On December 14th the Kenai Peninsula Association of REALTORS® (KPAR) met for their Annual Award Ceremony and Banquet. “It was a wonderful evening of awards, great food and fun. We acknowledged our 2013 REALTOR® of the Year, Fred Braun of Century 21 Freedom Realty for his ongoing community support, professionalism and of advocacy of private property rights. We also announced our 2013 Affiliate of the Year, Barbara Ramondino of AlaskaUSA Title for her involvement in the Association, dedicated community support and for being an all-around enjoyable person to work with,” Melissa Duffy, KPAR executive director told the Dispatch. “A lot of people think that being a real estate agent and being a realtor is the same thing and it’s really not,” said incoming KPAR president Dale Bagley, “Realtors adhere to a higher code of ethics and KPAR is our local organization. Not all agents are KPAR members but I’m very proud to be a member of the organization and I’m looking forward to a great year as president,” he said.

The evening was sponsored by Century 21 Freedom Realty, First American Title, and Five Star Realty. “We are also thankful for helpful donations from AlaskaUSA Title, the Peninsula Clarion, and Stewart Title. At the Award Ceremony we were excited to install our 2014 Board of Directors which is comprised of: President Dale Bagley of Redoubt Realty, Past President Anna Johns of Century 21 Freedom Realty, President Elect Mark White of Ron Moore Company, Treasurer Dorothy Cunningham of Five Star Realty, Director Kelly Griebel of Century 21 Freedom Realty, Director Lyndy Wackler of Century 21 Freedom Realty, Director Colleen O’Connell of Century 21 Freedom Realty, Director Linda McLane of Ron Moore Company, and Director Diane Melton of Five Star Realty,” said Duffy.

In addition to upholding a high standard of ethics, KPAR has many other local accomplishments to their credit such as helping the Salvation Army by participating in their Ring the Bell program and collecting 43 Toys for Tots at the Award Ceremony, raising over $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity and Hospice of the Central Peninsula, putting on a very successful and enjoyable Sport, Rec and Trade Show and leading the Association in being the voice for real estate on the Kenai Peninsula. According to Bagley November and December have been exceedingly busy months on the Peninsula, “These are traditionally slow months in the real estate industry and if you had asked me in October I would have said that 2013 was a little slower than 2012, but when the year is over I think it will equal or be better than last year and all the indicators with the oil and gas activity are that we’ll have an even better year next year the Kenai Peninsula Association of REALTORS® looks forward to 2014 and the positive impacts we can make in the community,” said Bagley.