If you ask me, big is always the way to go. Office, condo, hair, paycheck, car – I like everything to be huge. It might be hard to find a parking spot for my humongous SUV, but when I’m driving down the street all those tiny toy cars move out of the way. I like my parties to be big as well, but I’ll still make an appearance either way. Parties might be the only thing where I don’t care about size. First the gossip, then I’ll get to the many parties that I attended – big and small.
After a battle between Jameson and @properties, RDM’s Bob Mosky decided to graciously hand 1400 N. Lake Shore over to @properties. I think it was because he knows I can never find the darn @ symbol on my keyboard.
New West Realty has launched the “Path to Home Ownership,” a rent-to-own program at Eastgate Village on Chicago’s Near South Side where 75-percent of the prospective buyer’s monthly rent can be escrowed as down payment cash to purchase the residence at the end of the year. I recently did something similar with a TV at Wal Mart.
If you have a chance, ask Diane Wilkins of Prudential about her secret marketing tip, it’ll blow your mind.
Speaking of Prudential, Jenny Sepulveda, the company’s former VP of business development, is now the team leader at the KW Lincoln Park office. Keven Brennema has been promoted to COO of Senior Lifestyle Corp. from senior VP of operations. Be sure to buy him a celebratory prune juice.
Bank of America hosted a casual get together at BarCelona for the Cubs opener on April 13. The rain kept some people partying through the game, but the true fans got to witness the first home W of the season.
WCR Chicago chapter hosted a short sales, REOs and auction seminar at 50 E. Chestnut on April 15. I have been secretly practicing my auctioneering skills, but the panel members weren’t impressed.
RE/MAX Northern Illinois hosted their sales awards at the Carlisle in Lombard on April 17, and once again I received nothing. Just because I’m not a RE/MAX agent doesn’t mean I don’t deserve an award.
April 21 was a popular day for broker tours as Prudential Preferred’s Francesca Rose showed six units in 600 N. Fairbanks and Countrywide’s Tammy Hajjar organized a group broker tour at 111 E. Chestnut.
NSBAR will host a class educating Realtors on how to use tech to serve consumers on April 28 at their office in Northbrook, which makes a lot more sense than using tech to conserve consumers as the post said on our Web site; it’s hard to find good help these days.
On May 5 CA will be hosting the first event of their Real Talk series with Real Mortgage. Free parking and continental breakfast included with registration. Just a warning, my mimosa idea was vetoed, but it should still be pretty fun.
Celebrate! Dennis Shaffer partied on April 14, while Damon Parr waited until April 17. Ivette Rodriguez Anderson got down April 25 and Sandra Levitin and Dave Gottesman lived it up on April 27. Carissa Nothem will enjoy her day of birth on May 3, while Dave Hanna aka “The Prez,” will get some cake on May 6. Last, but not least, a big thank you to Robert Kleiner for overflowing my Inbox with tax and economy-related comics.
Keepin’ the “real” in real estate
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