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The twenty applicants accepted for the Orange County REALTORS® 2nd Annual Leadership Academy in September 2017, have now graduated from the intensive eight-month leadership program, and have just returned from joining more than 2,000 REALTORS® in Sacramento for the California Association of REALTORS®’ Legislative Day on May 2, 2018. 

Rita Tayenaka, 2017-2018 Academy Chair and 2015 President of the Orange County REALTORS© said, “It is the goal of the academy to give participants the confidence to embrace the responsibility to serve as a leader in the real estate industry and the community.”  

She noted, “Several of our alumni and participants have already stepped up to leadership roles not only within Orange County REALTORS© but at the state level of other real estate industry organizations such as the Women’s Council of REALTORS© (WCR).  Locally as President of the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce, and in leadership roles for the Orange County Chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the Asian American Real Estate Association (AAREA) and Young Professionals Network (YPN). 

“We are proud to acknowledge our Leadership Academy graduates," stated Tammy Newland-Shishido, 2018 President of Orange County REALTORS©.  "They have completed the program and a legislative visit to the State Capitol. Some have already accepted leadership roles within our association, and our Credentials Committee has approved several applications from graduates as candidates for the election of the Association’s 2019 Board of Directors.”  

Graduates are:  
Cassandra Amos – Nova Real Estate Inc.
Edward Arce – Intero Home Services a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
Matt Cortez - First Team Real Estate
Olesya Drozdova – HomeSmart Evergreen Realty, Irvine
Leslie Eskildsen – Realty One Group Inc.
Spencer Hoo – RE/MAX Premier Realty
Laurie Johnson – Bullock Russell Real Estate Services
Sherrie LeVan – Prime OC Properties, Inc.
Jonathan Leonhardt – Team Laguna Real Estate
Yami Martinez – Altamar Real Estate
Larry Paul – C2/Thrive Financial Lawrence D. Paul, Broker
Joyce Purvis – Coldwell Banker Mission Viejo
Hanz Radlein – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Mary Rampone – Regency Real Estate Brokers
Tamara Romano – Home Point Financial
Jessica Siguenza – Finance of America Mortgage
Kevin Smith – First Team Real Estate
Lynne Suzanski – Coast to Canyon Real Estate
Tina Vo – Realty One Group Inc.
Lisa Yi – NextHome Coastal 

Dave Stefanides, CEO of Orange County REALTORS© is delighted that many of the graduates have already demonstrated their willingness to serve the Real Estate industry, and their communities in a leadership role. 

Local and national instructors lead the monthly training programs. The 2018-2019 Leadership Academy is now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. July 16, 2018. For more information, visit www.ocar.org/leadership-academy.

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Orange County REALTORS® is excited to announce a partnership with OC Fair to offer discounted tickets for members to purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, May 1 at both OC REALTORS® locations for only $10 each (regularly $12-14). 

The partnership comes from an ongoing search to provide valuable discounts for members. Benefits Coordinator, Alyssa Corsini-Wilson has spearheaded the search for discounts and benefits throughout Southern California. "We are constantly looking for benefits to provide to our members. The OC Fair is such a staple each summer that we thought it would be great to get discounted tickets for our members to share with their family and clients as well!" said Corsini-Wilson. 

In addition to the discounted tickets, OC REALTORS® will have $2 Off Coupon books available at no cost to members. "REALTORS® can use these coupons as a farming tool to invite prospective clients to the OC Fair!" explained Corsini-Wilson. Members may pick up coupon books at either office. Limit 200 coupons per member.

To learn more about the OC Fair, visit their website

To view additional discounts and benefits available to our members, visit the Benefits page.

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Code of Ethics Training - Mandated by NAR

Existing REALTOR® members must complete 2.5 hours of ethics training, meeting specific learning objectives and criteria, within two-year cycles. REALTORS® who have completed the required ethics training within a two-year cycle in one association shall not be required to complete any further ethics training for that same training cycle if the REALTOR® becomes or is a member of another association.

All REALTORS® must complete the Code of Ethics training through NAR by December 31, 2018. Failure to complete training during any cycle will lead to suspension of membership for the January and February immediately following the cycle deadline, with termination of membership starting March 1 after the cycle deadline.

