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Beverly Hills Realtor Bahar Soomekh Named NAR Good Neighbor Award Finalist
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 @ 04:27 PM

Honored by National Association of Realtors® for impactful volunteer work in her community


Cast your vote at realtor.com/goodneighbor between August 28 and September 28.


WASHINGTON (August 28, 2019) – The National Association of Realtors® has honored Beverly Hills Realtor® Bahar Soomekh as a finalist for its 2019 Good Neighbor Awards. NAR, the nation’s largest trade association, uses the Good Neighbor Award to honor Realtors® who have made a positive impact on their communities through extraordinary volunteer service.


This year marks the 20th year the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtor® volunteers. During that time, $1.3 million in grants has been awarded to more than 200 nonprofits led by Realtors®. Their impact has been felt in 40 states, 15 countries and in Puerto Rico, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable fundraising and incalculable hours of volunteer time.


 “We are honored to have this group of extraordinary people representing the Good Neighbor Awards as we celebrate the 20-year milestone,” says NAR President John Smaby, Edina, Minnesota. “People like Bahar Soomekh, who are dedicated to their communities and committed to improving the lives of people around them, inspire us and epitomize 'who we are' as Realtors.”


Soomekh, with Nourmand & Associates in Beverly Hills, is representing non-profit Angel City Sports. Soomekh and her husband founded a nonprofit to help people with physical disabilities stay active, renew their spirits and connect with a supportive community. Inspired by her son, Ezra, who uses a leg prosthesis, Soomekh runs athletic clinics and competitions for adults and children with disabilities. The 2019 Angel City Games drew 1,500 spectators to cheer on 430 athletes.


Soomekh is one of ten Realtors® being honored have donated their time, money and passion to enrich the lives of the people in their communities.


On October 2, five winners will be named from among the 10 finalists. Winners will receive a $10,000 grant and national media exposure for their efforts, including a feature in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine. The winners will also receive travel expenses to the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, where they will accept an award in front of thousands of their peers. On October 2, the remaining five finalists will also be named honorable mentions and receive a $2,500 grant in recognition of their work.


 “The Good Neighbor finalists inspire and motivate action for the greater good,” said Tracey Fellows, acting CEO of realtor.com, the primary sponsor of the Good Neighbor Awards. “Realtor.com is proud to shine a spotlight on these Realtors®, who truly bring the value of community home.”


The public is invited to vote for their favorites of the 10 finalists. The top three vote getters will win bonus grants of $2,500, $1,250 and $1,250, respectively, for their nonprofit organizations. Last year's Web Choice Favorite voting program, which is sponsored and funded by realtor.com®, generated a record of more than 165,000 votes. 


“The Good Neighbor Awards reflect the values we share with the Realtor® family,” said Fellows. “This year’s finalists represent the industry at its best – making meaningful connections that count for people, families and communities.”

The National Association of Realtors®' Good Neighbor Awards is supported by primary sponsor realtor.com® and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Nominees were judged on their personal contribution of time as well as financial and material contributions to benefit their cause.


Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.


Wells Fargo Home Lending is one of the nation’s leading originators and the leading servicer of residential mortgages, offering home loans to consumers through the country’s largest network of mortgage locations and bank branches, online, and via phone. With more than 4,400 Home Mortgage Consultants across the country, expanded digital capabilities, and products and programs for today’s market, Wells Fargo is committed to meeting Realtor® expectations and homebuyer needs. Focused on paving a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities, Wells Fargo is a proud sponsor of both the Good Neighbor Awards and Volunteering Works, both of which recognize the extraordinary contributions made by Realtors® in the communities where we, together, live and serve.


The National Association of Realtors is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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