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About NEFAR

The First Coast's Authority in Real Estate

The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® (NEFAR) serves as an advocate and the voice of real estate in Northeast Florida. With a membership of more than 12,000, NEFAR is the largest professional trade association in the region and the fourth largest REALTOR® association in the state. The association provides professional development, political advocacy, professional standards administration, media relations, promotional activities, and social engagement for its members.

Headquartered in a spacious resource center on Jacksonville’s southside, NEFAR is centrally located within Duval County. The association also provides additional service centers to accommodate REALTORS in Orange Park, Jacksonville Beach, and Palatka.

With an on-site real estate school that offers a wide array of classroom and virtual courses, NEFAR members affordably earn national designations, certifications, and continuing education credits. Post-licensing instruction and non-credited seminars are also available.

An active participant in the public policy and the political affairs arena, NEFAR stands behind governmental policies that promote affordable housing and preserve private property rights.  NEFAR has trust in the democratic process and actively supports political candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who strongly identify with issues important to the real estate industry, the free enterprise system, and consumers who are interested in buying and selling property.

NEFAR also serves the public as a source of regional real estate information, and its members actively champion several charitable events within Northeast Florida each year. Through the auspices of the NEFAR Charitable Foundation, members provide both collective and individual good works that build community through volunteer work for local nonprofits and the donation of funds to support disaster relief for REALTORS impacted by natural catastrophes throughout Florida and the nation.

NEFAR owns a subsidiary company, realMLS, which is a multiple-listing service that provides online information about properties throughout Northeast Florida based on direct data provided by NEFAR members. realMLS also provides a variety of training options.

View NEFAR's Strategic Plan: Vision 2025

A Brief History

1911
Jacksonville Real Estate Board
In late 1911 the Jacksonville Real Estate Board was chartered through the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges, which was later incorporated as the National Association of REALTORS®.
1911
1912
First full year of operation
Jacksonville Real Estate Board is the first and oldest REALTOR Board in the State of Florida.
1912
1976
Jacksonville Board of REALTORS®
Jacksonville Real Estate Board changed it's name to the Jacksonville Board of REALTORS®.
1976
1989
Jacksonville Association of REALTORS®
Jacksonville Board of REALTORS® was incorporated as a Florida not-for-profit, 501c6 and the name was changed to Jacksonville Association of REALTORS®.
1989
1995
NEFAR Is Born
Four local area Associations, the Jacksonville Association of REALTORS®, Inc.; the Jacksonville Beaches Board of REALTORS®, Inc.; the Ponte Vedra Beach Association of REALTORS®, Inc.; and the Clay County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.; voted to merge the four Associations to form NEFAR. Since the Jacksonville Association of REALTORS® held the oldest charter from NAR, that corporation’s name was changed to the NORTHEAST FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, Inc. effective January 1, 1996, and continues to operate under the same Federal Tax ID number today.
1995
1999
NEFAR Grows
The Putnam County Board of REALTORS®, Inc., and NEFAR voted to merge, and the existing Putnam County Board of REALTOR’S® corporation was dissolved.
1999
2001
A New Home
The association builds a new state of the art headquarters facility off Southside Blvd. equipped with offices for full-time staff and an auditorium for training, events and education classes.
2001

Embracing and Celebrating Every Perspective

NEFAR fully embraces perspectives from all walks of life regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, or any other qualities by which we may define ourselves. NEFAR does not discriminate in hiring practices, membership, or in any other way regarding race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, or any other qualities by which we may define ourselves. We commit to bringing out the best in ourselves, uncovering our hidden talents, and celebrating differences in our day-to-day interactions. These beliefs are essential as we serve our members who help fulfill the dream of home and property ownership in America.

What distinguishes highly inclusive leaders from their counterparts?

Research conducted by Deloitte* identified six signature traits, all of which are interrelated and mutually reinforcing, and our leadership is hereby committed to the following traits:

  1. Commitment: NEFAR leaders are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion because it aligns with their personal values, and they believe in the business case for diversity and inclusion. They will articulate their commitment authentically, bravely challenge the status quo, and take personal responsibility for change.
  2. Courage: NEFAR leaders are humble about their capabilities and invite contributions from others.
  3. Cognizance of Bias: NEFAR leaders are conscious of their blind spots as well as flaws in the system and work hard to ensure opportunities for others. NEFAR leaders shall complete the Implicit Bias video training and Fairhaven simulation training or similar training provided by the National Association of REALTORS®.
  4. Curiosity: NEFAR leaders shall maintain an open mind-set; be deeply curious about others, listen without judgment, and seek to understand all stake holders’ positions.
  5. Culturally Intelligent: NEFAR leaders are attentive to others’ cultures and shall adapt to the needs of those cultures as required.
  6. Collaboration: NEFAR leaders shall empower others and create the conditions, such as team cohesion, for a diversity of thinking to flourish.

These traits are much more than just being “nice” to people, or even just being aware of unconscious biases. Deloitte’s view is that inclusive leadership is broader and a much more intentional and effortful process. In essence, the inclusion of diversity means adaptation. Leaders must alter their behaviors and the surrounding workplace to suit the needs of diverse talent, ideas, customers, and markets.

The truth is, the rules of the game have changed, and the old “hero” style of leadership is … old. As the context has become much more diverse, inclusive leadership is now critical to success.*

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