High Desert Association of Realtors Helps Members

The High Desert Association of Realtors® (HDAR) is an organization that helps its members become more profitable and successful in the real estate industry.

The organization is the source of essential business services and the association of choice for real estate professionals committed to excellence. Through collective action, the membership promotes the preservation of real property rights. Members receive many benefits, including educational opportunites such as a one-day course taking place in May called Negotiate to Win, with information on useful “win-win negotiation techniques.”

The HDAR’s original name was Mojave Valley Board of Realtors, chartered May 22, 1948. Elton Goble was the first President and he served from 1948 through 1950. In 1958, the name became the

Victor Valley Association of Realtors (VVAR). On June 1, 2014, the VVAR merged with the Barstow Association of Realtors, forming the new HDAR.

Today, the gavel that was presented to the Mojave Valley Board of Realtors in 1948 is still used at all Board of Director meetings.

Over the years, the HDAR has been guided by capable and experienced leadership. Currently serving as president is Becky Otwell., who also served in 1986. Others who have served two terms include (1994/2001), Jason Landon (1993/2002), Bess Kline (2003/ 2012). The 2013 President, Michele Davies and 2014 President, Kari Leon, were both second generation Realtor, whose fathers each served as presidents, and Don Jensen (2005), a third generation Realtor. It shows that people stay involved over the years, and have a true concern as to how the organization is run.

Things and people may have changed over the past 67 years but throughout its history, the organization has supported the needs of the communities it serves.

The HDAR promotes the availability and affordability of real estate by supporting organizations which share those interests and goals. It also promotes the preservation of property rights, and evaluates current and future impacts of environmental issues on organized real estate activities in the High Desert area.

The Government Relations Committee represents the interests of organized real estate in local and state government affairs, and encourages member involvement in support of candidates and issues.

They are one of 18 associations in California that have a Commercial Committee, recognized by the National Associatoin of Realtors.

The HDAR holds several charitable events each year, and contributes funds raised to local organizations.

Recent activities have included getting Realtors involved in organizing Neighborhood Watch programs to help communities prevent crime.

A senior information fair was held in April, which featured speakers and information on reverse mortgages, fraud protection, property taxes, home healthcare and transportation services.

High Desert Association of Realtors offers many different classes of membership for brokers, real estate agents, salespeople, broker associates, and affiliate associates (such title, lender, escrow, appraiser, inspection, staging, etc.

HDAR President Becky Otwell, she would like to see more young people get involved in the HDAR when they first get licensed. It is a great organization that can help a new agent get started.

Not all real estate agents are Realtors belonging to the HDAR. California is the only state that is required to allow non-members into the MLS. www.Realtor.com is the best place to look up homes for sale.

For more information, contact the High Desert Association of Realtors at (760) 244-8841. The office is located at 11890 Hesperia Road in Hesperia.

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