It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

by Chicago Agent

That’s right folks, this is the last issue of CA for the entire year. Finally!! It’s not easy coming up with just enough gossip to make people laugh while still avoiding the stuff that will make people mad. You read that right, there are actually things I’m not allowed to print. If you really knew the whole story you’d be shocked. We’ll be back in January of course, but my last task before heading off to Martinique for vacay is to get this out, so enjoy the gossip and then party till you drop over the holidays.

Some people switching it up before the new year. Greg Viti left K&S after eight years to join Prudential Rubloff. Wayne Kouf, former B&W manager, also joined PR and will be the managing broker of their South Loop office. K&S bounced back by opening a Deerfield office with veteran real estate managing broker Yvonne Sito (formerly CB Evanston) joining as branch manager.

MSI hosted their holiday party at the Bag Dog Tavern on Dec. 7 and our editor wouldn’t shut up about their hummus and pita plate. I don’t like admitting it but she was right.

WCR had a lot of fun getting down this holiday season. First, the WCR Northwest chapter installed their new president Dana Hybl on Dec. 6 with a networking event at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg. Still not sure how to correctly pronounce her name.

Then, WCR Fox Valley chapter installed their 2011 team with a luncheon on Dec. 7 at Francesca’s on the River in St. Charles. While nothing beats a free lunch, it usually means no cocktails for me.

The DuPage/Will, West Suburban and South Southwest WCR Chapters started their journey together as one chapter, West Suburban, with a lunch at the Village Green Golf Course in Woodridge on Dec. 8. If it hadn’t been for the snow, perhaps they would’ve golfed a round.

WCR’s North Shore chapter hosted their installation on Dec. 9 at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield with book reviewer, Barbara Rinella, speaking. I introduced myself in preparation for that novel I’m working on.

Also on Dec. 9, Guaranteed Rate picked a new venue for their party since Martini Park has closed. The Vibe (yes, next door to VIPs strip club) played host to their huge crowd. I only know a couple people who accidently ended up at VIPs instead of The Vibe, though it’s not clear if it was really an accident.

Chicago Financial Services hosted their holiday party at Scoozi on Dec. 10. And also on Dec. 10 @properties hosted their party at the new JW Marriott. A magician showed up after making a pit stop for some cocktails at Sunda, which threw off his tricks a bit. Too bad he couldn’t wave his wand on this economy.

WCR Chicago held their installation at the East Bank Club on Dec. 15 and the house was packed. All the lovely ladies were dressed in their finest, and thanks to Mabel’s introduction, Sam Powell, despite not wearing her red dress, made up for it with red undergarments. Mabel was also noted as both “hot and presidential.”

The same night, Prospect Mortgage hosted their company holiday party at Rebar in Trump with encouragement to bring a Realtor or two. Well, we have 32,000 for you guys if you really wanna party. Too bad a certain blonde gave me the wrong date for this one, because I heard it was a good time.

Apparently, Dec. 16 was the official day to celebrate the holidays in the industry. Ranquist Development/RCR Realty takes the prize with the most depressing holiday card this year for their party on the 16th. Bob, buddy, what were you thinking with that? Good thing you have a cute wife to make up for your sick sense of humor.

YREP hosted their always sold-out 11th annual holiday party at The Underground with passed appetizers and cocktail specials. The event spilled into the wee hours of the morning as some attendees filtered over to American Street Mortgage’s bash at NV Penthouse Lounge. We all know Amir and those hard working boys need to let loose every now and again.

Also on the 16th, NAHREP held their holiday party at the Brookfield Zoo, giving them a great excuse to party like animals.

Michael Bauknecht (aka Michael B) ate some cake on Dec. 16, while Mike Sato waited until Dec. 17 to celebrate the day he came into this world. Jeff Metz will get special treatment on Dec. 27, and let’s hope JoAnn Sworan and Lisa Eppling don’t have their Dec. 29 birthdays overshadowed by the holidays. Jeff Parker (who really should’ve changed his name to Porton after the wedding) will turn 29 on Jan. 9. He is also graduating law school in January, so if you know of anyone hiring, give us a call.

Agent X
Keepin’ the “real” in real estate


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