MAR Good Neighbor Award

In 2004, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) established the Good Neighbor Awards program to recognize real estate professionals for their community activism.  The award is to be presented annually to REALTORS® who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to community service through volunteerism and civic and charitable contributions that improve the lives of local residents and make their community a better place to live.  

Entrants for the award may engage in a broad range of eligible activities that might include, but may not be limited to, volunteer work involving affordable housing issues, educational programs, youth-related activities, or any other civic or charitable activity that improves the lives of local residents or the community at-large.  

 
2014 Entry Process & Deadline

The nomination process for the Good Neighbor Award is open to any MAR member, affiliate member, or local REALTORS® association staff or committee, with no limit as to the number of entrants one may enter for the award each year.  Applications must be received by August 11, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. to qualify for the current year's award presentation.  Entries should be submitted online form.
 
Click here for the 2014 entry form MAR's Deadline is August 11, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

Applications may be accompanied by additional literature or materials that demonstrate the charitable and/or civic contributions the nominee has made within the community beyond the most recent two years.  Please note: Entry forms supported by other documents will not be weighted more heavily than those that do not.  

 
Award Selection & Presentation

Selection of Good Neighbor Award recipients is made by a special sub-committee of the MAR Communications & Public Relations Committee.  Each year, up to three Bay State REALTORS® will be honored with the MAR Good Neighbor Award, and each recipient receives a commemorative trophy and a grant from the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® in the name of their designated charity.  Presentations are made annually at the MAR REALTOR® of the Year & Professional Awards Banquet, typically held in the fall.  
 
Click here for the 2014 entry form MAR's Deadline is August 11, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
 
National Good Neighbor Awards

The MAR Good Neighbor Awards program is modeled after a similar member recognition program conducted by NAR's REALTOR® Magazine and utilizes the same entry form. Further information, including the deadlines for submitting entries at the national level may be obtained online at realtor.org.    
Since its inception in 2000, three Massachusetts REALTORS® have been named REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Award winners. They are:
  • Anne Marie Torcivia, of Malden
  • The late Thomas J. Maloney, of Pittsfield,
  • Wendy and John Rocca, of Watertown; and
  • Joell Pratt, of Canton
Click here for the 2014 entry form MAR's Deadline is August 11, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

Good Neighbor Awards: Tips for making your application stand out

The essay and the testimonial letters are often the most valuable portions of the application for the judges. The following tips provide insight into what the judges are looking for and can help you submit the most effective essay:

1. Be as specific as possible. For example, give a close estimate of the number of hours volunteered, the number of people the nominee helped, the number of dollars raised, etc. Vague words like "countless" "incalculable" or even "thousands" are of very little use to the judges.

2. Don't rely on adjectives. Superlatives like "kindest", "most dedicated", "most generous"—though certainly true—don't help the judges evaluate a nominee's achievements. Instead, describe something the nominee did that illustrates how kind or dedicated he or she is.

3. Don't be modest. If you are uncomfortable talking about your achievements, have someone else write the essay portion for you and/or provide detailed testimonials. Testimonials from someone you've helped are particularly valuable.

4. Focus on your accomplishments, not the organization's in general. The judges need to evaluate the impact that the nominee has personally made. Don't make the mistake of only emphasizing how much good the organization has done; instead, focus on what the nominee has done for the organization.

MAR Good Neighbor Award Winners 
The MAR Good Neighbor Awards were first presented in 2004.  Below is a list of current and past award recipients.
 
2013
Joel Pratt, J.L. Pratt REALTORS®, Canton

2012
Laurence Yameen, L.J. Yameen Real Estate, Lawrence 

2011
Karen King, RE/MAX Prestige, Wilbraham
Robbi Rubenstein, RE/MAX Prestige, Northborough

2010
David Biggs, Weichert REALTORS® - Mel Antonio Group, New Bedford
Cynthia Hinckley, Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont, Florence
 
2009
Kathy Murdock, Century 21 Shoreland, Hyannis
Russell Pelletier, William Raveis Real Estate, North Falmouth
Wendy & John Rocca, Century 21, Commonwealth, Watertown

2008
Martha Knapp, Grover GMAC Real Estate, Harwich Port
 
2007
Jeffrey Gibbs, Gibbs Realty, Rutland
Steve Levine, RE/MAX First Choice, Northborough
Amsi Morales, RE/MAX Prestige, Lowell

2006
Lucianne Giguere, Landmark, REALTORS®, East Longmeadow
Catherine Toomey,  Stone Ridge Properties, Amesbury
David Willette, RCI Real Estate, Williamstown
 
2005
Todd French - Kinlin Grover/GMAC Real Estate, Brewster
Mel Greenberg - Alford Farm Realty, Alford
Rosalind Levine - Realty Systems Residential, Worcester


2004
Priscilla Harman - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Westfield
Thomas J. Maloney - Liberty Pierre Joseph Realty, Pittsfield
Jan Triglione - RE/MAX Top Achievers, Reading