About Us


Serving and advocating for our members and real property rights.



Originally named “The Dare County Board of REALTORS®”, The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®(OBAR) was formed in 1962 by 12 men; Bill Anderson, Bill Foreman, Harry Lawrence, David Stick, Ted Wood, Bob Young, Ernest Meekins, Orrville Baum, Bill Fletcher, George McGaw, Eddie Melson, & John Lawrence.

However, the Dare County Board of REALTORS® did not become incorporated until 1988.  The Articles of Incorporation included Board of Director members: Paul Breaux, Doug Langford, Jackie Ricks-Sample, Bobby Harrell, Jim McCreery, Bill Wheeler, David Perrot, Cathy Hoppe, and Joe Smith.

By 1994 the Board had grown to 379 REALTOR® members and 42 Associate Members (Community Partners & Affiliates).   After expanding the Board’s territory to include other counties on November 7, 1994, NAR approved the Dare County Board of REALTORS® request to change their name to the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®.

Today there are over 900 members of the Association, including over 900 REALTORS®, over 100 Property Managers, and almost 40 Community Partners/Affiliates.