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Greater Philadelphia Assn. Of Realtors Hosts Event

  • To Crown Real Estate Apprentice Season III Winner

    ALISO VIEJO, CA, March 29th, 2006 – Anita Lam, rookie agent for Elfant Wissahickon Realty of Philadelphia and Season III Real Estate Apprentice Grand Prize Winner was overcome with joy as she recently received $70,000 worth of real estate education, products, tools and services. According to The Real Estate Apprentice Foundation, each item was carefully selected to help get new agents get on the fast track to real estate success. During a personal interview with Anita, she described her good fortune by saying: “The Real Estate Apprentice program is an excellent opportunity for new agents to receive education and marketing assistance from high caliber sponsors known for their professionalism and expertise. Winning is a total blessing and certainly Heaven sent.” The task ahead for Anita is now to implement and use the huge opportunity that has been given her.

    Louise D’Allesandro, Broker/Co-Owner of Elfant Wissahickon joined Anita on the stage at the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors® Award Breakfast to participate in the special award ceremony. “Anita Lam has a strong drive to succeed, is a tenacious worker, has excellent core values to succeed and grasps the skills, tools, and concepts that a new agent must use,” she said. “Anita knows that she must become a data analyst, a behavior analyst, a negotiator, one who is able to read between the lines, and must know how to take charge of people and lead.”

    Sharing the spotlight on stage and assisting in Anita’s awards was Hugo “Skip” Weber, the President of Realty Seminars, Inc (RSI) and the Director of Education of RSI’s subsidiary, Polley Associates in Newton Square, Pennsylvania where Anita attended her pre-license classes. Polley Associates is also the largest real estate education provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey and is an Affiliate of the RealtyU® network of real estate schools. “I think that the Real Estate Apprentice Grant Program is one of the finest opportunities for new licensees that we have ever heard about or seen. This is saying a lot, since I have been very active in the real estate business of education for over 25 years.”

    “Having carefully examined Anita’s competitors, I can truly say that they are a fine group of people representing all age groups, all backgrounds, and all ethnic backgrounds. We went through two seasons, and watched some of our students get into the Top 30, but they never quite made it to the Top 10 and we were very pleasantly surprised when we heard that Anita Lam, who turns out, in my estimation, to be one of the finest examples of the type of person that the real estate industry needs, won.” Ms. Lam has weathered adverse storms of her personal and professional life becoming unemployed from a secure 20-year university career. After that great disappointment, she had the fortitude and mental stamina to pursue a career in real estate. “To see Anita as the Grand Prize Winner of Season III is simply fantastic! I could not be happier for Anita,” Weber said.

    The Real Estate Apprentice Grant Program Sponsors include: First American Residential Group – a division of the First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), Hobbs/Herder – advertising and design, iSucceed – real estate productivity enhancement, eNeighborhoods – community information, McLean International – technology and systems consulting, Thomson SouthWestern – real estate books, Calculated Industries – calculators and measuring devices, CreateAPlan – business planning systems, Real Estate Simulator – career assessment software, ExpressCopy - online printing, The Real Estate CyberSpace Society – online technology association, Broker Agent News and RIS Media – both real estate news services, Saris Technologies – agent software, VisualTour – home tours and RealtyU® – real estate school network.

    The Awards ceremony took place in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly and sisterly love, on Friday March 24th.