After eight months of study and considerable consideration, members of both the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors (YGAOR) and the Fresno Association of Realtors voted to merge the two associations last week.
YGAOR President Ed Bailey said the merger will provide several benefits for Mountain Area realtors. Among them are more training opportunities, access to more facilities and staff like information technology experts, and lowered costs in realty dues and fees as part of a larger association.
“With changes in the real estate industry, including competition from online portals, it is more critical than ever that realtors are the most informed area experts to best serve their clients.” Bailey said. “The expected outcome of these combined entities is to provide Mountain Area Realtors with the best tools for their business and consumers they serve.”
Bailey said YGAOR members will continue to be key contributors to the Mountain Area community.
“Realtors and affiliates, members that work in and around the real estate industry, have a long established scholarship fund that will continue to be available for graduating seniors,” Bailey said. “Over the years, YGAOR has been known for many community outreach projects and support including a home show, a monster rummage sale, support for the Bass Lake Triathlon, canned food drives for Manna House, and disaster relief during fires.”
The YGAOR office at 40298 Junction Drive in Oakhurst (behind Sears) will continue to be used to conduct business. The building includes a community room that a variety of nonprofits have used for meetings over the years.
“Mountain Area realtors continue to look forward to being a vital part of the community,” Bailey said. “Regardless of real estate industry changes and economic cycles, area real estate professionals are geared to provide the best advice for the consumer, and that will only be enhanced with the merger.”
The merger will also provide a more stable, local office staffed and supervised by experienced professionals, which is good news for customers, the community, and Realtors alike, Bailey said.