Cynthia J. Shaffer and her husband John collect sheets, bedding, stuffed animals and beds to help foster kids through their Beds for Kids program.
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Cynthia J. Shafer of Lahaina Realty Inc. in Fort Myers Beach was shopping at a Ross Dress for Less store, buying sheets and supplies for her charity Beds for Kids, when the girl at the register stopped her. “The girl said, ‘Do you remember me?’” Shafer recalls. “She then told me that I had delivered a toddler bed to her son. She said that I made the bed and handed her son a stuffed animal and that, at the time, she didn’t have money for rent or food in the refrigerator, but my act of kindness made her feel like a real person,” says Shafer.Read More »
John Castelli, a Broward County Realtor, receives his Humanitarian of the Year Award from 2012 Florida Realtors President Summer Greene at the Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo that year.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Unpredictable things happen in life: Cancer may sideline a man’s career or a car accident permanently puts a 15-year-old boy in a wheelchair.Read More »
Realtor Louise McLean helps the auctioneer get the bids going at a recent fundraising auction for the Brevard’s Children in Need Committee, which helps provide coats, shoes, band instruments and other needs for homeless children in the county through the Brevard Schools Foundation.
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – About three years ago, Louise McLean, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential in Merritt Island, saw a 60 Minutes television segment about homeless children in Brevard County.Read More »
Jill Johns, center, and other members of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Fort Lauderdale help Dion make his wish – for an electronics-filled shopping spree – come true.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Diagnosed with cancer at a young age, Jill Johns, now 38 and a sales associate with Century 21 Hansen Realty in Fort Lauderdale, has turned what was a life-threatening and scary diagnosis into years of service.Read More »
CELEBRATION, Fla. – Inspiration can come from anywhere: Here’s how one television show spurred Realtor® Robert Schwartz to give big to his community.
It was a normal Sunday night. Robert Schwartz, a real estate professional with LaRosa Realty in Celebration (near Orlando), his wife Caryn and son Alex were watching the television program “60 Minutes.”Read More »
Realtors Christine Hansen, left, and Jennifer Parker are a mother-daughter dynamic duo in the real estate business. Hansen is broker-owner of Century 21 Hansen Realty Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, while Parker works in the firm’s Galt Ocean office.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – If someone told the younger Christine Hansen that she would be a second-generation real estate professional, she would have laughed.Read More »
As her clownish alter ego, “Trouble,” Realtor® Debbie Callahan has been visiting and entertaining terminally ill patients at Daytona Beach area hospitals for many years. She also promotes and raises funds for the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and works with Children’s Medical Services in her community.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Real estate professional Debbie Callahan believes clowning around is key to dealing with life’s more serious woes.
Twenty-three years ago, armed with a bottle of whiskey and a carton of cigarettes, Debbie Callahan, a broker-associate with Adams, Cameron & Co. in Daytona Beach, braved the hospital to visit a friend who was dying of cancer.Read More »
Miami Realtor Nancy Barreto Hogan (third from left, seated) gets ready for a day in the office at Avatar Real Estate Services in South Miami with her team of sales associates, Britany Nicole Barreto, far left, Deborah Preston, and Laura Barreto, right.
MIAMI – When Nancy Barreto Hogan, general manager of Avatar Real Estate Services in South Miami believes in something, stand back. In 2005, then a manager of 180 sales associates at Coldwell Banker Coral Gables, Hogan recalls she “was getting concerned about seeing so many all-cash and cash-back-at-closing contracts. I did some research and told the sales associates I wasn’t accepting them.”Read More »
Realtor Richard van Zyl climbs Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, with David, his guide for the six days up and two days down the volcano. Van Zyl and two other climbers were escorted by two guides, a cook and 12 porters in October 2009.
Photos courtesy of Florida Realtor magazine.
SEBASTIAN, Fla. – Reaching for the heights comes naturally for Richard van Zyl, a sales associate with RE/MAX Crown Realty in Sebastian. In his real estate career, he strives for the peak of professionalism. And, he knows how to climb to the top to achieve his personal aspirations, too.Read More »
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Spend a few minutes with Tony Macaluso, president of Portside Properties in Palm Beach Gardens, and you’re ready to conquer the world. He’s that passionate about what he does and how he does it. It’s this positive energy that propelled Macaluso from part-time real estate investor to full-time business owner.Read More »