Women’s Council of Realtors Installation

On Monday, the Women’s Council of Realtors held their annual installation of the new 2016 board members. Michelle and I were both installed, Michelle as Programs Director and myself as President. It is such an honor to be involved in this organization with a group of inspiring leaders that volunteer their time to bring education, networking, and leadership opportunities to our local Real Estate community.

For the past three years I have witnessed the hard work and dedication it takes to run and grow this organization. It has been an amazing experience developing so many meaningful relationships and learning from the best leaders in our industry.  I’m excited for the both of us to be a part of the 2016 board among three other super star leaders as we will be learning, growing, and enhance our leadership skills together. Stay tuned for all the fun events we will be coordinating and information that help us keep our clients in the know.

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Above from L to R: Christi Carillo- President Elect, Vicki Goorchencko- Secretary/Treasurer, Michelle Accetta- Programs Director, Lauren Weber- President.

Below: Marci O’Brien- VP of Membership

 

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Redondo Waterfront Revitalization Project

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Last week I attended a meeting with the Women’s Council of Realtors who had CentralCal Properties speak about the Redondo Waterfront revitalization project. There has been a lot of buzz and a few concerns regarding construction, traffic, and specific changes to Redondo Beach as a whole. After attending this meeting and learning about what’s to come, I am extremely excited for all the future plans. CentralCal hopes to have all building plans and permits approved by 2017 and the completion of the project by 2019/2020.

Some things that we can anticipate to see include:

  • Public gathering areas for art exhibitions, concerts and other community events
  • Revitalized Seaside Lagoon opened to natural tidal flow
  • Open park space for exercise and outdoor recreation
  • Market Hall populated by local businesses
  • Four-star boutique hotel
  • Luxury cinema with full service restaurant
  • Dining amid parks with harbor views
  • Specialty retailers set along tree-lined streets
  • New public boardwalk
  • Enhanced access to the coastline for bikes and pedestrians
  • Reinvigorated Redondo Beach Pier

See below for the proposed layout of the project.
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Respect for the local environment has fundamentally guided the direction of The Waterfront project from the beginning stages of design. The Waterfront will be a project that pays homage to our awe-inspiring coastal environment with a design that prioritizes open space; promotes coastal access for pedestrians and public transportation users; and fits seamlessly within the context of its unique environmental surroundings.

Additional benefits include:

-Creation of approximately 2,500 jobs and subsequent additional employment positions through its indirect economic impact on surrounding local businesses.

-Sustainable economic growth for Redondo Beach is conservatively estimated at about $3.25 million per year revenue from property, sales and hotel taxes.

For more information and to sigh up to receive updates on the progress of the project visit: thewaterfrontredondo.com

Water Conservation Act

As most of you already know, the state of California has been faced with a mandated 25% water reduction which includes requirements and water-use restrictions. After attending our Women’s Council of Realtors meeting with California Water Service I wanted to share some of the valuable information we learned including how to appeal your budget and rebates Cal Water offers.

*Please note that California Water Service covers most of the South Bay but not all locations. Check your water bill to make sure this information applies to you and your household.

Here are some of the water use restrictions:
-Do not apply water to outdoor landscapes that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
-Do not use a hoes to wash motor vehicles unless fitted with a shut-off nozzle or devise that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
– Do no apply water to driveways and sidewalks.
-Do not use water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
-Do not apply water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall (.10 of an inch or more).
-Do not fill or refill single family residential swimming pools or spas, except to maintain required operating levels or after structural repairs.
-Do not fill or refill any ornamental lakes or ponds except to sustain existing aquatic life.
-Observe outdoor day of week and hour restrictions in place by Cal Water or your local government.
-Once notified of a water leak that may exist on your property, fix any leak within your control within five business days

What is a water budget?
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Each home is given a water budget which is an allowance of water measured in Ccfs that the household may use up to without incurring penalties or higher costs. This budget is specifically catered to each individual household based off the units of water that customer used in 2013. This amount can vary each month and can be viewed on your monthly water bill for the proceeding month or you can visit www.calwater.com to view your entire 2013 usage history. If a customer goes over their allotted budget they will incur a drought surcharge for every Ccf used. This charge will be twice the per-unit charge in the district’s highest quantity rate tier, up to $10 per Ccf. On the other hand, if you do not use your full budget allotment then your unused units of water will go into a “water bank”. Should a customer exceed their monthly budget, any banked units of water will be applied to the overage prior to any surcharges being assessed.

