Luis Lama, CRS, GRI of Long & Foster Real Estate in Falls Church, was recently awarded the eighth annual Virginia Housing Development Authority Service to Virginia Award at the Virginia Association of REALTORS® annual Legislative and Education Conference in Richmond. The award recognizes the efforts of REALTORS who show extraordinary dedication to serving minority homebuyers in Virginia.
“It is fitting for Luis Lama to receive VHDA’s Service to Virginia Award this year,” said Jose Paiz, Community Housing Officer at VHDA. “In addition to his many professional and leadership achievements with the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS, Mr. Lama has consistently worked to help the Latino community reap the benefits of homeownership. His efforts in promoting and celebrating diversity in the real estate profession are well-known, and our communities are better served as a result.”
A native of Peru, Lama has helped the Northern Virginia Hispanic population navigate through the homebuying process for more than 20 years. He serves as a member of the National Association of REALTORS Diversity Task Force and founded the Hispanic REALTORS Forum, which focuses on providing education and networking opportunities for Northern Virginia’s diverse REALTOR community. In fact, the success Lama’s forum achieved led to the creation of Korean, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern forums operated for NVAR members. In addition, he has served as chairman of the board of NVAR, as a policy board member with VAR and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.