Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association Celebrates 100 Years


ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a year-long celebration in 2021. Originally founded as the Orlando Realty Board in 1921, ORRA has grown from 100 members in 1946 to more than 18,000 REALTORS® across central Florida. From humble beginnings to the eighth largest real estate association in the country, ORRA has been an ally for decades that REALTORS® can count on for training, advocacy and career-enhancing resources.

“REALTORS® were a cornerstone of this community, helping build Central Florida before it became world famous for its space program and theme parks. Thanks to the hard work of REALTORS®, who saw potential than others saw marshland, communities were built from the ground up, ”said Cliff Long, CEO of ORRA. “Our members continue to have this forward-looking, community-focused vision today as they work to empower Central Florida neighborhoods and businesses.”

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association includes both residential and commercial REALTORS®, brokers, sellers, property managers and appraisers, and other affiliates active in the real estate industry. ORRA’s 100th year will focus on promoting diversity, with a committee specifically dedicated to engaging voices from different communities, races, ethnicities and backgrounds.

ORRA offers hundreds of real estate training courses, products and services to members each year. ORRA’s Government Affairs Department, through the REALTOR® Political Action Committee, supports candidates and housing policies that promote the Central Florida’s economy. This includes trips to Tallahassee, where REALTORS® have met with state lawmakers to lobby for the Sadowski Fund to be used only for affordable housing.

“As REALTORS®, it is our duty to provide housing to the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Natalie Arrowsmith, President of ORRA 2021, NextHome Arrowsmith Realty. “On the occasion of our 100th anniversary, we want to expand our reach and be part of the long-term solution to the affordable housing crisis in central Florida.”

Since 2003, ORRA has supported the creation and maintenance of affordable housing in Central Florida through its non-profit arm, the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation. As part of its Art in Architecture program, ORRA has built dozens of homes for disabled veterans.

ORRA has been helping people in need in Central Florida since 1949 when the board set up a scholarship for the University of Florida. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, ORRA will provide numerous donations in 2021. To begin this year of giving back, ORRA donated a check for $ 3,000 to No Kid Hungry to help feed children at a time when many families are struggling to get food on the table. ORRA has identified additional nonprofits that will receive donations with announcements over the next several months.

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, recognized as one of the most innovative local real estate companies in the country, turns 100 in 2021 and represents more than 18,000 REALTORS® across central Florida.

Media contact:
Alyssa Cohen
Riot PR for ORRA
[email protected]
(321) 236-0102 x233


Janet Smith