Water Budget Appeals
Homeowners have the ability to appeal their budget to get an increase in allowance if they meet the following criteria:
-Water use necessary for heath or safety
-Business or economic needs
-Significant long-term savings already achieved
-If your household number has changed (ex: new roommate moves in)
-Low water use in 2014
-Significant water savings achieved in 2011
For more information and forms on how to submit an appeal you can visit the site HERE

Cal Water Rebates and Resources
Cal Water offers a variety of rebates, programs, tools, and free items to help customers reduce their water use. You can visit the website HERE for more information on the following resources:
-High-efficiency toilet rebate
-High-efficiency clothes washer rebate
-Smart Irrigation Controller rebate
-Free sprinkler nozzles
-Water use efficiency evaluation program
-Turf replacement rebate
-High-efficiency toilet delivery program
-Home water use reports
-Conservation kits

Visit Cal Water’s website for more information on what’s available to you. You might be surprised at what they offer to help you in your water conservation efforts!

Chicago for the Women’s Council of Realtor’s Leadership Academy

Hello! And my apologies for a much over due blog post. I will confess that it has not been much of a Weber “weekly” this past month. However, I am happy to say it is because I have been busy working with clients, participating in a leadership program, learning the ropes as president elect for the Women’s Council of Realtors, and volunteering with the Nisei Week Foundation. Today, I wanted to share about my trip to Chicago for the Women’s Council of Realtor’s Leadership Academy.

Every year, the President Elects gather in Chicago, Illinois to network, learn more about the Women’s Council of Realtors organization as a whole, and enrich our leadership skills as we prepare for our year ahead as President’s of our local chapters. I attended this leadership academy a couple weekends ago and it was filled with many firsts for me. I had never traveled and explored a new city alone before, nor have I ever held a position such as President or President Elect for that matter. I knew it was going to be a weekend of growth and adventure but I had no idea to what extent.

For starters, I met so many inspiring women from around our Nation who all share common goals. First, to be successful Real Estate agents, but more impressively, to be leaders in the industry. Sharing stories about why we stepped into this position and communicating concerns, has helped shed some fears I’ve had about this big responsibility and in exchange am excited for our futures ahead. I met women who have been members of WCR for 15, 20, 30, even 40+ years! Their continuous years of commitment to membership and involvement is a true testament to this organization.

I learned more about the history of Women’s Council of Relators (WCR), being that it was first formed by the California Real Estate Association as a Women’s Division in 1924 after members attended the National Association’s convention in Washington D.C. Fourteen years later, the president of the National Associations of Realtors acknowledged and supported this group by expanding it to a National level. Since this inception in 1938, WCR’s membership growth has reflected the vast number of women choosing a career in real estate. One shocking fact that I learned over the weekend was that in the beginning of women pursuing real estate as a career, men used to be paid a commission while women would be compensated with gifts such as a bottle of wine. This alone has opened my eyes to how far we have come in our profession.

Our mission statement is:
We are a network of successful REALTORS, advancing women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve.

I’ve known this mission statement for the past three years of my involvement in WCR. However, now it holds so much more meaning to me. The work I’ve put into being a board member of this organization has been time consuming, challenging, and at times a bit scary. But I am learning what it takes to be a leader and I can only hope that I can step up to this position to ultimately better serve my clients, colleagues, and community.

This video was played on the first day of our learning modules and has stuck with me since. It embodies so much inspiration and has provoked thoughts of where I am going and what type of life I want to live. I decided six years ago, in the beginning of my career, that I will be 110% dedicated to serve, learn, and grow so that I can be something bigger than myself. I don’t want to live this life playing small, I want to play big. My hope is that EVERYONE can recognize the leader within themselves. I have been so fortunate to have discovered that I do have the capacity to lead, but it was only with the support and encouragement from my mentors, leaders, friends, and family who showed me first that they believe in me and my abilities. I am forever grateful for each and every one of these people, for life’s opportunities, and for the continuous challenges that push me to be the best that I hope to be. I welcome 2016 as the President of Women’s Council of Realtors, South Bay and hope to be able to fill the big shoes that have lead before me. It is an honor to continue on the legacy that the women before me have set in place to support the immense potential of women in real estate.

Taste of Summer Success!

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We did it! I couldn’t be happier to report that last week’s event was a huge success!

What an amazing event we had this year thanks to our generous sponsors, delicious vendors, talented band, and supportive guests!

Thank you to our talented photographer JP Cordero
For inquires about special events, portraits, food photography, and properties please contact him at:
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Vendors:
Chick-Fil-A
Doma Kitchen
Happy Hour Beverages
Jersey Mikes
Boisset Collection
Whole Foods
Cuatro Dias Winery
Estrella Creek Wines
Critics Choice Catering
The Almond Bar
Adams Bottle Boutique
Baby G’s Ice
Cream Cookies & Cakes
Absolution Brewing Co.

