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Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Announces its
2018 Realtor® of the Year Tracy Comstock
and its 2018 NVAR Hero Award Winner Realtor® Nora Partlow


Fairfax, VA –  With the theme of Own Your Brand at the Oct. 9 Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Convention, two award-winning Realtors® are standout role models for creating their own identities and brands reflecting solid ethics, strong leadership, charitable outreach and success as practitioners.

     At the organization’s convention-day annual meeting, the 2018 NVAR Realtor® of the Year award went to Broker/Owner Tracy Comstock of Silverline Realty & Investment. This recipient of this annual award is a Realtor® who has contributed to and shown dedication toward our industry at the local, state and national levels. Coldwell Banker Realtor® Nora Partlow was tapped as the second NVAR Hero awardee for her charitable outreach in helping Neighborhood Health of Alexandria achieve its mission.

2018 NVAR Realtor® of the Year Tracy Comstock

    According to NVAR Chairman of the Board Lorraine Arora, “Tracy Comstock has a history of serving not only her clients, but our industry and our membership for the past 18 years with professionalism and grace. As a founding member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, Tracy worked to help promote homeownership opportunities to Asian Americans."

     Comstock has served as an exemplary teacher in the NVAR Realtor® school with classes such as pre-licensing, post-licensing, continuing education and Graduate, Realtor® Institute. Comstock’s passion for education extends to her own professional development, having earned multiple industry certifications and designations.

     Her perspective while serving for the past six years on the NVAR Board of Directors has made a positive difference and has advanced the association’s strategic direction.

     Said NVAR CEO Ryan Conrad, “Tracy’s commitment to advancing the professionalism of our practitioners has been apparent to us for years. She serves as an outstanding role model who has been honored for her work at the White House in D.C. as well as the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea.”

     Her involvement in numerous leadership roles on committees, forums and task forces reflects her commitment to helping her clients, her peers and this industry, Arora said.  

2018 NVAR Hero Award to Nora Partlow

     Said NVAR Chairman of the Board Lorraine Arora, “Neighborhood Health, which provides free health care to clients throughout Northern Virginia, nominated Nora Partlow of Coldwell Banker for her charitable work benefitting [the nonprofit] with its fundraising goals. She also allowed this group to host board meetings in her coffee shop for free.” Partlow’s charity will receive a $1,000 donation from the NVAR Cares Committee in her honor, explained Arora.

     “Our commitment to give back to the community is accomplished many ways,” said Ryan T.  Conrad NVAR’s CEO. “Our members are not only about their real estate deals. Many are committed to excellent philanthropic causes; many Realtors® help create stability for neighbors, especially ones who may face a rough patch. We are proud that Neighborhood Health shared our member’s charitable work that helped advance its mission to provide no-cost health services.”

     The NVAR Cares Committee supports local charities and, through the NVAR Hero Award, the association honors those members who have dedicated time, effort and funds to charities that help neighbors in need.

      “Good housing helps to achieve a better quality of life,” said the 2018 NVAR Cares Committee Chair Marriah Unruh, broker of KW Properties Stafford.  “Realtors® understand the role that homeownership plays in shaping vibrant neighborhoods,” she said.

     Volunteers who advance the visibility of a nonprofit and help raise funds are appreciated. Dr. Basim Kahn, Neighborhood Health’s executive director and head physician, said, “Nora Partlow has volunteered at Neighborhood Health since 1997, the year we were founded. She has played multiple leadership roles including chairing our event planning committees and helping with fundraising events over 21 years.”

      According to Kahn, Partlow’s contributions have helped Neighborhood Health to provide health care to low income, uninsured, and underinsured families. “Nora has also been a strong advocate for Neighborhood Health’s mission, helping to raise awareness and opening new doors among colleagues and the business community,” he said.  


The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Chairman of the Board Lorraine Arora (left) congratulates the 2018 Realtor® of the Year Tracy Comstock, broker/owner of Silverline Realty & Investment.

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The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Chairman of the Board Lorraine Arora (left) congratulates Nora Partlow, (right), Coldwell Banker Realtor®. Dr. Basim Khan, executive director of Neighborhood Health, nominated Partlow for the honor.

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The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® serves as The Voice for Real Estate in Northern Virginia and provides a variety of services to its members including educational opportunities, professional standards enforcement, market statistics, legislative reviews, issues lobbying, multiple listing and lockbox services, and more. The purpose of NVAR is to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully, to promote member professional competency, to maintain members’ adherence to the Realtor® Code of Ethics and to promote the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property. NVAR has grown to nearly 13,000 Realtors® who carry out a real estate industry in a community of more than 2 million residents. Visit NVAR online at Contact the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® at 703.207.3200. The NVAR headquarters is located at: 8407 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA  22031, with a second service center located in Herndon.

Jill M. Landsman

Vice President, Communications & Media Relations



Ann Gutkin

Sr. Director of Communications



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