• Message from the President

by Christie Rothschild

Hello Members,

Walkable, Mixed-Use Communities Most Desirable

Most homeowners would agree that the location of their home is just as important as the home itself. That’s why consumers cite community as one of the most important factors when choosing a home. Recent research has shown that most homebuyers say their ideal community is one with a mix of houses, stores and other businesses that are easily walkable, rather than neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. 

Realtors care about improving communities and we recognize that growth patterns, economic development and quality-of-life issues are closely linked to the success of a community and its residents.

While Americans say they prefer walkable communities, it seems they do so only to a certain point. The National survey found that a majority of consumers responded that they prefer communities where it is easier to walk and their commute is shorter; however, when comparing a detached single-family house to an apartment or townhouse, the detached home wins out – even with a longer commute and more driving.  

Today’s buyers want a community where they can walk to shopping, restaurants and schools. Yet buyers aren’t willing to compromise on a single-family house; they want the house and the walkable community.

Consumers’ attitudes are changing and it’s becoming evident that suburban neighborhoods – where amenities are spread out – aren’t as desirable as they once were. Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task. Realtors realize the healthier a community, the better the environment for consumers. That’s why we work hard to improve the community and the lives of those who live in it.

Also, don’t ever hesitate to contact me.  I have a special email “Ask Christie” for you to keep in touch with me and sending your questions or comments any time, on any subject 24/7/365.

Thank You,

Your President
Christie Rothschild 

BNAR Accepting Nomination Forms for Realtor and Realtor-Associate of the Year
Do you know someone in your office who devotes their time to the real estate industry, their association and their community?  Nominate them for an Award. Use this link to the Criteria and Nomination form for the Realtor or Realtor-Associate of the year.  Deadline for submission is December 5, 2015.  A committee of the last five award recipients will choose the 2014 BNAR Realtor and Realtor-Associate of the Year Award winners.
BNAR Committees Forming for 2015
Do you want to be involved in the decisions that affect your business and livelihood or would like to participate in planning activities?  Then join a BNAR committee. Select the area where you have interest in participation.  Here is a link to the signup sheet.  Each committee/task force/project has a planned set of objectives to work toward with a beginning and end date.  Here is a link to our 2014 Committee Leadership team should you have any questions regarding any of the committees.    

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