Platinum Sponsors:
Excellent Termite & Pest Control
Beach City Printers
Daily Breeze
South Bay Magazine

Gold Sponsors:
Harbor Lights Escrow
Cort Furniture

Silver Sponsors:
Planomatic
Trade Winds Escrow
Wells Fargo
Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Statefarm
Shaping Spaces

Broker Sponsors:
Beach City Brokers
Vision Realty
Hunter Mason Realty
Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
Keller Williams Palos Verdes

Band:
The Lucky Ones

A portion of our proceeds benefited

BE THE CHANGE INTERNATIONAL – The Hope Project

The Hope Project visit women’s shelters, domestic violence shelters, parks, and community centers across the country to inspire, inform, encourage, and empower women in need with HOPE. Each pop-up shop varies based on the community needs and/or location, but provides each participant with empowerment gifts of: transformation services (haircuts, new hairstyles, makeup & makeovers with new/styled outfits), social or health services, professional development services, yoga/self-awareness/stress workshops, self defense and self esteem workshops, & HOPE swag bags. btcinternational.org

A portion of these proceeds benefited Be The Change International

Networking, Mixing, and Mingling in the South Bay!

Today was our Women’s Council of Realtors 5th annual Trade Expo at the Torrance Marriott Hotel and I’m happy to report that it was a huge success! Not only did I have a great time in supporting the event but I had a blast attending as a local Realtor collecting valuable information from all the amazing vendors and spotlight speakers. My favorite part about the day was all the networking I got to do, brainstorming ideas on how we all work together to better serve our clients and our community. Today was a great reminder of the importance of networking, mixing, and mingling. So if you are ever looking for something fun to do in the South Bay or a way to connect with leading professionals in our community please check out my friend’s website that lists all the upcoming events. It also works as a platform to promote your event! www.mixagogo.com

Below is another list of events for the month of March located in and around the greater Los Angeles area provided from my friends at First American Title.

If you know of anything coming up this year please share with me!

Lauren and Michelle

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LA Breast Cancer Fundraiser   Mar. 6
This twist on Alice in Wonderland affair will feature themed entertainment, experiences, dancing, and an honoree program with Breast Cancer Survivor Dana Richards! Our mission is to preserve the dignity of breast cancer patients and their loved ones by meeting their unmet needs through funding value added services.
Time/Place: 7-10pm / Boulevard3: 6523 Sunset Boulevard
Contact: www.labcf.eventbrite.com

Evening of Colors   Mar. 6
Presented by the South Asian Parent Association. This is a fundraising gala event to enhance the sense of community and belonging of the students at Diamond Bar High School by celebrating the Indian and sub-continent cultures, and fostering the spirit of the school’s multicultural community.
Time/Place: 6-11pm / Diamond Bar Center: 1600 Grand Avenue
Contact: (909) 967-9012 / www.ci.diamond-bar.ca.us

PaleyFest LA   Mar. 6-15
The premier television festival in the country, PALEYFEST is an unparalleled, interactive pop-culture event that connects fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV series.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / The Dolby Theatre: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Contact: www.paleycenter.org

El Segundo’s Arbor Day Celebration   Mar. 7
Arbor Day is on its way! Come help beautify the community and benefit the environment by volunteering with tree planting and care along Imperial Highway! Lunch will be provided, event t-shirts will be given for donations.
Time/Place: 9:30am-12:30pm / W. Imperial Ave.
Contact: (310) 322-0263 / www.treemusketeers.org

Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer Cure   Mar. 7
Event benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Also, famous Chef Jack Witherspoon will be our Special Guest and Speaker. Bring the whole family!
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Kiwanis Hall: 2515 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach
Contact: (310) 940-9200 / www.womansclubofhermosabeach.org

Glendora Schools Week   Mar. 7-14
A week long fundraiser that directly benefits each GUSD school while supporting our local business community. The event will be promoted via every school as they compete in teams for the highest participation.
Time/Place: See website for schedule.
Contact: www.glendoraschoolsweek.org

Festival of the Kite   Mar. 8
Join us at one of the longest-running Kite Festivals in Southern California! Brought to you by Sunshine Kite Company and Redondo Pier Association.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Redondo Pier
Contact: www.redondopier.com

Woofstock 90210   Mar. 8
Don’t miss this annual pet extravaganza, presented by the City of Beverly Hills’ Community Services Department. Woofstock 90210 is an exciting, day-long festival for dogs and their owners. Includes pet adoptions, food trucks and a pet parade.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Roxbury Park: 471 South Roxbury Drive
Contact: (310) 285-6830 / www.beverlyhills.org

