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Thursday, December 8, 2011

REALTORS DO MORE THAN SELL HOUSES

I was reminded recently of the many amazing things our Western New York REALTORS® do. Besides helping people daily with all their real estate needs, local REALTORS® are out in our community lending helping hands whenever they can.
For this week's article,  I wanted to share a letter from Debbie Norman, Communications & Corporate Affairs Director at the Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS®, BNAR. Her letter explains briefly some recent good deeds your local REALTORS® have been up to:
When you think of a REALTOR®, you probably think of the person who will help you find your dream home or assist in selling your current home. This is certainly true; however, your neighborhood real estate professional does much more in the community and many of those activities are behind the scenes.
You may have heard the great news that West Side home values are increasing.  This is due to the coordinated efforts of the West Side Community Collaborative and the marketing skills of the REALTORS® working in this historic area. Did you also know REALTORS® helped build and rehabilitate housing with Habitat for Humanity and participated in many tours to reintroduce themselves to various unique communities of the City? 
Other activities participated in would be; The Empty Bowls Campaign (Artists Helping Feed Western New York).  REALTORS® were able to assist the Friends of the Night People and Food Bank of WNY by serving food at the event.  As a side note, the BNAR also continue's to collect food monthly for the Food Bank. So stop by with your donation!
WNY Realtors® participated in Buffalo Citybration, Niagara Rises, as well as the Preservation Conference to showcase our City and served as hosts to visitors. Other's painted homes as part of Brush Up Buffalo.  Some participated in the United Way Day of Caring, washing windows, cleaning parking lots, planting flowers, and continuously maintaining a garden on Connecticut Street in the city’s West Side.
Realtors® aid the homeless through programs with the City Mission and support the Salvation Army, serving food to the needy, sorting holiday toys and even painting barrels for use in their upcoming holiday drive!
You probably didn't know that Realtors® provide a list of charitable organizations to home sellers so when selling and cleaning up their house, they have the option to donate items instead of putting them out to the curb.
And last, but certainly not least, WNY Realtors® raised money to benefit Mercy Flight Central through several events and also supported Re-Tree by selling leaves and planting seedlings to replace those that were destroyed from October 2006's, “Surprise Storm”.
So as you see, REALTORS® work and live in your community!  They are our friends and neighbors.  Whether you're buying or selling a home, or need extra hands at the bake sale, call a local REALTOR®, they are there for you.
As always, thanks for making 2FindYourHome and 2FindYourHome.com, your premier sources for everything real estate in Western New York, both in print and online!


John B. Leonardi, RCE
CEO, Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS®,  WNY Real Estate Information Services, LLC

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