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What is the greatest benefit of REALTOR® membership?

Monday, August 28, 2017  
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Orlando REALTOR® | SeptemberOctober 2017

Members describe the programs and services they consider key to continued membership in the REALTOR® organization

I am a strong believer in education. I hope every real estate brokerage enforces the importance of agents taking ORRA’s Excellence in Professionalism - Gold Key Certification class. As real estate agents, we have to remember the importance of the high degree of professionalism and knowledge that we must show and deliver in our career.
-Lourdes Boglio
BHHS Results Realty

Since we work in an industry that is relationship-based, having the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and keeping it at the forefront for all members is of utmost importance. I rely on my REALTOR® membership to keep current on the issues that affect our industry as well as informed about new technology that enhances or threatens our business.
-Cindy DeCoster
Keller Williams Advantage III

The greatest unanticipated benefit of REALTOR® membership is my local association office. I regularly call upon office staff for help with continuing education, lockbox solutions, signage, and technology. The staff is always friendly, efficient, and appreciative of members.
-Ron Kaplan
Keller Williams Winter Park

I'd say the most valuable benefit to me is the free tech support offered by Florida REALTORS®. I use it often, and have referred multiple agents to this service who weren't aware of it. There are surprisingly many agents who don't know basic technology like how to e-mail a contract.
-Shaunda Hall
Homevest Realty

One of the greatest values is the REALTOR® organization’s commitment to keeping us supplied with great data resources to share with our clients! The market stats and zip code reports are among my favorites.
-Gil Ramos
Exit Realty Central

The most important benefit of membership is representation by RPAC and by advocacy efforts. REALTORS® have a strong voice, and it’s used to lobby for the protection of property rights and against legislation that would hurt homeowners. The REALTOR® voice also keeps taxes in check, keeps our schools strong, and works to make homeownership available to as many families as possible.
-Cindy Egeli
Keller Williams Winter Park

The courses and councils for special business interests offer so much value! For example, the growing Commercial Council promotes commercial education and peer communication as well as offers scholarships to members for CCIM courses. I’ve also benefited personally by serving on committees and getting to know some of our most ethical and experienced REALTORS®.
-Brenda Bray
Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando

One of the greatest benefits of belonging to the REALTOR® family is the knowledge I’ve gained from serving on different committees. Through the years I have served my local and state associations proudly. One of my favorite committee service appointments is the Grievance Committee, as the REALTOR® Code of Ethics is constantly reinforced and discussed.
-Maggie DeGennaro
Keller Williams Heritage Realty

I enjoy the education that being a REALTOR provides. I do appreciate the efforts the REALTOR organization makes to protect the profession of REALTORS. Please put an emphasis and priority in protecting the profession. It does not take much to witness the business trend currently being set up to undermine and subvert REALTORS®.
-Brian Balik
Keller Williams Advantage Rlty

The greatest benefit of ORRA membership is all the events organized by ORRA to benefit our members. They connect our members to the community and they share information, both in good times and not so good times. ORRA also comes to the rescue of those in need, for example by building homes to benefit our vets. RPAC protects our industry and homebuyer interests and with that, our members’ bottom line. ORRA is the industry standard in REALTOR® education and works to provide members with the best continuing education around.
-Theodora Uniken Venema
Downtown Brokers LLC

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-Jamie Kruse
JC Penny Realty LLC

I love the classes that ORRA offers, and feel that members should receive even more free classes. We pay a high and small amount for these classes and should have quite a bit of money in our REALTOR® membership account. Would be a great way for goodwill. REALTOR® for 30 years.
-Maxine Platt
RE/MAX Select


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