OBAR, along with the National Association of REALTORS® and the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, provides resources, education and networking opportunities designed to help REALTORS® on the Outer Banks succeed in their careers.
The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR), works to address current market challenges in order to better serve and advocate for OBAR members and protect real property rights.
Originally named “The Dare County Board of REALTORS®”, The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®(OBAR) was formed in 1962 by 12 men; Bill Anderson, Bill Foreman, Harry Lawrence, David Stick, Ted Wood, Bob Young, Ernest Meekins, Orrville Baum, Bill Fletcher, George McGaw, Eddie Melson, & John Lawrence.
However, the Dare County Board of REALTORS® did not become incorporated until 1988. The Articles of Incorporation included Board of Director members: Paul Breaux, Doug Langford, Jackie Ricks-Sample, Bobby Harrell, Jim McCreery, Bill Wheeler, David Perrot, Cathy Hoppe, and Joe Smith.
By 1994 the Board had grown to 379 REALTOR® members and 42 Associate Members (Community Partners & Affiliates). After expanding the Board’s territory to include other counties on November 7, 1994, NAR approved the Dare County Board of REALTORS® request to change their name to the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®.
Today there are over 900 members of the Association, including over 900 REALTORS®, over 100 Property Managers, and almost 40 Community Partners/Affiliates.