REALTOR® Magazine Announces 2001 Good Neighbor Awards Finalists

WASHINGTON, D.C.--REALTOR® Magazine, the official publication of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has announced the names of the 10 Good Neighbor Awards finalists for 2001.

The Good Neighbor Awards recognize the ongoing efforts of individual REALTORS® who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their communities. Among the activities that qualify for consideration are involvement in affordable housing issues, improving the quality of education in an area, supporting youth initiatives, and work on any other community-based program.

Five winners will be selected. Winners will receive a $5,000 grant in the name of their community project, and earn the right to use the Good Neighbor Awards logo on their Web site and promotional materials. Winners and a guest also will receive travel expenses to attend the REALTORS® Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago in November, where they will receive their awards. The five runners up will receive $1,000 grants. Winners will be announced in the November issue of REALTOR® Magazine.

“These awards reward REALTORS® for contributing to their communities, something so many of them do without any recognition,” said REALTOR® Magazine Editor Stacey Moncrieff, a Good Neighbor Awards judge. “By spotlighting these exceptional Good Neighbors, we hope to show the world at large the positive difference REALTORS® make and to inspire REALTORS® around the country to give back to their communities.”

NAR President Richard Mendenhall said REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards offer an incentive for REALTORS® to work with community groups to solve quality-of-life issues within their communities. “Lending a helping hand in our communities is such a cornerstone of REALTOR® life. These awards not only recognize those in our family who are working to improve their communities by diligently supporting programs that assist those less fortunate, these awards remind us all how fortunate we are to be REALTORS® and to be able to do what we do,” Mendenhall added.

REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards program is sponsored by eNeighborhoods, a product of iPlace Inc. and the fastest growing real estate software in the country, and Fannie Mae.

“We were amazed at the level of commitment and success achieved by real estate professionals to help make their neighborhoods a better place to live,” said Stu Siegel, CEO of iPlace and a Good Neighbor judge. “It would have been difficult to select the top one hundred, so picking ten was nearly impossible.”

“REALTORS® always have been active in their local communities, but these finalists have gone to extraordinary lengths to try to create safe, affordable, livable neighborhoods,” said Jamie Gorelick, vice chair of Fannie Mae. “Their efforts help explain why homeownership is an integral part of the American Dream.”

The following REALTORS® were named finalists in the Good Neighbor program:

Nominee/Company/Community Program/City, State

Doris Attebury, Real Estate Professional Consultants
East Lubbock Special Angels
Lubbock, TX

Karen Brown, Weichert, REALTORS®
Kristi's Christmas All Year Round; West Springfield Rotary Club
Burke, Va.

Claudette Bruck, Multiple Choice Realty & Investments
Broward Partnership for the Homeless; Homeless Assistance Center
Tamarac, Fla.

Jean Clary Bagley, C-21 Clary & Associates
Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership
South Hill, Va.

Craig Conant, Elsberry Realty
Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Johnson County
Warrensburg, Mo.

John Green, John M. Green, REALTORS®
Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America
Franklin, Tenn.

James Hay, Jr., Weichert, REALTORS®
Camp Joy
West Chester, Pa.

Debra Parmenter, Coldwell Banker
Adopt-A-Family; Four Corners; Healthcare (Alzheimer's); Volunteer of America (SW Safe House); Women's Resource Center
Durango, Colo.

Ronald L. Phipps, Phipps Realty
The Tomorrow Fund
Warwick, R.I.

Matthew Schrum, Weichert, REALTORS®
Northhampton Township Volunteer Fire Company
Holland, Pa.

Nominees were judged on their level of personal contribution of time, as well as financial and material contributions to benefit their cause. To be eligible, nominees had to be members in good standing of NAR.