Our Mission Statement: Our purpose is to provide services, products, programs, and information to members so that they may serve the consumer ethically, professionally, successfully and competently; and to preserve private property rights.
The Otero County Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit professional trade association. The National Association of REALTORS® issued the association’s original charter in January of 1962. The organization has gone through name changes over the years finally determining that Otero County Association of REALTORS® best fit the member demographics. The territorial jurisdiction of OCAOR as granted by NAR is all of Otero County, New Mexico. Cities include Alamogordo, Boles Acres, Tularosa, La Luz, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Bent, Weed, Mayhill, Sacramento, Timberon, Pinon, and Orogrande.
The Otero County Association of REALTORS® and its’ Multiple Listing Service has a membership of 34 REALTOR® offices, with 131 qualifying and associate brokers and 24 REALTOR® appraisers.
REALTOR® organizational structure
The local association is the most visible and best-known component of the REALTOR® organization. It is at this level that members can actively participate on a regular basis and contribute to achieve common goals to better the industry.
The following list of activities provides a partial picture of a local association’s function;
- Provides the organization, administration, and execution of REALTOR® policy
- Provides a headquarters or “place” for REALTORS® to discuss plans and to implement policy in which they are in agreement.
- Elects its leadership and selects its chairpersons to execute final decisions.
- Grants use of the terms REALTOR® to eligible members and ensures proper use of term.
- Provides educational meetings and seminars on real estate topics.
- Enforces the NAR Code of Ethics and provides an arbitration process for contractual disputes between REALTORS® and between REALTORS® and their clients. (A professional standards committee is charged with such responsibility, subject to provisions of the bylaws, and the control of the Board of Directors.)
- Is the collective voice of all its members, by virtue of electing—through democratic processes—its officers and directors, by appointing REALTORS® to its committees, by having membership meetings, and by entertaining suggestions and complaints.
- Provides training in public service and organized real estate through service on committees and in elective positions.
- Provides, through tested and proven service on the local association level, an opportunity for service on the state and national level.
- Organizes and maintains the important function of cooperative business practices, such as a Multiple Listing Service (MLS).