Judges for 2008 Monument Awards Take to Streets in Search of the Best

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The Monument Awards is the Washington Region's most prestigious real estate design competition, recognizing superior home design and community site planning throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.

The Monument Awards (http://www.monumentawards.com) is the Washington Region's most prestigious real estate design competition, recognizing superior home design and community site planning throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Nominees for the 2008 Monument Awards span over 60 categories and include production and custom homes priced from under $400,000 to over $5 million.

To determine the award winning designs of 2008, the official judging process is now underway.

The Monument Awards judging committee is comprised of nearly 50 real estate industry professionals with expertise across a range of disciplines, including new home construction, architecture, marketing, interior design, merchandising, landscape design, new home finance and new home sales.

While many real estate industry award shows evaluate entrants based on photographs, floorplans and display boards, the Monument Awards is unique in that its judges also visit the homes and communities of Nominees.

"There's no substitute for being there and for actually walking the homes and communities," said Jane Lyons, Public Relations Chair of the 2008 Monument Awards and Principal of Lyons & Sucher Advertising. "One reason winning a Monument Award carries so much weight is that people understand how comprehensive and thoughtful our judging process is."

It is taking the judges many weeks to complete their evaluation of Nominees for the 2008 Monument Awards. The results will be announced on Thursday, September 4th at the 2008 Monument Awards Gala, hosted at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor.

The Monument Awards are sponsored by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association and the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association. For more information, visit MonumentAwards.com.

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