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History of TCAOR

The National Association of Realtor recognized the Visalia Realty Board in 1921 which included Tulare and Kings Counties. At that time it became the 28th Board of Realtors in California. A "Realtor" is a member who belongs to the California and National Association of Realtors. The first Boards of Realtors were established as "Real Estate Exchanges".

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Welcome to TCAOR

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The Tulare County Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association of more than 1,000 licensed real estate agents in the Tulare County area. Our members abide by a strict code of ethics and have access to a wide variety of business services that are not available to non-REALTORS®. This gives them a competitive edge in the marketplace, enabling them to provide superior services to buyers and sellers.

Why use a REALTOR®?

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR® logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.

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TCAOR Website Terms of Use


Use of the TCAOR websites and its services are subject to the following Terms of Use Agreement ("The Agreement"). TCAOR reserves the right to update this Agreement at any time without notice. By using this website, you acknowledge and agree to these limitations as set forth.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES TCAOR provides you with access to a variety of resources ("Services") including general information, message and/or communication facilities, downloads, calendars and more. We may include a Members Only section that can be accessed only by TCAOR staff and Members. The Services, including any updates, enhancements, new features, and/or the addition of any new web properties, are subject to this Agreement.

USE OF CONTENT Use of TCAOR content (documents, articles, graphics, logos, software, forums, polls, etc.) is for informational and non-commercial or personal use only. You may not modify any content, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, post on any network, broadcast in any media or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the Services unless expressly permitted by TCAOR. Elements of TCAOR websites are protected by trademark, unfair competition, and other laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part. Content other than that belonging to TCAOR is licensed or otherwise published by TCAOR with the permission of the owner of the material. All rights in such materials are reserved to the respective owners.

LIMITS OF LIABILITY TCAOR makes no warranties or representations of any kind that the Services provided by this website or any linked site will be uninterrupted, error-free, or that the site or the server that hosts the site are free from viruses or other forms of harmful computer code. All such information is provided "as is," and with specific disclaimer of any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, or non-infringement. In no event shall TCAOR, its agents, or anyone else who has been involved in the creation, production, or delivery of these pages, be liable for any direct, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use of this website or any linked site.

EXTERNAL LINKS Links to other websites do not imply an endorsement of the materials disseminated at those websites, nor does the existence of a link to another site imply that the organization or person publishing at that site endorses any of the materials at this site. Links to other websites are provided by TCAOR as a convenience to its users. TCAOR is not responsible for the materials contained at any website linked to this site.

UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions and notices. You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any TCAOR website, or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Service, computer system or network connected to any TCAOR server or to any of the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services.

NON-EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE By providing content to the TCAOR Web Sites, you grant TCAOR a non-exclusive license to (i) host, use, reproduce, modify, distribute, transmit, combine with information provided by other parties, and publicly display such content on and through web sites controlled by TCAOR, including but not limited to the TCAOR Web Sites, and co-branded or mirrored versions of such sites, and in TCAOR's promotional or advertising materials, and (ii) sublicense to third parties such content to the extent necessary for the creation and maintenance of, in part or in whole, such sites. By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting content to the TCAOR Web Sites, you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to such content including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit such content. You further warrant that you will report all known or suspected abuses of the provision in these Terms of Use. TCAOR reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.


JURISDICTION This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of California, U.S.A. You hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts sitting in California, County of Tulare in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the TCAOR Web Sites. Use of the TCAOR Web Sites is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph.

NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT If you wish to inform TCAOR of any Public Content that may indicate copyright infringement by any person or entity, Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), forward your notification to;

Brett Taylor, EO
Tulare County Association of REALTORS®
2424 E Valley Oaks Drive
Visalia, CA 93292-6713
Phone (559) 627-1776
Fax (661) 635-2317
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About Us


The Tulare County Association of REALTORS® (TCAOR) is a trade association that services more than 1,000 members.  TCAOR is affiliated with the California Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® and works to provide our members with the tools they need to remain successful.  The Multiple Listing Service, education programs and political action programs are just a few of the services that TCAOR provides.


The Mission of the Tulare County Association of REALTORS® is to assist its members in fulfilling their role as real estate professionals by providing them with services and products that will enable them to operate efficiently, professionally, ethically and profitably.


  • To unite those engaged in real estate practice for a beneficial influence upon the profession.
  • To promote the maintenance of high standards of conduct in the real estate profession as expressed in and by the REALTORS® Code of Ethics.
  • To further the interests of real property ownership.
  • To serve as an effective liaison for our members to the California Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.
  • To provide appropriate real estate information, technology, services, products and educational programs to our members.
  • To provide an organized medium for the transaction of the real estate business via a Multiple Listing Service.


