REwatch: Collaborative Effort Spurs Change in Our Local Communities

2013-11-03T09:15:00Z REwatch: Collaborative Effort Spurs Change in Our Local CommunitiesMichelle Krueger Times Columnist
November 03, 2013 9:15 am  • 

Along with investing in their personal growth and development as well as professional credibility, members in associations of like-minded individuals share industry knowledge and support one another. Most of these people regularly attend events and participate in meetings because they are passionate about their chosen field and interested in exchanging ideas with the best of the best.

Beyond that, you’ll find most professional association members also have a passion for giving back.

Once again this fall, our local Housing Industry Team came together to support a housing-related organization.

According to Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® (GNIAR) Director of Communications Nicole DeMario, the Housing Industry Team hosted an event in September to fund various projects for Porter County’s Housing Opportunities’ Spring Valley Shelter. These included replacement of flooring in two of the shelter’s apartments, organization of a much needed utility/storage room and reorganization of the shelter’s food pantry.

Located in Valparaiso, Housing Opportunities serves people in need throughout Porter County and LaPorte County. The organization reports the average age of a homeless person in Porter County is 9-years-old, and they are committed to housing hope by becoming the recognized regional resource and model for a continuum of programs encompassing prevention, crisis intervention and permanent housing.

To date, 126 children have called the Spring Valley Shelter home and 108 homeless children and their families currently reside there.

Last year, the Housing Industry Team came together to support a Lake County housing-related organization. The group raised funds to replace a play yard for domestic violence shelter Haven House.

Along with GNIAR, the Housing Industry Team includes the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana (HBA) and Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association’s Northwest Indiana Chapter (IMBA).

Local, professional, passionate and informed, members of these associations are on a mission to make Northwest Indiana a great place to live.

Established in 1995 through a merger of the Northwest Indiana, Duneland, South Lake County and Jasper-Newton Associations of Realtors, which were originally chartered in 1921, GNIAR has more than 1,700 Realtor members.

Noting that Realtors are different than real estate agents, GNIAR members are held to the highest standards, abiding by the National Association of Realtors strict Code of Ethics. They are specialists in residential and commercial real estate, property managers and appraisers who provide expert advice throughout the process of buying and selling real estate.

In addition, affiliate members of GNIAR work with Realtors to provide the best possible products and services for their clients. These include lenders, title companies, inspectors, home warranty companies, mold remediation specialists, pest control and more.

Likewise, the HBA is the result of the 2011 consolidation of the Building Industries Association of Northwest Indiana (chartered in 1954) and the Porter County Builders Association (chartered in 1976) and operates under the auspice of the National Association of Home Builders.

The noteworthy history of this association is reflected in the leadership of top builders and developers in Northwest Indiana, along with the participation and support of thousands of associate members representing various trades and businesses.

Representing our area statewide and nationally on building industry issues, with a focus on well-planned growth, land development and building standards, members provide a voice locally, statewide and nationally so that residents of Northwest Indiana will continue to have access to quality and affordable housing in the future.

Similarly, the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the IMBA was chartered in 1993 to serve Lake and Porter counties. The chapter has grown over the years and is committed to educating and informing members on topics relating to mortgage banking.

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