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 five grandchildren.Jim earned a bachelor’s degree from Davis & Elkins College and operated a Navistar International truck dealership, leasing company and repair facility for 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. We all want the same outcome, 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 really 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 an older seller moving on to a new chapter in life.
Beyond his real estate career, Jim has served as president of the Lancaster Museum of Art and on the board of the Demuth Museum, the Urban League, Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square, Society of Sons of the Revolution, 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.