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The National Association of REALTORS® has honored seven local Realtor® associations with NAR Community Outreach Awards. These awards recognize associations that have worked with their communities to make them a better place to live and do business.

“REALTORS® are community leaders and are dedicated to building successful neighborhoods and advocating on behalf of homeowners,” said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. “I am proud to honor the associations that are receiving NAR Community Outreach Awards and, through their work, represent the value REALTORS®  bring to their neighborhoods and communities.”

This is the first year NAR has honored REALTOR® associations with Community Outreach Awards. To be considered for the award, associations must have made use of REALTOR® Party Community Outreach resources over a two-year period to address a challenge facing their community; developed partnerships with community stakeholders; or involved the public in a project or discussion to improve the community. The award recipients were announced last week at NAR’s 2015 Association Executives Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 2015 recipients of NAR Community Outreach Awards are:

Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®(San Diego): SDAR used NAR’s Housing Opportunity grants to conduct multiple public events on a variety of housing issues, such as a re-entry workshop for those individuals who had undergone a short sale or foreclosure.

Richmond Association of REALTORS® (Richmond, Va.): RAR used NAR’s Housing Opportunity grants to support collaborative efforts with stakeholders and address a range of housing needs, including hosting a workshop on housing needs and research to help develop a regional housing plan. 

Austin Board of REALTORS® (Houston): Using an NAR Diversity Grant, the association worked with multicultural groups, community leaders and Realtors® to host a workshop about homeownership challenges facing the African American community to identify and implement local solutions to key issues. 

High Point Regional Association of REALTORS® (High Point, N.C.): HPRAR used NAR Smart Growth grants to host a conference to plan for the rehabilitation of two blocks of High Point’s main street and a series of discussions on creating less restrictive codes and regulations for redevelopment areas to help spur innovation and faster redevelopment. 

Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (Charleston, S.C.): Through an NAR Diversity Grant, CTAR developed a student membership program with local universities to attract younger and more diverse people into the real estate profession. The association also used NAR Housing Opportunity grants to host a series of events for business leaders and other professionals to educate them on housing policy and choices.

Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (Charlotte, N.C.): NAR’s Housing Opportunity grants help CRRA hold a variety of events for the public and REALTORS® to educate them on homeownership topics, and expose them to new neighborhoods and purchase assistance programs specific to the Charlotte area. 

Ada County Association of REALTORS®(Boise, Idaho): ACAR used a NAR Diversity grant to support the city’s fair housing efforts and its anti-discrimination ordinance, and a NAR Smart Growth grant to help fund a downtown redevelopment streetscape improvement project.

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