Nancy Jenkins accepting award at NVBR event -
Realtor of the Year Nancy Jenkins (right) with last year's winner, Kathie Desautels. (NVBR)

What qualities go into making a great real estate agent? Friendliness, professionalism, experience, persistence, knowledge, patience, determination, and chutzpah, just to name a few.

According to members of the Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS, Nancy Jenkins has these qualities in abundance. This year, Nancy was named the 2012 NVBR REALTOR of the YEAR!

On May 22, NVBR presented Nancy with the distinguished award, at its annual gala honoring realtors of distinction. Nancy's family and team were there cheering her on.

Nancy has been helping families buy and sell homes in northwestern Vermont since 1980. Over the years, she has made a name for herself as THE source for real estate expertise and marketing in Vermont.

Her bold advertising (popping up on CCTA buses and shopping carts) and customer perks (like the Annual Movie Day and free moving trucks) have earned her a reputation as a trailblazer and a business leader.

As her daughter Alison shared in Nancy's award video,  "Growing up in a real estate household was always fun. People would know Nancy. They'd say, Oh, I saw your mom on the side of a bus. Oh, the shopping cart had your mom. She was always doing things ahead of other people. So it was really standing out."

Her youngest daughter Amanda added, "She can always get a lot done. And that's what she's taught me: You can make anything happen, you can succeed at anything."

NVBR's Realtor of the Year award doesn’t just go to top real estate producers. It goes to agents who have given their hearts to the community through dedicated community service.

Nancy is on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington and brings her support to many local groups, including Women Helping Battered Women, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Go Red for Women, and the United Way of Chittenden County.

"I think Nancy does what she does for the Boys & Girls Club because she is a leader. She is very action oriented," says Mary-Alice McKenzie, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.

"I think there's something in her soul that reacts against injustice. When she became aware of the number of children in her own community who are struggling with the effects of poverty, she did what caring people do. They look at themselves and say, How can I make this better." 

This year marks the first time that Nancy was recognized by NVBR as REALTOR of the YEAR for her distinguished service as a top-notch estate agent and a passionate community supporter.

Congratulations for this well-deserved award!