Julio Laguarta

1973 CCIM President


"The Houston real estate professional advocated for education, research."

Julio Sterling Laguarta, CCIM, president of CCIM Institute in 1973, passed away Jan. 3, 2020. He was 86 years old.

Founding Laguarta, Gavrel & Bolin, a land brokerage firm in the 1960s, Laguarta grew into a major advocate for research and education in commercial real estate. He was integral in establishing the Texas A&M Real Estate Center in 1971, serving as its first chairman.

In addition to his service to CCIM Institute, Laguarta also served as president of both the Texas Association of REALTORS, in 1975, and the National Association of REALTORS, in 1982.

“Beyond being the only Houston Realtor in our history to ever go on to serve as president of the National Association of Realtors and being the driving force behind the creation of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Julio was a true gentleman in every sense of the word,” HAR CEO Bob Hale told

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