The Blount County Association of Realtors recently named Mark Ivens “Realtor of the Year” during their annual officers’ installation and awards luncheon, but he passed the award on to outgoing president Kay Lamuno in honor of her service to the BCAR this past year.
The Dec. 16 event was held at Royal Oaks Event Facility. B.J. Swineheart, the 2010 Tennessee Association of Realtors president, was keynote speaker.
Ivens, the incoming association president, said BCAR members are helping provide relief to homeowners struggling with sinking home values in a tough economy.
“As an association, we hope to be able to go out and provide relief to people in Blount County looking to sell their homes. Some folks are dealing with values being ‘under water’ with existing mortgages,” he said. “The market in Blount County has taken a 20- to 25 percent hit. Unfortunately, most don’t realize their home value has gone down, and that is a rude awaking.”
Ivens said the main concern of late in the real estate market is realistic pricing. In cases where people have reduced their loan to what they owe, there seems to be light at end of the tunnel, he said.
Ivens said he appreciated the Realtor of the Year honor. “Obviously, Realtor of Year is a prestigious award to be given. In this situation, I felt the existing president, Kay Lamuno, had shown true characteristics of a leader in giving of her time to be president and has played an important part in recruiting people to the association,” he said. “I felt it appropriate she be given Realtor of the Year.”
Sworn in as officers were Harold Brown, Tim Ivens, Martha McCampbell, Shannon Tipton, Debbie Sloan, Clara Peals, Mark Ivens, Kay Lamuno, Mack Coulter and Angie Kirby.