MayFest 2012

We had so much fun at MayFest this year! We started out the afternoon at the booth, handing out balloons to the children. It was so much fun to see the turn out and talk to all the wonderful people. We even had great weather, so we were able to get the RE/MAX hot air balloon up this year. We had so much fun working as a team manning the balloon. Our agents got their hands dirty and helped out so much. The office raised $600 in rides, for a great charity (Our Place Homeless Children Center & Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund). We look forward to doing it again in October!

Celebrating Success 2012

What a successful event.  We have indeed come a long way in the last couple of years.  After lunch at Bertucci’s, we got started by introducing our new members: Eithne Johnson who was returning after being away since 2008, Ann Sabbey, Tamela Roche, Tom Von Zabern, Lisa Santana, Anna Calderone, Simonida, Juan Murry and our first rental division manager, Tim Schmidt.  Wow! We have never added on so many new and talented people in such a short period of time. That is very exciting.  What a great way to start the year.

Following the introductions, we reviewed our overall success last year and set our goals for 2012 in residential sales, rentals, luxury sales,  and property management.  We discussed how measuring what you do is the first step in improving it and the upcoming launch of our shared assistant program, which will be starting mid March.

Dave Shorey took the #1 spot as our top producer for 2011, Tom Sheehan, rookie of the year, with Joe Kobialka once again taking our community service award.

I am so proud of every one.  Our staff continues to excel in providing the very best in service to our entire team.  Service for which I am very grateful.

After the program about a dozen of us went bowling where I continued to maintain my ranking as the company’s worst bowler.

 

 

First Class In Series for Continuing Education Credits

Michael Krone of Kriss Law Presents Contract Law

Attorney Michael Krone from Kriss Law and Mortgage Master’s Jesse Stein presented the first class  in a series four continuing education credit courses to be held at our office.

A typically dry topic – “Contract Law”, was presented in entertaining fashion by Attorney Krone.  There were 15 Agents from our office and four visitors from the real estate community in attendance who received two credits toward the currently required 12 credits to maintain an active real estate license in Massachusetts.

There will be three other classes at our office this year.  The next one is on “Title” and is scheduled for June 6th.  All in all agents can earn eight out of the required twelve through this convenient class arrangement and better still at no cost!

Tom Von Zabern Joins The Team

Tom Von Zabern has joined RE/MAX Destiny as the newest member of our team. Tom brings to the office over 31 years of experience in real estate and specializes in Historic Home Preservation. Tom is also a licensed builder with considerable experience working with local wood frame developers.

Tom is a native of Germany with a long interest and involvement in social activities, including years of volunteer AIDS work. He is the Founder and President of The African Great Youth Education Initiative, Inc. (AGYEI, Inc.). A charity dedicated to assisting young African males of promise who are too old to qualify for local assistance yet determined to overcome the grip of poverty once and for all.

A 21 year resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tom divides his time equally between the charitable work of AGYEI Inc, and his real estate practice of sales, design and home renovations.

Welcome Tamela Roche!

Tamela Roche

We are very excited to have Tamela join our team.  She has been, and is an outstanding leader in the Cambridge Real Estate Community.  She has high standards and it shined through as one of the best Presidents to lead The Community of Real Estate Professionals and in her top “Pie in The Sky” fundraising team.  Tamela is a dedicated and committed professional as well as a wonderful and positive person.

Welcome Tamela!

Tamela was first licensed in 2001 and quickly became a valued member of the Cambridge Real Estate Community. She has a B.S.B.A. from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and designations that include CNS, Certified Negotiation Specialist and ABR, Accredited Buyer’s Representative.

Tamela is an active member of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, REBAC, The Real Estate Buyer Agency Council, The Greater Boston and Massachusetts Association of Realtors as well as the National Association of Realtors. Tamela is very active in the community. Her volunteer work includes: Our Place Center for Homeless Children, Community Servings “Pie in the Sky”, Everybody Wins! Boston, and Breakthrough Cambridge.

“What a gift it is for me every day to help Clients realize their dream of “finding home”; joining the RE/MAX Destiny team I finally feel “at home” too!”

Eithne Johnson Rejoins Our Team!

We are pleased to announce that Eithne Johnson has rejoined RE/MAX Destiny in Cambridge. Eithne first joined the company in 2002 and quickly became a top producer. She left in 2008 to undertake a writing project as well as a major home renovation project.

Since 1999, Eithne has been involved in nearly 150 residential sales. In addition, she brings to her work extensive personal experience successfully buying, improving and selling several properties in Greater Boston as well as two vacation properties
in FL and MA.

“We are very excited to have Eithne back with us and so too will be her past clients” said Broker Owner Paul Turcotte. “I cannot recall an agent that pays more attention to detail and is more professional than Eithne. In addition she is also an excellent communicator, trusted advocate and adviser who has all the skills needed – and more – to proficiently manage even the toughest of real estate experiences. Simply put, we are thrilled
to have her back.”

Eithne is a member of the Cambridge Community of Real Estate Professionals, has been a major sponsor both of Our Place Homeless Children’s Center and Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund.  She also donates a portion of her proceeds to Children’s
Hospital through an affiliation with Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the National, Massachusetts, and Greater Boston Associations of Realtors. As a professor of film and media studies, Eithne has taught courses at Babson, Emerson, MIT, and Wellesley. Her training as a professor is a natural foundation for a successful real estate career.

Contact:
Cell: 617-320-0748
Email: ejohnson@yourguidehome.com

Look Who Has Joined Our Team!

Welcome Ann Sabbey!

We are pleased to announce that Ann Sabbey has joined RE/MAX Destiny in Cambridge. Ann is a 16 year veteran of the real estate industry, and although she lists and sells in many communities, she has concentrated on the Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington and Medford markets for most of her career.

Ann is a charter member and founder of the Cambridge Lions Club.  She is also a past president of the Somerville Lions Club.  Ann is a member of the Cambridge Community of Realtors which, sponsors Our Place Homeless Children’s Center and a member of the National, State and Greater Boston Association of Realtors.

“Ann is a terrific agent and a wonderful person,” remarked Paul Turcotte, Broker Owner.  “We are all very excited to have her finally join our team.  I have known Ann for many years and look forward to helping her business flourish to new heights as she utilizes our powerful marketing tools, systems and support in the service of her clients.

Welcome Ann!

New Commercial Designation Completed

This weekend I took advantage of the cancelled Komen Race for the Cure and finished the requirements in order to obtain the newly offed ACP Designation. It is a training program designed to help residential agents transition into the commercial world of real estate.  The instructor Dan Andrews is a commercial practitioner in Michigan that has some eight years as a professor at University of Michigan.  He does an excellent job in presenting the material.  I watched the videos through RE/MAX University.  There were five modules with ten question tests following each.  Pretty cool the way it all works.  I used ROKU to watch the videos on my TV and took the tests online.

I found the program well designed. I must admit it is indeed a challenge to cover all of the terms and methods used in commercial real estate.  Dan put the material in good order. The ACP program is an overview from which one can better choose an area of expertise and direction.

I took the course because I recently decided to practice commercial real estate to help expedite the process of getting a commercial division going within our company.  The first phase which was to start property management company is doing quite well and growing thanks to Scott Vermilya, our managing partner.  It is hugely helpful to be able to provide management services to our residential clients and to assist our agents in developing deeper relationships with their clients. This relationship is creating all kinds of new opportunities for us.

So in a way I guess that this designation signifies the actual start of our commercial division.  Now, in addition to providing commercial services we will look to add additional practitioners and grow our commercial division.  So stay tuned for upcoming developments.