Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS (PPAR) is celebrating the recognition of the 100th anniversary of the REALTOR charter with the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). “This is a double feat for our association as we have not only already enjoyed 100 years in this community in 2002, but in 2018 we celebrate the recognition of being part of the National Association of REALTORS,” said Amy Reid, CEO of PPAR. This celebration marks the importance of the professionalism of the industry and the standards that are upheld to deliver the best to the consumer.
Established in 1902, PPAR was actually one of the first real estate associations formed in the United States, even before NAR. When the National Association was formed, PPAR was one of the first local real estate boards to join and be part of the national network. An early accomplishment of NAR, which is still felt today, was its development of The Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics, established in 1913, created ground rules for professionals in the absence of a regulated business. Today, all states have licensing laws that govern real estate licensees; and REALTORS pledge to adhere to the Code of Ethics in addition to the state licensing laws.
The idea of cooperative sales of real estate in Colorado Springs was practiced prior to World War I. An organization called "SERALTY" was operated by early members of the Real Estate Exchange, which eventually became the Colorado Springs Board of REALTORS. In 1948, about 12 REALTOR offices set up a system of cooperative listings and sales. The listings were typed on a single sheet of paper and mailed out. This led to the Multiple Listing Exchange of 1950 with approximately 20 offices working together. Listings were printed for the first time out on a hand mimeograph machine. Today, the Pikes Peak Multiple Listing Service (PPMLS), through PPAR.COM, provides the most accurate up-to-date listings in the Pikes Peak Area. Listings are updated every 15 minutes, powered by REALTORS, and filtered by location, price range, floor plans, school district and more. Buyers can effortlessly search for open houses and connect with a REALTOR with local expertise.
PPAR has also contributed to many local philanthropic and public policy endeavors throughout the years to enhance the quality of life of the Pikes Peak Region. Some of those causes include Habitat for Humanity, Springs Rescue Mission, American Cancer Society, Kids Crossing, The Resource Exchange (TRE), passage and re-authorization of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA), health and public safety campaign, statewide wildfire mitigation funding and tax credits and affordable housing tax credits.
“PPAR is committed to improving the quality of life in our communities and supporting home ownership, private property rights and the free enterprise system,” Reid said. “As part of the largest trade association in the country, REALTORS use their collective voice to serve as advocates for the homeowner and ensure that local ordinances, state and federal legislation do not adversely impact homeowners.” PPAR continues to enhance services for its members to provide the most up-to-date tools and resources for REALTORS to excel as professionals in the industry.
The Association is proud to represent over 3,700 REALTORS in the Pikes Peak Region, in addition to 22 very talented staff members. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the REALTOR charter with the National Association of REALTORS, there will be celebrations throughout the month of April and early part of May where members and the community will promote REALTOR pride throughout the downtown Colorado Springs business district. The Colorado Association of REALTORS will be recognizing PPAR in April during their state spring conference, as well as the National Association of REALTORS when they travel to Washington, DC in May for their annual legislative meetings.
“We are excited about all the amazing things happening in the Pikes Peak Region — this region is thriving and growing,” said Reid. “Companies are expanding and moving in as they see all the benefits of the area – a solid economy, beautiful surroundings, recreational opportunities, culture and art, and wonderful people.” PPAR looks forward to continue to be a part of the community, to meet the challenges of a competitive market and for REALTORS to continue to serve as the trusted voice for real estate.
To learn more, visit PPAR.com.