PHOTOS: Realtors hold annual luncheon

— Hideaway Beach Club provided a great location for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors affiliates expo and luncheon Tuesday.

Before the start of the luncheon affiliate members of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors set up booths to showcase their offerings to fellow members. The expo area was very active as Realtors moved from one affiliate booth to the next learning about products offered. The expo also provided a chance for realtors, affiliate members, and Association staff to meet face to face in a relaxed environment.

The luncheon provided a chance for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors to honor some of its members.

New members introduced during the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors luncheon Tuesday were Michael Vale Jr., Marco Island Vacation Properties; Gary Elliott, ERA Flagship Real Estate; Pat Holmes, Slocum Properties; Alice Zaimes-Strong, Keller Williams Realty-Marco; Dianna Shearer, Independent Brokers Realty and Vonda Jones, RE/MAX Results Realty.

Judy Appel and Jim Prange were presented with the Capital Club Award. The Capital Club Award is given to members for contributing a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $999 within a three year period to the Realtors Political Action Committee.

Don McDonald, Oak Kirn, Nikki Prange-Carroll, Mike Gilliame, Susan Ackerson, Bill Filbin, ML Meade, William Morris, Dianna Shearer and Michael Vale Sr. were recognized as members of the 99 Club. Members of the 99 Club contributed a minimum of $99 but not exceeding $250 to the Realtors Political Action Committee in a year.

Marv Needles, Shirley English, and Anne McDonald were recognized as “Gold Sustaining” members. “Gold Sustaining” members have given $1,000 ($99 10 times consecutively within a 10n year period or $1,000 within ten year period, $99 annually to sustain) to the Realtors Political Action Committee.

ML Meade and Cathy Rogers received certificates for fulfilling the requirements for the ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) designation. Meade and Rogers joined a group of over 40,000 Realtors who are on the cutting edge of real estate service – those who offer buyer representation. Buyer representation is the answer to request by consumer advocates, consumers, and other organizations for ethical and professional service to those clients and customers interested in acquiring real property. The ABR designation sets them apart and indicates to consumers that they practice buyer representation.

The new Marco Island Area Association of Realtors board was also introduced during the luncheon. The new board is Bill Filbin, president; Anne McDonald, president elect; Gerry Rosenblum, vice president; Ken Gandy, secretary/treasurer; Alan Sandlin, director 3-year term; Chris Adams, director 3-year term; Mike Boland, director 2-year term; ML Meade, director, 2-year term; Dick Shanahan, director 1-year term; Bette McGilvray, director 1-year term; Ron Webster, RSN representative and Susan Ackerson, past president.

Kathleen Passidomo, newly-chosen state representative for the Naples area, talked during luncheon. During her talk she covered he thoughts on amendment 4. Passidomo strongly recommended all in attendance to vote no on 4. She also suggested that all in attendance should talk to friends and colleagues about amendment 4. Passidomo also assured the audience that she would be there representative in Tallahassee.

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deltarome writes:

I think the realtors now realize that for once, they have to WORK living.
HUGE supply and the tiny few buyers that there are.......are buying low end houses and those that are shortsales or foreclosures.
Hard to convince anyone that a house on Marco is an Investment!!!
I miss reading the know it all realtor articles telling me that a house on Marco is the best investment available. Joe Charde was such a laugh.

ajm3s writes:

in response to deltarome:

I think the realtors now realize that for once, they have to WORK living.
HUGE supply and the tiny few buyers that there are.......are buying low end houses and those that are shortsales or foreclosures.
Hard to convince anyone that a house on Marco is an Investment!!!
I miss reading the know it all realtor articles telling me that a house on Marco is the best investment available. Joe Charde was such a laugh.

And let us not forget those pesky foreclosures with code enforcement liabilities in the 10 and 100's of thousands of dollars.

Oh yes Marco Island, now we need real leaders with real decision capabilities in an environment with limited revenues. The go go years of the early 2000's provided cover for sloppy government policy and vision.

Let us see if you are up to the task of making hard choices without picking the pocket of the taxpayer regardless of whether you believe it is a small amount in real dollars. I for one am a bit concerned that my small amount of dollars will be foolishly spent. So I ask can I keep it and distribute it through organizations on the island I like to support.

blogsmog writes:

Klaub's best post ever. I knew you could do it Klaubster.

