It's dues time again. Are you aware of all the resources and services offered by ORRA, Florida REALTORS®, and NAR that your dues help to provide? Here's a reminder of just some of what ORRA furnishes for REALTORS® and the real estate profession with each member's $225 dues payment.
- More than 100 classes a year that fulfill continuing education requirements, lead to professional designations, and provide additional skills or knowledge to increase productivity and income.
"ORRA's educational programs provide me the resources I need to facilitate my job as a REALTOR® and to help buyers and sellers in the decisions they have to make. All that I learn at ORRA makes me feel confident that I have great information to give to my community and can be a trusted adviser.”
—Carmen Ines Colon, Keller Williams Classic Realty
- Educational opportunities for REALTORS® seeking to expand their knowledge in areas such as international real estate, property management, market diversity, short sales, foreclosures, distressed properties, and web-based social networking classes.
- Skills-based learning and technology classes in partnership with MFRMLS.
A voice in government
- Representation before local municipalities and governmental agencies, and lobbying for decisions that would benefit REALTORS® in issues such as sign ordinances, taxes, and environmental regulations.
"Participating on the ORRA Governmental Affairs Committee has given me the opportunity to meet important governmental leaders, which before I could only dream of.”
—Salman Hamirani, Capital Business Group, Inc.
- Representation via board of director seats in organizations that influence growth-related issues in Central Florida, such as the Orlando Economic Development Commission and myregion.org
- Local political candidate screening to determine candidates' positions on issues that are important to REALTORS®, voting recommendations, and candidate funding from the REALTOR® Political Action Committee. In addition, your PAC and association are heavily involved in the current "Vote No on 4” effort.
- Issue forums to keep members informed of local or statewide issues that impact the real estate industry.
- Call center and in-person assistance for REALTORS® seeking information about member benefits, dues payments, and other services.
- Internet café (The O.R.) with free use of computers, business machines, and comfy seating to recharge your own batteries.
- Store that stocks products used by REALTORS® such as yard signs, select contracts, calculators, etc. Supra key system access and support.
- Group discounts for services or products such as insurance, copying and printing, and local attractions.
- Three mechanisms for addressing disagreements over the details of a real estate transaction: ethics complaint filing; mediation; and arbitration.
Networking and special events
- Social and networking opportunities such as a holiday open house, town hall meetings, and a trade show.
- A series of educational luncheons that provide presentations about the local real estate market, the association, and industry issues.
- A series of breakfast meetings designed to meet the special needs of brokers and brokerages.
"I know it is difficult to break away from the office sometimes, but I must share that attending Brokers Council meetings have been well worth the time. The topics are always pertinent and your voice is always heard. ”
—Marianne Bartlett, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Leadership and recognition
- A wide variety of committees, forums, task forces, and presidential advisory groups for REALTORS® who want to make an impact on the real estate industry or in ORRA's governance or projects.
"Committee involvement not only allows me to help shape the direction of ORRA and have closer relationships with many of my colleagues, but I also achieve a deeper understanding of what is really going on in the industry. ”
—Rob Arnold, Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.
- An annual leadership development program.
- An annual awards program that recognizes REALTORS® who have contributed to the association, to the community, and to the industry.
Community, public, and media relations
- A charitable foundation, the Florida Real Estate Foundation, which generates funds in support of Art in Architecture, a significant community service project that develops attractive workforce housing.
- A multi-media public awareness campaign that encourages homeownership and the utilization of a REALTOR® when buying or selling a home.
- Monthly media releases reviewing local housing market conditions.
- A bimonthly news magazine plus weekly and monthly e-newsletters that keep members up-to-date with happenings within the local real estate market, with local issues, and with ORRA activities and educational classes.
" Through ORRA's online services and Orlando REALTOR® magazine, I feel very much "in touch” with the real estate market, property rights issues, and legislative issues that I would not ordinarily be in tune with. ”
—Pam Tucker, Veteran Real Estate
- Yearly scientific studies of the ORRA membership and of local homebuyers and sellers, the results of which are made available on the ORRA website.
- A multi-function website loaded with services and information for both REALTORS® and consumers.