2019 REALTOR of the YEAR, Barbara Osborne

We’re so happy to announce that Barbara Osborne of Ashmere Realty, Past President and current Western MA Regional Representative for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS has been selected as the 2019 REALTOR of the YEAR for Berkshire County!  She has dedicated hours and hours of service to the local, state and national associations of REALTORS and has helped us champion home-ownership rights and serve our industry.  You can send Barbara congratulation to BAOsborne@aol.com: or Facebook or card to ASHMERE REALTY, INC. PO BOX 966, HINSDALE, MA 01235. Barbara has worked on a local level for many years, and led the association as Berkshire REALTOR’s Board President in 2013. This is the second time she has received the REALTOR of the Year award, first in 2014.  While we see many volunteers who give so much to the association, it is wonderful to recognize someone who has continued to give to all levels of the Realtor organization with the same passion and dedication over the span of many years.

In 2018, Barbara was awarded one of only two ‘REALTOR SPIRIT’ awards awarded by the Berkshire Board. The REALTOR Spirit award is given to the REALTOR that consistently demonstrates the ideals that embody the very meaning of the term “REALTOR®”. The person is an unsung hero within the real estate profession who supports other industry practitioners through actions, words and cooperation. Recipients are known for their strong professional ethics and willingness to go above and beyond in support of the association and the members. Honorees are known and respected for their optimism and enthusiasm, integrity and work ethic, and civic involvement, charitable contributions, and leadership in the local business community.

We are proud to put forth this application for consideration of State REALTOR of the YEAR.  She will be honored at the MAR Conference Awards Banquet and at our Annual Meeting in September.

Here is a brief look at some of her past 18 months of leadership at the local level:

  • President, Berkshire County Board of REALTORS 2013
  • MLS Board of Directors, 2013
  • Board Member: 2008-2014
  • State Director, 2012-2014, 2017-2018
  • Member, REACT Charitable Committee
  • Member, Government Affairs Committee
  • Member, Contract & Forms Committee
  • Member, Awards Committee
  • Member, Town Monitor: Hinsdale
  • Member, Closing Process Best Practice PAG
  • Member, Professional Standards Committee

Special Education in the last 18 months

  • Town Monitor Training Program
  • Professional Standards Tribunal Training Program
  • Legal & Board Issues Luncheon
  • All Annual Meetings & Installation of Officers
  • DR / MLS Participant Meetings
  • REACT Fundraising Events & Service Programs
  • MAR Conf. & Tradeshow
  • MAR Leadership Academy
  • MAR Leadership Symposium
  • MAR Media Spokesperson Training Leadership Training
  • MAR Board Meetings & Regional Pre-Meetings
  • NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings in Washington DC
  • NAR Annual Meetings each November, held Nationwide
  • CRS Massachusetts & National Educational Events

State and National Level Volunteerism by Barbara in the last 18 months:

  • Executive Committee, Member
  • Leadership Development Committee, Member
  • Regional Representative Committee
  • Gratitude Committee, Member
  • Charitable Committee, Member
  • MAR Board of Director
  • Member, NAR Research Committee, 2 years

Member Attendance Representing our Board

  • Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
  • State Directors Meetings x 3 times per year
  • Western Massachusetts Caucus, 3 times per year
  • MAR Annual Awards Banquet
  • MAR Annual Installation of Officers Dinner
  • REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill


  • RPAC Sterling R Contributor
  • Call to Action Responder
  • Broker Involvement Participant