Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

A principal of West, Lane & Schlager, a commercial real estate firm in Washington, D.C., Mindy Saffer remains active in her professional community through membership in a number of industry organizations, including the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors (GWCAR). Connecting more than 600 commercial brokers and other real estate professionals throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland, GWCAR is an invaluable resource for continuing education, networking, and specialized information. GWCAR represents the interests of its members in the local community through grassroots efforts and campaigning before the National Association of Realtors, as a part of the Realtors Commercial Alliance. Each year, GWCAR provides an annual report of the economic climate and real estate developments in D.C., which compliments the organization’s other publication, Commercial Broker Quarterly. GWCAR members are encouraged to interact regularly through multiple sponsored events, including an annual Golf Outing, tours of Washington, D.C., dinners, and the Commercial Real Estate Summit. During the summit, members enjoy prominent keynote speakers and panels of experienced industry leaders that share their personal experiences and insight on the market. 

In order to promote excellence among commercial real estate brokers in the region, GWCAR offers a series of annual awards in a variety of different categories. In 2005, GWCAR recognized Mindy Saffer with its Rising Star Award, which honors newcomers who demonstrate an impressive aptitude for real estate. For the past five years, Mindy Saffer has joined the GWCAR Multi-Million Dollar Leasing Club.


The Awards of the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors

December 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mindy Saffer, principal at commercial real estate firm West, Lane & Schlager, was awarded a Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors (GWCAR) Rising Star Award in 2005. Presented to a promising, up-and-coming realtor on an annual basis, the Rising Star Award is one of several honors offered by GWCAR.

Every spring, GWCAR announces the winners of its performance-based awards at the Annual Commercial Awards Dinner, which is attended by real estate professionals across the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. The key categories recognized by GWCAR include the top firms and individuals in sales, leasing, finance, and development, as well as the President Award and the Broker of the Year. These last two awards were first added in 2008.

GWCAR recognizes several “Best in the Industry” firms in a variety of categories. GWCAR lists the best developer, landlord, and contractor of the year. In addition, GWCAR recognizes the best architecture and law firms of the year, the best moving company, the best furniture vendor, and the best overall development project.

In recognition of the accomplishments of individual agents, GWCAR lists the top performers by sector and by region. Sales and leasing agents are divided into Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and regional categories, with 10 individuals honored in each group. Drawing attention to noteworthy transactions, GWCAR also lists the year’s top sales, leasing, and finance transactions in each region.

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