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Area Realtors associations plan to merge

The Wichita Area Association of Realtors and four other area Realtor boards are planning to merge.

The merger would involve WAAR and boards of Realtors in Arkansas City, Butler County, Newton and Winfield.

A formal agreement to merge is expected to be signed in Wichita on May 19, RJ Marshall, WAAR chief executive, said Thursday.

Once that agreement is signed, the merger would take effect June 1.

The merger would create an association representing 1,650 Realtors. It would be Kansas’ second-largest Realtor association.

“We’ve worked with these associations … because they border our area,” said Chonci Lekawa, WAAR president and real estate consultant at Re/Max Premier. “Basically all this does is makes us a stronger organization. We can service more members and offer more benefits. In my opinion it is a big win.”

Under the plan, Marshall would serve as CEO of the merged group, and officers from each of the Realtor boards would take a seat on the merged organization’s board of directors.

The group is seeking approval from the National Association of Realtors to change its name to Realtors of South Central Kansas, Lekawa said.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jsiebenmark.

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