Monday, October 24, 2011

RE/MAX Alliance Touts High Involvement in Local Realtor® Associations

Each year, many local Realtors® are elected to their local Board of Realtor® associations. These positions reflect a certain level of commitment of time and expertise to their communities and industry. The local Realtor® associations are involved in many things—from taking a stance in political issues involving homeowners or real estate professionals, to raising money for local charities, or supporting the local housing authorities, and more.

RE/MAX Alliance is proud to announce this year’s involvement on the local board associations in Fort Collins (FCBR), Loveland-Berthoud (LBAR), and Greeley (GARA) are as follows:

Sean Dougherty, FCBR Outgoing President
Ken Anderson, FCBR Incoming President
Amanda Weaver, FCBR Treasurer
Jennifer Kelly, FCBR Director
Francie Martinez, FCBR Director
Billie Jo Downing, LBAR Outgoing President
David Powell, LBAR Incoming President
Debb Manderscheid, LBAR Secretary
Abby Renner, LBAR Director
John DeWitt, GARA President Elect
Kevin Schumacher, GARA Director
Joanne Eskildsen, GARA Director
Mary Bengford, GARA Distinguished Service Award

Individuals elected to positions within their local Realtor® association are elected among their fellow Realtors® (NAR) each year at the end of the summer.

Gene Vaughan, broker/owner of RE/MAX Alliance said it is a great honor to have associates in his company take part in these leadership positions.

“I’m very pleased that we have such a strong presence in our local boards,” Vaughan said. “It says something very special about these individuals who have taken on this commitment to their community.”

Real estate associates who are Realtors® are a part of the National Association of Realtors®, and join by paying dues to their local board associations. To become a Realtor®, a real estate licensee must agree to the NAR’s Code of Ethics.

NAR’s code of ethics includes principles such as loyalty and fiduciary duty to clients, cooperation with competitors, truthfulness in advertisements and more. Many of the practices in the Realtor® Code of Ethics go beyond the scope of what is legal or illegal in the real estate industry. Not all real estate associates are Realtors®.

GARA president-elect, John DeWitt, said it’s important that real estate professionals join their local Realtor® association for many reasons.

“Realtors® are held to a higher standard than other real estate professionals,” DeWitt said. “It’s not just about what is right or wrong in terms of the law, it’s about what is best for their clients, communities and industry.”

Vaughan adds that each associate at RE/MAX Alliance is a part of their local Realtor® association. He feels that is an important principle that the RE/MAX brand was built upon – as RE/MAX is an acronym for “Real Estate MAXimum”. Associates affiliated with the RE/MAX brand strive to attain the highest levels of education, service, expertise and more.

Vaughan adds that, “it’s important that our associates are not only making a commitment to represent themselves and their company well, but also supporting their communities.”

Each local board in Northern Colorado devotes its resources to many local causes and charities. Habitat for Humanity, Larimer & Weld County Food Banks, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, along with grants for many other local non-profits and scholarships through the Colorado Association of Realtors® Housing Opportunity Foundation, are a few of the main organizations that FCBR, LBAR and GARA all contribute to.

LBAR incoming president, David Powell said this type of community involvement is important to the real estate industry on the local, as well as national levels.

“Housing affects everyone in the community, not just buyers or sellers, and it’s paramount that our Realtors® are actively involved in bettering our communities,” Powell said.

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