SFAR publishes ‘Welcome Guide’

Posted: Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:00 am

SFAR publishes ‘Welcome Guide’

Paco Arguello/For The New Mexican

SantaFeNewMexican.com

The Santa Fe Association of Realtors has published a Santa Fe Welcome Guide for new residents and emergency-services workers, with support from a National Association of Realtors (NAR) grant. The $2,500 Housing Opportunity Program grant helped with the design and creation of the guide that features information on city and county services, affordable-housing programs, recreation, health care, education, transportation, homeowner tips, things to do and see in the Santa Fe area, and even a lingo section to help folks pronounce places like a Santa Fean. More importantly, the new guide incorporates a plethora of affordable-housing programs found here in Santa Fe and featured in two housing reports published by the association over the past few years with NAR grant funding.

The Santa Fe Association of Realtors (SFAR) wanted to ensure that emergency (fire, police, and hospital) workers have access to the best and most comprehensive affordable housing information to encourage them to live and work in Santa Fe. The issue of having our local police and fire workers finding affordable homes or rentals in Santa Fe to prevent long out-of-town commutes as well as being a part of our community has come up during several political election cycles, and Realtors wanted to find a way to address the problem. The national funding, local staff support, coordination with the local fire and police recruiters, and key direction from the SFAR Government Affairs Committee allowed the association the opportunity to move forward.

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      East Bay Regional Data, MLS for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, Announces Corporate Restructuring








      <!– Paragraph before: CONCORD, Calif., Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — East Bay Regional Data, Inc.(EBRD), a regional REALTOR association-owned real estate Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for brokers and agents in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, announces its shareholders have reached a tentative agreement to restructure the corporation’s ownership. The restructuring will result in the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS (OBAR) becoming the sole owner of EBRD. OBAR will also assume management responsibility of EBRD. The shareholder associations anticipate the restructure will be complete by September 30, 2016.

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      CONCORD, Calif., Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — East Bay Regional Data, Inc.(EBRD), a regional REALTOR® association-owned real estate Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for brokers and agents in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, announces its shareholders have reached a tentative agreement to restructure the corporation’s ownership. The restructuring will result in the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) becoming the sole owner of EBRD. OBAR will also assume management responsibility of EBRD. The shareholder associations anticipate the restructure will be complete by September 30, 2016.

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      “EBRD shareholder associations are excited about the restructuring,” says Troy Staten, EBRD board chairman. “It is in line with each association’s strategic goals of ensuring their members have the best MLS services available. OBAR will have full control over EBRD to enhance services and offerings, and the other two shareholders (Delta Association of REALTORS® and Alameda Association of REALTORS®) will have opportunities to obtain the best MLS services for their members, either through EBRD or other MLSs providing service to real estate professionals in the East Bay.”

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      The restructure will have no impact on current MLS services, and EBRD subscribers will continue to receive the reliable, high-quality service, support, and data through the Paragon platform to which they have become accustomed. In addition, the streamlined ownership structure and management will allow EBRD to better respond to industry changes with technological upgrades.

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      East Bay Regional Data, Inc. (EBRD), founded in 1991, is one of the San Francisco East Bay’s largest regional real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), providing approximately 3,000 real estate professionals with a centralized and online source for real estate data in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Its current shareholders are the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS, the Delta Association of REALTORS, and the Alameda Association of REALTORS. The organization is recognized by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

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      East Bay Regional Data, Inc. (EBRD), founded in 1991, is one of the San Francisco East Bay’s largest regional real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), providing approximately 3,000 real estate professionals with a centralized and online source for real estate data in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Its current shareholders are the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS, the Delta Association of REALTORS, and the Alameda Association of REALTORS. The organization is recognized by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

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      About East Bay Regional Data
      East Bay Regional Data, Inc. (EBRD), founded in 1991, is one of the San Francisco East Bay’s largest regional real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), providing approximately 3,000 real estate professionals with a centralized and online source for real estate data in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Its current shareholders are the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS®, the Delta Association of REALTORS®, and the Alameda Association of REALTORS®. The organization is recognized by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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      SOURCE East Bay Regional Data, Inc.; Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS®; Delta Association of REALTORS®; Alameda Association of REALTORS®

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      Commercial Real Estate Experts: Moderate Expansion, Easing Prices Expected in 2016



      WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Despite various global and domestic hurdles hindering economic growth, steady job gains and stable leasing demand should help keep commercial real estate activity expanding in 2016, according to the authors of an annual report published jointly by Situs Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC), Deloitte and the National Association of Realtors®.



