Mainland Senior High
Daytona Beach, FL
2006-2007 Florida Association of Realtors
"How Does A Realtor Professional Benefit the Community"
In 2006 there were
118 homes sold in Fairway Estates where I live in Daytona
Beach. Several Realtors live in Fairway but the one who sold
the most homes here, in this case 10, owns a home just doors
from my parent's house. His name is Ed Savard.
This is not the
first time that Mr. Savard has sold more homes in Fairway
than other Realtors and I doubt it will be the last. Why you
may ask? You see he doesn't just sell homes; he lives here
and is very involved in our neighborhood which is one of the
oldest in the city. He and his wife, for example are very
active in the homeowners association. Attendance at those
meetings appears to be on the rise, thanks in part, to the
Savard's according to my mom. About two years ago, the
Savard's, started sponsoring door prizes and people like to
win so more are coming to the meetings.
Mrs. Savard also has been involved with the beautification
committee which awards residents for keeping their homes and
lawns looking nice. That's important since homes that look
nice from the street level are more attractive to potential
buyers. Also, it is a good indication that the people who
live there take pride in their community. That may be what
prompted my parents to decide to buy here seven years ago
after renting for almost a decade.
Mr. Savard sold us
our house. Since that time, he also has impacted our family
in another way. Four years ago when his youngest daughter
left for college, he offered my older sister the opportunity
to fold his monthly newsletter and stuff envelopes for him.
Two years later that job was passed down to me. I couldn't
help but read the newsletter while folding it. It made me
more familiar with the people who live in my area and kept
me up to date on any new real estate sales in the area as
well as upcoming events. Besides the newsletter, he now
operates a free community website that residents here can
Working for Mr.
Savard, meanwhile, gave me some real life experiences in the
working world. Before I took the job, the most I had to show
was the little experience that I gained by assisting my
father from time to time. I was to young for most of the
summer jobs here. I learned to work under a deadline. I was
paid and I learned how to budget money. Even though I no
longer work for him, the confidence I gained from that job
has served me well.
I am sure that there are other Realtors with the same sense
of community as the Savard's. I am just glad that they are
here at this point in time.