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Barlow to lead Realty Board

DIANNE BARLOW

DIANNE BARLOW

ALBANY — Dianne Barlow, a 14-year real estate veteran, was officially named president of the Albany Board of Realtors at Stonebridge Country Club earlier this month.

Barlow works as an agent with Albany Realty, 1212 Dawson Road, and served as board president elect for the year 2012.

According to Barlow, the board is comprised of 279 members, including affiliates, who strive to advance the local community. Members adhere to a special code of ethics, Barlow said, in representing home sellers and buyers and strive to act as advocates for the industry in general.

“We do a lot to represent our fellow Realtors,” Barlow said, “but a lot more to protect homeowners and future homeowners.”

According to Barlow, a major member project is to block the government proposal end to deductions for mortgage interest payments.

“With the talk about the fiscal cliff and the cutting they plan to do, we’re afraid we’ll lose (the deduction),” Barlow said. “We’re telling everyone to contact their representatives — their congressmen and their senators. Tell them we need those deductions.”

Barlow says the board does service work for a number of local causes, including Relay for Life, Westtown School, Mission Change, the pediatric ward of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Toys for Tots.

The realty group meets monthly at their office at 2325 Lake Park Drive.