Home purchase agreements across Ohio reach best-ever level in August

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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 August 2016 reached a best-ever level for the month, increasing a slight 0.4 percent from the level posted during the month a year ago.

Ohio’s August Pending Home Sales Index of 153.6, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 0.4 percent from August 2015 (153.0). Activity in August fell 0.8 percent from the pace of agreements reached in July 2016 (154.8).

“Activity within the Ohio housing marketplace remains robust, as the number of homes put under contract in August reached an all-time high for the month and marks our 28th consecutive monthly year-over-year gain,” said OAR President Sara Calo. “While the market continues to face the ongoing challenge of tight inventory levels, the brisk pace of contract signings is positive indication that the confidence level among home buyers remains positive.”

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, August’s Index score of 153.6 marks a 53.6 percent 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 30,000 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.

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Steve Casper honored with profession’s ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award

Steve Casper accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Casper accepts the OAR Vincent T. Aveni Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished service to the organization. He is joined by (from left)  his wife, Meg, and daughter Lori Casper Corbin.

 

REALTOR Steve Casper of Cincinnati was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Ohio Association of REALTORS’ Vincent T. Aveni Lifetime Achievement Award.

The presentation of the award was made at the Association’s Board of Directors meeting during the 106th OAR Annual Convention, Sept. 19-21, in Cleveland. Casper is associated with Cutler Real Estate in Cincinnati.

The Vincent T. Aveni Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes OAR past presidents that provide exemplary service to the organization. Aveni served as president of the Association in 1980 and the award was created in his memory following his passing in 2006.

Casper, who served as OAR President in 1988, remains actively involved in the organization, serving as a member and chair of numerous organizational committees at the local, state and national level. He has previously served as Region #6 Vice President, representing Ohio and Michigan, for the National Association of REALTORS.

Casper, who joined OAR in 1974, has served the Association as a Director since 1986. Additionally he has chaired and served as a member of a variety of committees, including: Executive, Equal Opportunity & Cultural Diversity, Mediators Forum, Past Presidents, Professional Standards Forum, REALTORS Political Action Committee and Convention, among others. He has also led and been a member of a number of special task forces within the organization, including: 100th Anniversary, Agency, Non-Dues Revenue, Minimum Services for Listings, and a working group on OAR meeting structure. Casper is the originator of the idea of a joint Convention with the Ohio and Kentucky Association of REALTORS be held in Cincinnati in 2017.

Nationally, Casper has been a NAR director (1983, 1985-2016) and served and chaired a number of committees, including: DSA Selection, Multiple Listing Policy, Professional Standards, Legislative, Risk Management, Issues Mobilization, Diversity, and Executive, among others. A strong supporter of RPAC, he is recognized by NAR as a Sterling R Major Investor contributor. He was installed as a member of the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame in 2009.

Additionally, Casper is one of only six Ohioans to have received NAR’s Distinguished Service Award.

At the local level, Casper is a RPAC Trustee and helped establish the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS RPAC Hall of Fame. Additionally, he served on the City of Covington (KY) and City of Wyoming (OH) Commissions and is a member of a number of civic organizations, including: Cincinnati Beard Barons and serving as vice president of his home owners association.

Casper holds the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) and Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) professional designations offered by NAR. He is co-founder of SRS, currently one of the fastest growing NAR designation offerings.

“Steve is a most deserving honoree of this prestigious award,” said OAR President Sara Calo. “Throughout his career, Steve has provided unparalleled leadership and vision to the advancement of Ohio’s real estate profession, as well as finding time to improve his community.”

Past recipients of the Vincent T. Aveni Lifetime Achievement Award are: Vincent Aveni (2007 — posthumously), Paul Everson (2008), Harley E. Rouda (2009), Owen Hall (2010), George Smith (2011), Steve Brown (2012), Barbara Lach (2013), Terry Hankner (2014), and John Lynch (2015).

The Ohio Association of REALTORS, with more than 30,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

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Bradley Bennett named OAR’s 2016 ‘Phillip R. Barnes RPAC Achievement Award’ honoree

Brad Bennett awarded OAR RPAC award

Columbus REALTOR Bradley Bennett accepts the prestigious “Phillip R. Barnes RPAC Achievement Award” at the OAR Annual Convention & Expo. He was congratulated by OAR President-elect Pete Kopf and Treasurer Tiffany Meyer following the announcement.

 

REALTOR Bradley Bennett, of Columbus, was honored with the Ohio Association of REALTORS 2016 “Phillip R. Barnes RPAC Achievement Award.”

The presentation of the award was made at the Association’s Board of Directors meeting during the OAR 106th Annual Convention, Sept. 19-21, in Cleveland.

The “Phillip R. Barnes RPAC Achievement Award” was created in 2001 in memory of Past President Phillip R. Barnes, who was a leading advocate of the organization’s REALTORS Political Action Committee. The Award is presented annually to a REALTOR whose commitment to RPAC and political involvement is exemplary.

Bennett has been a leader within the real estate profession and has served OAR with distinction throughout his career. In 2011 he was named a recipient of OAR’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes members with at least 25 years of service to the Association who have demonstrated an uncommon commitment to the goals and purposes of the REALTOR association at all levels without having served as OAR president.

Additionally, he has served as an OAR Director for more than 15 years. Bennett has chaired and served on numerous committees within the organization, including RPAC Trustees, RPAC Fundraising, Legislative Steering, Issues Mobilization and Convention.

Bennett served as president of Columbus REALTORS in 2007, and is consistently recognized By HER, REALTORS with The President’s Award for sales exceeding $5 million per year.

