Good Neighbor Awards Open for Nominations

March 04, 2012

Know a great Chicago real estate Realtor®? Then, get ready to nominate!

The National Association of Realtors® is looking for outstanding Realtors® who not only help people buy and sell homes but also dedicate their time and effort to improving the quality of life in local communities.

The REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards recognizes these Realtors® who devote themselves to volunteer service and is currently accepting applications.

Five winners will be chosen and each will receive a $10,000 grant for his or her charity. Winners will earn free travel expenses to the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, where they will be recognized and their charity will receive media exposure.

Five honorable mentions will also each receive a $2,500 grant.

The awards are sponsored by Lowe’s and HouseLogic, so in addition to the grant money, each winner will receive a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card and each honorable mention will take home a $1,000 Lowe’s gift card.

The winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine.

“This year marks the 13th annual Good Neighbor Awards,” said NAR President Moe Veissi. “The program is significant not just because it spotlights members who have a strong commitment to helping others, but because it reminds us that Realtors® build communities in more ways than one. The awards signify the dedication and passion Realtors® have for helping others in need.”

Previous Good Neighbor Award winners say their charities benefit not only from the grant money but also from the increased public exposure.

“We don’t do what we do to get awards,” said 2011 Good Neighbor Award winner LeRoy Bendickson, who won for his work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter. “But the national attention that resulted from winning the Good Neighbor Award has increased awareness of the disease and I can see that the fundraising will be advanced and that this year’s team will be larger than ever.

“Now I look at awards differently—they can be a huge help in furthering the cause you are fighting for.”

Entries for this year’s Good Neighbor Awards must be received by Friday, May 18. For more details, check out the March/April issue of REALTOR® Magazine, call 800-874-6500 or visit

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