Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS®

No one can say that 2020 was ‘normal’ but all can agree that it is good to welcome 2021.

Thank you for visiting the Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® website.  I’m thrilled to let you know that 2020 has seen our REALTOR® family grow by more than 50 agents increasing our membership to 684 REALTORS® and affiliates.  This is our 61st year as the Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® where we always have and will continue to dedicate ourselves to helping our REALTOR® membership adhere to the REALTOR® code of ethics,, promote industry advocacy and strive to encourage ongoing professional development within our REALTOR® membership.

With the challenges of 2020, members should be proud that we continued to sponsor scholarships for graduating high school seniors and plan to do so in 2021.  In addition, I am pleased to share that there has been no increase to our membership dues for 2021.  This is important as many members are dealing with the issues connected to the economy and COVID-19.

Some of the 2020 member events included our January 29th in person membership meeting featuring Fairfield’s First Selectwoman, Brenda Kupchik, and our two Zoom meetings with Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes (on the state of Connecticut) and Fairfield BOE Superintendent Michael Cummings (on the state of our schools).  Our first 2021 Zoom meeting at 9:30 on January 27th will feature Charlie Smith of  Innovative CPA Group.  The focus of  their practice is on the needs of REALTORS®.  The meeting will focus on your taxes, financial assistance, and options available to you, such as PUA, PPP (New in 2020), and what we can expect for 2021.

Our Board members were very busy in 2020 selling 1204 houses and condos in Fairfield which is up from 890 in 2019 in Fairfield alone.  We are a far-reaching group and include many of our surrounding communities; therefore, these numbers don’t truly reflect how successful our agents have been.  We are determined to help our buyers and sellers

I invite you to explore the many other ways the Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® gives back to our community in volunteer hours, creation of gathering spaces, and, of course, promoting the benefits of home ownership throughout the area.  We are always looking for GFBOR volunteers and innovative ideas from our members to promote our mission.

We will strive to provide you with information about the continually evolving real estate trends, issues, and technologies to serve as the ultimate resource to our REALTOR® membership.

Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to speak with Fran, myself, or any of our board of director members; Walter Hibbs, Erika Portanova Songer, Cathy VanTornhout, Marlene Fischer, Brian A. Clarke, Jr., Jennifer DeLaurentis, Mary Beth Grasso, Doris Rowe, Kaitlyn Walsh, OR our two newest members, Al Strazza, and Kaira Henry.

We are REALTORS®, it’s who we ‘R’!

 

Thank you and have a stellar 2021,

 

Michael M. Traum

GFBOR 2021 President