Although the Craig Association of Realtors is one of the smallest Realtor groups in Colorado, it took home five awards at a recent state conference in Colorado Springs, most of them for public service.
"We felt very honored," Craig Association president Roy McAnally said. "For us to get such recognition at the state level, it was very humbling."
Among their accolades, Craig Realtors were one of six groups presented with the Soaring Eagle, which recognizes community service efforts, and also were lauded for their participation in the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation, which raises money for affordable housing interests.
The Opportunity Foundation uses interest from payments by homebuyers to help homeless, victims of domestic violence, first-time homebuyers, families threatened with eviction or losing their homes and victims of a natural disaster, among others.
McAnally said all money generated locally comes back to the community, except for 15 percent paid for administrative costs.
In the past, Craig Realtors also have given grants to assisted living homes such as Horizons Specialized Services and Habitat for Humanity.
Although the downturn in the housing market might suggest most Realtors are focusing only on personal business, McAnally said Moffat County real estate agents think their business is inextricably linked to the community.
"When you look at it, that really is our business," he said. "One thing our association realizes, without our community, we have nothing. There seems to be a perception out there that Realtors are in it for the money and the cars and the glory. That may be true some places, but not here.
"If we can't give back to the community and thank them for what they do for us, then what good are we?"
Craig Realtors also were awarded for their 100 percent participation in the state association's Political Survival Fund, which the group uses to lobby for or against legislation on real estate ownership, and for having a high percent of Graduates of Real Estate Institute.
The latter is a designation that a Realtor earns by being dedicated to education.
Vicki Burns, of United Country Brass Key Realty, also earned the Political Survival Fund Hall of Fame award for contributing more than $5,000 to the program during her career.
"We definitely want to thank the community for taking care of us, because we take great pride in taking care of them," McAnally said.