Real estate agents are not only local experts, but they are also dedicated members of the community. REALTORS® give back to our communities in ways small and large every day.
The local insight a REALTOR provides is incredibly valuable for home buyers and sellers. From local housing market stats to neighborhood hot-spots, their knowledge is vital to the home buying and selling process. But an agent’s commitment to a neighborhood isn’t limited to real estate. REALTORS are active members of the community, advocates for home ownership, and supporters of charitable organizations.
One Colorado REALTOR demonstrated just how far that commitment can go, earning national recognition as a Good Neighbor.
Good Neighbor Awards
Over the last 19 years, the Good Neighbor Awards has recognized REALTORS who made a big impact on their community. First, the organization accepts nominations for REALTORS doing good work. It then uses a multi-stage, criteria-based judging process and public voting to select the finalists. The agents recognized show how REALTORS strengthen the communities where they live and work through selfless, dedicated volunteer work.
This year, a Colorado REALTOR was among the 2018 Good Neighbor Winners.
REALTOR Serving Homeless in San Luis Valley
The Good Neighbor awards honored Chet Choman, Colorado Realty and Land Co. in Alamosa, for his work helping the homeless in his community.
Choman cofounded one of the first rural homeless shelters in the country and has dedicated 40 years to fighting homelessness and hunger. Today, La Puente Home is a 45-bed shelter that also operates after-school programs and 15 food pantries. La Puente Home serves about 16,000 people annually—that’s one out of every three people in a six-county area larger than Massachusetts.
Learn more about La Puente Home in this video:
His commitment to the cause goes beyond professional or philanthropic motives. “Having been born into homelessness myself gave me a certain sensitivity to the issue,” he says. “I make a living selling homes to people are capable of buying a home, but I feel a personal responsibility to help people who can’t buy a home or who are struggle to find housing.”
Continue reading Chet’s story in the article Getting a Grip on Rural Homelessness.
Congratulations to Chet Choman! Thank you to all the hard-working REALTORS for the work you do to make Colorado such a wonderful place to live.