Ay­ers honored as Real­tor of the Year; Richards gets Hu­man­i­tar­ian award

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - By Doug Walker [email protected]

The Greater Rome Board of Real­tors has honored out­go­ing pres­i­dent Kevin Ay­ers of Ay­ers Realty as its Real­tor of the Year.

“It was def­i­nitely un­ex­pected and I am greatly hum­bled,” Ay­ers said. He said that serv­ing as pres­i­dent of the board for the past year has been an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a great op­por­tu­nity to learn how the state and na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions work hard for the bet­ter­ment of the in­dus­try.

“Things like in­ter­est de­duc­tions that they’ve been try­ing to do away with for years. We have lob­by­ists who have been fight­ing against that yearly,” Ay­ers said. “Find­ing out how those things work on the state and na­tional level has been in­ter­est­ing.”

Other award win­ners at the an­nual Christ­mas event in­clude Mimi Richards with Toles, Tem­ple & Wright as the Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year.

“I’m a be­hind-the-scenes kind of a per­son,” Richards said. “A lot of what I have done through the years is qual­ity-of-life stuff.”

Richards re­called that she worked with her hus­band Hal close to 30 years ago to pur­chase a build­ing down­town and played a big role in the re­nais­sance of the down­town dis­trict. She also worked with Dr. Matt Mum­ber to get Can­cer Nav­i­ga­tors started, among a wealth of in­volve­ment across the com­mu­nity.

Earl Robin­son, of Toles, Tem­ple & Wright, was named as the lo­cal Board of Real­tors Hall of Fame in­ductee and June Wor­thing­ton, of Hardy Realty, re­ceived the Pres­i­dent’s Award from Ay­ers.

So­raya Collins of Hardy Realty was in­stalled as the new pres­i­dent of the Board of Real­tors. Bill Tem­ple, of Toles, Tem­ple & Wright Realty, was cho­sen pres­i­den­t­elect and Bill Pel­frey of Ay­ers Realty was cho­sen to serve as trea­surer of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ay­ers said the Rome real es­tate mar­ket has been slowly tran­si­tion­ing into more of a seller’s mar­ket.

“We are suf­fer­ing now from low in­ven­tory lev­els, which is driv­ing prices back up on re­sale homes. That has also started new con­struc­tion back,” Ay­ers said.

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