The National Association of Realtors has selected Jim Edmonds, a Kīlauea real estate agent, as one of 10 finalists for its 2022 Good Neighbor Awards program.

The award honors real estate agents who make an extraordinary difference in their communities through their volunteer work. This is the 23rd year that the Good Neighbor Awards program recognizes volunteer real estate agents who give their time, money and passion to enrich the lives of people in their communities, the NAR association said in a press release. hurry.

Since the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i may at any one time only have a handful of homes for sale under $1 million, Permanently Affordable Living (PAL) Kaua’i founder Edmonds partners with non-profit organizations to build and convert affordable housing for service and agricultural workers within walking distance of their workplace. Edmonds addresses the complex challenges of poor infrastructure and scarce resources through innovative and cost-effective solutions such as solar power, edible landscaping, shared electric vehicles and shared bicycles.

“Jim has gone above and beyond to help build stronger communities and improve the lives of people across this country,” said NAR President Leslie Rouda Smith, a real estate agent from Plano, Texas, and a associate broker at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in Dallas. . “His determination and selfless commitment embodies everything we seek as real estate agents and as caring members of our community. I am proud of Jim and the other finalists for this year’s Good Neighbor Award for dedicating hundreds hours of their personal time to these important causes.

Five winners will receive a $10,000 grant and national media exposure for their charity, including an article in the fall issue of Realtor magazine. Winners will also be honored in November at NAR NXT, The Realtor Experience, in Orlando, Florida. Five honorable mentions will receive grants of $2,500.

The public can vote for their favorite among the 10 Bon Voisin finalists. The top three voters will be recognized as Choice Web Favorites, with the winner taking home $2,500 and second and third place winners each receiving $1,250, funded by Realtor.com. Vote on realtor.com/goodneighbor between September 1 and October 3. Winners, as determined by the judges, and Web Choice favorites will be announced on October 6.

The NAR Good Neighbor Awards are supported by title sponsor Realtor.com as well as the Center for REALTOR Development.

“The Good Neighbor Award finalists are an outstanding group of individuals,” said Mickey Neuberger, CMO of Realtor.com. “Their work shows that volunteers truly improve our communities and make them a better place, and Realtor.com is so pleased to be able to recognize them for their efforts.”

Contestants were judged on their personal contribution of time as well as their financial and material contributions to their cause.