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Members of 2 Ohio real estate boards approve merger

Cleveland, Akron associations to merge Oct. 1

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After nearly two years of talks, the members of two Ohio real estate boards have approved a merger. The Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR) and the Akron Area Board of Realtors (AABOR), which have 4,500 members combined, will merge Oct. 1 to become the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors. "There's more power in numbers," Tony DeLuke, the Akron board's president, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "We're really into lobbying and protecting homeowners' rights, and you have a bigger voice when you have a bigger board." The merger was subject to member approval. The Cleveland board’s members voted online between July 3 and 17 while the Akron board’s members voted at a special meeting on July 17. About 13 percent of the Akron board’s 1,400 or so members showed up to vote at the special meeting, and nearly 70 percent favored the merger, the Plain Dealer said. Both boards are more than 100 years old. In a statement, DeLuke and Joanne Zettl, board chairwoman of CABOR,...