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Realtor associations announce upcoming mergers

Bay East to combine with NorCal Commercial, Alameda associations

Pleasanton-based Bay East Association of Realtors announced Tuesday it will be merging in the coming months with the Northern California Commercial Association of Realtors (NCCAR) and the Alameda Association of Realtors (AAOR).

Representatives see the move as a way to multiply services available for residential and commercial real estate professionals throughout the Bay Area, as well as provide new opportunities for Bay East members.

"Combining three associations into one enables us to focus resources on additional services, help us better promote home ownership and protect private property rights, and provide better access for all of our members," Kim Ott, 2016 Bay East president, said in a statement Tuesday.

The NCCAR merger with Bay East will take effect Oct. 1, and the AAOR merger with Bay East will be effective Jan. 1.

Bay East will maintain its offices at 7021 Koll Center Pkwy. in Pleasanton, and current NCCAR and AAOR staff will join the Bay East team, according to David C. Stark, Bay East public affairs director.

The NCCAR-Bay East merger will give commercial real estate professionals a brick-and-mortar location for education and networking events, Stark said. All Bay East Realtor members will have access to the commercial listings database (CPIX), commercial marketing groups and broker exchanges, referral programs, transaction documents and risk mitigation resources.

"The combination of NCCAR's experience in commercial real estate, coupled with the outstanding Bay East commitment to member success, means members of all three associations will be well served," said Dennis Byron, 2016 NCCAR president.

As part of the changes, Bay East will open a North County Service Center in Alameda accessible to all Bay East members, according to Stark.

The North County Service Center will offer continuing education; legal, technology and professional development classes; MLS training; lockbox and key service; networking and marketing events and a Realtor store.

"As the Alameda Chapter of Bay East Association of Realtors, we will continue to offer premium services locally to our members and clients but with highly expanded resources that will benefit both," said Steve Sorensen, 2016 AAOR president. "I'm looking forward to the next chapter in our association's long and storied local tradition here in the city of Alameda."

The mergers will give Bay East an expanded membership of more than 5,400 Realtors and 400 affiliate members.

"Joining forces with the Alameda and Commercial Realtor associations is consistent with the Bay East core values of collaboration, innovation, vision and leadership," Ott added. "We look forward to working together to make the mergers succeed for the benefit of our members."

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