The Tulare County Association of Realtors and the Orange Belt Board of Realtors have completed their merger.
The group, which will operate under the Tulare County association name, now has a membership of 1,044 Realtors, up from around 865 as I reported in May when the merger was in process.
The decision to join forces has been in the works for several years to provide Realtors with accurate real estate information and data from the Multiple Listing Service to better serve clients, Darcy Staberg, president of the Tulare County group, said in May.
Staberg, of DS Realty, will share the board presidency with Michael Gutierrez, of Century 21 Jordan-Link Porterville, the current Orange Board president, the organization announced on Monday. The board of directors will work together for the remainder of the year.
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The association will have two offices. The corporate office will be in Visalia led by executive officer Brett Taylor. A branch office will operate in Porterville overseen by manager Debbie Branson.
The merger also created an opportunity for the organization to create the Tulare County Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation. Plans are underway for an event Jan. 28, 2017 to benefit A Combat Veterans Hope and the Central Valley Vietnam Veterans.