LOS ANGELES (Sept. 4) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) will honor two REALTORS® as “Champions of Home,” a California REALTOR® who has changed their clients’ lives for the better, raised the standards for others, and led by example. In its second year, the award honors REALTORS® who have gone to great lengths on behalf of their clients and who practice business with the highest ethics and morals.
The 2014 Champions of Home Award winners are Reeza Gervacio of Century 21 Astro in Cerritos, Calif., and Lois Gerace of RE/MAX Olson and Associates in Woodland Hills, Calif. These two REALTORS® repeatedly have gone above and beyond in service to their clients and have shown care and compassion in making sure their clients’ dreams of owning a home became a reality. The winners will receive the honors during a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, during C.A.R.’s CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2014 to be held in Anaheim, Calif.
“Reeza Gervacio and Lois Gerace are exemplary REALTORS® who push themselves and consistently set higher standards by showing extreme diligence and persistence in serving their clients,” said C.A.R. President Kevin Brown. “They rise above the rest and set an example to others for their dedication and passion, and I’m proud to recognize them as our 2014 Champions of Home.”
Reeza Gervacio, Century 21 Astro, Cerritos, Calif.
In one of many examples, Reeza served as a salesperson/confidante for one couple who hired her to short sell their home. The husband’s health was failing, and the wife’s business had been suffering due to the prolonged economic recession. Impressed by Reeza’s professionalism and attention to detail, they enlisted her help. When the couple had to leave the country for four months so the husband could receive medical treatment, Reeza stepped in and took the reins. Not only did she look after and sell their property to an all-cash buyer, she helped the couple find a rental property after escrow, convincing an apprehensive broker and listing agent to accept the couple’s application even though their financial history wasn’t stellar.
A 16-year REALTOR®, Reeza also cares about her profession and the community in which she works. She donates her time to local school career days to talk with young children about the profession she loves. In addition to her sales duties, Reeza also helps train agents in her office in farming, client communications, sphere of influence, and how to expand visibility.
Giving back to those less fortunate also is important to Reeza. Last year, after typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, she canceled her vacation to travel to her home country to help with relief operations for the survivors of the natural disaster.
Lois Gerace, RE/MAX Olson and Associates, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Lois Gerace is a 29-year seasoned professional who knows her industry well. According to her peers, she sets standards for other agents with her knowledge and expertise in the business. While she works tirelessly on behalf of her clients, she believes her ability to connect with her clients and gain their trust is the key to her success.
Lois looks out for her clients even after escrow has closed. When she heard one couple was experiencing financial hardship and on the brink of losing their home of 35 years, Lois resurfaced and insisted on helping. She found the couple an attorney, helped put their paperwork in order, and assisted them in attaining a loan modification – never charging for her services.
She sometimes works late into the night to get an escrow closed on time, such as the time when one client ran into challenges during the three-week 2013 government shutdown. Whether she’s working to make sure a loan closes on time or using her design skills to help clients stage their homes or settle into their new residences, Lois always gives 110 percent. Some clients have even made her a part of their family.
CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2014, the state’s largest real estate trade show, will be held Oct. 7-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. EXPO 2014 offers three full days of valuable and insightful seminars, various targeted bootcamps, and networking opportunities for California REALTORS®.
Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 155,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.