Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Real Estate Inspector Association Targets 25-Percent Growth

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Real Estate Inspector Association Targets 25-Percent Growth

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The Oklahoma Residential and Commercial Inspection Association hopes to expand its membership by 25 percent this year, even as it broadens its market awareness.

It is discouraging that after more than a decade, our association is not widely known in the community that we work in, said President Dan LaBrake, who also operates the Tulsa office of HouseMaster.

Membership now stands at about 130 between its Oklahoma City and Tulsa chapters, according to Executive Director Rod Van Gordon, who operates the Choctaw office of AmerSpec Home Inspection Services. The Central Chapter, based in Oklahoma City, claims about 80 members, with the rest in the Eastern Chapter.

The association accounts for about a third of the 390 licensed home inspectors in the state, as noted by D'Ann Robertson, an administrative technician with the Oklahoma Department of Health. Commercial inspectors are not licensed at the state or federal level.

To improve its name recognition in the real estate sector, Van Gordon said ORCIA used its two annual conferences and continuing education efforts to increase membership. He estimated 12 percent to 15 percent of its members joined at the last fall conference.

The University of Central Oklahoma on April 21 will be the site of the spring conference, which is free to ORCIA members but costs $200 for pre-registrations or $225 at the door. Inspectors who join ORCIA before April 12 may attend the conference for free. An annual membership runs $200 in Oklahoma City, $180 in Tulsa.

Officials with the association have started visiting other industry groups across the state, seeking Web site links to www.orcia.org. LaBrake has arranged such access with three - the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission, the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, and the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors.

He said members in Oklahoma City are working for links with the Edmond Board of Realtors and the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors.

What can this do for us? LaBrake said. It gives us the opportunity to educate the Realtor associations on ORCIA and increase our exposure on Web sites that are visited by both the real estate professionals and the consumer. …

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