Local Realtor is Named Realtor of the Year

September 29, 2004--Posted at 6:47 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD--Everyone likes to receive a pat on the back for doing a good job at work every now and then. But what if your peers said you were the best in the state? That's exactly what Arkansas realtors thought about one woman in Paragould.

Debbie Rawls of Paragould is the 2004 Arkansas Realtor of the Year. Rawls, a real estate broker with Chesser-Taylor Century 21, took the top honor last Friday during the Arkansas Realtor Associations' annual meeting in Fort Smith. Although she wouldn't tell you, she has a statewide reputation for outstanding professionalism, dedication and high principals. Rawls says she just lives by the golden rule.

"I would want my agent to follow up with me and search every corner available for that home for me," said Rawls.

One of the reasons Rawls enjoys presenting local properties is because she's a Paragould native and right now the city is really on the move. Paragould's population grew 19% between 1990 and 2000 and that growth trend has remained steady. Currently, there are 147 new houses under construction in Paragould. When people move to town so do businesses. As of August there were 18 new commercial properties. Citizens voted for a new city tax which is going toward parks and recreation improvements. It's growth like this that makes Rawls's job easier when talking to clients.