Current Cycle

January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018

Future Cycles

January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022

Take Online Training

If taking the online training, both the free course or the paid CE course will satisfy the requirement. You will need to have an account to complete either of the online training courses. To create an account, click New User Registration when you sign up.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check to see if I have completed the Code of Ethics requirement?
You can check to see if you have completed the requirement on NAR's website. Log in to www.nar.realtor. Once logged in, click on My Account and then click on Manage Account. Under Other Links, click on View your Education Records (NRDS). If you see one of the Course Numbers below then you have completed the Code of Ethics requirement. If you do not see either Course Number listed then you still need to complete your Code of Ethics training before December 31, 2018.

Course Numbers - New Members:
BPP COEN 20171
BPP COEN 20181 

Course Numbers - Continuing Members:
BPP COEC 2017C5
BPP COEC 2018C5

Do I still need to complete Code of Ethics training if I have Emeritus, Honorary or other Exempt Status from the BRE?
Yes, ALL active REALTOR® members must complete COE by December 31, 2018 EXCEPT Emeritus Members. NAR Emeritus members do not have to complete Code of Ethics training.

I have completed my Code of Ethics training. How do I submit my certificate of completion?
You may submit your certificate to info@ocar.org or by fax to 949-586-0382.

What classes will satisfy my Code of Ethics requirement?
The following classes offered by OC REALTORS® will fulfill your Code of Ethics obligation. 

Ethics classes provided by a CalDRE approved provider will also qualify.

View additional FAQs on NAR's website

 

 

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Laguna Hills, April 23, 2018 - Over 118 aspiring real estate professionals attended “New REALTOR® Orientation,” a program hosted by the Orange County REALTORS®, one of California’s largest local associations of professional sales agents and related professionals. 

“California requires sales agents to take specified coursework and sit for a licensing exam.  To become a REALTOR®, state-licensed salespersons must adhere to a code of ethics, submit to continuing education requirements, and join the National and State Associations of REALTORS® in addition to joining a local board like Orange County REALTORS®,” explained Chief Executive Officer of Orange County REALTORS®, Dave Stefanides. 

Stefanides went on to say, "In today’s competitive real estate market, new agents need to get up to speed and one of the best ways to do this is by joining a local association of REALTORS® that offers expertise in all areas of practice. OC REALTORS® has a fantastic learning track for new agents called “New REALTOR® Essentials” that includes training on the Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA), zipForms®, MLS tools and much more!"

Each New REALTOR® Orientation is facilitated by one or more Orange County REALTORS® members. This session was facilitated by Pam Pedego, REALTOR® and 2018 Chair of the Education Committee, along with fellow REALTORS® and Education Committee members Scott White and Chip McAllister.

When asked why Orientation is so important for new members, Pam Pedego said, "It's a kick start for your career. It's a great opportunity to network with other REALTORS® and understand that we are all on the same team. Team REALTOR®!"

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Orange County REALTORS® hosts seven weekly marketing meetings throughout Orange County for members to promote their listings and network. Recently our Huntington Beach meeting, led by facilitator Lori Jones with Central Escrow Group, raised money for a great cause. 

“At our annual review to discuss the Preview Meeting, our group voted on numerous non-profits in our community [to contribute to] and decided to choose the HB Tree Society,” said Lori Jones. The interest to contribute to the Huntington Beach Tree Society was sparked by past president and current REALTOR® member of Orange County REALTORS®, Barbara Delgleize.  Jones went on to explain that “Barbara was very informative in regards to the Society and explained what they do for our town and it received the most votes at the time so we agreed to donate $2,000 to them.” 

The Huntington Beach Tree Society was contacted and gladly accepted their donation of $2,000. Jean Nagy, president of The Huntington Beach Tree Society wrote in a letter to Lori Jones that the “money will be used to purchase more trees and drought tolerant plants for the parks of Huntington Beach.” Along with the thank you letter was a tree house which will be hung at the Meadowlark Golf Club where the meetings are held each week. 

When asked what organization would be next up for donations, Jones said “We are now raising money for the Huntington Beach Council on Aging.”


To learn more about Orange County REALTORS® weekly marketing meetings, visit the webpage.

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