OAR Webinar: Integrating apps that will assist you and your clients


The Ohio Association of REALTORS is offering a special webinar on how you can integrate apps that will help your real estate business, as well as assist your clients.

Julie Beall, CRS, RN, MBA, a technology expert and author of OAR’s Tech Talk column, will host the online session on May 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. Says Julie:

This webinar will be more than just listing fun and great apps for your business. We are all beyond this “data dumping” now aren’t we? No, this webinar is going to show you how to implement these productive apps into your business. But uniquely this webinar is also going to help you empower your buyers and sellers too. We will show you what apps your clients need that will make your job much easier and make them feel like they have control. We all know they need and want control anyway, right? Don’t miss this webinar!

Participants can earn one hour of Ohio real estate continuing education credit.

Click here to register…or for more information.

Tags: Association news, professional development

Coaching Corner: You asked for it!

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

Think back to this time last year — the market was beginning to pick up but it still seemed to be a market where the buyer’s were calling more of the shots. Now fast forward to today and the market we are experiencing. Slightly different…isn’t it?

We had the OAR Legislative Spring Conference this week and I had countless conversations with REALTORS who were finding themselves busier than they had been in years. Now, no one was complaining mind you, but there are some issues that arise with an active market that can pose a problem down the road if not handled. And that is precisely what we are going to chat about today.

What I am referring to is how we become so involved in writing contracts and closing houses that taking the time to find new business goes by the wayside. I can hear the sighs now! Come on now, unless your crystal ball is shinier than mine, there is no way that any of us can accurately predict the future of how real estate trends will go.

You want consistency in your business, I know you do. And…to achieve that consistency, you need to participate in activities that consistently keep your pipeline full — yes full! So listen up — starting today, determine what that will look like for you. I realize this requires something called discipline and I also realize that the vast majority of us are not born with this quality. It needs to be developed and nurtured. So think consistency, even if you only have 10 minutes on any given day to contribute to your consistency plan. You will find that your confidence and your abilities build from this.

You asked for a busier market and here it is, now don’t forget the rest of what you need to do that will truly bring you what you want! Get to it!!!!


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 Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you: Marilou@mbr-group.com


Tags: Coaching Corner, training

REALTOR Joyce Goldsmith honored with OAR Distinguished Service Award

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OAR President Greg Hrabcak presents Joyce Goldsmith with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award for her uncommon commitment to the REALTOR organization.


REALTOR Joyce Goldsmith, of the Akron Cleveland Association, was honored as a recipient of the Ohio Association of REALTORS’ 2014 “Distinguished Service Award” during the organization’s Spring Conference, April 20-22, in Columbus.

Goldsmith is associated with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Chagrin Falls.

OAR created the “Distinguished Service Award” to recognize long-standing members of the Association who have demonstrated an uncommon commitment to the goals and purposes of the REALTOR association at all levels.

Those eligible for the award must have been active members of the Association for 25 years and cannot have served as OAR president.

Goldsmith has been actively involved in a variety of committees for the local REALTOR organization, including serving as president of the Cleveland Area Board in 1994 and as a member of RPAC, Nominating, Legislative and Finance Committees, among others.

At OAR, Goldsmith has been a Director since 1990, served as District Vice President in 2013-2014 and has chaired or served as a member of the Convention, Professional Development, Executive, Housing Needs and Business Technology Committees, among others.

Nationally, she has been a member of NAR’s Housing Needs Committee and Designations and Certification Program Subcommittee.

Goldsmith is an active member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS and served as Council President in 1999.

Tags: Association news

Home sales across Ohio heat up in March

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By Carl Horst, OAR Director of Publications/Media Relations

The number of homes sold across Ohio in March rose 13.2 percent from the level posted during the month a year ago, the market’s seventh consecutive monthly year-over-year gain, according to the Ohio Association of REALTORS.

Additionally, home sales activity in March increased 5.4 percent from the level reached in February 2015.

“Activity levels in March were solid across the Buckeye State, as our sales totals reached the highest mark for the month since 2007,” said OAR President Greg Hrabcak. “We’re also experiencing a continued, steady rise in the average sale price, an indication that housing is a solid, long-term investment.

“The March sales level provides a welcomed start to the spring home buying season,” Hrabcak added. “The profession is hopeful that we’ll see an increase in the number of homes being marketed for sale, a key factor in ensuring that the momentum we’ve attained continues.”

March’s average home price of $147,124 reflects an 8.5 percent increase from the $135,633 mark posted during the month last year.

Sales in March reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 134,031, a 13.2 percent gain from the 118,396 level during the month a year ago. The market also experienced a 5.4 percent rise in sales from February’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of 127,188.

Around the state, 18 of the 20 markets tracked reported upswings in sales activity levels. The average sales price increased in 15 markets.

The first quarter 2014 seasonally adjusted annual rate of 127,746 increased 5.5 percent from the first quarter 2014 (121,051). Total dollar volume during the first quarter 2015 reached nearly $3.6 billion, a 17 percent from first quarter 2014 sales activity of just over $3 billion.

Data provided to OAR by Multiple Listing Services includes residential closings for new and existing single-family homes and condominiums/co-ops. The Ohio Association of REALTORS, with more than 28,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

Click here to view OAR’s seasonally adjusted Ohio home sales report. To access a market-by-market analysis of sales activity throughout Ohio, click here.

Tags: home sales, research

OAR commends Ohio House for removing tax increases from state budget bill


The Ohio Association of REALTORS commends the Ohio House of Representatives for removing proposed business and consumer tax increases from House Bill 64, the biennial state operating budget bill.

“Ohio’s REALTORS are committed to building a better and stronger real estate marketplace, one that allows property owners to realize the American Dream and propels the overall economy of Ohio forward,” said OAR President Greg Hrabcak. “We commend lawmakers for striving to boost Ohio’s competitiveness through tax reform and believe the changes contained in the budget package modified by the Ohio House will ensure that state’s real estate sector continues to establish a solid foundation for a sustainable, growing marketplace.”

OAR, which is also a member of the Ohio Service Industry Coalition, previously went on record opposing three elements of HB 64: an 8.7 percent increase in the state sales tax rate, the imposition of a new sales tax on a host of services used regularly by both individual and business consumers, and a 23 percent increase in the state’s commercial activities tax.

REALTORS applaud the leadership of Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith for their thoughtful approach and diligent effort in crafting a modified HB 64 package.

The Ohio Association of REALTORS, with nearly 28,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

Tags: politics

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