This is Albuquerque: Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS
 Alibi V.25 No.9 • March 3-9, 2016 
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This is Albuquerque

Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS

About Us

The Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR) represents the local Realtors that work together to raise the standards of the real estate profession, advocate for the homeowner and help build stronger communities.

Chartered in 1921, GAAR is now the largest local professional trade association in Central New Mexico. It has over 3,000 members and serves Bernalillo, Valencia, Sandoval, Torrance, and parts of Socorro and Santa Fe Counties.

Recognized as the region’s voice of real estate, GAAR also houses the Southwest MLS and is dedicated to providing the most reliable and credible database of real estate listings.

  • Company name: Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS
  • Type of business: Non-Profit Trade Association
  • Business Address:
    Albuquerque NM
    842-1433
  • Business Website: www.gaar.com

The REALTOR® difference—over 100 years in the making.

Not all real estate licensees are Realtors. The 100-year-old term REALTOR® is a registered, collective membership mark that identifies your real estate professional as a member of the National Association of Realtors who subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics outlines specific ethical duties that a Realtor has to the client, the public and their fellow Realtors. In addition to enforcing the Code of Ethics, GAAR’s Professional Standards office also offers its members and their clients inexpensive dispute resolution services.

Impact on the community

Being a Realtor is about more than just real estate transactions. Over the past 95 years, Realtors have had an integral role in the development of the Greater Albuquerque area. Through their dedicated efforts and involvement, Realtors have positively influenced the shaping of our neighborhoods and communities.

Here are just a few ways they help the community:

The REALTOR® Fund: To demonstrate their ongoing pledge to honor their responsibilities to the community and to express gratitude for a successful real estate industry, our members established the REALTOR® Fund of the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS®.

This fund is a sustainable endowment that gifts over $50,000 each year to local charities like APS Title 1, NM Kids Matter, Boys and Girls Club of NM and more. Once the sustainable fund reaches $1 million in the next few years, GAAR will double charitable giving to community non-profits.

Run for the Zoo: For more than 20 years, GAAR’s Realtor and affiliate members have loyally served as the volunteers that keep the Run for the Zoo participants safe and motivated along the route.

Angel Tree: Each year, GAAR members adopt “angels”—APS Title 1 Students —during the holiday season. This year members adopted more than 500 “angels” by throwing holiday parties, donating gift cards and gifting clothing, toys and books to children in need.

Make a Difference Day: For the past few years, Realtor and affiliate members team up to make a difference in the community. In 2015, they volunteered at Roadrunner Food Bank to help them serve 70,000 people each week.

GAAR Good Neighbor Awards: Good Neighbors are Realtor and Affiliate members that dedicate themselves to volunteer service. They donate gifts, money, and—most importantly—a lot of time to their charity.  The program encourages more Realtors to join charities that improve the livability of our local community.

What’s new in 2016

NewMexicoHomeSearch.com: In collaboration with New Mexico True, GAAR is launching the first statewide home search website in New Mexico by April. You can look to NewMexicoHomeSearch.com for:

The most comprehensive and accurate home sales listing data in New Mexico.

A list of Realtors that can represent you.

Tips on buying, selling and financing your home.

Inspiration for remodeling, decorating and landscaping New Mexico homes.

DIY and maintenance tips specific to southwest adobe-style homes, swamp coolers, xeriscape and more.

Local guides and references

GAAR’s Grande Open House Weekend: On April 16 and 17, GAAR Realtors will be holding their area-wide open house. Last year, thousands toured over 500 open houses in hte area. This year, we will be adding a live remote from the GAAR REALTOR® Building where prospective home buyers can pick up lists of homes on the tour and pick up other swag before they join the tour.

REinvent Speaker Series: To expand on 95 years of public service, GAAR has introduced the REinvent Speaker Series – public events that draw world-class speakers to ABQ to encourage everyone to REinvent themselves and our community by:

Engaging in personal and business innovation; developing creative community building movements; and supporting the REALTOR® Fund—GAAR’s sustainable, charitable trust.

The three REinvent Speakers Series events this year are:

March 30, 2016: Discover New Mexico Tourism—A presentation by New Mexico True and Albuquerque on how tourism benefits our local economy. There will also be a free Tourism Expo on trip ideas around New Mexico to help support local businesses.

June 28, 2016: Become the Change with Arun Gandhi—Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi continues his grandfather’s work on helping people “become the change they wish to see.” Everyone is invited to join Gandhi as he teaches us to develop the inner resources and practical skill needed to achieve a mindful, sustainable and just approach to community building.

September 29, 2016: Improbable to Unstoppable with Fredi Lajvardi—Fredi Lajvardi shares his story that inspired the critically acclaimed documentary Underwater Dreams, as well as the major motion picture, Spare Parts. Learn how you can participate in enhancing our schools and help students succeed.

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To learn more about REinvent Speaker Series or to obtain tickets, visit www.gaar.com/reinvent.