Battle of the Badges   Mar. 9
Alhambra Police Department Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. An opportunity for all badge-carrying personnel, including friends, family and the community, to positively affect the community by competing in a competition to see who can donate the most blood.
Time/Place: 2-8:15pm / 211 S. First Street, 2nd Floor
Contact: (909) 201-9440 / www.redcrossblood.org

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration   Mar. 14
Free admission! Food and live entertainment! Face painting, rock climbing, free usage of the Center for the day. Giveaways and community raffle.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center: 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas
Contact: (818) 880-2993 / www.cityofcalabasas.com

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade   Mar. 14
In what has become a popular tradition in Hermosa Beach, the parade draws an estimated 30,000 people each year who come to enjoy the parade as well as the great dining, shopping and beautiful beach weather that Hermosa Beach offers.
Time/Place: 11am / Begins at City Hall, Valley Drive
Contact: (310) 376-0951 / www.hbchamber.net

Bobbi Pins Annual St. Baldricks Event   Mar. 14
Help Bobbi Pins reach their $5000 goal for childhood cancer. Our event will have music, food and drinks.
Time/Place: Bobbi Pins Salon: 201 North Glendora Ave., #300, Glendora
Contact: (626) 914-4709 / www.bobbipinsglendora.com

LA Writers Conference   Mar. 14
Imagination: The Fiction Writer’s Life, welcomes aspiring, new, practiced, and professional writers where they will engage with a diverse and dynamic group of authors, students, community writing groups, literary agents, publishers, book coaches, editors, book clubs, and booksellers.
Time/Place: 8am-5:30pm / Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus – Donohue Center: 10 Chester Place, L.A.
Contact: www.lawritersconference.org

Hayden 5K Run, Family Walk, & Roll   Mar. 14
USATF Sanctioned, the 5k promotes a healthy lifestyle, sparks competition, and builds camaraderie for families and friends of all ages.
Time/Place: 9am / Royal Oaks Drive and the Duarte bike trail
Contact: www.haydenchildcare.com/hayden5k

ASICS LA Marathon   Mar. 15
The ASICS LA Marathon is known for its start-to-finish entertainment program to encourage runners and to celebrate the city’s diversity. More than 25 bands, 600+ cheerleaders, 4 entertainment centers and nearly half of the Official Charities will have programs on the course, celebrating the triumph of each marathoner.
Time/Place: 3am / Dodger Stadium
Contact: (213) 542-3000 / www.lamarathon.com

MIXPO Chamber Mega-Mixer & Business Expo   Mar. 18
Network at the largest mixer of the year while enjoying complimentary beer and wine plus tastings from your favorite restaurants! Learn about a variety of local businesses at our EXPO, meet CLU faculty and view university projects.
Time/Place: 5:30-7:30pm / CA Lutheran University – Gilbert Sports & Fitness Center: 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks
Contact: www.conejochamber.org

Arbor Day Celebration   Mar. 21
The event is free and residents are welcome to come out and get involved in helping to create a beautiful and healthy environment in Calabasas.
Time/Place: 9:30am-12pm / Gates Canyon Park: 25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Calabasas
Contact: (818) 224-1680 / www.cityofcalabasas.com

Simply Wine Festival   Mar. 21
This annual benefit is bound to be another success for the thousands of foodies, wine, tequila, and beer connoisseurs, along with car aficionados. The festival is benefiting Safe Passage Lives, which is a non-profit with a purpose to shelter, educate, equip and direct women and their children of domestic violence to safety and a new life.
Time/Place: 7-10pm / CBS Studios – Radford Studio Center Inc: 4024 Radford Avenue
Contact: (805) 377-1933 / www.simplywinefest.com

Cycle 4 Michal’s   Mar. 21
Register on your own or form a team and have fun cycling with friends. All proceeds will be used for computer equipment for the students of Mychal’s Learning Place.
Time/Place: All Day / LifeFit Center @ The Beach (CSULB Campus): 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
Contact: (310) 297-9333 / www.mychals.org

Junior Golf Day   Mar. 21
A fun family day filled with golf activities, food, games and more! Free to all juniors who sign up!
Time/Place: 3-6pm / The Lakes of El Segundo Golf Course: 400 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Contact: (310) 802-5448 / www.citymb.info/juniorgolfday

L.A. County Air Show   Mar. 21-22
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team will thunder across the skies of Southern California as the headlining act along with an exciting array of thrilling jets, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and historic aircraft, will captivate fans and inspire both young and old.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / William J Fox Airfield: 4555 W Ave. G, Lancaster
Contact: www.lacountyairshow.com

