Keepin’ it real

by Agent X

Since I’m sure you read last month’s issue cover to cover you know exactly what to expect in 2022. But do you know the details of what went on last year? Didn’t think so. After you catch up on my column, go look at all those Real Data numbers, and see how everything turned out. Really dive into that data and swim around and live in it for a while, then go check out those top producers who are raking in the big bucks. Get some advice and maybe, if you’re lucky, you can be featured as a top producer in 2023. Maybe. Until then go grab a cocktail (the Negroni has been my drink of choice lately) and dig into all the gossip that is fit to print and some that isn’t, but we’re printing it anyway.

Danny Lewis turned the big 4-0 and celebrated with hundreds of his closest friends. Since he wasn’t picky with the guest list, I managed to nab an invite. The shindig was at Alla Vita on the Park and featured a tarot card reader, photo booth, grown up bevvies and scrumptious food.

Sheena Baker of Compass Realty in Aurora also had a birthday party celebration. I’m assuming my invite was lost in the mail because I had to hear about it through the real estate grapevine. I’m sure everyone had a great time honoring Sheena, and it’s a shame I couldn’t go (wasn’t invited) because I would have nailed my outfit for the Arabian Nights theme. And I give really, really great birthday gifts. Keep that in mind when composing your next guest list.

Guaranteed Rate flew folks down to Cabo for their annual President’s Club thingamabob. I hope they didn’t come home right when the temperature dipped below zero and the clouds dumped a foot of snow on Chicagoland because that wouldn’t be the best way to return from vacation. However, nothing beats building a snowman while sunburned.

Dreamtown also flew some people to Cabo! It was a dream come true for many of them to leave town. Couldn’t resist.

Let’s see who is getting older in February, shall we? Emily Santos celebrates on Feb. 7, Art Schalk on Feb. 8, and then Kelly Wong and Hamza Ishaq get on the birthday train on the 9th and 10th, respectively. Laura Gaan gets all the attention on Feb. 12, while Debra Kaden and Alice Chin will share the spotlight on Feb. 18. Lewis Jones will get more distinguished on Feb. 19, while Ginger Downs will do the same (if that is even possible) on Feb. 21. Kevin Kelly will party down on Feb. 22, and Graham Allen, David Kasprisin and Jill Hare can all raise a glass on Feb. 23. Maybe Donna Crane can scoop up some of that action on Feb. 24. Linda Ryan and Joe Thouvenell celebrate on Feb. 29! If we scoot into March, it gets us closer to Spring, so shout out to Beth Repta on March 3, Elana Spector on March 5 and Jim Psyhogios on March 6.

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