The Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy is an opportunity to learn and grow

Whether you’re interested in leading people or affecting organizational change, the Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy offers you an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel as a leader. Applications are now being accepted for inclusion in the 2018 class!

In this video, Joanne Zettl, of Chagrin Falls, reflects on her experience as a member of the recently graduated 2017 Leadership Academy class and encourages fellow Ohio REALTORS to participate!

Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy participants will work through an extensive training program that combines individual study, group retreats and unique initiatives to enhance leadership skills. The select members of Leadership Academy class will embark on an intense, nine-month program focused on goal-setting, communication, business relationships and more. Nationally recognized speakers will help you tap into skills that will position you as a leader within the organization, the industry and your community.

Click here for additional information, as well as access the application! Act now, as the deadline to apply is Nov. 10.

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Time for Ohio REALTORS to defend the American Dream!

By Pete Kopf, President, Ohio REALTORS

There has never been a greater threat to our industry and the American Dream than the proposed “Tax Reform” measure that is being debated on Capitol Hill. The current proposal is a direct assault on home ownership — one that will render the mortgage interest deduction useless.

The REALTOR voice has never been more important than at this very moment. For decades our nation’s tax code has incentivized home ownership by making the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) the cornerstone of tax policy. However, we now face a “tax reform” measure that will essentially eliminate the mortgage interest deduction for all but the top 5 percent who would still itemize their deductions.

According to all experts, the framework of this “tax reform” centers on changes to the current tax code that would eliminate important provisions, such as the state and local tax deduction, while nearly doubling the standard deduction and eliminating personal and dependency exemptions. REALTORS believe the result will all but nullify the incentive to purchase a home for most, amounting to a de facto tax increase on homeowners, putting home values across the country at risk and ensuring that only the top 5 percent of Americans have the opportunity to benefit from the mortgage interest deduction.

“Tax Reform” is a laudable, worthy goal. But to do so in a way that penalizes homeowners and those that take advantage of investment incentives like 1031 like-kind exchanges is wrong…and it’s imperative that every Ohio REALTOR tell their member of Congress to protect the American Dream!

The National Association of REALTORS has just launched a Call For Action — giving Ohio’s more than 31,000 REALTORS direct access to tell their lawmaker to stand with homeowners. Please take a moment to participate — it’s fast, easy and an effective way to defend the American Dream.

Click here to strengthen the voice of Ohio REALTOR community!

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We Are Ohio REALTORS: Community Service & Philanthropy

Ohio REALTORS is proud to present “Community Service & Philanthropy,” part of its year-long video series celebrating the many attributes REALTORS possess. This video series highlights the important role REALTORS play in boosting our communities and advancing the American Dream.

This ground-breaking series is designed to showcase the unique professionalism, respect and admiration embodied within Ohio’s more than 31,000 real estate professionals. Click the links below to view past episodes of the “We Are Ohio REALTORS” professionalism series:

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Coaching Corner: Be afraid?

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

Today is Friday the 13th! Does the thought of the 13th of the month falling on a Friday give you shivers, or at the very least make you a tad nervous? As is my nature, I got to wondering about what the big deal is about a Friday the 13th.

Honestly, after looking, I am not sure why this date has such a bad reputation. There seem to be references to the last supper, among other interesting reasons, why the 13th falling on a Friday generates fear. There are, in this country alone, countless people who live in fear of  times when Fridays and 13th’s fall on the same day. There are an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States that are affected, sometimes paralyzing them with fear.

Come on, many good things have happened on various Friday the 13th’s. What is piquing my interest is how a belief such as this one had its start. Why not Friday the 9th, or Monday the 12th?

Why, is my resounding question…

This is one of those topics that take me to how each of us, at times, react to situations that are outside of ourselves. We can succumb, and be at the mercy of external situations, reacting in ways that create varying degrees of stress for ourselves as well as others. In thinking specifically about Friday the 13th, I know that I am somewhat making light of a fear that may be real for many, and, also reminding you along the way that you, and only you, are in charge of your reaction to any situation (or day) that shows up in your life.

So, whether its Friday the 13th, or a flight that is delayed, your reaction is yours. Hit your internal pause button, take a breath, identify how YOU are feeling. From there you can decide what action you may (or may not) want to take.

Take this day, look it square in its Friday the 13th beady little eyes, and declare that you are in charge of your life! And don’t forget to smile!


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 Ohio REALTORS 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:


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‘Lucky’ REALTOR wins $2,000 getaway prize package!

Trina Swan wins grand session giveaway

Trina Swan, right, of Coldwell Banker Ward Real Estate, was the lucky Ohio REALTOR who won the $2,000 vacation getaway gift card at the OAR Annual Convention & Expo. She is shown with Thom Rankin, director of residential lending sales with First Federal Lakewood, who sponsored the prize.


A highlight of the OAR Annual Convention & Expo occurred during the Grand Session when Trina Swan, of Ashland, was announced as the lucky Ohio REALTOR recipient of the $2,000 “Choose Your Own Adventure” getaway package presented by First Federal Lakewood.

Thom Rankin, director of residential lending sales for First Federal Lakewood, pulled Swan’s name out of a drum filled with the names of more than 1,500 Convention attendees!

“I’m so thankful and thrilled to win the grand prize,” said Swan. “I felt like I was in a dream when they called my name. I had just texted last year’s winner and my best friend, Joanne Jacobs, that I was going to win it this year.”

Jacobs and Swan are both associated with Coldwell Banker Ward Real Estate in Ashland.

“When they called my name all I could do was laugh and smile because I couldn’t believe the odds! Two winners from the same agency and the same Board in back-to-back years. And best friends at that!”

Swan, with Coldwell Banker Ward Real Estate, will be receiving a $2,000 gift card that can be applied for a getaway adventure.

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