Coaching Corner: What are you looking at????

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

Today I am giving you homework — yes, that’s right, homework! Starting from the time you read this blog and going from there, I want you to consciously seek out things that create a good feeling space for you. To give you a sense of this, I will use this example. As I type this, it is Thursday afternoon and looking out my window, the sky is gray and the wind is fiercely blowing. Just going with that observation, I feel slightly down and unmotivated. So, no, that won’t work!

Looking around my office (on purpose) I notice my dog Zoe, chewing on her bone. I smile as I watch her working intently on getting the best of her current treasure. Ah, now I feel better than I did looking out of my window. Let’s do more…I notice a bright blue magnet on my desk lamp that reads “YAY! LIFE!” Not only does the magnet itself bring me happiness, but the memory of a friend giving it to me after one of our coaching trainings in Boulder puts an icing of joy on this cake! I trust by now you are getting the picture of how to consciously choose what you are focusing on.

Think about how easy it is to put our attention on what is happening that we don’t like. For example, looking out of my window could become my primary focus. I could point it out to my husband, engaging his attention as well and then both of us could lament on how, again, we do not like Ohio winters! That scenario would not serve either of us very well — nor would it give me the momentum I seek in completing my work tasks for the day.

Also, you can seek out events, future or past that when thinking of them you feel joy. Whenever I reach a point of what feels totally crummy, a sure feel good bet is to think about one of our grandchildren — works every time!

I am not telling you that reality does not exist — I am merely pointing out that you can feel better if you seek things out that allow you to feel that way! Just give it a try — and you may even find this to be the most fun you have ever had with homework! Enjoy!!!


Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the OAR Executive Committee and immediate past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you:


Tags: Coaching Corner, training

Ohio housing market posts an uptick in purchase agreements reached in December

blue background house keys

By Carl Horst, OAR Director of Publications/Media Relations

The Ohio Association of REALTORS reports the number of single-family homes and condominiums put under agreement in December 2014 increased 14 percent from the level posted during the month a year ago.

The rate of purchase contract signings in December fell 12.1 percent from the market’s best-ever pace recorded in November 2014.

Ohio’s December Pending Home Sales Index of 144.9, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 14 percent from December 2013 (127.1). Activity in December decreased 12.1 percent from the record pace of agreements reached in November 2014 (165.0).

Pending sale index posted during the fourth quarter 2014 (158.6) tops all quarters reached throughout 2014, besting first quarter (118.3), second quarter (143.8) and third quarter activity (146.8). The fourth quarter 2014 pace reached the highest index for all quarters since OAR began recording statewide data in 2008.

“The Ohio housing marketplace is continuing to exhibit tremendous strength, as the number of homes put under contract in December reached an all-time high for the month and marks our eighth consecutive month of year-over-year gains,” said OAR President Greg Hrabcak. “The industry is hopeful that the momentum that’s been established throughout 2014 will continue as we move forward.”

Compared to 2008, a historically healthy market that marked the end of five consecutive record years for existing home sales and the onset of the recession, December’s Index score of 144.9 marks a 44.9 increase.

A pending sale or a sale “under agreement” is when the buyer and seller agree on terms of the sale of a home and have a signed purchase and sale agreement, but have yet to close and be recorded as such.

OAR, the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 28,000 members, is the only organization that compiles this state wide information from selected Multiple Listing Services each month. The tracking of “pending sales” provides reliable information about where the market is heading in coming months.

Tags: pending home sales, research

Ohio Safety Series: Automobile awareness

think safety

Over the past 10-plus years hundreds of real estate professionals throughout the country have been murdered, violently assaulted, raped, beaten and robbed in the workplace. In fact, tragedy hit close to home four years ago when two of our own — Vivian Martin and Andrew VonStein — were killed in separate incidents on back-to-back days when showing vacant homes. More recently, the industry was shocked by the tragic, unfortunate murder of an Arkansas REALTOR who was similarly killed doing what a real estate professional does — simply showing a home. These incidents illustrate the importance of taking safety precautions in your daily activities. Our Ohio Safety Series is an ongoing effort to provide you with insights to ensure the safety of you and your clients. 

Always have your keys with you

Park in a well-lit area

Don’t get blocked in

Beware of dead-end streets

Keep your car in good running condition

Consider using separate cars

You spend a lot of time in your car. This, in itself, exposes you to a greater likelihood of running out of gas, a mechanical failure or an accident. Make sure you have a fully-charged cell phone, tools, blankets, flares, first aid kit and warm clothes in the trunk of your car.

For driving safety. purchase a hands-free phone kit or use Bluetooth for your car.

Whenever possible, take separate cars. As you park your car, take in your surroundings and ask yourself: In an emergency, am I going to be able to run to my car and drive away? You won’t be able to escape if you are blocked in. Park on the street whenever possible. Make sure all the doors are locked when you are driving. Secure valuables out of sight. If you are only taking one car, make sure you drive!

Tags: Ohio Safety Series, safety

Ohio REALTORS strengthen political voice with remarkable RPAC support in 2014

rpac awards 2014

The OAR Board of Directors honored a number of Local Boards/Associations for excellence in support of the industry’s REALTORS Political Action Committee campaign in 2014. Pictured is the Akron Cleveland Association’s Karen O’Donnell (center), which swept all four categories in its division — total dollars raised, per capita, percent of participation and the overall excellence award. Presenting the plaques is 2014 RPAC Trustee Chair Rick DeLuca (left) and Phil Morrical, III, chair of the Political Activity & RPAC Fundraising Committee.


Members of the Ohio Association of REALTORS made investments of more than $729,000 to the REALTORS Political Action Committee in 2014, helping to strengthen the profession’s voice at all levels of government. “Whether it’s at City Hall or on Capitol Hill, REALTORS lead the fight for private property rights.” said Phil Morrical, III, 2014 chair of the OAR Political Activity & RPAC Fundraising Committee. “RPAC is critical in ensuring that we support candidates empathetic to the policies of concern to real estate professionals and property owners. I can’t thank our membership enough for the remarkable support they gave this important cause throughout the past year.”

OAR’s Board of Directors honored the following Boards/Associations for their overall accomplishments during 2014: Akron Cleveland, Toledo, Medina County, Warren Area and Ashland. Additionally, Directors recognized Columbus REALTORS and the Cincinnati Area Board for their tremendous support of the RPAC program.

Tags: politics

Your Association: A full agenda to start 2015

Greg Hrabcak, 2015 president of the Ohio Association of REALTORS, and CEO Bob Fletcher discuss the key issues currently being addressed by the organization, including: legislative action at the Ohio State House, home sales activity, a recap of the Winter Conference and the ongoing effort to help Local Boards/Associations comply with NAR’s Core Standards requirements.

Tags: Your Association

View More Articles »