About Us


In August 1888, a small group of Queen City realty pioneers met to consider the advisability of organizing the real estate men of Cincinnati into a strong body. The organization was incorporated on Feb. 11, 1890. Its name was The Cincinnati Real Estate and Stock Exchange. The first president was A.C. Horton and the headquarters of the “exchange,” as it was then called, was room 1 of the Old Cincinnati College building, which was later known as the mercantile library building. On May 1, 1890 the headquarters of the exchange moved to the Chamber of Commerce building, at Fourth and Vine streets, where it remained for four years. Representatives from Cincinnati and 16 other Boards, from 13 states, and one state association met in Chicago on May 12, 1908 and organized the National Association of Real Estate Boards, which is now known as the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The “Code of Ethics” was first adopted in 1913 by NAR, and has been amended 20 times. The term “Realtor®” was created by Charles M. Chadbourn of Minneapolis and since 1916 has been the service mark of NAR. The term REALTOR® and the logo are registered with the U.S. Patent office.


We champion real estate and enhance the success of those we serve by focusing on Connections, Advocacy, and Professionalism.

DEI Action Statement:

Here at Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS® we commit to foster a culture where diversity and inclusion are integrated into each of our three core services – Connections, Advocacy, & Professionalism.

As an Association, we are committed to:

  • Positively impact and lead the culture-building conversations across the Cincinnati Area related to diversity through education and advocacy.
  • Celebrate and promote awareness for the diversity of our professional REALTORS® within our community and the work they do in our neighborhoods.
  • Encourage all qualified members to pursue association leadership and committee involvement.
  • Integrate and partner with local and national diversity groups into the daily mission and long-term strategic plan of the association.

These commitments are essential as we serve our members who help fulfill the dream of home and property ownership in America.

DEI Position Statement:

 Like many major cities, Cincinnati must recognize a history of intentional housing discrimination, including redlining, steering, and lending practices that left many people unable to access the dream of homeownership. As REALTORS®, we remain committed to eradicating discrimination. We acknowledge that discriminatory housing practices are ongoing; we invite accountability and discussion to help us carry out this work more thoughtfully and effectively. If you see something, say something. File a complaint here.