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Realtors association recognizes Dick Law for his community service

A person changes jobs an average of 12 times and changes careers six times during his or her working life.

Not Realtor Dick Law. 

With four decades of experience, it’s no surprise Dick Law recently earned the prestigious Realtor Emeritus status from the National Association of Realtors, which recognizes Realtors who have been members of the National Association of Realtors for at least 40 years and made lasting contributions to the real estate profession and their local communities.

Law is president of Nevada County-based Paul Law Realty, the real estate company founded by and named after his father in 1948. 

“I grew up in the business,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed helping people reach their dreams, and it’s no secret the American Dream is owning a house or property where you can make a loving home for your family.”

Today, the company is a full-service brokerage with an office in Grass Valley’s Brunswick Basin. In 2005, he created Omega Commercial Management to meet the needs of its commercial property owners, such as shopping centers, and apartment, office and industrial complexes.

Law’s commitment to serving his community extends longer than the four decades he has worked in real estate. 

In 1975 and shortly after he and his wife, Nancy, moved from San Francisco to Lake Wildwood, Law joined the Penn Valley Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter and began working at the department’s annual rodeo. In the early 1980’s, while his real estate office was downtown, he joined other merchants to create the Grass Valley Downtown Association. He was also an Ambassador of the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and President of the Gold Country Lions Club.

During that time, he also coached youth soccer and little league. His delight at helping youths led him to join Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In 1998, Law was elected Board President.

Law joined the Sierra Nevada Children’s Service Board of Directors in the early 2000’s and became Board President in 2004. He has been a member of the Nevada City 49er Rotary Club for 25 years and in 2016 served as Club President. 

“I’ve always been driven to give back to the community that has given so many opportunities to me and my family,” he said.

Law has devoted long hours to the Nevada County Association of Realtors, including serving as Board of Directors member, Membership Committee Chair, and member of the Professional Standards Committee. 

Early in his real estate career, Law was approved by the California Department of Real Estate to instruct Continuing Education courses and later received the designation as a Certified Residential Specialist.

For the past year, he has teamed with local nonprofits and other agencies to help place people in permanent homes who might not normally qualify. As part of his efforts to combat homelessness, he has joined forces with Community Recovery Resources, the Salvation Army, Nevada County Child Protective Services, and Hospitality House.

Throughout his career, Law has settled more than 3,200 residential and commercial properties, creating satisfied customers who tout his honesty, integrity, and work ethic.

Law helped Harry and Donna Stewart sell their specialized car dealership on East Main Street in Grass Valley three years ago.

“My husband had dementia at the time, and Dick patiently walked us through every step,” said Donna, whose husband has since passed away. “Dick found us a lovely person to buy the property, and I feel I got a great business deal. Dick was very good to me and I will always go back to him if I ever need him.”

Julie Stanger praises Law for helping her find the perfect commercial property for her Mane Event Salon. 

“We’d gone through a bad situation at the salon where we’d been for 27 years when someone drove their car through the front of it,” said Stanger. “It was pretty traumatic, and we realized that spot wasn’t going to work anymore. I couldn’t find anything suitable, then one day I called Dick.”

Law showed her a Nevada City property he managed and within a week, Stanger had a signed lease.

“Dick is easy to work with, always encouraging, and gave me all kinds of advice,” Stanger said. “He would do anything for anybody. He’s extremely knowledgeable and really knows his stuff.”

Retired Superior Court Judge Ersel Edwards has known the Law family for 40 years and became friends with Dick Law through Rotary.

“You’d never know he’s in real estate because he never brings it up except for when he gets fined at Rotary,” laughed Edwards. “Dick is a wonderful guy and great family man who works hard at enjoying life.”

Another friend comfortable in a black robe is just as appreciative of Law and his contributions.

“Dick is a very valuable community resource and a really nice guy,” said Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson. “He genuinely cares about our community and seems to have boundless energy in his efforts to help so many.”

At age 68, Law said he has no intention of retiring.

“As long as I still enjoy helping people navigate the sometimes complex world of real estate, I’ll keep doing it,” he said. “I feel blessed that I still get up every morning eager to go to work.”

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