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The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary

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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. ORRA was originally founded in 1921 as the Orlando Realty Board and 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 further training, advocacy and career advancement.

“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 scratch, ”said Cliff Long, CEO of ORRA. “Our members continue to have this forward-looking, community-focused vision today as they work toward empowering neighborhoods and businesses in central Florida.”

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 for members each year. ORRA’s Government Affairs Department supports candidates and housing policies that boost the Central Florida’s economy through the REALTOR® Political Action Committee. This includes trips to Tallahassee, where REALTORS® have met with state lawmakers to ensure that they use the Sadowski Fund only for affordable housing.

“As REALTORS®, it is our duty to provide housing to the most vulnerable people 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 for 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 organization, 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 awarding Central Florids in need since 1949 when the board created a scholarship to the University of Florida. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, ORRA will make numerous donations in the course of 2021. Earlier this year, ORRA donated a check for US $ 3,000 to No Kid Hungry to help feed children at a time when many families are struggling to get food to the table. ORRA has identified other nonprofits that will receive donations. Announcements will be made in the next few months.

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, recognized as one of the most innovative local real estate associations 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 x 233

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