      According to the report, Expectations Market Realities in Real Estate 2016—Navigating through the Crosscurrents, commercial real estate activity is forecast to gradually grow this year with demand for space holding steady across all commercial sectors. While commercial property values and price gains are expected to flatten after surpassing 2007 peaks in some major markets, investors will still benefit from the strong income flows generated from new and existing leases.


      The fifth annual release of the joint report draws on the three organizations’ respective research and expert analysis and offers an objective outlook on commercial real estate through forecasts and commentary on the current economy, capital markets and commercial real estate property markets. A research-based assessment of the office, industrial, apartment, retail and hotel property sectors is also provided.



      “Historically low interest rates, especially in treasuries, combined with commercial real estate’s stable prices and value make this asset an attractive investment,” says Ken Riggs, president of Situs RERC. “Looking into 2016, the commercial real estate market should moderate, which could stabilize prices.” 



      Vacancies are expected to continue to decline slightly in 2016 for all property types, except in the apartment sector, where they are forecast to increase modestly by the end of the year as more new project completions come onto the market. Continued job growth, demand exceeding supply and limited new construction (outside of multifamily) should lead to rising rents and steady investor returns, which overall will shift away from capital appreciation as price growth levels off in many markets.



      Continuing on the same slow trajectory seen for many years, the U.S. economy – facing headwinds from a rising dollar, financial market volatility and geopolitical concerns – is forecast to grow at a rate of 2 percent to 3 percent in 2016, which is stronger than most global economies and enough to gen­erate around two million net new jobs over the next year. Deflationary pressures related to low gasoline and energy prices are expected to diminish by mid-2016, in part because of robust growth in apartment rents. 



      “Supported by solid hiring in most parts of the country, the demand for ownership and rental housing will continue to increase in 2016 despite another year of meager economic expansion,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “While supply shortages will weigh on housing affordability and push home prices and rents higher, the housing sector will keep the U.S. economy afloat and lead the residential investment component of GDP growth by up to 10 percent this year.” 



      On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Deloitte will be hosting a live webcast covering the report, including discussion on macroeconomic conditions, capital market trends, the main property types and the overall outlook for 2016. For more information and to register, please visit the Deloitte Dbrief page.



      About the National Association of Realtors®
      The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.



      About Situs RERC
      Situs, the premier global provider of end-to-end strategic business solutions and integrated process and technology solutions for the Financial Services Industry, has offered customized services to leading financial institutions, investors, owners, and developers since 1985. Situs offers a broad portfolio of strategic solutions including Debt Advisory, Loan Servicing, Consulting Staffing, Valuation Management, Business Process Outsourcing, and Asset Management, among others.



      Situs’ business provides customized solutions that mitigate deal execution risk for clients while maximizing operating margins. Situs is headquartered in Houston and has offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.



      About Deloitte
      Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”), its network of member firms, and their related entities. DTTL and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities. DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) does not provide services to clients. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of DTTL and its member firms. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.



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      SOURCE National Association of Realtors

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      6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent

      3:15 pm ET
      February 4, 2016February 4, 2016

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      It’s a slow Sunday morning. You’ve just brewed your Nespresso and popped open your laptop to check out the latest home listings before you hit the road for a day of open houses.

      You’re DIYing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might need is at your fingertips online, right? That and your own sterling judgment.

      Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do it on your own. But you really, really shouldn’t. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need a Realtor® if you want to do it right. Here’s why.

      1. They have loads of expertise

      Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-arcane jargon, and your Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently.

      Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess you up.

      2. They have turbocharged searching power

      The Internet is awesome. You can find almost anything—anything! And with online real estate listing sites such as yours truly, you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? Realtors have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find those hidden gems.

      Please, Mr. Postman

      Send me news, tips, and promos from realtor.com® and Move.

      Plus, a good local Realtor is going to know the search area way better than you ever could. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it’s just out of your price range? Your Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.

      3. They have bullish negotiating chops

      Any time you buy or sell a home, you’re going to encounter negotiations—and as today’s housing market heats up, those negotiations are more likely than ever to get a little heated.

      You can expect lots of competition, cutthroat tactics, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. Don’t you want a savvy and professional negotiator on your side to seal the best deal for you?

