MARCO ISLAND — Never a group to pass up an opportunity for revelry, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) got together for an Oktoberfest celebration Thursday evening at the Marco Island Brewery, with a special focus, said MIAAOR communications director Kandy Sweeney, on the group’s Realtor Support Network (RSN).
MIAAOR president Bill Filbin extolled the contributions made by the RSN.
“The RSN is very important to us,” he said. “Without their support, we couldn’t sell or buy any property.” The RSN is composed of affiliated businesses, non-Realtors whose businesses provide, as you may have guessed, support for the actual selling and listing agents.
Filbin said he is looking forward to a strong real estate season.
“The market is much stronger. We’re 20 percent ahead of last year,” he said. “And most important, the pool of listings is shrinking.” Plus, he added, mortgage rates are the lowest they have been in 50 years.
Local attorney Ron Webster, president of the MIAAOR’s RSN, did the honors emceeing the awarding of door prizes, assisted by Sweeney, and the RSN members who had donated the particular prize. Mike Steadman won a wine basket, Dave Purcell won a prize donated by Kim Escarra, and Eileen Graham won a gift certificate entitling her to make a return trip to the Marco Island Brewery. You did have to be present to win, which Lisa Greer might want to consider next time before she decides to duck out early.
Webster also made a point of thanking Marco Island Brewery owner Frank LaCava, host of the event. He donated all the food, and, said Webster, “gave us the cheapest drink prices we’ve seen all year – happy hour prices right through.”
The tempting buffet featured grouper fingers, marinated and grilled chicken, penne pasta with fresh veggies, a selection of pizzas including the works and Hawaiian, with pineapple and ham, and a spinach salad LaCava touted as the specialty of the house. The fruit and melon tray was just for nibbling afterwards.
Sophia Shea, age 8, interviewed while carefully selecting chunks of watermelon with the tongs, provided pointers in journalistic accuracy.
“Make sure you spell my name right,” she said. It’s with a ‘ph’ – not an ‘f.’ ”
Administrative assistant Linda Johns sat at a table dealing with the unglamorous but vital work of handing out drink tickets to those who had pre-registered. Tying the complimentary drink tickets to pre-registration is probably the only way to get people to actually pre-register.
Everyone seemed to be enjoying the gathering. The next one, said RSN prexy Webster, is scheduled for February of next year.