A strong supporter of RPAC, he is recognized by NAR at the Golden R Major Investor Level and is a President’s Circle Member. He was inducted into the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame in 2013.

He serves as the industry’s Federal Political Coordinator to Rep. Steve Stivers (R-15th District).

“Over the years, Brad has truly led by example on the importance of RPAC,” said OAR President Sara Calo. “REALTORS are beneficiaries of his unmatched leadership and support to this important cause, but also to his tireless effort toward improving the real estate industry and profession.”

Past recipients of the Phillip R. Barnes RPAC Achievement Award are: Phil Barnes (2001), Harley E. Rouda (2002), Vince Aveni (2003), Mary Pollock (2004), Nancy Sharp (2005), George Smith (2006), Steve Brown (2007), Hal Maxfield (2008), Barbara Lach (2009), Darlene Breen (2010), Bonnie Boyd (2011), Charlotte Van Steyn (2012), Phil Morrical Jr. (2013 — posthumously), John Lynch (2014), and Joseph T. Aveni, Jr. (2015).

The Ohio Association of REALTORS, with more than 30,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

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Sue Lusk-Gleich & Georgiana Nye honored with OAR’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award

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(From left) Sue Lusk-Gleich and Georgiana Nye receive the prestigious OAR Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s 2016 Annual Convention & Expo.

 

REALTORS Sue Lusk-Gleich, of Columbus, and Georgiana Nye, of Dayton, were named recipients of the Ohio Association of REALTORS’ 2016 “Distinguished Service Award.”

Lusk-Gleich served as president of Columbus REALTORS in 2010 and founded the Board’s Leadership Academy. She is currently active in the following committees: Strategic Planning, Columbus REALTORS Foundation Board of Trustees, Leadership Academy Advisory Board, Governmental Affairs, Legislative Steering and Central Ohio’s REALTORS PAC Governing Board and PAC Fundraising Committees.

For OAR, Lusk-Gleich is a current member of: the Ohio REALTORS Political Action Committee, Leadership Academy Advisory Board, Strategic Planning, Legislative Steering, Issues Mobilization,Scholarship Foundation, Enlarged Legislative, Local Government Forum, Economic Issues & Trends and the Legal Issues Committees.

For the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), Lusk-Gleich recently served on: Federal Financing & Housing Policy Committee, Treasurer’s and Large Board Forums and as an NAR Director. She is a NAR RPAC Hall of Fame member and been a Women’s Council of REALTORS member since 1995.

Nye is associated with Coldwell-Banker Heritage REALTORS, Dayton, and is a member of the Dayton Area Board of REALTORS. Lusk-Gleich is associated with Keller-Williams Capital Partners, Columbus, and is a member of the Columbus REALTORS.

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.

Nye served as the Dayton Area Board’s president in 2007. Recently her local Board activity includes: Scholarship, Legislative/RPAC, Finance, Forms, Nominating, Leadership Development, Professional Standards and Strategic Planning Committees.

At the state level, Nye has been active on OAR’s: Legislative, RPAC Trustees, Political Activity & RPAC Fundraising, Scholarship and Legal Action Committees. Additionally she serves on the Leadership Academy Program Committee and its Advisory Board.

At the national level, Nye recently served on NAR’s Consumer Communications and State and Local Issues Policy Committees.

The Ohio Association of REALTORS, with more than 30,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

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Sam Livingston honored as OAR’s 2016 ‘Community Service’ recipient

Sam Livingston

REALTOR Sam Livingston of Medina County was honored with the Ohio Association of REALTORS 2016 Excellence in Community Service Award.

The presentation of the award was made at the Association’s Opening Session, a highlight of OAR’s 106th Annual Convention, Sept. 19-21, in Cleveland. Livingston, who was nominated by the Medina County Board of REALTORS, is associated with Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West.

The Excellence in Community Service Award is presented to an individual REALTOR who has shown exemplary commitment to community service.

Livingston has been licensed real estate agent for 16 years and a member of the Medina County Board of REALTORS since 2010. He has served on the Legislative Committee.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Livingston spent six years as a Reconnaissance Marine. He joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s also a member of the VFW Medina Post — 5137.

A member of the Medina Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Medina, he and his wife coordinated a social media event and held a turkey drive on the Medina Square. Their efforts were instrumental in assisting the “Feeding Medina County Turkey Drive” so that 200 families were provided with turkeys.

Livingston is project manager for Feeding Medina County’s “Fist-to-Five Work Group” that volunteered to design and remodel the Feeding Medina County office space by procuring materials and furniture, gutting and re configuring the offices, installing new floors, ceiling ,walls, electrical outlets and a kitchenette. He also worked with other community leaders to maintain local sponsorships for more than $6,000.00 annually for capital improvements by designing advertising space with the office.

He has coordinated with Veterans organizations within the community to identify Veterans who may need assistance with home maintenance issues. Livingston oversaw projects at 4 Veteran homes at no cost to the Veteran by coordinating and determining the required resources. He is Founder and Co-Director of “Heroes Home Project,” an organization that provides financial assistance to local community heroes when unforeseen critical life changing scenarios affect them or their families. Heroes Home Project offers housing assistance to Veterans, First Responders and Educators in their time of need.

He’s a member of “Leadership Medina County Class of 2016.” Additionally, he was an “Assistant Den and Den Leader” for five years of Cub Scout Pack 3501.

Livingston, a Florida native, has a degree in business administration. He has resided in Medina for more than a decade with his wife and three children.

The Ohio Association of REALTORS, with more than 30,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

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