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ORRA Meet and Greet: 2014 Officers

Friday, February 7, 2014  
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Orlando REALTOR® | January/February 2014

ORRA's 2014 officers share a bit about
themselves and their real estate philosophies

Chairman
Zola Szerencses
RE/MAX 200 Realty

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to keep up to date with technology; statistics; and local, state, and national real estate issues

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is to put everything in writing

The most challenging thing about real estate is time management

The best real estate advice I’ve given is to get involved in international real estate

The real estate goal I want to achieve is to make a positive difference and in our community and on behalf of ORRA

I chose a career in real estate because of my personal experience in real estate investing

If I were not in real estate I would be a hotel manager

My favorite real estate technology is my smartphone

My favorite real estate website is www.2ndhomemarkets.com

My favorite real estate app is realtor.com

My favorite real estate social media is Facebook


Chairman-elect
Sharon Voss
Watson Realty Corp.

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is follow the REALTOR® Code of Ethics: be ethical and honest

The most challenging part of real estate is the lack of inventory in today’s market, and getting a short sale approved and closed

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to keep up with current technology

My favorite real estate websites are www.orlandorealtors.org, www.floridarealtors.org, and www.realtor.org

The most rewarding part of real estate is watching buyers becoming more and more excited about buying their home, especially first-time homebuyers

The best real estate advice I’ve received is be honest and fair

The best real estate advice I’ve given is to live by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics

I chose a career in real estate because I was once encouraged by my father and then Everette Huskey later on. Once in this field, I discovered I liked the challenge… and still enjoy it

If I were not in real estate I would be a teacher, which is what I did before becoming a REALTOR®


Vice Chairman (Strategic Planning)

Bruce Elliott
Regal Real Estate Professionals, LLC

The most challenging thing about real estate is educating buyers and sellers about the current market

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is nothing can substitute for experience and education

The best real estate advice I’ve received (and given) is to get educated so that you can provide real value and to practice, practice, practice… get in front of somebody every day

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to watch, learn what your competition is doing, and improve upon it

My favorite real estate technology is MacBook Air

My favorite real estate website is MLXchange

My favorite real estate app is RE:Focus Analytics

My favorite real estate social media is LinkedIn

If I were not in real estate I would be in finance

I try to handle difficult situations by resolving what is most important or critical first


Vice Chairman (Budget)

John Lazenby
Colony Realty Group, Inc.

The real estate goal I want to achieve is to be involved in $100,000,000.00 worth of real estate transactions

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to network and to continually pursue both education and designations

I chose a career in real estate because of the ease of entry and the opportunity to access a large inventory of homes

The most rewarding part of real estate is assisting families purchase a great home

My real estate role model is Johnny Isakson, who was president of Northside Realty in Atlanta. He is now (since 2004) a U.S. senator representing Georgia

If I were not in real estate I would be a consultant

My favorite things about Central Florida are the people, the weather, and the business opportunities

I’m good at being a mentor to high school students associated with Take Stock In Children

I’m currently reading "Race for Relevance” by Harrison Coever and Mary Byers and "Flash Foresight” by Daniel Burrows

I try to handle difficult situations by remaining calm and quiet.


Immediate Past Chairman

Steve Merchant
Global Realty International

The best real estate advice I’ve given is you might consider having that inspection

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is if you take care of your customers, they will take care of you

The most challenging part of real estate is maintaining proper balance in your life

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to continue your professional development (visit the "Education” section of www.orlandorealtors.org for a list of great upcoming classes)

The most rewarding part of real estate is building wonderful relationships with customers, fellow REALTORS®, and other industry professionals

If I were not in real estate I would be a teacher of high school math and coach of the football team, or a pilot for the airlines

My real estate role model is Bill Watson, Watson Realty Corp, whom I greatly respect as a REALTOR®, a broker, and a person

My favorite app is Dragon Dictation

I’m currently reading "The Border Guide” by Robert Keats



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