The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 800,000 individuals in Virginia speak a language other than English. To respond to this increasing demographic, the Virginia Association of REALTORS® , the premier business advocate for over 37,000 real estate professionals in Virginia, has partnered with LLE® - Language Services, a recognized leader of interpretation and translation services in 150 different languages to thousands of business, government and non-profit organizations around the world. Under this partnership, REALTORS® and non-English speaking home buyers and sellers will have access to “live” interpreters over the phone 24 hours a day and the ability to have real estate specific documents translated into another language by actual linguists.
This unique partnership significantly expands the options available to real estate professionals and non-English speakers. For face-to-face meetings, closings or conversations over the phone, Virginia REALTORS® can dial toll free into LLE - LINK®, LLE’s 24-hour on-demand telephone interpretation system, and be immediately connected to an experienced and professional interpreter.
For property listings, email messages, websites or other real estate specific documents and forms, LLE provides linguists to translate materials to or from English into another language. The language firm reports that linguists, rather than software or automated programs, provide a more accurate and credible translation from one language to another because human translators are able to recognize cultural nuance and meaning within words.
“We are very excited to be able to provide this service to our members and their prospective clients,” says Amanda Arwood, Sales Manager for the Virginia Association of REALTORS®. “We selected LLE because of their experience and knowledge in the real estate industry and their ability to offer such a necessary service at a very affordable and ‘budget friendly’ price.”
“LLE is honored to be part of such a proactive effort with the Virginia Association of REALTORS®” adds Kathleen Diamond, LLE President and CEO. “A partnership with the LLE linguist community provides a way for real estate professionals to respond to their current limited English proficient clients while also attracting new opportunities by reaching out to prospective home owners whose first language may not be English. Home ownership can truly be a reality for anyone in any language.”
Based on data from the LLE Language Index, the firm reports that the most frequently spoken languages in the United States other than English are Spanish, French, Mandarin, Russian and Korean.
Diamond founded LLE in 1979 with a mission to deliver excellence in foreign languages and immediately began providing language instruction to U.S. government agencies. Interested parties who wish to learn more about LLE are encouraged to contact Matthew Swain at 1(877) 405-8764
To learn more about the Virginia Association of REALTORS®, contact Amanda Arwood at 1(800) 755-8271
The Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR) is the business advocate for real estate professionals in Virginia. VAR represents more than 37,000 REALTORS® active in all phases of real estate brokerage, management, development and appraisal.
LLE provides technology supported language solutions to thousands of clients across the world. Utilizing an integrated community of over 3,000 experienced linguists specializing in over 150 different languages managed by dedicated language professionals, LLE delivers accurate and reliable telephone and face-to-face interpretation, document and e-mail translation, language instruction, and proficiency testing and fluency assessment. For 29 years, LLE has been recognized as a leading language services provider to government, business and non-profit organizations worldwide. LLE is a woman-owned, WBENC certified business with headquarters in Washington, DC, and a language technology center in Winchester, VA.