REALTORS® are highly motivated and charismatic business people, able to understand and bridge the needs of clients on both sides of a property transaction. We often also are solo practitioners, or interact only with those professionals in our brokerage or immediate locale. In this recurring feature, the Online Washington REALTOR® will introduce Association members from across the state.
Mary Anne Murray was among those nominated for the W.A.R. 2000 REALTOR® Community Service Award. She received the Yakima Association of REALTORS® 1999 Community Service Award and was noted for her volunteerism at Yakima Memorial Hospital, the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, several local arts groups, and the West Valley Booster Club.
Name: Mary Anne Hawkins Murray
Position and Location: Associate broker for Prudential Almon Realty, Yakima.
A REALTOR® Since: 1989
Designations Earned: Broker, CRS, GRI
How I Chose this Career: I was flying for Delta Airlines, and had been for 10 years, and was getting bored with it and wanted to try a new occupation. My grandfather had had his own real estate office in Atlanta, Ga.,years ago, and it just seemed a natural thing to do. I became licensed as a broker back in Massachusetts in 1980. I got my broker's license the month before they changed the regs and said that you had to work as a salesman first. I worked in real estate for a short time on Cape Cod before having children. When my children were all in school in 1989, we had moved to Yakima and so I came to work with Almon Realty. My broker, Joanne Almon, was my very first friend in town.
Unusual REALTOR® Memory: Getting
locked in the bathroom in a home where I was doing an Open House. I
had locked all the doors while I went to
Hot Tip for Colleagues: Take lots of notes and stay in touch
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