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NAMES IN HOUSING NEWS

Isabel Robitaille, director of relocation services for Stovroff and Herman Realtors, was one of 300 relocation professionals from across the country to attend the 14th annual relocation conference sponsored by the appraisal firm of Paul Taylor Associates, Inc. held recently in Boston, Massachusetts.

The weekend-long seminar gave those in attendance the opportunity to focus on the latest trends and concerns affecting the Relocation Industry in the marketplace today. Featured were speakers and panelists who are experts in the employee relocation field. Keynote addresses were delivered by a representative of Coldwell Banker who spoke on the "principles of service" and a representative of Homequity who discussed "quality in service."

Ms. Robitaille says it gave her a great opportunity to meet some of the nation's top corporate human services directors, third party companies, movers, appraisers, title companies and brokers during intimate round table discussions.

"This seminar offered the opportunity for me to compare our market to others in the Northeast and around the country. And because we haven't had the extreme highs in our housing market, we will likely not experience the devastating lows that much of the rest of the nation including the Northeast has felt. Therefore, we shouldn't let the national picture reflect negatively on our local market," she noted.

The Buffalo Association and Niagara Falls Board of Realtors were two of five realtor boards across the state to receive the New York State Association of Realtors 1990 Community Service Award. The awards were presented at the recently concluded NYSAR business meetings held in Syracuse, New York. The awards are given annually to local boards that consistently contribute to the development of their community by participating in civic affairs.

The Niagara Falls Board of Realtors sponsored numerous community service projects throughout the year. The board collected several truckloads of food, clothing and toys, plus hundreds of dollars in cash donations for Father Schuster's Homeless project.

They also held several fund-raisers to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp for children with cancer and their families. In addition, they worked in cooperation with their local fire department to hand out smoke detectors to current home buyers.

The Buffalo Association sponsored a "Realtors Care For Children" which benefited Camp Good Days and Special Times. They also carried on a "Realtors Care For The Homeless" to help homeless people in the Buffalo area. In addition, they sponsored a "Realtors Care For Safety" program including the "Call Home Free" program.

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