questions about highest and best use, feasibility, what would it be in 30 years, etc... He taught me to critically think and write. He was first to teach me to write about local real estate trends in newsletters.
To benefit me, for the residential appraisal portion of his business, he once resigned as a member of the board of a large local bank in Town because he believed his board member status resulted in less appraisal orders.
Mr. Wolf, Robert, was good to me and I consider it a privilege to have worked at his side, to have learned from the Master so to speak.
His obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetowntalk/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=179618283
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