Coaching Corner: The leaves are changing

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

Here in Ohio, we have the privilege of observing the leaves on our trees changing color from green to vibrant reds, oranges and other amazing mixes of colors. Last week, I had a houseguest from England and after taking countless photographs of our local trees, informed me that we were well known for this beautiful transition of nature. This was news to me and I found myself feeling proud and appreciative!

We can easily take this  experience for granted — after all it does happen to some degree each year. I began to wonder what other transitions we sometimes either take for granted or possibly even resist?

There will always be changes in our lives — births, deaths, beginnings and endings of relationships or careers. The big question is how well do you flow with changes that do and will continue to occur in your life? Are you allowing or resisting these changes?

I love to think of the analogy of a big oak tree which is deeply rooted in the ground, and yet when the wind blows, this enormous tree will sway while still remaining solid. Think of yourself in that way. You are fully grounded and secure and although change happens you can move with that change and still retain your connection.

This week bring your awareness to situations that generate change within your life and notice if you are resisting or like the firmly rooted oak tree, allowing this change.



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

NAR’s Window to the Law: Website copyright infringement protection

Jessica Edgerton, NAR Associate Counsel, discusses steps you can take to protect your website from infringement claims by employing a “safe harbor” that exists in federal law.

Download the slide presentation from the video.

Published with permission from the National Association of REALTORS.

Tags: legal, OAR Legal Matters

OAR President-elect Greg Hrabcak talks about the keys to success in the profession

Greg Hrabcak - 2014 Official PhotoOAR President-elect Greg Hrabcak was a recent featured guest of Justin Lamontagne’s Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers podcast.

Hrabcak reviewed his entry into the world of real estate following his graduation from The Ohio State University and key moments in his development as a successful commercial real estate practitioner — from the benefits of ongoing educational development to fostering collaborative relationships with his peers in the commercial and residential sector. He also addressed the relevancy of the REALTOR organization in protecting the interest of the profession and property owners.

A sampling of Hrabcak’s advice:

  • Get involved early on with educational opportunities
  • “The people in my industry are not my competitors but my contemporaries
  • “The highs are very high and the lows are very low” – have a short memory and always move forward
  • “Persistence pays off”


Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers podcast offers state-by-state interviews, bringing you real life brokerage strategies and resources used by America’s top commercial real estate agents. Each week Justin Lamontagne helps uncover tools, tips and techniques straight from top performing commercial agents to help you stand out in this highly-competitive field. By a broker. With brokers. For brokers. Click here for a complete list of episodes, including an opportunity for a free subscription.

Tags: Association news, Commercial

Ohio Market Watch: Multiple offers on the rise

By Greg Stitz, OAR Director of Research

A majority (56 percent) of respondents have seen an increase in multiple offers over the past six months, according to findings from OAR’s October housing confidence survey. Of those indicating an uptick, 12 percent have seen multiple offers increase a lot and 44 percent have seen multiple offers increase somewhat. Only 14 percent have seen multiple offers decrease and 30 percent have noticed no change.


Survey results are based on responses to a monthly survey, designed to capture the effects of the existing economic conditions and trends on the real estate industry, sent to a pool of 1,500 OAR participants. Click here to participate in future OAR Housing Confidence Surveys.

Tags: Ohio Market Watch, research

Legal Matters: The Ohio Residential Property Disclosure Form

Peg Ritenour, vice president of legal services/administration for the Ohio Association of REALTORS, provides a timely refresher of Ohio’s Residential Property Disclosure Form, detailing:

  • When the form is required;
  • What transactions are exempt from use of the form;
  • What to do if a seller refuses to complete the form;
  • What the rescission rights are.

Click here for more information on the Residential Property Disclosure Form, including an OAR-produced chart showing when its necessary and when it’s not, an exemption waiver form and white paper.

Tags: legal, OAR Legal Matters

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