Realtors have to comply by a new set of professional standards as members of the National Association of Realtors by June 2015.
The new and re-elected officers of the Madera affiliate is gearing up for the changes by encouraging its 200 members to strengthen relationships, be better government advocates and to get involved in the community.
“We’re really looking at making the code of ethics not just something they memorize and hear about, but also something that gets enforced,” said Junia Painter, who was re-elected the Madera Association of Realtors’ 2015 president.
The national organization’s core standards raise the bar for Realtors to ensure high-quality service.
Painter, who has been a realtor for 13 years and is broker and owner of Independent Realty Group, said she would like the group to be more involved with the community. It is working on a series of scholarships for students.
Another goal for next year is to make better use of technology and make the association’s website more user-friendly, Painter said. The group plans to create a technology committee and has added a government affairs director to its list of officers for the first time in two years.
Next year’s leadership team includes: Alex Salazar, president-elect; Richard Bulger, treasurer; Jerilyn Von Flue, secretary; E’Mira Torres, government affairs director; Esther Riffel, past president; and directors, Edward Blumberg, Twyla Denney, Yesenia Gonzalez, and Ginger Govett.