JohninMarco writes:

And the way real estate is selling , next year the luncheon will be at Burger King.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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Your greed cost you 3 million. Your inability to face the truth keeps you from lowering your inflated asking price and selling your property. What you don't seem to comprehend is that if you sell your home in a depressed market and turn around and purchase in the same depressed market you equal out. As for the realtors, we live in an affluent area. Most people that have reached this level of financial success are not idiots. Take a hard look at your property and the price your asking for it, take out the personal feelings and ask yourself "would I be willing to pay this amount for this property in todays market"? If your honest with yourself you know the answer is no. Otherwise, it would have already sold. I'm not a big fan of realtors, police officers, lawyers or even doctors for that matter, but they sure come in handy when you need them. Quit using them as scapegoats for your dillusional expectations. Hire a qualified Realtor. Price it right. Sell it. Move on.

RayPray writes:

Best way to find a Professional Realtor quick?

...just shout 'waiter!'

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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You seem to be a genious with all types of ways to get fools to part with their money. Why don't you post some of these great marketing ideas to get people to overpay for your house. Better yet, market the house yourself and see how that works for you. Price is everything. Even in the worst location a house will sell at the right price. Get your head out of the sand and take the responsibility for your greed. It sounds to me like your one of the lowlifes that equitied the heck out of their house and now "can't" sell their house for what it's currently worth. I see the word foreclosure in your future.

happy6 writes:

hey folks...wake up...and you too klab....the economy sucks...real estate sucks...car sales suck...boat sales suck and the same for airplanes...and the reason....OBAMA and his morons he surrounded himself with....and the rest of the idiots in washington...repubs and dems.....vote all incumbants out....this president is the biggest joke we have ever had....except for peanuts carter.

RayPray writes:

"The President is a great guy. And very sympathetic."

Maybe OBAMA will buy your mansion then.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to RayPray:

Best way to find a Professional Realtor quick?

...just shout 'waiter!'

That's the funniest thing I've read in a long time.HAHAHAHAHAHAA
And it'the truth.

ajm3s writes:

in response to happyhorowitz34145:

That's the funniest thing I've read in a long time.HAHAHAHAHAHAA
And it'the truth.

The best.

RayPray writes:

"President...said in 5 years Marco Island is back on the market."

With such economic advice from thief in chief OBAMA, I'm selling out TOMORROW!!!

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

Hey Klaubermoron! Do you know why they dont ask $1,000,000 for a BMW 7 series? Because no one would pay that much even with all their genious marketing. They price their product to sell. When there not selling they lower the price. Pure Genious. But you expect someone to overpay for your tacky property in a dead market. I have a great marketing plan to sell your home. Free lobotomies to anyone that looks at it. You would have to prequalify them to make sure they don't have a buyers agent, financial advisor, accountant or lawyer with ethics. They would also have to pay cash since it won't appraise. That just might sell it. Or, you could try lowering your ridiculous asking price. Keep blaming everyone else for your failures. Get a backbone and man up, your complaining makes you sound like a pitiful old woman.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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Klownbuttman, Marco Island had 528 sales in 2010. 10 over 2 million. Odd's are against you. Marco Island is selling. It's just not selling overpriced trash. Spoke to a guy that tripled his business this year. (he had one sale last year and three this year.) I love your stats they make about as much sense as the idiot writing them. I like your comment about "losers" blaming others. Read your past posts, print it out and then go stand in front of a mirror.

blogsmog writes:

the Marco board of realtors share as much blame as the Chamber of Coerce for getting Marco in such financial dire straits. They both served the Aceri local gov't as enforcers of his political beliefs.
And until they both issue an apology to the city of Marco for delving into politics, their climb out of these hard times are going to be much tougher than they ever expected.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

Klablowhardman, Please, please, please proof read your jibberish before you post. English really isn't that difficult a language to master. Money makes the world go round and is evidently all you focus on. There were 4 items listed and you chose the item that mentioned price. Enjoy blaming the world for your shortcomings. I bet you blame McDonalds for making people fat too. Quit blaming the little old lady Realtor for your bad life choice's. You agreed to buy it and it's your choice when you want to sell it. By the way, if a realtor was truly about the money why would they talk a client into selling a property for half it's worth? That's why commissions are percentages of sales. The buyer takes less and the realtor makes less. If they are truly greedy they will talk you out of selling cheap and wait for a higher price. This maybe over your head so read it again slowly and it may sink in.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

in response to blogsmog:

the Marco board of realtors share as much blame as the Chamber of Coerce for getting Marco in such financial dire straits. They both served the Aceri local gov't as enforcers of his political beliefs.
And until they both issue an apology to the city of Marco for delving into politics, their climb out of these hard times are going to be much tougher than they ever expected.

