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2016-nar-global-goldThe National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) awarded the GOLD Global Achievement Program Award to the Global Investment Council of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) at its national meetings in Orlando, Florida. The award, which was won by SCCAOR’s Global Investment Council during its first year of existence, is designed to recognize and reward the most active associations in global business.

Brad Gill, the committee chair of the Council, said that it was a great privilege to serve as chair for the global investment council during its inaugural year.

“To receive such recognition from NAR this early for our council reassures me that we have created something great for our general membership,” said Gill.  “All the member volunteers on our committee as well as our staff liaisons have worked diligently this year to ensure that we will have a strong global presence here at SCCAOR now and well into the future.”

The Global Investment Council at SCCAOR coordinates with other internal committees and external organizations to make sure that its association is the recognized local resource for global real estate and multicultural clients.

NAR presents the GOLD Award to Councils that demonstrate “exceptional commitment to building members’ awareness of the global and multicultural business opportunities in their local markets.” Councils were evaluated in five focus areas: Business Plan, Marketing/Communication, Events/Education, Outreach and Benchmarking.

“SCCAOR is pleased to bring its members the resources, connections and training they need to be successful in the Global Real Estate Market,” said Hilda Ramirez, Director of PR, Education, and Events at SCCAOR. “The evolution of the internet has made investing in global real estate one of the fastest growing sectors in the profession.  It is an honor to be recognized as a NAR Gold Global Council in our first year of operation.”

 

For more information, visit www.sccaor.com/international

Senator Bob Wieckowski will honor several top achievers in the Latino Community on Friday afternoon when he hosts the 4th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony at the Council Chambers of Santa Clara.

One of this year’s honorees is Hilda Ramirez, the Director of PR, Communications, and Education for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR). Ramirez is one of the founders of the National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates (NHORA), which advocates for consumer education and business leadership.

hilda-ramirez“I am so proud of Hilda’s community activism,” said SCCAOR CEO Neil Collins. “She is a very worthy recipient.”

Other honorees this year include Amanda Montez of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Mario Vargas of All Stars Helping Kids, and members of the Hispanic Community Affairs Council. The event coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15th through October 15th.

“I look forward to honoring Hilda Ramirez and the other recipients at my Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony this Friday,” said Senator Wieckowski. “Hilda is a great advocate for housing in Santa Clara County and helps local professionals better serve their clients by improving their marketing skills. Many businesses are better off because of the training and consulting she provides on important communication issues.”

The ceremony will start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7th. It will take place in the Santa Clara Council Chambers, located at 1500 Warburton Avenue. The event is free and open to the public; however, a limited number of RSVPs will be accepted. People wishing to attend are asked to call Senator Wieckowski ‘s District Office at 510-794-3900 or RSVP online at bit.ly/2cUlGYH .

Bob Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District in the California State Legislature, one of the more diverse areas in the state of California. His district stretches from southern Alameda County into Santa Clara County. He was elected into office in 2014. While in office he has focused on job creation, clean technologies, protecting the environment and reducing unnecessary regulations.

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Congratulations to SCCAOR member Erika Carrasco of Intero Silver Creek, who was recently recognized as one of the top Latino real estate agents in the country by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals [NAHREP].

“I feel very accomplished and blessed to be able to help out many families,” she said.

Carrasco, who ranked 90th on NAHREP’s list of Top 250 Latino Agents, generated more than $32.4 million in sales volume in 2015 on 89 transaction sides. She earned $886,762 in gross commission. Based on these numbers, she was named the top Latino agent in Northern California. She was the only agent from San Jose to make NAHREP’s list this year.

The 250 top Latino agents chosen this year were selected from 700 candidates, the largest pool of applicants NAHREP has seen to date. Altogether they generated more than $5.18 billion in total volume.

This is the second time Carrasco has been named a top Latino agent by NAHREP, which recognized her last year as well. She is in the Chairman’s Circle at Intero and ranks in the Top 1% of agents.

Carrasco, who is originally from Mexico, said language has been one of the biggest obstacles she has faced as a Latino REALTOR®. She estimates that 90% of her clients are Hispanic.

“My biggest satisfaction is being able to make my clients’ dreams of owning a home come true,” she said.