About Us

The Galveston Association of REALTORS®, Your Gulf Coast Connection, is a local affiliate of the Texas Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

As a member-based trade association, GAR promotes and protects private-property ownership and rights, advocates for our local REALTORS® and property owners and strives to keep homeownership affordable.

Licensed real estate agents and brokers in Texas must follow state laws. Agents and brokers who join the Galveston Association of REALTORS® also pledge to follow a higher set of standards—the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

GAR owns and operates the Galveston Multiple Listing Service. With a jurisdiction of Galveston Island, Pelican Island, and Bolivar Peninsula, the Galveston MLS provides the most comprehensive real estate coverage of our local market – making GAR Your Gulf Coast Connection.

Mission Statement

The Galveston Association of REALTORS® is the trusted voice for real estate in coastal Galveston County, existing to serve our members, promote the cooperation of real estate professionals, advocate for ethical business practices, and protect the private property rights of our communities.

2018 Board of Directors

Tanya Jones, President
Robert Zahn, President-Elect
Mary Ellen Smith, Treasurer
David Bridgwater, Secretary
Edie Harrington, Director
Karee Campo, Director
Jana Turner, Director
Linda Sivy, MLS Chairman
Ruthi Stayton, Immediate Past President


Lesley C. Sommer, Association Executive
Jennifer Prochaska, Executive Assistant