Winter Park Realtor Janene Johnson wins advocate award
December 13, 2011
Janene Johnson, of Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties in Winter Park, received the 2011 William Reid “Bill” Good Memorial Award in October. This award honors a Realtor advocate of the Colorado Water and Private Property Rights through political and legislative involvement. The eagle bronze statue and plaque is awarded by the Colorado Association of Realtors.
Johnson volunteers on the legislative policy committee under the Association. This group of volunteers works with Association staff members to protect private property rights, water rights for the public, and promote the free enterprise system. They meet during legislative sessions starting in January and review each bill and its implication to the public.
As a Realtor on this committee, Johnson’s role is to protect real estate rights and real estate professionals’ rights. “We watch for legislation that may interfere with these rights,” she said. There are several committees that are categorized by topics such as water, business, and taxation. “I go to the meetings, promote the organization, and answer the calls to action.”
When needed, she called state legislators including senators and congressmen who created the bill and asked questions. She has told legislators what the implications and unintended consequences are from a real estate community’s point of view. When a recent bill on tax code and mortgage interest deduction came up she immediately emailed Senator Polis to advocate her position from a real estate perspective.
The eagle bronze statue and plaque is housed by each year’s recipient. Every October the statue moves to the next award winner.