State of the City Awards Luncheon   Mar. 26
Please mark your calendars for our annual State of the City and Awards Luncheon. Awardees will be announced soon.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / Hilton Glendale: 100 West Glenoaks Blvd.
Contact: (818) 240-7870 / www.glendalechamber.com

Malibu Easter Hoppening   Mar. 27
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with an Egg Hunt for children ages 1-10, bounce houses, food trucks: Palazzolo’s Gelato Truck and Son of a Bun Burger Truck, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more!
Time/Place: 3-6pm / Malibu Bluffs Park: 24250 Pacific Coast Highway
Contact: (310) 317-1364 / www.malibucity.org

Malibu Teen Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt   Mar. 27
Glow in the dark egg hunt for students in middle school and high school.  Find glow in the dark items, eggs and prizes that may include gift cards!
Time/Place: 7-8:30pm / Malibu Bluffs Park: 24250 Pacific Coast Highway
Contact: (310) 317-1364 / www.malibucity.org

Hawthorne Parks & Recs Golf Tournament   Mar. 30
If you have a foursome that would like to play in the tournament or you would like to join up with another group then please call Dick Huhn for more information.
Time/Place: 6am-6pm / Coyote Hills Golf Course, Fullerton
Contact: (310) 643-9157 / www.cityofhawthorne.org

Happy December!

Corn Souffle Recipe:

-16 oz can creamed corn
-16 oz can whole kernel corn
-8 oz sour cream
-1 cube butter (melted)
-2 eggs
-8 1/2 oz box Jiffy corn muffin mix

Mix all ingredients together (muffin mix last) in large mixing bowl. Mix well. Pour mixture into souffle dish. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until souffle is golden brown on top. Enjoy!

New Orleans Part II

 

I am back from New Orleans and have lots of pictures from the rest of my trip to share with y’all.

As one of the oldest Cities in America, New Orleans offers many historic homes built in the 1700’s and 1800’s. Here is a cute bed and breakfast mansion in the French Quarter that had so much charm.
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I’d have to say the Frenchmen street was my favorite place to visit with all the live music and street art. I found these Koi fish spray painted on the grounds of Frechmen.

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What a treat it was to be able to get together with my college roommate and dear friend Mica. She lives in the Garden District and took me to a yummy restaurant off Magazine called Ignatius. (I’d have to say this was on of my favorite meals I had on this trip)

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I ordered the Bayou Sampler with creole jambalaya, red beans, crawfish etouffee. Boy was it yummy!!!

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Mica and I getting ready for a night out.

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Marcie, Ursula, Me, and Lori hanging on the balcony of Sinners and Saints Bar (owned by Channing Tatum) off Bourbon Street. This party was hosted by Listhub.

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Selfie on Bourbon Street

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A visit to the WWII National Museum. The photo below describes why the national museum is held in New Orleans. We also saw Beyond All Boundaries 4D movie which was definitely worth the extra $5

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The one and only Po-boy sandwich I had on the trip was at Parkway Bakery. I had the corn beef and also ordered a side of fried pickles. The Sandwich was amazing, but the pickles were a bit too salty for my liking.

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Mica and I hanging by the Mississippi River and her laughing at my selfie stick.

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Back at the National Association of Realtors Expo we took some fun photo booth pictures.

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We spent the last day of our trip strolling around the french quarter. Here is a picture of Jackson Square and the Saint Louis Cathedral, which is one of the Oldest Cathedrals in the US!

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It was a great trip with lots of bonding with my local WCR gals. We were fortunate enough to meet some really nice Realtors from around the Nation. I enjoyed learning tips on how to better run my business and be the best Realtor that I can be for my clients. I appreciated the historic architecture and rich culture New Orleans has to offer. However, nothing will ever beat my love and appreciation for being able to live in the South Bay.

Hello from New Orleans!!!

I’m so excited to be blogging this week from Louisiana in New Orleans! Today marks day two of our Women’s Council of Realtors National Conference and I will also be attending the National Association of Realtors Convention. I truly feel so blessed to have this opportunity to network with other agents across the Nation and attend seminars to expand my real estate knowledge. Here are some photos of day one:

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Ursula with our first hurricane drinks of the trip!Hurricanes First meal of the trip at Oceana. Their crab cakes are to die for! Also enjoyed the gumbo.
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Marcie and I at the WCR welcome mixer.

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Quick stop at Cafe Du Monde for the yummiest beignets!image

Can’t wait to update you guys on the rest of my trip and I will be sure to share some valuable real estate tips and news!