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Tuesday, January 27, 2015  
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Orlando REALTOR® | January/February 2015

By Sharon Voss

It’s my distinct honor to serve as your president in 2015 and to be continuing the work of my predecessor, Zola Szerencses. In fact, the hard work of last year’s entire volunteer corps is making it possible for me to announce that 2015 is already shaping up to be a big year for bringing new things to the ORRA membership. Here it is, just a few weeks into the New Year and we’ve already been able to launch several major initiatives:

--The new ORRA Top Producers Club is the association’s first foray into recognizing sales performance in many, many years. Kudos for the creation of this program goes to the ORRA Awards Task Force, which put many hours into determining award levels and criteria.

I hope to see you at the ORRA REALTOR® Awards Luncheon on February 25 when our first honorees are announced.

--Did you know that more than 50 percent of all complaints filed with state real estate licensing boards address issues are not covered by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics? ORRA’s new Excellence in Professionalism – Gold Key Certification (created by the ORRA Standards Task Force) aims to supplement the teachings and principles of the REALTOR® COE with education on such topics as customer-service assessment and transaction standards.

The great news is that the cornerstone of this program is a single, all-day class worth seven continuing education credits and offered FREE to ORRA REALTOR® members.

--Property management is a specialty that has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. So I’m proud to announce the new ORRA Property Management Council! It’s currently free to join the newest addition to ORRA’s lineup of councils and networks, and membership in OPMC will get you free admission to its property-management educational events throughout 2015.

There’s lots more to come in the next few months, including a BIG education-related announcement. Stay tuned in to your association as I, the 2015 leadership team, and our legion of committee volunteers strive to ensure ORRA provides valuable resources and services to you, the Orlando REALTOR®.

"If we don't start, it's certain we can't arrive." - Zig Ziglar

ORRA President Sharon Voss, Watson Realty Corp, is available at


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