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George Kenner..."Champion" of Home Ownership

posted May 9, 2014, 9:33 AM by Joyce Evans
PSAR member George Kenner made history last year as a winner of a 2013 Champions of Home award from the California Association of REALTORS ®. The Champions of Home Awards were created to honor REALTORS® who have made a meaningful impact by going far above and beyond what’s expected of them in service to their clients. George was presented with one of C.A.R.’s inaugural Champions of Home award at C.A.R.’s annual statewide convention.
 
Do you know a PSAR member like George Kenner who has changed clients’ lives for the better, raised the standards for others, inspired by example and possesses unimpeachable ethics? All PSAR members are encouraged to nominate a PSAR member for this special recognition.
 
C.A.R. has extended its deadline for the second annual Champions of Home Awards. Nominations will now be accepted until May 14. Up to three recipients will be honored at the awards presentation, featured in a California Real Estate magazine article, and star in a C.A.R. video. Nomination forms may be emailed to cohawards@car.org or faxed to 213-739-9105. For complete information and nomination forms, visit http://on.car.org/cohawards.
 
George received his Champions of Home award for his efforts in assisting clients with complicated housing problems. He specializes in helping clients in need of refinancing who are facing the loss of their home.
 
In more than 150 instances, George has produced a video consisting of interviews with the distressed homeowner and a local U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official. The videos are then sent to bank officials, as well as government officials and politicians, in an effort to “humanize the plight of my clients,” George says. “I don’t have a real estate practice; rather, I have a life practice. My goal is to achieve the highest and best decision for all affected parties.”
 
The tales George has filmed have included horrific stories of mortgage fraud, ethics rules violations, lost paperwork and paperwork with incorrect information. There’s the story of an 85-year-old living on Social Security payments of a couple hundred dollars who was rejected for a loan modification because the bank’s paperwork said she was receiving retirement payments of several thousands of dollars per month.
 
In another instance, a public school teacher living 100 miles away in another county was on the verge of losing her home after a car accident left her confined to a wheelchair. George, who spent 18 years as a mortgage banker prior to his start in real estate sales in 1991, knew the rules the banks were ignoring and got their attention, first by escalating the case to several congressmen, then the Treasury Department and also to the news media. In the end, the woman was moved to another home down the street that included a smaller loan she could more easily afford.
 
You, too, can be a Champions of Home Award winner just like George. Nominate someone today.
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