      And it’s not just about how much money you end up spending or netting. A Realtor will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that’s crucial to your particular needs.

      4. They’re connected to everyone

      Realtors might not know everything, but they make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they’re all in your Realtor’s network. Use them.

      5. They adhere to a strict code of ethics

      Not every real estate agent is a Realtor, who is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country.

      What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

      6. They’re your sage parent/data analyst/therapist—all rolled into one

      The thing about Realtors: They wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they’re salespeople, but they actually do a whole heck of a lot to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They spend their own money on marketing your home (if you’re selling). They’re researching comps to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

      And, of course, they’re working for you at nearly all hours of the day and night—whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in. This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility Realtors take lightly.

      News Corp CEO: Realtor.com makes us ‘world’s largest player in digital real estate’

      News Corp reported its fiscal 2016 second quarter results on Thursday, but the headline story wasn’t that the worldwide conglomerate saw its revenue drop from $2.26 billion to $2.16 billion from the previous year.

      Rather, the story was Realtor.com, its growth and what that means for the future of online real estate.

      News Corp acquired Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com for the National Association of Realtorsin November 2014.

      Since then, Realtor.com’s traffic has grown – a fact that News Corp Chief Executive Officer Robert Thomson like to make specific and prominent.

      In a statement attached to the company’s financial results, one of the first items Thomson highlighted was Realtor.com’s impact on the company.

      Thomson’s quote mentioned Realtor.com before he mentioned News Corp’s “news and information services,” which includes Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Marketwatch, the New York Post, HarperCollins Publishers, The Sun and other properties.

      And he didn’t just mention Realtor.com. He showered praise on it, stating that the ‘rapid growth’ of Realtor.com has News Corp positioned as “the world’s largest player” in online real estate.

      “News Corp is evolving rapidly into a more digital and increasingly global company with a diverse revenue mix that we believe will drive long-term growth in profits and shareholder returns,” Thomson said in his opening remarks. “The company is, by most measures, the world’s largest player in digital real estate, a position certainly enhanced by the rapid growth in the U.S. of realtor.com.”

      According to News Corp’s financial results release, Realtor.com’s average monthly unique users on web and mobile sites for the quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2015 grew 37% year-over-year to approximately 39 million.

      News Corp said that the growth was driven by 57% growth in mobile users.

      News Corp also said that Realtor.com’s traffic accelerated in January to 50 million monthly unique users, or 34% growth year-over-year.

      News Corp reported that its revenue for the “digital real estate services” sector, which includes Move, increased $54 million, or 35%, compared to the previous year.

      News Corp said that Move’s revenue increased 35% on a stand-alone basis to $87 million from $65 million in the prior year.

      In July 2015, a report from Barclays downgraded Realtor.com’s main competition, Zillow, because of  “slowing traffic growth” as the result of “category saturation” and increased competition from Realtor.com.

      Barclays pulled traffic data on Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com from comScore, an independent website that measures other sites’ traffic, and found that Zillow’s growth was slowing significantly, at least as of July.

      The comScore data also showed that Realtor.com’s traffic in June 2015 surpassed Trulia’s traffic for the first time in two years.

      But Zillow told a different story when it announced its third quarter results in November 2015.

      At the time, Zillow said more than 142 million average monthly unique users visited Zillow Group and its brands during the third quarter.

      Zillow Group is parent company for Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, and other sites.

      Zillow also said that according to comScore, the Zillow Group brands represent more than 70% market share of all mobile-exclusive visitors to the real estate category.

      So, who’s really the leader in online real estate?  Depends on who you believe.

      But News Corp certainly thinks it is.

      Sally Parris is Inducted into Greenwich’s Realtor Hall of Fame

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      Sally Parris, a sales agent with Coldwell Banker Curtis and Carolyn Anderson of Anderson Associates.

      The Greenwich Association of Realtors (GAR) announced this week that Sally Parris, a sales agent with Coldwell Banker Curtis, has been made a member of the small group that comprises the Greenwich Realtor Hall of Fame.

      The Realtor Hall of Fame is the highest honor presented to a member for their lifetime service to the real estate industry and the Greenwich community.

      Parris, a member of the National Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, a Realtor since 1984 has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Association of Realtors for several terms. She has served as a board member, vice president and treasurer. She has served on various committees including Grievance, Professional Standards, Communications and Special Events. Parris was a past Recipient of Realtor of the Year in 2008.

