Formed in 1909, Dayton Realtors unites to advocate for real property rights in the Dayton Region. The organization provides resources, education, and services to its members to aid in successful real estate transactions, and connects with consumers through media and events. The 2023 Dayton Realtors president, Greg Blatt, says, “Because of my involvement with Dayton Realtors, many doors of opportunity have opened up to me. I’ve been able to meet community leaders, business owners, government officials and other community influencers that I otherwise would not have had the pleasure to meet. Because of these personal relationships, it’s helped me serve my clients at a higher level because I have contacts within the community that can help them achieve their goals.” Dayton Realtors is a member of the National Association of Realtors, one of the most effective trade organizations in the country. The vision of the local organization is to provide essential resources to advance the role of Realtors in real estate transactions serving over 3,200 Realtors across the Miami Valley.
There are two ways someone can become a member: as a Realtor or as an Affiliate. To join as a Realtor, members must be licensed to sell real estate in the state of Ohio, complete educational courses, and be associated with an area brokerage. Dayton Realtors also offers Affiliate memberships to businesses ranging from mortgage companies and inspection services to carpet installers and media outlets. Affiliate members have greater access to our 3,000+ membership, the opportunities to sponsor classes and events, and take part in our many committees and community volunteering.
Dayton Realtors provides services to its member such as access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), continuing education classes, networking opportunities, and resources for professional development. Dayton Realtors also advocates on behalf of the real estate industry at the local, state, and national levels. Members work to protect the rights of property owners and promote policies that support a healthy real estate market. Volunteer opportunities exist to advocate for the real estate industry, and there are a number of committees in which members can participate, covering everything from social activities to global outreach initiatives.
2021 Dayton Realtors president Sharon Geier explains the importance of Dayton Realtors’ philanthropic outlet, the Dayton Realtors Foundation: “Throughout the year, Realtor members contribute time, energy and money to various community projects. That’s true whether it’s during the holiday season or through the dog days of summer. We are dedicated members who really get involved in making a difference in our community. That’s why we have the Dayton Realtors Foundation. Many organizations and individuals throughout the community have benefited from the programs that the foundation supports.” She goes on to say, “For example, Realtors lend a hand to help out Rebuilding Together Dayton, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Crayons to Classrooms, Clothes That Work, and many other community building endeavors.” Each year Dayton Realtors partners with BBBS Miami Valley to empower youth mentoring through Bowl for Kids’ Sake Realtors Edition. This event raises thousands of dollars for youth mentoring, while realtors get a chance to mingle and network with others in the industry.
“We all believe in returning something to the community by participating in programs that benefit the citizens of Dayton and surrounding areas.” Geier says.
Since 1958, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. We make meaningful, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and local youth (Littles), ages 7 through 18, across Montgomery, Miami, Greene, and Preble counties. As the leading evidence-based mentoring organization in the Miami Valley, currently serving 344 local youth, we help children realize their full potential and build strong futures.
In addition to one-to-one mentoring, we provide group match activities focused on STEM to build confidence and self-efficacy around science, technology, engineering and math subjects and to expose them to various related career paths to help break the cycle of generational poverty. We also provide family care packages which include nonperishable food, personal care items and cleaning supplies to the youth who are in most need.