We all know how important word of mouth is. Whether looking for a new restaurant to try, the best place to tune your bike or where to find the perfect cup of coffee, listening to your peers is usually a good place to start. It’s how Yelp started and why testimonials are such an important part of any REALTOR’s toolkit.

So it came as no surprise to us when The Daily News asked their readers to recommend their favorite local places and services for the 2014 “People’s Choice Awards,” our name appeared in two categories: the ‘Best Real Estate Company’ and ‘Best Community Minded Company.’ What’s more, the list celebrates many longtime favorites with deep roots in the community, listing us alongside local institutions like Kepler’s Books, TheatreWorks, Bianchini’s Market, Gallery 9.

With a global perspective, we still know a thing or two about keeping ourselves community focused. Nationally, we’ve raised more than 2.3 million for Habitat for Humanity affiliates and helped build over 170 homes over the past two decades. Locally, Coldwell Banker offices and independent sales associates have promoted and supported local events and causes from citywide events to seasonal campaigns like One Warm Coat and Toys For Tots. Our establishment as a market leader has gone hand-in-hand with our accomplishments in philanthropy, and we can only wonder what the future has in store for Coldwell Banker with a track record like ours.

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