Two longtime area residents take leadership positions at the Prescott Area Association of REALTORS®
The Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) maintains its legacy of dynamic leadership with Jeanelle Shearer and Kayla Stazenski, who are set to assume the association’s top two positions in 2024. Janelle will serve as President and Kayla as President-Elect.
While these two prepare to lead the trade organization alongside CEO Suzanne Westrum, their paths have paralleled several times already. Both have deep local roots. Janelle has called Chino Valley home for 28 years while Kayla is a sixth-generation Prescottonian. Also, family influence led both to real estate, with Janelle following her mother’s footsteps 28 years ago and Kayla a REALTOR® for 20 years, inspired by her family.
“My dad suggested I get my license to help pay for college. I wrote two contracts on my first day and never looked back,” said Kayla.
Both had parallel leadership journeys as well. In 2019, Janelle became Managing Broker at Realty One Group Mountain Desert in Chino Valley while Kayla became CEO at Keller Williams in Tucson. In 2020, Janelle earned her broker’s license and Kayla returned to Prescott as Vice President of the Northern Region at Realty Executives.
They also share a love of working in real estate. “Real estate is a truly inspiring career,” Kayla said.
For anyone interested in getting their license, Janelle recommends visiting Arizona REALTORS® at aaronline.com to take advantage of their scholarship program.
Another commonality Janelle and Kayla share is their commitment to people. “Our organization is a group of individuals who each have distinctive needs from PAAR. I want to make sure we listen to those needs and provide the best resources we can for them,” said Janelle.
Housing Outlook for 2024
Janelle shared her predictions for the coming year: “We can expect the government to stimulate the economy, which will help buyers and sellers realize their real estate goals.”
“We also have one of the largest populations entering the stage of becoming first-time buyers,” added Kayla. “That’s exciting for us because we love helping them find their first home.”
However, for first timers, there can be a lot of unknowns. “Even if you don’t feel like you are ready right now, you should still talk to a REALTOR®,” said Kayla. “It’s never too early to get started.”
PAAR’s Local Impact
This year alone, PAAR members held drives and donated to the Chino Valley Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Prescott Valley Public Library, the Humane Society, and Coats for Kids.
“I’m so proud to be part of an industry that has so many members giving back their time and resources,” said Janelle.
To learn more about what PAAR offers, visit paar.org.