On Monday night, all 4 RLAH offices combined for one epic Holiday Party at Barcelona Wine Bar Cathedral Heights, filled with tasty finger snacks, delicious drinks and lots of laughs. From staff and agents to significant others and spouses, the RLAH family came out in full force.
The Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) installed its 2018 Board of Directors on Wednesday night at the annual holiday party at the Newseum. Not only was RLAH represented well in attendance but three of the twelve newly installed board members are part of the RLAH Real Estate family.
Lee Goldstein and Justin Levitch will be serving their first year on the local board while Andres Serafini will be serving his second consecutive year. It was only fitting that the D.C. Association of Realtors’ President Elect, Chris Suranna, fellow RLAH agent swore in the incoming GCAAR leadership.
The time has come for the yearly #RLAH Management Advisory Group (MAG) election. MAG is a group of elected agents representing each of the four RLAH offices across the DMV. They meet once a month and are responsible for helping shape and guide the company forward for the next year, while taking into consideration the needs of all the offices and the agents and staff within. This year’s election sees some returning candidates as well as some fresh faces, so without further ado, with their campaign slogans, here are your MAG nominees for the 2018 election cycle.
On Monday, a group of #RLAH agents and staff members volunteered with local DC charity Food & Friends, a non-profit that serves area residents who suffer from debilitating illnesses and diseases. Food & Friends’ vision statement is aimed at “A community where everyone who is critically ill has the nourishment they need to manage their illness. Food & Friends is built on a simple premise: anyone can get sick and everyone can help.”
Not only was #RLAH able to dedicate time to helping prepare and pack food for Food & Friends for a few hours, but we also were able to donate over $6k as a result of our annual RLAH Philanthropy Holiday Drive.
The RLAH team traveled to Chicago in early November for the National Association of Realtors’ Annual Conference. Andres, Chris, Colin and Justin had committee meetings and association dinners to attend and Sean connected with his Certified Residential Specialist network. NAR’s Conference Expo is known for being one of the largest all year so the team visited many booths trying to find the next best service to bring back for their clients. The RPAC event was at the Museum of Science & Industry which included an actual submarine and a mirror maze that they admittedly got lost in. Saturday night the crew went to The Second City’s 106th Revue and laughed hysterically. See you next November in Boston!
Along with the rest of the country, #RLAH took a few minutes out of the day to stare up at the sky (with NASA-approved eclipse glasses, of course) for the 2017 full solar eclipse. However, some forgot to get their special glasses and were stuck watching it on TV rather than burning out their retinas. While the DMV only saw about an 80% eclipse, streets and rooftops were crowded with eager viewers for this once-a-decade event.
Wednesday night was the quarterly Real Living at Home Elite Happy Hour honoring the top-producing agents among all four RLAH offices. To qualify, an agent must have 7 closings, 7 listings or a combination of both per quarter. The other way to qualify is for an agent to earn $3 million+ in total sales volume for the quarter. While some of these are lofty goals for agents starting out, all new agents are invited to their first happy hour to mingle and spend time with those who paved the way ahead of them at RLAH.
…and of course the office staff is always invited because, well, they have to leave the office at some point or another.
There was food, there was drinks and there was almost too much laughing. A happy hour with the Real Living at Home folks always proves to be a fun and relaxing way to celebrate past successes and motivate toward even more of them.