ROOTED IN DEMOCRACY IN HOUSING

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Associated Real Property Brokers (ARPB) is the Oakland Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) which was formed in 1947 out of a need to secure the right to equal housing opportunity, regardless of race, creed, or color. NAREB continues to be the vanguard by employing new strategies, expanding our reach along with educating black consumers and policy makers. Our 2 Million New Black Homeowners (2Mn5) program is the platform NAREB developed to reach our audience. NAREB has 90 plus chapters nationwide. We’re proud of our past, relentless in our struggle, and 100% dedicated to the REALTIST Creed Democracy in Housing.

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Marie Sturgell

President, Associated Real Property Brokers

“It’s truly an honor to serve as the 35th President of Associated Real Property Brokers  (ARPB). I will continue to move this great organization forward with being Rooted in the REALTIST creed of “Democracy In Housing”. Bridging the Wealth Gap Through Homeownership is and will always be key to Building Legacy Wealth. If we’re not increasing Black Homeownership ln Oakland and surrounding areas in the future there won’t be any business for most Black Real Estate Professionals. I’m committed to bringing more vaule added tools to the membership so that we can be even more equip to educate our Communities.  Lastly, lf you’re not a member please join us by becoming a member working together and supporting each other to Increase Homeownership.”

Officers

Imani Breaux-Smith
1st VP

Officer-Erich-Harris

Erich Harris
2nd VP

Ria Cotton
3rd VP

Betty Moore
Treasurer

Juavette Pulliam
Secretary

Renee Tucker
Sergeant-at-Arms

Willie Wilcox
Chaplain

directors

Phillip Bell
Director #1

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Helena Jones-Kim
Director #2

Willie Garner
Director #3

Don Dunbar
Director #4

Harry Payne
Director #5

Delores Johnson
Director #6

Georgia Richardson
Director #7

Maya Clark
Immediate Past President

Eloise Middleton
President of Women’s Council of ARPB

Our Shared History

The Associated Real Property Brokers, Inc (ARPB) is a predominately African American real estate trade association, founded in Oakland, CA in 1948 and chartered in 1954 as a local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). NAREB members trade name is “REALTIST”.

ARPB is also a local chapter of the State board California Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc (CAREB), which was chartered by NAREB in 1956. NAREB is the largest minority real estate trade association in America.

NAREB was Founded To Promote And Insure Democracy In Housing. Additionally, Black real estate professionals were constitutionally denied membership and participation in any and all activities of the predominately White real estate trade associations, the National Association of Real Estate Boards, now named, the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The primary interest of Black real estate brokers to become members of NAR, and it’s local chapters, was to have access to the Multiple Listings Service, professional designations and educational programs to help them better serve their clients.

The original name of ARPB was the Bay Area Association of Real Estate Brokers, which included Black real estate brokers with offices in ‘san Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond. The prede-cessor was formed in 1948, but disbanded in 1952 with the acceptance of Leon Miller, a prominent leader of the predecessor group, to the Oakland Association of Realtors (OAR), the local chapter of NAR. By 1954 no other Blacks were accepted for membership, therefore the predecessor group reformed as ARPB, the Oakland chapter of NAREB.

Since 1954 ARPB has become the premiere advocate for fair, decent and affordable housing and employment opportunities in the real estate industry in Northern California. Additionally, the first president of a Realtor local board in the nation in 1973 was Ray “Jurubia” Collins, a past president of ARPB and CAREB. Ray appointed several members of ARPB to important positions at OAR and successfully mediated several housing discrimination disputes between ARPB and OAR members and their clients. “Big Ray’s contributions to ARPB, CAREB and OAR established better opportunities for Black real estate professionals and their clients locally, statewide and nationally.

The first Black state law mandated Real Estate Advisory Commissioner in the nation was also a past president of ARPB and CAREB, Ray C. Carlisle was appointed by then CA Governor Jerry Brown in 1978. “Little Ray” also appointed several ARPB members to important positions with the California Department of Real Estate and assisted in the development of several laws and regulations to combat housing and employment discrimination in CA. Additionally, for the first time in the nation, Little Ray was responsible for including who REALTIST are and what we stand for in the CA real estate primer, which is now a question on the CA real estate licensee exam. This is now a requirement on most real estate licensee programs.

Ernest Clark was responsible for reinvigorating ARPB and the REALTIST message in the 1980’s, the devel-opment of the young leadership group of ARPB and gave ARPB an expanded and active contemporary purpose ensuring members aggressively participated in local and state political activities, improved their professional skills and expanded their business opportunities and client service capabilities.

ARPB has a rich history of developing local, state and national leaders in the real estate industry salespersons, lenders, appraisers, escrow, title, leasing and insurance agents, lawyers, developers, build-ing inspectors, repair and new construction contractors, real estate educators and counselors and commu-nity development and affordable housing activists.

The complete list of early leaders is too long to list, however a few of the early pioneers are: S.B. O’Dell, A.J. Hartman, Bert Bartholomew, Albert McKee, Netha Williams, Vi Taylor-Wimms, W.D. Martin, E.J. Grinstead, C.J. Patterson and Daniel Evertz in real estate sales and lending development, Fred Farley, Ruby Barker, Lorenzo Crenshaw and Richard Brown in appraising, Red Davis, Leon Mil-ler, Nate Washington, Inez Hunter and Fran Harding in insurance and escrow, Catherine Parish, Cecil and Addie Reeves, Virgie Smith and L.P. Hines, community activists and organizational leaders. Carl Matoya, Alan Broussard, Clinton White, Donald McCullum and Hiawatha Roberts real estate and civil rights law.

past presidents

L.P. Hines, 1960 & 1963
Dillard Davis, 1964
Catherine Parrish, 1965
William L. Cohee, Sr., 1966 & 1967
Jurubia Ray Collins, 1968 & 1969
A.J. Moreland, 1970 & 1971
Fred Farley, 1972 & 1973
Addie Reeves, 1972 & 1974
Ruby Bims, 1975
William Webb, Jr, 1976 & 1977
William L. Cohee, Sr., 1978 &1979
Leonard Stevens, 1980
Sedalia Benton, 1981
Jurubia Ray Collins, 1982
Ray Carlisle, 1983
William L. Cohee, Sr., 1984
Mavina Chess, 1985 & 1986

Ernest Clark, 1987-1988
Henry L. Perkins, 1989 & 1990
Noble Fields, 1991
Jewell Terrell, 1992 & 1993
Ernest Clark, 1994
Wini Madison, 1995 & 1996
L.J. Jennings, 1997
Kenneth Session, 1998
Anita Jones, 1999 & 2000
Emma Becton, 2001 & 2002
Betty Moore, 2003 & 2004
DeAnna Baldridge, 2005 & 2006
Joseph Larkin, 2007 & 2008
Sylvester Brooks, 2009 & 2010
Renee Tucker, 2011 & 2012, 2013 & 2014
Steve Peterson, 2015 & 2016
Maya Clark, 2017 & 2018

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