      Parris has worked as a volunteer at a number of organizations in Greenwich including 375th Town of Greenwich Anniversary Parade Committee, United Way Septemberfest Co-founder and a number of other positions for the organization, Greenwich YMCA, Voluntary Action Center, Southwestern Ct.,  Community Answers, Inc., Literacy Volunteers of America, Greenwich Health Association and Greenwich 350th Parade, Co-Chair. Parris is also a Rotarian and has recently finished a term as President under which the club received numerous awards under her leadership.

      Parris was presented the Realtor Hall of Fame induction by Carolyn Anderson, Vice President of GAR and 2011’s Hall of Fame Inductee. Parris and Anderson worked together during their tenures on GAR’s Board of Directors.

      “Sally has set the highest standard of excellence for all Realtors during her career. She is very-detailed oriented and has a keen eye on the goal, always finding ways to make an impact,” said Joann Erb, president, Greenwich Association of Realtors. “Sally’s leadership has contributed to the success of the real estate industry and its impact on the local community. We owe her an enormous debt of gratitude for all of her contributions to our association and our Town.”

      The Greenwich Association of Realtors is the professional board of choice for the real estate industry in Greenwich. Established in 1924, the association provides professional development and support services for Realtors and represents the concerns and interests of private property and home ownership rights. The association has over 800 members and is headquartered in Greenwich.

      See also:

      George Cain is Greenwich’s Realtor of the Year 2015


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      Economist predicts continued strength in real estate market

      Lincoln is coming off of a record year for home sales, and if Lawrence Yun’s prediction is correct, 2016 should be as good or even better.

      Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, spoke Thursday to a lunch gathering of local real estate agents at Hillcrest Country Club. He spoke earlier in the day at a breakfast hosted by NAI FMA Realty.

      Yun told the Realtors assembled at Hillcrest that he expects sales of existing homes this year to be about equal to what they were in 2015, and he expects there to be a slight increase in sales of new homes.

      Lincoln set an all-time record for homes sold in 2015, with more than 4,700 total closed sales, although sales of new homes declined for the second year in a row.

      Inventory levels of homes for sale were near 20-year lows at the end of 2015, which has helped drive local prices to record highs.

      Rising home prices are becoming an obstacle in many places but not in Lincoln, Yun said, calling prices here “very, very affordable” despite several years of increases.

      While rising prices and potentially rising mortgage rates — Yun said he expected rates to hit 4.5 percent by the end of 2016, compared with less than 4 percent now — are obstacles to growing home sales, he said there are many positive signs that could boost sales.

      Among them: People are staying in their homes longer, which means they have more equity they may be looking to cash in on by selling, and qualifying for a mortgage is becoming easier as credit standards relax a bit.

      Yun also said the fact that the country continues to add jobs is a good sign because people are more likely to buy a home when they have a stable job.

      Nebraska ranks about in the middle of the states for job creation, Yun said, but he pointed out that Lincoln now has 30,000 more people working than it did in 2000, which bodes well for the real estate market.

      “Now you just need more inventory,” he joked.

      Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors – Classic Hollywood on the Peninsula



       Judy Rae

      Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors – Classic Hollywood on the Peninsula

      The 22nd Installation of Officers and Directors of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of REALTORS (PVPAR) honoring 2016 President Edward Barrios took place on Wednesday, December 9th at the Trump National Golf Club and was truly an evening of Stars!  The 2016 Board of Directors who were installed this evening were Officers:  Edward Barrios, Jennifer Goorchenko, Sep Ebrahimi, and Mike Harper along with Board of Directors:  Lynn Aglipay, Jason Buck, Virginia Butler, Jackie Crowley, Dalal Karama and Jolaine Merrill.  Certificates of Appreciation and Distinguished Service Awards were presented to members who have demonstrated exceptional service throughout the year in support of PVPAR. Bill Ruth, Keller Williams–PV, was given the prestigious honor of being named 2015 REALTOR® of the Year and Andy Santonello, owner of Andy’s Pest and Termite Control was named 2015 Affiliate of the Year.  A special Tribute for a long time PVPAR member for his decades of service to the real estate industry which spanned from 1962-2015 at the Local, State and National Association level was given in honor Joe Barnett and his memory will continue at PVPAR with a Joe Barnett Scholarship to send selected PVPAR REALTOR® members to the State Legislative meetings held in Sacramento every year.  Joe Barnett’s son, Tom Barnett and daughter, Nancy Barnett, were present to receive a Special Recognition Award. The evening was complemented with music by the incredibly talented jazz musicians fostered within the Freedom4U program.


