The Fayette County Board of REALTORS® (FCBR) is proud to celebrate serving our community for 50 years. We were founded in 1969 with nine charter member brokers; they were Peggy Seay, Ed Mckown, Miriam Fulton, Reba Thompson, Buddy Trammell, Huie Bray, Cliff Bullard, Roland Brown and Irene Mitchell. The FCBR is under the umbrella of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), founded in 1908, and the Georgia Association of REALTORS (GAR), founded in 1921.
Most of the members were newcomers and were impressed with the encouragement that was given by the Brokers in the surrounding areas and also by the State Association. The first officers were Peggy Seay, president; Buddy Trammell, vice president; Irene Mitchell, secretary; and Reba Thompson, treasurer. The directors were Ed Mckown, Huie Bray, and Miriam Fulton.
In the beginning, in spite of the small size (the whole county population was not but around 8,000), FCBR members were at the State Conventions, attended GRI, Conducted Educational Seminars, and had to improvise.
For instance, no one in the county belonged to the Multiple Listing Service, so periodically they would rent a large bus, pack a lunch, and tour the county listing. You’ll find it hard to believe, I’m sure, but it was necessary to pack a lunch in those days. Melears was one of few Restaurants that was in the area at the time.
One of the Great Educational Seminars was a visit to the Courthouse. Where a local Attorney gave a lesson in how to search the records. Now we are able to click on the compute and find information very quickly.
The FCBR has always tried to promote good speakers for luncheons, because we know that busy people cannot afford to waste time. The Board of Directors meeting formerly were held as breakfast meetings at Melears Bar-B-Q, and the member general meeting was a catered luncheon in the basement of Tri-City Bank, which is an office across from the county buildings now.
For about 10 years one of our outstanding events was the Teachers Breakfast which was held on the first day of teacher orientation. It was a Great Public Relations Effort, with the REALTORS preparing and serving breakfast for our Teachers, after a while we had to discontinue because of the sheer numbers of new schools with lots of teachers in the county.
In 1972 FCBR won a National Award for promoting the identification numbers on personal properties.
1973 the local Scholarship program was started, with a $500 Scholarship being awarded to a Student of Fayette County High. 1984 McIntosh High School had its first Gradationing class and we were able to give a $500 Scholarship to both schools.
In 1974, Mr. Ed Isakson father of Senator Johnny Isakson who was owner of Northside Realty, and a past President of The Ga Assn of Realtors, gave a $1000 Scholarship to The University of Georgia in Honor of Peggy and Bob Seay, for their Devotion to the local board and to the Industry in General.
1974 was the year the Board formed A Women’s Council of REALTORS®. That organization only lasted a couple of years because of the lean years with a large number of women dropping out of Real Estate. In 1982 the Council was reorganized and is quite active now.
1978 the Board hired its first Executive Officer, Mary Jane Weaver. She worked part time for a local Realtors office as an office Manager and keep our records.
1979 was the year the Young Realtors of Fayette County & Clayton/Henry Board of REALTORS® formed the Young REALTORS® Association.
In 1983 we voted to become an all REALTOR Association, doing away with REALTOR associates.
1986 FCBR hosted GAR annual convention at the then new Wyndham Conference Center in PTC.
1987 land was purchased for construction of the Board office on Brandywine.
FCBR has had several State Presidents for Women's Council of REALTORS® including Cindy Rampley, Kathy Murphy, and Veronica Bangsboll. And one National President Beverly Bryant.
On March 23,1989 the Board office at 205 Brandywine was completed with its open house.
1994 the first Noel November was held and Approx. $5000. Was raised for local charities. Now we have Dancing with the stars which I am sure you will hear more about later.
1998 the Mortgage was paid off on the office building.
1998 the Fayette County Board with the help from the State Association were able to have the Georgia Governor to sign into Law “Megan’s Law”, on the ethical and legal obligation of Realtors as they pertain to Georgia’s Sex Offender Notification Laws.
1999 the first Strategic Planning retreat was held; and a developed Board’s vision statement.
2007 Land was purchased in Tyrone for a new Board Building.
2008 the board office on Brandy Wine was sold.
2016 under the direction of Steven Walker we had the first Southern Crescent vendors show.
FCBR has had several representatives serving a six-year term as GRI Governors.
We have had lots of local members who have become State Presidents of the Georgia Association of REALTORS® including Bob Disharoon, Cindy Rampley, and most recently Michael Faulkner.