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HISTORY OF THE TEHACHAPI AREA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®


Several of the original members who helped establish the Board of Directors were Larry McClain, Iva Smith, Fred Trower, Susanne Nishino, Mary Dooley, Francine Den Besten, Suzi McReynolds, Connie Fourmet and Gerald Vukich.

On September 4, 1985, an Agreement to use the term REALTORS® in the Corporate Name of the Local Board-- Greater Tehachapi Board of REALTORS® was initiated and the New Board Approval was approved by the National Association of REALTORS® at its November 11,1986 meeting in New York City.

The first organizational meeting of the membership of the Greater Tehachapi Board of REALTORS® was held April 14, 1986. The first order of business was the election of directors to serve out the term from 1985-1986. It being determined that a proper quorum was present an election was held and Larry McClain, Mary Dooley, Suzanne Nishino, Fred Trower and Iva J. Smith were elected as members of the Board of Directors. Thereafter, upon motion made duly seconded and unanimously carried, Larry D. McClain was elected a chairman of the Board of Directors. 

The Greater Tehachapi Board of REALTORS® received its Charter from the National Association of REALTORS® in November 11,1986. December 3, 1986 a letter was received from The National Association of REALTORS® confirming charter status and membership application approval.

On January 16, 1987, the Greater Tehachapi Board of REALTORS® received their Charter from the California Association of REALTORS®. The first TAAR President was Larry McClain in 1987 followed by Allen Rice in 1988.

March 5, 1992 An application was submitted to change the name from the Greater Tehachapi Board of REALTORS® to the Tehachapi Area Association of REALTORS® Inc.

On November 16, 1992, the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors at their meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii approved an application for change of the name to the Tehachapi Area Association of REALTORS®, Inc. as requested by the Association. They also received the official jurisdictional territory approve for our board to be retained in the Boards official records. At the time, there were 67 Charter Members and 16 firms.

Proposed Jurisdiction: Beginning at the intersection of the Southern boundaries of Sections 32 and 33, T11N R13W; thence North to the intersection of the Eastern boundaries of Sections 13 and 24, T31S R34E Mt. Diablo BM; thence West to the intersection of the Western boundaries of Sections 18 and 19, T31A R31E Mt. Diablo BM; thence south to the boundary of Rancho Tejon; thence South to the boundary of Rancho Tejon; thence Southeast along the Rancho Tejon boundary to the intersection of the Western boundaries of Section 18 and 19, T11N R16W SBBM; thence South to the Southwest corner of Township T11N R16WSBBM and then East to the starting point. Territory being released by the Antelope Valley Board of REALTORS® - See Change of Territorial Jurisdiction, Appendix E, Pages 4-7

The first location of the TAAR office was on West ‘J’ Street and was moved to Old Town in 1989 and moved to 110 E. Tehachapi Blvd. in 1993, and then moved to our current location at 803 Tucker at the corner of Tucker and 202, on December 2, 2010.  

In the beginning days, the Multiple Listing (MLS) data information for all listings was printed out and kept in a simple binder. In 1989, the Board issued a computer-generated book. Suzi McReynolds, and a couple of other dedicated people, spent many long hours entering all the information into the original equipment. In 1992, the Board went with Yardi software and its first published books. In the late 1990’s we introduced Voyager database software with an online system, which evolved into 'Galaxy' and then 'Risco', which became 'Paragon', and on January 25, 2011 we went to Rapattoni which is our present fully online MLS system.  

In January 13, 2009, the Association and the MLS officially split into two corporations.  The Tehachapi Area Association of REALTORS® Inc became a nonprofit corporation 501(c)(6) and the Tehachapi MLS became a separate for profit corporation.

January 1, 2017 the Tehachapi Area Association of REALTORS® celebrated 30 years as an Association. Presiding over the Association as President was Lanetta Ashmore. She also served as President in 2005.


Updated Feb 2017