      9. REALTOR of the YEAR


      2015 Installation Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors


      1. Affiliate of the Year


      2. Barnett Award


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      4. Distinguised Service


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      Sally Parris Inducted into Greenwich Realtor Hall of Fame

      The Greenwich Association
      of REALTORS® (GAR) announced that Sally Parris, a sales agent with Coldwell
      Banker Curtis, has been honored to become a member of the small group that
      comprises the Greenwich REALTOR® Hall of Fame.

      The REALTOR® Hall of Fame
      is the highest honor presented to a member for their lifetime service to the
      real estate industry and the Greenwich community.

      Parris, a member of the
      National Association of REALTORS, Connecticut Association of REALTORS a Realtor
      since 1984 has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Greenwich
      Association of Realtors for several terms. Parris has served as a board member,
      vice president and treasurer. She has served on various committees including Grievance,
      Professional Standards, Communications and Special Events. Parris was a past
      Recipient of Realtor of the Year in 2008.

      Parris has
      worked as a volunteer at a number of organizations in Greenwich including 375th
      Town of Greenwich Anniversary Parade Committee, United Way Septemberfest
      Co-founder and a number of other positions for the organization, Greenwich
      YMCA, Voluntary Action Center, Southwestern Ct., Community Answers, Inc., Literacy Volunteers
      of America, Greenwich Health Association and Greenwich 350th Parade, Co-Chair.
      Parris is also a Rotarian and has recently finished a term as President under
      which the club received numerous awards under her leadership.

      Parris was presented the
      REALTOR® Hall of Fame induction by Carolyn Anderson, Vice President of GAR and 2011’s
      Hall of Fame Inductee. Parris and Anderson worked together during their tenures
      on GAR’s Board of Directors.

      “Sally has set the highest standard of
      excellence for all REALTORS® during her career. Sally is very-detailed oriented and has
      a keen eye on the goal; always finding ways to make an impact. Sally’s
      leadership has contributed to the success of the real estate industry and its
      impact on the local community. We owe her an enormous debt of gratitude
      for all of her contributions to our association and our Town,” stated Joann
      Erb, president, Greenwich Association of REALTORS®.

      The Greenwich Association
      of REALTORS® is the
      professional board of choice for the real estate industry in Greenwich.
      Established in 1924, the association provides professional development and
      support services for REALTORS® and represents the concerns and interests
      of private property and home ownership rights. The association has over 800 members and is
      headquartered in Greenwich, Ct.


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      Travis Close Named 2015 Realtor Of The Year By Greater Chattanooga Association Of Realtors

      Travis Close, realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Realty Center, has been named 2015 Realtor of the Year by fellow real estate professionals with the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors. The award was presented Wednesday at GCAR’s Membership Breakfast.

      The Realtor of the Year award is given to a realtor in recognition of his or her civic, business and industry/organization contributions. Mr. Close has been a realtor for nearly nine years, and served as president of GCAR in 2015. He joins only four other realtors who have been awarded this honor in the same year that they have been president of the association: Jennifer Grayson (2011), Jason Farmer (2007), Kathy Tucker (2004) and Steve Champion (2003).

      “The association bestows this highest honor on individuals who stand out from the crowd and embody all that it means to be a realtor,” said Randy Durham, chair of the GCAR Realtor of the Year Committee. “Mr. Close has put more time, effort, thought and heart and soul into our Association than any other Realtor and is deserving of this award.”

      “It has truly been an honor to serve this association and use my skills to better the real estate community,” said Mr. Close. “My wife has been my support system while I’ve been juggling so many hats, and I appreciate her patience and encouragement during what has been a jam-packed, productive year for the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.”

      Mr. Close has been actively involved within GCAR since 2008, serving on the Education, Grievance and Member Services Committees. He has served on both the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and GCAR Board of Directors, as well as the Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR) Residential Forms Committee. He has been accepted into the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Leadership Academy and was elected as TAR Divisional Vice President.

      Mr. Close is deeply involved in the community as an adult chaperone and volunteer team leader for Signal Crest United Methodist Church’s Youth Appalachian Service Project, board member of Notre Dame High School, and volunteer with the local Boy Scout Troop.