By Kay Wilson-Bolton
June 3, 2005
Like so many REALTORS® who have served on REALTOR® board of directors for decades in the County, today’s leadership is still making the trek to Sacramento to do what we can to insure the viability and integrity of the real estate profession.
Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® Board President Stuart Monteith and Ojai Valley Board of REALTORS® president, Riki Strandfelt, among other presidents in the Ventura County area, will lead their travel teams to the June meeting of the Statewide directors in Sacramento. This is the annual occasion to speak as a group to legislators about the issues facing California and our cities. The range is from predator lending practices to cultural diversity and land use.
The California Association of REALTORS® is celebrating its Centennial year.
One hundred years ago on May 27, nearly 100 men gathered at the Lankershim Hotel in Los Angeles, envisioning an organization that would work to create a bond of trust and respect between REALTORS® and homebuyers and sellers throughout California.
That vision became a reality, and today, the California Association of REALTORS® provides educational programs and business services to more than 165,000 members, enhancing the ability of REALTORS® to conduct successful real estate transactions, and produce satisfied clients.
For 100 years, C.A.R. has worked diligently to preserve and promote a commitment to excellence, professionalism and integrity within the real estate industry. Our Centennial marks the beginning of a second century where, together, we will work to bring the dream of homeownership within reach of all Californians.
C.A.R. provides educational programs and business services to more than 160,000 members, enhancing the ability of REALTORS® to conduct successful real estate transactions – and produce satisfied clients. 2005 marks the hundredth year that C.A.R. and its membership will work together to bring the dream of homeownership within reach of thousands of Californians.
C.A.R.’s leadership and members are proud to commemorate a century of accomplishments rooted in the desire to continuously improve California’s real estate industry. There were some interesting early milestone achievements.
1905 – The California State Realty Federation, later known as the California Real Estate Association and now called the California Association of REALTORS®, was established.
1906 – The San Francisco earthquake hit, causing uncontrollable fires and destroying 28,000 structures. REALTORS® were on the scene.
1907 – Voters approved a $23 million bond issue to build a 250-mile aqueduct that would bring water to Los Angeles from the Owens Valley to help meet the needs of Southern California’s growing population.
1908 – Henry Ford introduced the Model T; by the end of the decade, California had 36,000 automobiles.
1919 – After 14 years of lobbying in Sacramento, the California Real Estate License Law was enacted, helping to rid the real estate industry of unethical practices. The law called for the licensing of any person engaged in the business of real estate, created the state’s department of real estate and stipulated penalties for engaging in the real estate business without a license.
There have been dozens of changes in the past few years regarding the practice of real estate. We are still learning
Kay Wilson-Bolton is the owner of CENTURY 21 Buena Vista and CENTURY 21 Ojai Valle. She brings a regional perspective to local issues. She can be reached at 340.5025.