With the DNC coming soon, Sabrina Brown and Josie Mazzaferro see fellow Realtors® as ideal choices to tell both the story of Charlotte and that of local Realtors®.
They are the founders of a volunteer interest group that anyone in real estate can join, called DVA Charlotte-Real Estate.
“Throwing a big party is nothing new to Charlotte,” says Brown, a broker with Sabrina Brown Realty and Advisory Services, an affiliate of Wilkinson & Associates. “When the NRA (National Rifle Association) came here, there were 70,000 guests (twice what’s expected for the DNC). The difference with the DNC is the 24-7 media exposure.
“The question is, ‘What is Charlotte’s story?” she continues. “We think the real estate community is in a great position to tell it, not only why people relocate here but why we have an attractive area.”
Mazzaferro, a broker with Allen Tate Co., agrees with Brown and points out the value to the realty profession in particular.
“I am active with HOF (the association’s Housing Opportunity Foundation),” she says. “For me, this was a great opportunity to show how Realtors® are helping people.
“People keep talking about the housing downturn, foreclosures and homelessness,” she explains. “The Realtor® community is doing a lot. The big headline for us is that Realtors® aren’t bad people trying to sell consumers houses they can’t afford. We want to sell homes, help people stay in their homes and make the community a better place.”
DVA Charlotte-Real Estate is hosting community events leading up to and after the convention. It is also providing networking opportunities for participants, who pay $20 to join and commit 12 hours of service. Not affiliated with the association, the group is open to Republicans, Democrats and Independents, male and female.