Area Associations: Where the Rubber Meets the Road!

I can think of no better way for our members to Learn, Earn and Give Back in our industry than to be an active member in one of the many area associations throughout our market place. My first visit to an area association was in 1993 (Westerville Area Association – Skyline Chili), and they operate the same 24 years later. I’m a past president of the Gahanna Area Association and have considered the New Albany Realty Association my “home association” now for more than 10 years. There is no question in my mind that the information learned and the relationships built at these associations have enabled me to be successful in this very challenging business.

Listen up newer members (and experienced members), there is no better place to learn first hand about market conditions, active inventory, upcoming listings, who’s working with buyer clients in the area and new loan programs. You’ll meet the REALTORS® that you’ll be cooperating with, home inspectors, loan officers, title agents, insurance agents, painters, handypersons, alarm specialists, window treatment installers, carpet installers and cleaners, attorneys, auctioneers and too many more to mention them all. This is where the rubber meets the road! Next time you’re in front of a potential client working to earn their business, you’ll be educated on the area and the people to go to when needed. Every area association in our marketplace works hard, plays hard, and makes it a point to give back to the communities they serve through REALTOR® Care Day, Scholarships to local high school seniors, Toys for Tots, members of our great military, the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation and more.

In February, I had the great pleasure to meet with the leadership of the central Ohio area associations to discuss 2017. We talked about many ways that Columbus REALTORS® can help them conduct their business throughout the year, such as providing speakers for their meetings, giving their members updates on Association and MLS issues as well as  governmental affairs issues that affect private property owners (their clients). My big take away for this year’s Luncheon was the great feeling knowing that we have great leadership in place at the local area level! We thank you for your willingness and dedication to Learn, Earn & Give Back!

Area Association Upcoming Events

Columbus Southwest Area Realty
4/24/17 -- Annual Golf Outing, 1p Shotgun Start (noon registration)

  • Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive,  Grove City, OH  43123
  • Cost: $110 per golfer
  • Contact: Robin Miller, ERA Real Solutions Realty,  (614) 582-8945 or 
  • Cost includes Cart, Green Fees, Driving Range and Dinner

Licking North Central Realty Association
3/02/17 -- Septic System Rules with Chad Brown, Licking County Health Dept., 9a

3/16/17 -- YMCA Facilities and Programs with Ed Beone, YMCA, 9a

4/06/17 -- Columbus REALTORS® Activities with Stan Collins, CEO,
                   Columbus REALTORS®, 9a

5/04/17 -- Spring Luncheon (location TBD), 11a -1p

All events are held at Johnstown Government Center, 599 South Main Street, Johnstown, OH 43031, unless otherwise noted. For more details and updates, contact Richard Harper, LNCRA Secretary, 740-404-8978, or visit

Westerville Area Realty Association
3/16/17       WARA Annual St. Patrick's Party, 4-7p

Women’s Council of REALTORS® Association
3/02/17 -- Let's Give 'em Something to Talk About with Sean Carpenter, National Speaker and REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker King Thompson,11a-1p; Scioto Country Club
Cost is $25, for tickets, visit

4/19/17 -- Wine & Canvas, 6-8:30p, Raymond Reception House, 3860 Trabue Road Columbus, OH 43228-9559. Cost is $50 (includes 2 drink tickets)

5/11/17 -- Government Affairs Update with Brent Swander, Vice President of Government Affairs, Columbus REALTORS®,11a-1p; Scioto Country Club. Cost $25.