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Ohio’s REALTORS gathered in mid-April to advance the interests of the profession and property owners across the state, tackle important governance issues to ensure the organization’s relevancy in the near- and long-term future, and strengthen the bond with our elected officials.
The Ohio Association of REALTORS Annual Spring Legislative Conference, held April 18-20, featured a “who’s who” roster of legislative leaders, experts on the issues confronting Ohio communities and opportunities to move the organization forward.
The Ohio REALTOR community unanimously passed a resolution honoring the many and lasting contributions made by Past President Nancy D. Sharp, who passed on March 30. Nancy served the real estate industry at the local, state and national level with distinction for more than four decades, receiving top honors and playing an integral role in advancing the American Dream.
Directors also had a moment of silence in remembrance of Past President Owen V. Hall, who passed away on April 18.
Other Spring Legislative Conference highlights include:
- Cliff Rosenberger, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Larry Obhof, President Pro-Tempore of the Ohio Senate, addressed the OAR Board of Directors, sharing insights on issues currently being considered by the Ohio General Assembly.
- Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel provided an overview of his office’s efforts to bring transparency to the state’s expenditures via ohiocheckbook.com — which gives taxpayers access to how money is being spent by state and local governments, as well as school districts.
- Anne M. Petit, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing provided an update on the status of new salesperson licensees and brokers within the state, as well as other details from the industry’s regulatory body. She also led a panel discussion — featuring members of both the Ohio Real Estate Commission and Ohio Appraiser Board — concerning the most common disciplinary issues that are subject to a hearing.
- The leaders of Ohio’s Democratic and Republican parties conducted a lively session on the upcoming elections. Matt Borges, Ohio Republican Party chair, and David Pepper, Ohio Democratic Party chair, shared their thoughts and insights on the Buckeye State’s political scene.
- A panel of leading experts — Sen. Randy Gardner; Rep. Steve Arndt; Dr. Larry Antosch, of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Dr. Jeffrey Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant Program, OSU Stone Laboratory; and Dr. Kristen DeVanna-Fussell, R&D and Grants Coordinator, OSU Stone Lab — explored water quality issues across Ohio.
- OAR’s Legal Issues Forum presented a continuing education program on TRID and Beyond: Lending, Title and Appraisal Issues featuring an expert panel of Scott Stevenson, of Northwest Title and Holfinger Stevenson Law Firm, Marianne Collins, chief executive officer of Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association, appraiser Andrew Leirer, of Andrew Leirer and Associates, and REALTOR Andrea Lupton.
- Attendees were also able to earn continuing education credit at a special program offered by Jonathan Duy, real estate relations manager for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, on the special and unique programs available to buyers.
- The OAR Daily Buzz Coaching Corner’s Marilou Butcher Roth presented a unique program — How Would Your Business Score on a Communications Audit — giving attendees insights on achieving better service to clients and customers.
- OAR’s Business Technology Forum and Young Professionals Network presented a Lunch Box Technology session featuring Chris Sauerzopf, founder and chief executive officer of SocialMLS. The venture-backed startup allows real estate agents the ability to automate and share their listings throughout Facebook, as well as allowing sellers to share the story of their home sales via social media.
- REALTORS had an opportunity to participate in a special program — Best Practices for Choosing REALTOR Champions — that was offered in conjunction with the National Association of REALTORS. Best Practices for Choosing REALTOR Champions was developed to assist state and local Associations in identifying and electing political candidates best qualified in understanding and supporting issues important to real estate and REALTORS.
- A number of motions were presented by the Communications Committee in response to findings from the comprehensive Communications Audit that the organization conducted in fourth quarter 2015. Directors approved the creation of a Presidential Task Force to investigate the feasibility of implementing a number of the measures that Ohio’s REALTOR community identified as top priorities in the final report — including a re-branding of the organization’s logo, name, website and other electronic media. Additionally, Directors will explore publishing one additional issue of the Ohio REALTOR magazine in 2017.
- OAR Directors also approved a slate of candidates for two possible vacancies for 2017-2019 National Association of REALTORS Director (listed alphabetically): Meg Casper, Cincinnati Area Board; Greg Hrabcak, Columbus REALTORS; Tom Williams, Youngstown Columbiana Association; and Joanne Zettl, Akron Cleveland Association
- Directors approved funding for creation of a member awareness campaign designed to elevate the stature and professionalism of Ohio’s REALTOR community. The effort, which will be unveiled throughout 2017, will offer a series of short, entertaining and informative videos designed to spotlight the key concepts of cooperation, respect and professionalism within the ranks of Ohio REALTORS.
- The Association Executives Committee recommended that Jennifer Zeller, executive officer of the Midwestern Ohio Association, serve as the 2017 vice chair.
As you can see, it was a highly productive Spring Legislative Conference. We appreciate the opportunity you have given to us represent your interests at OAR.
Finally…mark your calendars for Sept. 19-21 and make plans to be a part of OAR’s 106th Annual Convention & Expo in Cleveland. For details on speakers and special events, visit www.oarconvention.com!