ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION
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.
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 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.
MLS - Multiple Listing Service, in one form or another, dates back into the nineteenth century. The first Boards of REALTORS® were established as "Real Estate Exchanges." On certain appointed days, the Members of a Board of REALTORS® gathered at the Board offices and "exchanged" information about their listings. They, in effect, carried on an auction as they frequently came prepared to purchase certain property desired by their principals, but listed by another broker. This practice was common in the 1880s and 1890s. Shortly after the end of the nineteenth century, the term "multiple listing" was in use. It is mentioned as an activity of Boards of REALTORS® as early as 1907.
In the 1920s, the multiple listing had become widely accepted. The expansion of this function continued through succeeding years and spread throughout the country with the result that today hundreds of local Boards of REALTORS® provide Multiple Listing Services, in one form or another, to their members.
A Multiple Listing Service is:
• A facility for the orderly correlation and dissemination of listing information among Participants so that they may better serve their clients and customers and the public
• A means by which authorized Participants make blanket unilateral offers of compensation to other Participants (acting as subagents, buyer agents, or in other agency or nonagency capacities defined by law)
• A means by which information is accumulated and disseminated to enable authorized Participants to prepare appraisals and other valuations of real property
• A means by which Participants engaging in real estate appraisal contribute to common databases
History compiled by Lyman Treaster (former President 1958), Betty Treaster (former Executive Officer), Janet Carr (former Executive Officer) and Karl Hampton (former Executive Officer).
Beginning at the Southwest corner of Tulare County at the intersection of the Kern, Kings and Tulare County lines, proceeding northward following the Tulare & Kings County Line to the intersection with the Fresno County line.
From the above intersection of the Tulare & Kings County line intersection with the Fresno County line, proceeding northeasterly following the Fresno & Tulare County line to the most easterly and northerly tip of Tulare County.
From the above most easterly and northerly tip of Tulare County, proceed southwardly to an intersection with an easterly extension of (and from) Avenue 264, then proceed West along the extension from Avenue 264 to the intersection of Road 164/168 A.K.A County Hwy J23 (Road 164/168 A.K.A County Hwy J23 and Avenue 264), then proceed South along Road 168 from the intersection of Road 164/168 A.K.A County Hwy J23 and Avenue 264 to the Tulare/Kern County line.
From the intersection of Road 168 and the Tulare/Kern County line, proceed West along the Tulare/Kern County line to the intersection with the Kings County Line.
This metes and bounds description includes, but is not limited to the following communities: Visalia, Exeter, Woodlake, Three Rivers, Lemon Cove, Cutler, Orosi, Dinuba, Traver, Goshen, Farmersville, Ivanhoe, Tulare, Tipton, Pixley, Earlimart, Teviston, Tagus, Waukena, Alila and Alpaugh, California.