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Why Apply for the Good Neighbor Awards?


Do you volunteer in your community or know a REALTOR® who is making a difference through volunteer work? If so, you should consider applying for the Good Neighbor Awards, which recognizes REALTORS® who make an extraordinary impact on the community by volunteering. The deadline to apply for the Good Neighbor Awards is May 15.


How will winning the Good Neighbor Awards help your business and your community? The five winners will receive $10,000 grants for their non-profit organizations. Award winners will also be front and center as they accept their award at this year’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego and will have their travel expenses covered. Winning the award also brings local and national media exposure to your business and your volunteer project.

“The extensive media coverage that came as a result of winning the Good Neighbor Award would never have been possible for us to do on our own,” says 2013 Good Neighbor winner Kristina Rhodes, who works for F. C. Tucker Emge of Newburgh, Ind., “This national attention puts a spotlight on our mission. It inspires other people to get involved with Make-A-Wish here in my community and in other areas of the country.”

Read more: Check out 2013 Good Neighbor Winner Kristina Rhodes’ profile in REALTOR® Magazine and watch her videohere.

Winning the Good Neighbor Award also brings publicity to your business and volunteer project. The winners appear on the cover of REALTOR® Magazine, receive hometown news coverage, and can have their story picked up by national media. 2014 Good Neighbor winner stories appeared on the NBC Nightly News website and in an ad in the Wall Street Journal. Past winners have been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and People Magazine.

“It has been our privilege to have two members win the Good Neighbor Award in the past three years,” says Christine M. Todd, CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®. “Writing feature articles about their accomplishments and posting them on our web site has been a source of pride for our association. Even The Washington Post covered their stories.”

Find out more information about the Good Neighbor Awards and download an entry form. Or you can e-mail Sara Geimer at

Many associations recognize the Good Neighbor Award winners at their annual events. Says Todd, “We honored these giving and generous members at our NVAR convention and during our installation ceremony, so that all of our members could learn about the wonderful things they are doing for the community.”

If you know someone at your association or brokerage who is interested in started a Good Neighbor program in their area, there are resources from NAR.

Source: “Why You Should Apply for the Good Neighbor Awards,” REALTOR® Magazine (January, 2014)