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The Ohio Association of REALTORS has embarked on a new year of service to Ohio’s real estate professionals, reaffirming a commitment to providing members with the necessary tools and resources to achieve a shared goal of making the American Dream of property ownership an attainable reality for our fellow citizens.
Nearly 500 REALTORS from all corners of Ohio convened in Columbus for three days in mid-January to celebrate the inauguration of President Sara Calo, thank immediate Past President Greg Hrabcak for his lasting contributions, tend to the business functions of the organization and get the year off to a fantastic start.
There are a number of Winter Conference highlights that I would like to share with you, including:
- The installation of 2016 President Sara Calo, of Mayfield Village, and her leadership team of President-elect Pete Kopf, of Cincinnati, and Treasurer Tiffany Meyer, of Ashland, was a key highlight of the gathering. Additionally, the District Vice Presidents from across the state and members of the OAR Executive Committee took the oath of office.
- Ohio’s REALTOR community supported the REALTORS Political Action Committee in a BIG way in 2015 — raising more than $763,000. Our success is directly attributable to our Local Boards/Associations who raised funds for this vitally important cause. The following Boards were honored at the Board of Directors meeting for their overall excellence in their respective categories – Akron Cleveland, Toledo Regional, Medina County, Warren Area and Ashland. Additionally, the Cincinnati Area Board, Columbus REALTORS and Dayton Area Board were honored for their outstanding efforts during last year’s campaign. The organization established a goal of $700,000 for the 2016 RPAC campaign, with a participation goal of 40 percent and 200 major investors.
- Attendees at the popular Lunchbox Economics session gained insights on the improving market trends and a forecast of the 2016 real estate market from Paul Bishop, Ph.D., vice president of research for the National Association of REALTORS.
- Attendees of the highly-attended Legal Issues Forum members were able to get an inside look at “How the License Disciplinary Hearing Process Really Works” featuring Anne Petit, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Real Estate; Kimberly Wells, chief counsel for the Division of Real Estate; and Ohio Real Estate Commissioners Mary Ten Eyck Taylor, Diane Carnes, Courtney Combs and President Tre’ Giller. Forum attendees also received continuing education credit.
- Barry Quarles, of Market Enhancement Group, presented the findings of the OAR Communications Audit that was conducted during the Fourth Quarter 2015 to a joint meeting of the Strategic Planning and Communications Committees.
- Elizabeth Mendenhall, first vice of the National Association of REALTORS, was a special guest and addressed attendees at a number of meetings on current developments and initiatives within the organization.
- On the public policy front, the Association took positions on a number of pending matters, including:
- Opposing proposed legislation to repeal the broker prominence rule in Ohio.
- Supporting House Bill 303 – which provides a means for homeowners facing foreclosure to remain in their home while working with the lender to explore all options for repurchase or refinance.
- Support Senate Bill 235 – to provide relief for commercial developers from increased tax bills that often come as a result of a planned development.
- The Business Technology Forum/Young Professionals Network heard Chris Scott share insights on Evernote for real estate. Attendees were able to receive continuing education credit.
- The Nominating Committee presented its slate of candidates for the 2017 OAR Treasurer position: Anjanette Frye (Dayton). OAR District Vice President positions: District 1 — Chris Pedon (Columbus), District 2 — Joann Amos (Toledo Regional) & Donna Baldwin (Northwestern Ohio), District 3 — Lenny Lawrence (Stark County) & Karen O’Donnell (Akron Cleveland), and District 4 — Sandra Green (Scioto Valley). Directors will vote on the positions at the OAR Annual Convention & Expo, Sept. 19-21, in Cleveland.
- Attendees were able to earn continuing education credit with “Blending Technology & Customer Service,” presented by Maura Neill, CRS. Special thanks to the Ohio CRS Chapter for its co-sponsorship of the program.
While the bulk of our attention and effort was devoted to matters involving Association operations, public policy initiatives, professional development and a host of related issues, there was ample opportunity to mix a little pleasure into the proceedings as well.
As you can tell, the Association has hit the ground running and is poised to accomplish great things in 2016. OAR will continue to work hard to not only ensure that REALTORS are prepared to meet the challenges of today, but succeed tomorrow.
Mark your calendars to be a part of the Association’s next major event, the Spring Legislative Conference, April 18-20, in Columbus. This will feature key political figures from the Buckeye State and a reception with lawmakers at the Ohio State House.
Thank you for your past and continued support!