Your absolutely right. Chamber of Commerce 0% and Realtors 0%. Lowlifes that purchased properties they couldn't afford, stopped paying property taxes and scurried away like rats 75%. Government waste 25%.

deltarome writes:

Realtors don't make a penny unless there is a sales transaction of some sort.
If a house is fairly priced, it will sell, but take longer than one that is sold at a lower price. They want cash quicker and will push you to lower the price once they list it.
A realtor isn't interested in maxing out the commission by overpricing the property, as they know there is less chance it will ever sell.
Microsoft is working on an alternative to the MLS listing. It has the potential to cut commissions to thousands from tens or hundreds of thousands. Conventional realtors will not be able to survive.
Many of our marco businesses make money on real estate transactions. This will be a game changer.
I can't wait to see Jim Prange as a greeter at Walmart.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

in response to deltarome:

Realtors don't make a penny unless there is a sales transaction of some sort.
If a house is fairly priced, it will sell, but take longer than one that is sold at a lower price. They want cash quicker and will push you to lower the price once they list it.
A realtor isn't interested in maxing out the commission by overpricing the property, as they know there is less chance it will ever sell.
Microsoft is working on an alternative to the MLS listing. It has the potential to cut commissions to thousands from tens or hundreds of thousands. Conventional realtors will not be able to survive.
Many of our marco businesses make money on real estate transactions. This will be a game changer.
I can't wait to see Jim Prange as a greeter at Walmart.

What planet do you live on. First the realtors are greedy. Then they want to sell properties cheap and quick. If the number of properties selling is low then a realtor who is greedy needs an owner to hold out for more money. Get it! The less # of commissions require higher commission amounts in order for greed to take place. Get your head out of the sand people, your home isn't worth what it was 5 years ago, 4 years ago, 3 years ago, 2 years ago, or last year. What part of a recession don't you understand. Deltarome, How exactly does a realtor push someone to except less than they want to? Your mommy and daddy teach you to not think for yourself. Stick a sign in your yard and sell your home yourself. See how that works for you. Why is it only the crybabies trying to sell their overpriced junk are complaining? While buyers are more than happy to get the free service and protection a Realtor has to offer. Jim Prange can retire in style after years of quality service on Marco Island. The only people you will be meeting at Walmart are other disgruntled losers telling stories about the wealth you lost when your inflated home values came crashing down. By the way was it the Realtors who were responsible for those that did sell at the right time to double and triple their investments. Hmm!

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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Krybabymann, I have a joke for you - "Why don't more Marco Islanders Bloggers become Realtors since it is such easy money"? Answer- Because they are to s----- to pass the test! HaHaha. Sad but true.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

Over the past 50 years I have bought and sold property, bought and sold stock, and played tens of thousands of hands of Texas hold-em. I have made money and lost money on all three. it never once dawned on me to blame the Realtor, the broker or the dealer. I guess when your raised properly you take responsibility for your own actions.

marcoislander writes:

klabermouth over and over you just keep showing that you are the uneducated village idiot of marco.

deltarome writes:

Lifer, There is no such thing as "free" service from a Realtor. They offer nothing except their carefully crafted MLS directory.
The buyer is the one who pays the fees in the sales price.
I have heard all the BS about how the seller pays the Realtor, well, ask the lister to pay it up front! Then see who pays it.
No money changes hands unless there is a buyer and money from his pocket goes right to the Realtor, NOT to the seller. He never is allowed to touch the money.
Inflation has taught American's to be lazy and expecting your house to act like an investment is just crazy.
I know Prange and enjoy a good laugh when he writes his diatribe on how purchasing a home on Marco is STILL a good investment.
My next door neighbor is $3MM upside down on is house that Prange convinced him to buy.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

Deltarome, Your neighbor was convinced into overpaying 3 million for his house from a dumb, lazy realtor? Jim Prange must be the best salesman in the world. Hey Klabbertrapmann, I found someone to list your home! PS: the buyer chooses how much they are paying for a property. If it's worth $500,000 then that's what it's worth regardless of commission. The seller decides what they are willing to take with the commission (which they agreed to pay in advance) as a determining factor. Buyer get's free service. Seller pays for service of realtor marketing and finding a ready and willing buyer. Pretty simple really.

RayPray writes:

Here are some of the contradictory things I have recently learned from Klabautermann:

>>The national economy is no good

>>Yet, OBAMA is our greatest president

>>The City Council are a bunch of out-of-control spending lunkheads

>>For this reason, Marco is plunging down the sewer (or septic) even more headlong than the rest of our economy

Nevertheless, with shrewd property marketing, there are hordes of people out there eager to to fork over $3 million to buy his McMansion to live here

???

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

Sales 101

Any object or service is only worth the amount some body is willing to pay for it.

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