Don Roth to serve as PAR president
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
By Kim Shindle

“Changing with the Times” will be the mission of Donald D. Roth as he becomes the 87th president of the PA Association of REALTORS®. His theme will direct the association’s focus to the new issues facing REALTORS®.

Don Roth

Don Roth, PAR Presudent

“Our industry is going through an evolution. We’ve seen boom times and now we’re going through a substantial correction,” Roth said. “PAR has to be responsive to its members. We’re a source of information and we want to continue to provide tools for our members to better serve their clients.”

Roth spent 20 years in the financial industry before becoming a REALTOR® nearly 20 years ago. A REALTOR® with Prudential Homesale Services Groups, he primarily works in the residential market in the greater Harrisburg area.

While Pennsylvania has weathered the difficult economic climate and remained fairly stable, the market has seen a slight increase toward the end of 2009, Roth said. “We’ve seen some improvement in the market since September. More homes are being sold, although most of them are in the lower price range,” he added.

Roth said PAR task forces will continue to work on issues like climate change, educational requirements and appraisal management companies. In addition, a new task force will be appointed to help outline the goals of the new Community Reinvestment Project (CORE), a new PAR cooperative program.

Legislative issues that could affect the real estate industry in the upcoming year will continue to be assessed, Roth said. “Issues like the real estate transfer tax (RTT), reassessments, zoning, point-of-sale requirements all affect how we do business. We want to be at the table to make recommendations to the legislative bodies,” he added.

Roth will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at PAR’s Winter Business Meetings in Harrisburg.

About Kim:
Kim Shindle is the Communications Specialist at the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®.