The success of any Association ultimately depends upon the contributions of its members. The Orange County Association of REALTORS® relies upon the dedication and service of our REALTOR® and Affiliate members. By participating on a committee, each member helps to guide the Association by recommending improvements and overseeing programs and expenditures.
Ideas that are discussed at the committee level become motions, which then are brought to OCAR’s Board of Directors for consideration. Once a decision is made, OCAR’s Leadership and Management Team are tasked with implementing the objective.
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Affiliate (North and South)
Maintains a mutually beneficial balance between REALTORS® and Affiliate members. These committees are made up of professionals who provide education and information to REALTORS® and spearhead the Association’s major fundraisers. They also provide support for many other Association projects and social events. Meets monthly.
Reviews anonymously submitted REALTOR® advertisements, business cards, flyers, or newspaper clippings to determine if an alleged violation of the Code of Ethics or MLS Rules has occurred. If so, a letter explaining the violation is mailed to the recipient and his/her Broker and Office Manager. The recipient is given 10 business days to respond--this provides an opportunity to correct the violation and to educate members on how to avoid future violations. Subcommittee of OCAR’s Grievance Committee. Meets monthly.
Reviews and proposes amendments to the Association Bylaws, when appropriate. Meets annually or as needed.
Community Outreach and Volunteerism
Creates a venue for REALTORS® and Affiliates to volunteer in their communities as OCAR members, plan and implement an association wide volunteer activity. Committee will appoint city ambassadors for each OCAR-served community to foster a connection to the city for volunteer opportunities and needs.
Researches, plans and presents an annual agenda of industry-related seminars, events and/or workshops to meet the present and future needs of members and further support them in their individual businesses. Meets quarterly.
Serves as the fiscal arm of the Association. Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding all financial activities and requests for non-budgeted items. Prepares the annual operating budget. Meets monthly (10 times per year). By appointment only.
Focuses on expanding REALTOR® knowledge of green housing trends and educating agents on how these trends will benefit their real estate business. Provides resources to help agents “go green” in their real estate practice, tools to educate the consumer on what makes a home, building, or property green, and guidance on how to list and market green properties. The task force also aims to familiarize agents with local communities' green practice guidelines. Meets quarterly.
Reviews complaints against members to determine if the complaint warrants arbitration or grievance hearing. Must be an OCAR REALTOR® member for at least 3 years, attend mandatory training, and meet membership requirements to qualify. Meets monthly.
Oversees and provides structure for the Independent Broker Forum and arranges guest speakers. The focus of the forum is to support, assist, educate and address the unique needs of the small Independent Brokerage. Invites guest speakers or presents a program five—six times per year. Advisory meets five times per year.
Prepares the slate of prospective Board of Director candidates in addition to identifying, encouraging, and mentoring the Association’s future leaders. Meets annually. Closed Committee.
Local Governmental Relations (North and South)
Focuses on real estate-related issues and concerns that pertain to our market area. The Association supports both a North and South Local Governmental Relations Committee. Meets monthly (10 times per year).
Acts as a liaison between the Association’s REALTOR® membership and the Multiple Listing Service. Brings REALTOR® concerns and recommendations regarding policy and procedure to the CRMLS Board of Directors. Meets monthly (10 times per year).
Strategically researches benefit offerings that enhance members' business. It is tasked with evaluating and recommending programs, services, and tools that will be of value to our members.
OCAR Cares Steering
Manages charitable events and member relief fund.
Political Affairs and Elections (PAEC)
Handles political and election activities on behalf of the OCAR Board of Directors. Makes recommendations to support or oppose candidates for election to city, county, and state offices. Makes recommendations to support or oppose ballot measure and other issue-related campaigns. Conducts fundraising activities for the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF). Requires knowledge of local government and elections. By application only; Meets monthly (10 times per year).
Enforces the REALTOR® Code of Ethics by holding hearings of alleged violations. Committee members must be Association members for at least three (3) years and complete annual mandatory training to qualify. Members of this committee serve on hearing panels. Meets monthly.
REALTOR® Risk Management
To provide a forum to identify trends and issues that may be, or are putting REALTORS® and/or their clients at risk, to educate Brokers, Managers, and General Counsel and to provide information to other OCAR Committees as appropriate.