Good Neighbor Awards

NAR Good Neighbor AwardsREALTOR® Magazine seeking nominations for Good Neighbor Awards.

REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominations for the 13th annual REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards.  The National Association of REALTORS®’ annual program recognizes REALTORS® who’ve made an extraordinary commitment to their communities through volunteer work.

Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine and at the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando.  The winners will receive, among other things, a $10,000 grant for their community cause, national publicity, travel expenses to the convention, and a crystal trophy.

“We created the Good Neighbor Awards to recognize how so many REALTORS®’ make their communities a better place to live – whether through affordable housing initiatives, helping disadvantaged children, or in any number of other ways,” says Stacey Moncrieff, REALTOR® magazine Editor in Chief.  “REALTORS® generally are big-hearted people and many of them are deeply involved in their communities, but their local efforts are seldom rewarded on a national level.”

Previous Good Neighbor Award winners say their charities benefit from the grant money and 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.”

Minnesota has a great history of winners of the Good Neighbor Award!  Previous winners include:

  • 2008 – Scott and Robin Gwaltney (Coldwell Banker At Your Service, Rochester) – Rochester Better Chance
  • 2009 – Cindy Johnson (Dona Properties, Woodbury) – The Arc of Minnesota
  • 2010 – Dave Philp (Coldwell Banker Burnet, Chaska) – Ridgeview Foundation/Ridgeview Medical Center
  • 2011 – LeRoy Bendickson (Edina Realty, Edina)  – MN Multiple Sclerosis Society

Let’s keep this great spirit of giving back to our communities alive.  If you or someone you know in your office or community is a REALTOR® in good standing with their association, fill out an application today!

Entries must be received by May 18, 2012. Click here for more details and an entry form or call 800-874-6500 for more information.


The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 19,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.


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