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December 15, 2014 - Associated Realty of the Americas 1-520-625-9207 is a Real Estate referral organization, founded in 2007, consisting of fully vetted, committee approved members who believe that it requires a team to make any successful transaction. They are people of proven character and integrity, who are at the pinnacle of excellence in their chose profession. Many of our members are active in their local, regional and state-province and national boards of real estate where they provide quality leadership in an ever changing market place.

This year AREA has chosen two members to share the title of being "Member of the Year". They are Terry Wunderlich of Terra Firma Global Partners located in Napa, California and Dennis Badagliacco, Legacy Real Estate, located in San Jose, California.

Terry was chosen for the leadership she demonstrated as the 2014 Co-Chair of the AREA Retreat, which was held in October in Napa. As Co-Chair, she, together with the leadership of AREA, was responsible for coordinating all of the activities of the group in Napa. In September an earthquake hit Napa causing wide spread damage and great fear of its aftermath. A week after the event, Terry wrote an amazing letter to all of the members of AREA telling them that the recovery was well underway and the city was open for business. This act, alone, caused many members, especially those on the East Coast, to bury their fears and to ultimately attend the event. The result was that a record 70% of the membership came to Napa. Then, as Retreats go, it was much more than flawless. It was spectacular. AREA honors Terry for her significant contribution by naming her Co-Member of the Year for 2014.

Dennis Badagliacco is not an attorney but he probably could have been. As the member liaison to both the National Association of Realtors© and the California Association for legal issues, Dennis is on top of the latest and most significant legal issues affecting real estate professionals. As an adjunct to those duties, he is a regular contributor to the AREA Monthly Business Call-in and edits a column for the Monthly Newsletter. His expertise, coupled with an engaging style full of wit and insight, has made his participation an important ingredient of the AREA experience. For that effort, AREA is proud to announce that he has been named Co-Member of the Year.

For information further information please contact Carl Bosse, Director or 1-520-625-9207.



May 5, 2014 - Through the good efforts of Ronna Brand, of Brand Realty, Beverly Hills, California, Betty Graham, immediate past president of Coldwell Banker Previews International, will head an all-star team of speakers and panelists that are to be featured at the 2014 AREA Retreat to be held on the 13-15th of October in Napa, California.

The event, which is the 7th annual AREA Retreat, is being held at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Napa and will also feature Gordon McDermott, President of Auracom International; known, world-wide, as America's preeminent language, linguistic and cultural training consultation firm.

Also attending the event, as a special guest, will be Monsieur Pierre S. Cargot, a noted French wine expert, a graduate of the Sorbet and a truffle cultivator. He will debate John Bergman on the relative merits of French vs. California wines. This event could be carried on the Food Network if they wish to pick it up. Negotiations are currently not underway.

Heading up panels will be Ken Libby of Stowe, Vermont; George Harvey, Jr. of Telluride, Colorado; Chris McElroy of Fort Collins, Colorado; Cynthia Carley of Lake Arrowhead, California and Gail Hartnett of Boise, Idaho. Topics will be specially created for audience participation as well as to be unique in nature.

Panelists will include Jay West of Los Cabos, Mexico; Cathy Travis of Victoria, British Columbia; Heidi Rickard-Rizzo of Marine County, California; John Bergman of the Wine Country; Ruth Kruger of Aspen, Colorado; Ron Phipps of Warwick, Rhode Island; Don Bullock of Orlando, Florida; Miriam Dunn of Scarsdale, New York; Susan Cohan of Naples, Florida; Iris Riley, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ryan Asoa, Arcadia, California; Rod Woelfle, Aspen, Colorado; Laurie Wing; Park City, Utah; Jeanne Radsick, Bakersfield, California; Gary Brasher, Tubac, Arizona; Joe Malec, Waterdown, Ontario; Dave Pike, Denver, Colorado; Tom Wescott of Calgary, Alberta; Ellen Francisco of Malibu, California; Patricia Pipkin of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Meri Crandall of St. George, Utah; Steve Goddard of Los Angeles, California; and Hans Hansson of San Francisco.

Attendees will enjoy an extraordinary luncheon at Tra Vigne; St. Helena's adventure in melding Tuscany with the wine country; a guided tour of the Culinary Institute of America, which is housed in the old Christian Brothers Winery; A wind tasting adventure at the world famous Chateau Montelena Winery and, the grand finale will be cocktails and dinner at the elegant Napa Country Club.

For information please contact Carl Bosse at Associated Realty of the Americas or 1-520-625-9207.



December 12, 2013 - A group of highly regarded REALTORS® headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, who attended the National Association of Realtors® Convention in San Francisco, California during November, have been invited to create a Spanish version of AREA, according to Carl A. Bosse, Chief Executive Officer of the firm.

"AREA is delighted that the group, headed up by Avenir Real Estate of Barcelona, has taken the initiative to expand its international affiliates by creating a chapter of AREA in Spain", stated Bosse.

Avenir's Montse Moreno (CIPS) and Daniel Gamariz (CIPS, FIABCI,) head up the group and hope to have it in place within the next few months.

"I hope that is the beginning of a long collaboration!" noted Senora Moreno who, together with three other associates attended the five day Convention. "Several of us attended a very informative Seminar for international commercial brokers attending the convention jointly held by Starboard TCN and Associated Realty of the Americas. That is where the concept of creating the Spanish Chapter came about."

The seminar focused on the marketing aspects of Starboard TCN, headed up by its president, Hans Hansson, on how those aspects could be used by international companies in their local markets. Hansson, who is also a member of AREA, later hosted the group for dinner and a tour of San Francisco.

The Chapter will be an affiliate of AREA and will use many of its tools and procedures which will be modified to conform to Spanish real estate practices. It is hoped that through this alliance a new bridge for international cooperation will be established on a formal basis.

Associated Realty of the Americas in a by invitation only referral network located in Canada, the United States and Mexico. It only seeks members who have proven their ability to serve, lead and share within the real estate community.

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