OCAR Committees Are Working for You

Craig Borner
By Craig Borner
2017 OCR President

At the Orange County Association of REALTORS®, committees are planning events and making good things happen for our members, our clients, and our communities.

A lot of exciting things have been happening at the Orange County Association of REALTORS® (OCAR) during the summer, and there are even more to come this fall.

Our Green Committee recently toured the home of Jan Shomaker, a current Green Committee member and former chair. Jan and her husband Allen have completely remodeled a gently used Mission Viejo hillside house into an award-winning example of ways to save both energy and water while savoring comfort and living in style.

Our strong YPN Committee has volunteered as part of the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Chili Van Outreach by serving hot meals to the homeless at Civic Center in Santa Ana and has partnered with the Young Professionals of Orange County (YPOC) to sponsor the Happy Hour in support of the Children’s Bureau and its efforts to prevent child abuse. Their next big event—Aloha Nights on September 14—will be held at the Balboa Bay Club and will benefit the OCAR Cares Foundation.

Our Education Committee has been equally active, offering a variety of speakers and courses, which are listed under the title “Education Central” in the centerfold of each magazine issue, as well as on our OCAR website. You can register for these events and classes at www.ocar.org/calendar.

Our Global Business Alliance Committee has partnered with both the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). In July, members of this committee helped coordinate AREAA’s Luxury and International Event at Pelican Hill Newport Beach, which drew more than four hundred people from around the world. Also, we have brought NAR’s Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) courses to OCAR. In the past, it was often necessary to travel great distances to take the two “core courses,” which require in-person attendance; but in early August, thirty of our members completed those courses at our Laguna Hills office!

Our Member Benefits Committee continues to evaluate programs and services that we can offer to our members at no charge. Among the programs committee members have recently tested and approved are OC FastStats, Showing Time, and the Tech Helpline. I should also mention the new Shop Local Program, in which local businesses offer discounts to OCAR members. To view a list of participating businesses and the products and services they offer, visit www.ocar.org/shop-local.

Our Independent Broker Advisory is sponsoring two events in September. On September 12, national motivational speaker Terry Watsonwill talk about “Avoiding REALTOR® Roadkill”; and a week later, on September 19, John Murray,one of the top two agents in the country, will help you chart your course from “Average to Amazing.”

Our Community Outreach and Volunteerism Committee has been supporting veterans, Relay for Life, the Boys and Girls Club, and South County Outreach. Most recently they helped assemble more than three hundred backpacks filled with school supplies for distribution to disadvantaged youngsters. OCAR will recognize the volunteer efforts of its members at a Volunteer Appreciation Reception on September 12.

Our Affiliates have been outstanding in their support of our New Member Orientations and in their fundraising for the OCAR Cares Foundation, our program to assist members in times of severe and unexpected financial hardship.

Finally, we must also recognize the work of our Bylaws, Finance, Local Government Relations, MLS, OCAR Cares, Political Action and Elections, Professional Standards,and Risk Management Committees. They are the backbone that makes OCAR so strong—professionally, ethically, financially, and politically.

Because September is REALTOR® Safety Month, part of this issue of OC REALTOR® is devoted to helping you stay safe. Featured is an article by Carl Carter, Jr., founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, in which he states that, Beverly Carter, his mother, was murdered by a husband and wife who pretended to be clients. Carl adds that Beverly, a top-selling Arkansas REALTOR®, did not do anything wrong but simply did not know to do anything more to ensure her own safety. I join him in encouraging you to take time to examine your business practices, verify client identity, set firm boundaries, and articulate these boundaries clearly to ensure that you are always selling at the safest speed.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me, text me, or email me at 949-291-7250 or craig12@cox.net.