Welcome to the Reading-Berks Association of Realtors®
The Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS®is a
professional trade association for licensed real estate practitioners. Membership in the organization is voluntary and consists of both residential and commercial agentsand brokers as well as industryaffiliates.R-BAR's membership currently consists ofapproximately 1,000 real estate licensees, and only Realtor® members are authorized to use the trademark term, REALTOR®.
To encourage mutually beneficial relationships by enhancing the ability and opportunity of our Realtor®-members to conduct business ethically and professionally while promoting the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property.
History and Purpose of the
Reading- Berks Association of Realtors®, Inc.
The Reading-Berks Association of Realtors®, Inc. was chartered on March 15, 1922, by the National Association of Real Estate Boards as the Reading Real Estate Board. Wayne K. Leinbach served as the first President. The Board changed its name to the Greater Reading Board of Realtors and was incorporated in 1972, the Board’s 50th year. The Board again changed its name to the Reading-Berks Association of Realtors®, Inc. in 1993. “Association” was chose to correspond with the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® and the National Association of Realtors®. The territorial jurisdiction of the Association includes the City of Reading and the County of Berks.
The objects of the Association are to unite those engaged in the branches of the real estate profession for the purpose of exerting a beneficial influence upon the profession and related interests; to provide a unified medium for real estate owners and professionals whereby their interests may be safeguarded and advanced; to promote and maintain high standards of conduct in the real estate profession; to further the interests of home and other real property ownership; to designate those individuals entitled to use the protected designation Realtor; and to unite those engaged in the real estate profession in this community with P.A.R. and N.A.R. in obtaining the benefits and privileges of membership of those Associations.
The Reading-Berks Association of Realtors®, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors. This consists of President, immediate Past-President, and eleven active members. The Board of Directors at the January meeting elects from its members a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.
The Association has four delegates to the P.A.R. Board of Directors, which are typically the President, President Elect, Vice-President and one other member.