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Local Boys & Girls Club Gets the Latest Scoop

Published Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Englewood Boys & Girls Club was recently treated to an ice cream social as part of a state-wide community outreach initiative by Florida REALTORS®.   The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network participated in the State YPN Community Outreach Day, April 18th, by treating sixty local kids to “Sundaes on a Wednesday”.  Members of YPN visited with the kids at their club in Tiffany Square and set up an ice cream bar so the kids could build their own sundaes with everything from chocolate syrup, gummy bears, sprinkles and tons of whip crème!  Lickity Split Café donated the vanilla ice cream.  The Englewood Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those that need them the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  They achieve that mission by offering innovative programs designed to empower youth to excel in school and to lead healthy, productive lives. 

EABOR has been a supporter of the Englewood Boys & Girls Club for many years and the YPN was proud to make the club the recipient again this year of the YPN State Community Outreach Day.  Last year, EABOR’s YPN took kids from the local club bowling.  YPN helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas: REALTOR® associations, the real estate industry, peers and community



EABOR Welcomes New Members

Published Monday, March 26, 2018

The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently held new member orientation.  Nine new agents took the oath of REALTOR® and were sworn in by EABOR President-elect, Mark Spurgeon.  By becoming a member, REALTORS® are more than just agents, they are professional members of The National Association of REALTORS®.  That means, they subscribe to a strict code of ethics. By becoming a member of NAR, they are part of America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members, including NAR's institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.  EABOR’s mission statement is clear: To support the success and professionalism of our members while improving our community and protecting private property rights.”


Pictured Front L-R:

Sherri Perkins-Exit King Realty, Leslie Lougee-Keller Williams Realty Gold, Kylie Butler-Program Realty LLC and Heather Terrio-Tall Pines Realty

Back Row L-R:

EABOR President-Elect, Mark Spurgeon, Kim Wallace-Keller Williams Realty Gold, Alan Craig-Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty, Frank Bertone-Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty and Paul Freeman-Placida Properties.   Not pictured: Elizabeth Dunn-Betsy Dunn Realty, LLC.




President Kathi O takes to the Airwaves

Published Monday, February 26, 2018



Board President Kathi O  recently visited with KB on The Morning Magazine on WENG Radio.  The local radio station invites EABOR to come on air to discuss the latest real estate news and EABOR's involvement in the community. Kathi spoke about her vision and focus for 2018 is to "Engage in the Community".  EABOR has always been the voice for real estate but is so much more.  Kathi talked about how many ways EABOR's has and will continue to give back to the community.  She spoke about how proud she is of our Young Professionals Network (YPN).  Whether they are doing a road cleanup, a tech check, or having a fun mixer, YPN is a group that wants to be successful.  #EngagedForSuccess.


YPN Holds Another Tech Check

Published Friday, February 9, 2018
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HELP PUBLIC WITH TECH ISSUES The Young Professionals Network recently held a public technology workshop. The “Tech Check” was conducted at the board office with a presentation given by Marc Manna of Englewood Technology Group, that focused on the importance of safety and security online. The mission of these events is for more»

EABOR Leadership travels to Tallahassee

Published Saturday, January 13, 2018

Members of The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently attended the “Great American REALTOR® Days” in Tallahassee, also known as GARD.  The three days are set aside during Florida’s legislative session when REALTORS® converge on the Capitol to voice their opinions on legislative issues.  Members are briefed on the status of pending real estate legislation, to lobby and meet with legislators.  EABOR leadership was part of more than a thousand Realtors that were in Tallahassee to meet with their state legislators on issues important to property owners.  One of which was seeking to the lowering of the business rent tax so small businesses have income to expand and increase wages; solutions to short-term rental concerns that don’t negatively impact property rights; and adequate funding for affordable housing programs around the state.

Local leadership that attended GARD, included: EABOR President-Kathi Obendorfer, President-Elect -Mark Spurgeon, Past President-Kevin Hyde, Governmental Affairs Chair-David Haynes and EABOR CEO RJ Marshall.  

The event gave EABOR members the opportunity to visit with hometown legislators, network with advocacy-minded peers, and to tell state lawmakers that homeownership matters.  REALTORS® are the only group to advocate on behalf of millions of property owners in Florida. 

EABOR is a trade organization that exists to protect private property rights and has been the local voice for real estate since 1962.  Follow EABOR on Twitter and Instagram @EABORFL and like them on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest EABOR news.

Pictured L-R: EABOR CEO RJ Marshall, Past President-Kevin Hyde, President-Kathi O, Director-David Haynes & President Elect-Mark Spurgeon


EABOR Member recognized as REALTOR Emeritus by NAR

Published Thursday, December 14, 2017

EABOR member, Dennis "Jake" Miller was recently recognized with a high honor from The National Association of REALTORS®. Miller was bestowed with the status of REALTOR® Emeritus.  The honor recognizes forty or more cumulative years membership in the National Association of REALTORS® and is given in recognition of his valuable and lasting contribution to the real estate profession in the community. Miller was presented with the award by EABOR Membership Director, Diane McIntosh and CEO RJ Marshall on December 14th, 2017.  



EABOR Installs Officers and Directors for 2018

Published Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® held their Installation and Awards banquet at the Broadmoor Community Center in Rotonda West, Friday evening.  The Board of Directors for 2018 was installed and awards were handed out to recognize excellence in the real estate industry and exceptional community involvement.  Kathi Obendorfer was named REALTOR® of the year.  Rookie REALTOR® of the year was awarded to Sharon Badrian. The Community Service Award was given to Brian Faro and Vic Berger/Trustco Bank, was honored with Business Affiliate of the Year. 

2018 Officers include: President-Kathi Obendorfer, President Elect-Mark Spurgeon, Secretary-Phil Van Der Heyden, Treasurer -Ray Eggermont and Past President-Kevin Hyde.  Directors include: Pat Ottolini, David Haynes and Mary Smedley.  2018 Board President Kathi Obendorfer spoke to the membership about the importance of the EABOR mission and how members should think big in everything they do.  She assured members that she is in office to help.  She encouraged members to engage with each other and our community.

The evening’s festivities included dinner at the newly opened Community Center at Broadmoor Park in Rotonda West and music was provided by Geri Van. Members brought toys that will be donated on behalf of EABOR to Toys for Tots. 


World Champion Speaks to Membership

Published Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently held their Annual Business Meeting to announce the 2018 Officers and Directors.  The EABOR membership meeting is also held to give the outgoing Board President the opportunity to recap the year in terms of accomplishments.  Kevin Hyde announced next year’s officers and directors: President-Kathi Obendorfer, Secretary-Phil Van Der Heyden, Treasurer-Ray Eggermont, MFRMLS Director-Pat Ottolini, Directors: David Haynes, Mary Smedley and Mark Spurgeon.

 Guest speakers included Gina Taylor from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Supervisor of elections for Charlotte County Judge Paul Stamoulis and Erik Korzilius who spoke on recent wire transfer scams.  The featured speaker was Steven David, who is a 12-time World Champion in Unlimited Hydroplanes, the fastest propeller driven boats in the world. Steve currently holds the competition world record for an Unlimited hydroplane, making him the fastest human on water for a competition lap. When it comes to survival and perseverance, David walks the talk.  His racing crashes, one in which he died and was resuscitated, and his wins have given him life lessons he shares to inspire success in others. David encouraged motivation.  “Make a commitment to make something positive happen every day.  Whether it’s sending a referral, making a sale, taking a listing, making a cold call, or stopping by a for sale by owner…something, anything that will generate income.”