Membership in the REALTOR organization is a professional distinction. Anyone with an active real estate license from an approved school may apply for membership, however only those accepted as members may use the registered trademark term REALTOR, an industry mark which symbolizes one’s personal commitment to real estate as a career pursuit and sets you apart from non-member real estate agents and brokers.
Media Relations - HCBR and OAR works tirelessly on your behalf to remain the voice for real estate in Ohio providing housing related issues to local, state and national media outlets communicating to consumers that REALTORS are the interpreters on current market conditions and private property.
Public Awareness Relations - Ohio Association of REALTORS along with the National Association of REALTORS annually promotes the value of using a REALTOR through substantial print, radio and television advertising campaigns, additionally providing customizable print advertisements for use by members in local media.
Legislative Victories - The REALTOR organization is an influential voice locally, in Columbus and Capitol Hill protecting the business interests of it members. But for the lobbying efforts by the largest trade organization in the country federal banks have been kept out of real estate and private property owners have been saved from transfer taxes and been able to keep their mortgage interest deduction. Read more about RPAC.
Education - As a REALTOR you have the opportunity to receive comprehensive training in specialty areas of practice through a number of professional designation programs conducted throughout the state on a yearly basis in addition to a yearly two-day conference and trade show.
Legal - Membership provides access to a free legal hotline for authorized REALTORS, where a staff of attorneys can provide guidance and information regarding legal and ethical issues in addition to members having access to a host of written legal information and FAQs.
Ethics Enforcement - Members are provided the opportunity to complete ethics training in accordance with the Code of Ethics and take part in professional standards training through OAR. The organization also provides consumer services on behalf of the membership to police the REALTOR trademark and enhance and elevate the profession within the industry.
Commission Disputes - OAR provides impartial panels to local association upon request to settle commission disputes and other arbitration hearings necessary amongst members. We also can host or participate in interstate arbitrations as deemed necessary.
Quality of Community Life - OAR works to put its REALTOR members in a position to be a key resource for the protection and enhancement of the quality of life in Ohio through programs that promote activism, civic involvement in public policy issues that impact property rights, home ownership and the ability of members to conduct their business freely.
- REALTORS are given many opportunities through membership to take an active role in supporting our communities through charitable endeavors that better the lives of property owners and efforts to nurture struggling real estate professionals.