Providence, RI (June 8, 2011) –Providence native, Dee Southerland of Williams and Stuart Real Estate was recognized for her efforts on behalf of first time homebuyers with Rhode Island Housing’s Realtor of the Quarter Award. The award, presented to Southerland at the annual Rhode Island Realtors Breakfast on May 18th, recognizes the realtor who has helped the most first time homebuyers by connecting them with the Rhode Island Housing Loan Center.

“At Rhode Island Housing we understand that one of the most significant investments a person will ever make is buying a home. That is why our loan center is heavily focused on providing first time homebuyers with the products and services they need to help take this important step,” said Cathleen Paniccia, Director Home Ownership, Rhode Island Housing. “We rely on realtors like Dee to help first time homebuyers navigate through the complicated home buying process.”

Dee Southerland, Broker Associate, has been in Real Estate for seven years and specializes in helping first time homebuyers at Williams and Stuart Real Estate, located in Cranston. “I have an absolute passion for helping first time buyers, and being part of ‘the experience’ of working together to achieve their dream of home ownership!” said Southerland. “To be recognized by Rhode Island Housing for what I love to do is truly an honor!”