It is interesting to read about Realtors.
In the media it is fascinating to see some people’s misconceptions about what Realtors do and what we are responsible for in our cities and towns.
Perhaps one of our failings is to typecast groups and lump them into a caste that may or may not fit, however, this has been done throughout history to other groups to enable the provocateur to promote their own agenda.
It brought up the thought, what would a day be like without a Realtor?
In Arizona, if we did not have the Arizona Association of Realtors, you may be looking at an additional sales tax when you sell your home.
As you will recall, through a voter information program, our association informed the public on Proposition 100 that went down to an overwhelming defeat and saved the taxpayers untold equity in their homes.
Let’s not forget that the local Realtors association launched a public awareness program that assisted the Town of Payson in securing water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir.
In our area, Realtors donate countless hours of their time.
They serve or have served on the Payson Regional Medical Center board, the Mogollon Health Alliance, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, ADOT Advisory Board, Governors Committee on Small Business, the Humane Society, Town of Payson Planning and Zoning Commission, the Historical Society, the Pine Cemetery Association, the Payson Board of Education, and countless other civic associations. (Forgive me for not naming them all.)
Rim Country Realtors have assisted in raising more than $50,000 for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter and assisted in raising in excess of $2,500,000 for our local schools through the Credit for Kids program.
The Central Arizona Board of Realtors annually gives college scholarships to Payson High School graduates.
Countless Realtors have donated time and money to youth sports, as well as collected and donated Christmas presents for the needy.
They teach art at the Pine library, assist at the senior center, and offer countless hours of community service.
You can be sure they have made innumerable anonymous donations to worthy causes.
Lastly, when Realtors are not busy being involved in our community, we are busy at continuing education and our vocation, which is bringing buyers and sellers together to assist them in what is becoming an ever more complicated transaction — the selling and purchasing of property.
So without Realtors in the Rim Country not only would it be difficult to buy or sell a home, a valuable asset to our community would be lost. Several students might not get the chance to attend college or a Little League team might be without a coach.
Ray Pugel is a designated broker for Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty. Contact him at (928) 474-2216.