Five winners will receive $10,000 for their nonprofit

The National Association of REALTORS® seeks nominations for the 20th annual Good Neighbor Awards, which recognizes REALTORS® who’ve made an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work.

Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® magazine and at the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The winners will receive a $10,000 grant for their community cause, national publicity, and travel expenses to the convention where they will be honored.

“This year, we celebrate the twentieth year of the Good Neighbor Awards,” said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation REALTOR® from Edina, Minnesota and broker at Edina Realty. “We are incredibly proud of the good work of nearly 200 Good Neighbor Award recipients in the U.S. and across the globe through their dedicated volunteer service since this program launched in 2000.”

The 2018 winners were Omayra Borges, Reality Realty, San Juan, Puerto Rico, cofounder of Fundacion Mochileando 100×35; Chet Choman, Colorado Realty and Land Co., Alamosa, Colorado., cofounder of La Puente Home; Jeremy Lichtenstein, RE/MAX Realty Services, Bethesda, Maryland., founder of Kids In Need Distributors (KIND); Joy Nelson, Haugan Nelson Realty, Watertown, South Dakota, founder of Joy Ranch; and Elias Thomas, III, EXIT Key Real Estate, Shapleigh, Maine, leader of a Rotary International project to build dams in rural India.

Previous Good Neighbor Award winners say their charity benefits from the grant money and the increased public exposure. “The Good Neighbor Award legitimized Heart 2 Home and put a national focus on what we were doing locally,” said 2009 Good Neighbor Award winner Greg Adamson. “Having Good Neighbor behind us made everything easier from fundraising to media relations. It’s amazing how the exposure of the Good Neighbor Award has opened doors for us that never would have been opened otherwise!”

2018 Good Neighbor Award winner Joy Nelson says that her charity continues to benefit from the media exposure that resulted from winning the Good Neighbor Award. “The incredible exposure the Joy Ranch received through the Good Neighbor Awards Program has brought people all over the nation to inquire more about the ranch,” says Nelson. “People now understand all the quality of life issues that we address and it motivates me to work harder to help even more.”

The Good Neighbor Awards are generously supported by primary sponsor and Wells Fargo Home Lending.

Good Neighbor Award entries must be received by May 10, 2019. For more details and an entry form, go to or call 800-874-6500.

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