BOCA RATON, Fla. – The year: 1975. Singer/songwriter Dennis Lambert was at the Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Awards dinner in New York City preparing to accept an award for songwriter of the year.
“I won for four or five of the most-performed songs on the radio,” he says. Lambert even invited his parents to attend as his guests. “My mom got up. I didn’t think much of it, until she returned, tapped me on the shoulder and introduced me to John Lennon,” laughs Lambert. “It was the funniest thing. John Lennon did an imitation of my mom’s New York accent, then told me how proud he was that I won the songwriter award,” he says. “As you know, whenever a Beatle showed up at an event, it was a big deal.”Read More »
BOCA RATON, Fla. – At an age when most people are slowing down and considering retirement, Mike and Betsy Owen with Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Boca Raton decided to work harder than they’ve ever worked before in Khao Lak, Thailand—a place devastated by the tsunami of 2004.Read More »
“The most important thing we do as real estate professionals is to best represent the buyer and seller to ensure the transaction will close,” says Whatley, broker-owner of Buck & Buck Inc., Realtors® in Jacksonville. “There are times when I will take on responsibility and not receive compensation for doing it and that’s OK, because what I’m doing is in the best interest of the buyer or seller.”Read More »
TAMPA, Fla. – Mary McCall, CRS, GRI, isn’t what you call a born salesperson. In fact, the broker-associate with RE/MAX ACR Elite Group Inc. in Tampa, says, “I never really liked the idea of selling anything, but I had two teenagers and college costs looming, so I started working as an office manager for a real estate firm.”Read More »
OCALA, Fla. – Der Gemütlichkeit. It’s a German phrase that means “well being and happiness enjoyed with good friends and good times.” And Kristina Vavrek, a Realtor and broker with Harmony Homes Realty LLC in Ocala, says it’s the essence of the Swinging Bavarians, a German Bavarian polka band in which Vavrek is a member.Read More »
SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. — In the summer of 2005, Realtor® Tricia Carlisle met Tyler.
“I was volunteering at an after-school church outreach program and fell in love with this darling child who had a mouthful of misaligned teeth and whose family lived below poverty level,” she says. “He was small for his age, yet became a real bully. I wanted to help him, so I arranged for him get free braces, and I saw his attitude change. All of a sudden, he realized that there was a community out there that loved him,” says the broker-owner of Stellar Properties & Investments in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.Read More »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Realtor® David Hall receives a phone call from a teen asking him to meet at the Driver’s License Bureau and lend him money to get a photo I.D. A few minutes later, another teen calls to see if Hall can take him to lunch. Such is a normal day for David Hall, a broker-associate with Coldwell Banker Residential in Port St. Lucie.Read More »
PALM BEACH, Fla.– Eric Sain, a sales associate with The Corcoran Group in Palm Beach, Fla., transfers the passion he once had for dancing to real estate.
When he was 5 years old, his mom enrolled him in a beginner dance class. “I laughingly accuse my mom of using the dance class as a babysitter since my sister had a class at that time as well,” says Sain.Read More »
BRANDON, Fla. – When Connie Johnson, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Brandon, Fla., gets involved, things get done.
“I always want to be the best at whatever I’m involved in, and now I’m passionate about helping others achieve their goals as well,” she says. And that drive doesn’t just apply to real estate sales, it applies to her charity work as well. After all, the year she became president of Rebuild Tampa Bay was the same year the Super Bowl came to Tampa – 2009. “I wanted to shake it up a bit and instead of rebuild homes, I wanted to transform a community,” she says.Read More »