The history of Tulare County goes back to the very beginning of California. It is located in the heart of California's farming belt in the great San Joaquin Valley. Visalia, the county's largest city, was established in 1852 and has the distinction of being the first community between Stockton and Los Angeles. At that time, Tulare County included all of the area between Mariposa and Los Angeles Counties, and stretched from the Coastal Mountain Range to the State of Nevada. Through the years - the Counties of Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Kern, and Inyo have been formed out of what was once that original territory.
There are not any known written records of the first organizational efforts made by real estate agents in the area, however, it is believed to have occurred about 1917. The National Association of REALTORS fully recognized the Visalia Realty Board in July of 1921. It became the 28th Board of REALTORS in California.

There weren't many real estate agents back then, but there is a history of agents establishing professional standards and working together since that time. R. F. Cross helped organize what was then known as the Visalia Realty Board and became its first president. Its jurisdiction was both Tulare and Kings Counties. Mr. Cross was quoted as saying, "R.E. Hyde purchased the land that is now the Visalia Country Club and Green Acres from L.M. Howell for about $300 per acre."
In the February 1941 issue of the California Real Estate Magazine, it was noted that the Visalia Board had 11 members. During the 1940s the association assisted in forming what became the Kings County Association, Orangebelt Association and the Tulare Association. The idea of the Multiple Listing Service came about when several members attended a California Real Estate Association convention. The benefits of this type of cooperative service were discussed at the convention and the group decided that it sounded like a good idea.
Early in 1950, after discussing the matter at several Realty Board meetings, a committee was formed to formulate bylaws and a constitution. Serving on the committee were Adoph Sweet, Lloyd Griffin and Faber George. After adopting a constitution and bylaws the first listing was published in May of 1950. Faber George served as the first president of the organization. The application fee was $25 and dues were $1 per month. Mr. George submitted the first listing. The property was 718 S. Church Street in Visalia. Mr. J. L. Philippe made the first MLS sale, which was Mr. George's listing on Church Street. There were five members of this newly founded service. Mae Hover became the association's Executive Officer in 1951 and published a semi-weekly bulletin of new listings/sales. Membership grew to 7 offices with 20 members by 1952 and 60 members by 1957.
On August 15, 1957 the Visalia Realty Board was incorporated. Weekly meetings were held at McDonalds Café on West Main Street and also at other times the Hotel Johnson, El Rancho Café, Old Drive Inn and the Wagon Wheel. At these meetings, "MLS Tear Sheets" were distributed and then place in Binders (MLS Books). After the meeting, members went on "Tour" or "Caravan" and viewed all newly listed properties. No more than 8 listings were allowed on Tour and each member toured in a caravan going from listing to listing. The Association's office location became 118 N. Willis.
On April 10th, 1969 the name was officially changed to The Visalia Board of REALTORS in order to conform to the National Association of REALTORS requirements. Shortly thereafter, in 1971, the Association celebrated its 50th anniversary. At this time, there were 39 REALTOR Offices and 92 members.

In August of 1977, the association acquired the property at 301 W. Noble in Visalia. In 1991, the name was changed to the Visalia Association of REALTORS. The change reflected the association's new policy of being an all REALTOR Asso¬ciation. Prior to this there were two cat¬egories of membership - REALTOR and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE. During the 80's, the Board also entered the computer age. At first there was little more than a word processor and a simple bookkeeping system, but that soon changed.

In 1991 the Board moved to its newly acquired larger office building at 2424 East Valley Oaks and by then it was publishing an "MLS Book," not sheets of paper to place in a Binder. The MLS became accessible via computer. In July of 2000, the Association became one of the first Multiple Listing Services in the nation to have an Internet based MLS. It was in fact the "Beta" site for the Rapattoni Internet MLS System. The association, soon thereafter, entered the "Cyber Age" with its very own web site.

In 2003, the Visalia Association and the Tulare Association joined forces to create the Tulare County Association of REALTORS and MLS.

In April 2016 the Tulare County Association of REALTORS® and Orange Belt Board of REALTORS® voted to merge.  The official merger was approved by the National Association of REALTORS® on September 7th 2016.  The new service area is now the entire geographical location of Tulare County.  In October 2016 we reached a membership milestone by having our 1,000 active REALTORS® member.

As part of our ongoing service to the community and in order to better provide for our Non-Profit good works, the formation of the Tulare County Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation was created on August 2nd 2016.

In May 2019, the Tulare County MLS reached a membership milestone of 1,500 MLS Subscribers.

History compiled by Lyman Treaster (former President 1958), Betty Treaster (former Executive Officer), Janet Carr (former Executive Officer) and Karl Hampton (former Executive Officer).

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