The Berkshire County Board of Realtors® is a strong and thriving trade association working to educate, inform, empower and unite all real estate professionals in Berkshire County.
Currently, there are over 500 REALTORS in Berkshire County representing clients transacting $467 million dollars in real estate sales in 2017. The real estate industry in Berkshire County also generates an additional $90 million in additional annual spending generated from ancillary transactions in a multiplier affect. This industry presents a challenge for the region, as it is both impacted greatly by our local economy and also has a great impact to our local economy. The real estate industry in Massachusetts accounts for 18.5% of the gross state product in 2015.
We don’t just sell homes – we sell communities. A community needs to have great jobs, access to open space, balanced growth, infrastructure to meet economic needs and good education opportunities for our youth. As an association, we work to advance all of these needs by advocating for private property rights, providing community service, sharing our market knowledge, and adhering to the highest standard of ethics and professionalism to keep this economic engine running smoothly.
We have a small staff and a large cadre of volunteers from the real estate professional community. In addition to the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS not-for profit real estate trade association, the Board also owns the Multiple Listing Service, Inc. to manage the property listings and cooperative marketplace. The MLS® system, also known as the Multiple Listing Service® is a complex information-sharing and cooperative marketing network created by REALTORS® several decades ago to help the public buy and sell homes. Administered and operated by the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®, the MLS is much more than a database of property information. The MLS mark symbolizes the cooperation among REALTORS® to effect the purchase and sale of real estate,
The MLS® service makes the real estate industry unique by encouraging a high degree of cooperation among salespeople. For example, if you’re shopping for a car and you visit a local dealer, the salesperson’s goal is to sell you a car from that car lot. They won’t provide you with information on cars available at other competing dealerships. In the real estate industry, the opposite is true. The MLS service allows for cooperation between all REALTORS® no matter which company they work for!
The Board of REALTORs and Multiple Listing Service is run by a professional staff of three. They work diligently on behalf of all members and coordinate the activities of hundreds of volunteers during the course of a year. The staff is led by Sandy Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, RCE and she works with the Board’s elected leadership shown below. More information about the staff
Berkshire County Board of REALTORS Board of Directors
The Officers of the Board are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting in October and are comprised of brokers and sales agents throughout Berkshire County. The REALTOR® Board of Directors typically meet every month. (special meetings can be called by the President)
The Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors
The MLS Board is comprised primarily of broker-owner Participants of the Service, also elected at the Annual Meeting. These candidates represent not only our diverse region, but also of diverse business types. The MLS Board is comprised of both Participants and affiliated sales agents, representation from all areas of the Berkshires, and brokers specializing in various markets as well (Commercial, Land, Condo, etc).
State & National Directors
The Berkshires are provided 2 state director positions based on our size percentage compared to other boards in Massachusetts. These two positions are appointed by the current year president, along with one alternate director. The President of the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS® is granted, by MAR bylaw, a seat on the Massachusetts Board of Directors along with our representatives.
State Elected Leaders
On occasion, we have Berkshire County Members serving in state positions. These positions are not elected by the local association, but by governance structures at the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS. WE are proud when we have local representation in this elite group.