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Edina Realty Office Manager Receives Community Involvement Award from the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®

Smaby receives recognition due to his dedication and services to his fellow Realtors.

Edina, Minn. – Dec. 23, 2011 – John Smaby, manager of Edina Realty's 50th and France Ave. office and a resident of Edina, Minn., was honored with a Community Involvement Award from the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR).

"We here at MAAR would like to thank John for his dedication and commitment through our Community Involvement Award, where we recognize MAAR members who give back to the community," said Brad Fisher, MAAR president. "It is a way for all MAAR members to be made aware of and be inspired by other members to reach out and give back to their communities."

Smaby will receive the Community Involvement Award on January 19 at MAAR's annual Installation Dinner. He will be recognized along with four other MAAR members.

A REALTOR® with Edina Realty for over 20 years, Smaby has been involved at all levels of the realtor association. He has been involved with numerous charities throughout the state of Minnesota. Smaby was regional vice president of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in 2007.

Smaby's father Phillip started the Smaby Foundation in 1997 to help promote affordable home ownership and support educational and arts institutions. The Smaby Foundation also offers a $50,000 scholarship grant to help aspiring REALTORS® attend NAR's REALTOR® University. REALTOR University offers high-quality entrepreneurial and career-oriented online programs in real estate for REALTORS® who are interested in continuing education and life-long learning.

For more information on Edina Realty, to get in touch with John Smaby or another REALTOR®, or to view homes for sale and property listings, visit www.edinarealty.com or the mobile website, m.edinarealty.com.

Edina Realty, a subsidiary of HomeServices of America, is one of the nation's largest real estate companies with approximately 60 real estate offices throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin and 2,100 REALTORS®. Edina Realty's family of companies includes Edina Realty, Edina Realty Title and Edina Realty Mortgage. Edina Realty handled nearly 25,000 transactions and $5.3 billion in sales volume in 2010. For more information, visit www.edinarealty.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter: facebook.com/EdinaRealty and Twitter/Edina_Realty.

Established in 1887, the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR)is the leading regional advocate and provider of information services, research and education on the real estate industry for brokers, real estate professionals and the public. With more than 9,000 members, MAAR is one of the 25 largest local REALTOR® associations in the nation and serves the Twin Cities' 13-county metro area and western Wisconsin. MAAR is also the leading regional advocate and provider of information services and research on the real estate industry for brokers, real estate professionals and the public. For more information, visitwww.mplsrealtor.com.

Get more information, or schedule an interview:

Gena Henrich, Edina Realty952.928.5069genahenrich@edinarealty.comPaul Maccabee, Maccabee Group612.337.0087paul@maccabee.com

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