James Baker Profile
James Baker - Profile
Name James Baker
Email Address jebaker@ccim.net
Company Baker Commercial Real Estate
Home State IN
Biography Jim has been a REALTOR® since 1977 and has earned the designations of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) in 1991 and GRI (Graduate, REALTORS® Institute) in 1981. He is a state licensed certified residential appraiser in Indiana, a licensed real estate broker in Indiana and Kentucky and a Level II Assessor/Appraiser and Certified Tax Representative through the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

Jim is a past president of the Southern Indiana REALTORS® Association, past chairman of the Commercial Investment Committee for the Indiana Association of REALTORS® of which he also served as a Director from 1987 to 1991. In 1993, Jim was a charter member of and appointed to the Board of Directors for the newly formed Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS® (ICBR) of which he now serves as the District 7 Representative. In 1994 Jim was the REALTOR® of the Year for the Southern Indiana REALTORS® Association and in 2006 he was inducted into SIRA’s Hall of Fame. From 2002 to 2006, Jim served on the Indiana GRI Board of Governors.

Jim is currently the Region 7 Regional Vice President for the CCIM Institute, was also the 2012 President of the Kentucky CCIM Chapter and a 2012 graduate of the CCIM Institute's 2012 Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy. He is a member of the Kentucky Real Estate Exchangers (KREE) and has served on the steering committee for the Kentucky Commercial Real Estate Alliance (KCREA) since 2006. In 2008, Jim was appointed to serve on the Clark County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, in 2010 he was appointed to the Town of Sellersburg Redevelopment Steering Committee and in 2012 he was appointed to the Clark County Board of Aviation Commissioners.

Jim is a generalist in commercial real estate and represents buyers, sellers and tenants of retail, office and industrial properties in the Louisville and Southern Indiana MSA. He also works as a consultant, an appraiser and as a tax assessment appeals representative for several of his clients as well.

On January 1, 2004, Jim and his wife, Kim Baker (who is a CCIM and licensed broker), founded Baker Commercial Real Estate. Their company has been recognized as one of the leading Louisville area commercial brokerage companies by Business First newspaper and was a nominee for the Rising Star Award from One Southern Indiana. Their son, Matthew Oakley, is also a licensed broker and has also earned the prestigious CCIM designation.

Jim was born in New Albany, Indiana and is a lifelong resident of Southern Indiana. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with high honors and the School of Music’s Alumni Award. Prior to his real estate career, Jim was a percussionist with the Louisville Orchestra and a high school music teacher. He is also a member of U of L's Alumni Board.
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