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NEAR Members Recognized at Recent Awards Gala

Friday, April 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Brogan
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Linda Kody, broker-owner of Kody & Company, Inc. in North Andover, has been named REALTOR® of the Year by the Northeast Association of REALTORS® (NEAR), which represents more than 1,400 REALTORS® and 200 Business Partner members in the Merrimack and Nashoba valleys and southern NH. The award is the highest honor that NEAR can bestow upon one of its members and recognizes service to the REALTOR® organization at the local, state, and national levels, as well as community activities and business accomplishments. The award was presented at the recent NEAR Annual Awards Gala, held at the Andover Country Club on Thursday, April 27 and attended by more than 500 members and guests.

A resident of North Andover, in 2016 Kody was president of NEAR, chairperson of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and also served as a volunteer instructor for new member orientation as well as an instructor for REALTOR® Safety and Expanding Housing Opportunities. She also served on NEAR’s Finance and Nominating committees.  In 2017, she serves as a director of the association, and a member of the Executive, Finance, and Professional Standards Committees as well as an association ombudsman.

At the state level, Kody currently serves as a member of the Professional Standards and Forms Committees at the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR). Last year she served on the MAR Board of Directors. At the national level, Kody is one of the few instructors approved to teach their Expanding Housing Opportunities course which was designed to educate real estate professionals on the range of affordable housing opportunities and clients seeking them. Also in 2016 she attended numerous state and national industry conferences and gatherings, including REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill, REALTOR® Days on Capitol Hill, and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Conference and Expo and Habitat for Humanity Build in Orlando. She has also participated in many media interviews about real estate and technology over the past few years. Also honored at the event were:

  • Distinguished Service: Susan Callahan of Century 21 Commonwealth in Billerica was honored for many years of outstanding volunteer service to NEAR in a wide variety of leadership and community service roles;

  • Good Neighbor: Lisa Corr of Coco, Early & Associates in Haverhill was honored with the “Good Neighbor Award” for outstanding volunteer charitable work;

  • Educator of the Year: Linda Kody of Kody & Company, Inc. in North Andover was honored with the association’s “Educator of the Year Award” for outstanding real estate training;

  • True Professional: Jenepher Spencer of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Westford was recognized as a “True Professional” for her strong professional ethics and cooperative spirit;

  • Innovator in Marketing: Joel Simes of Simes City Realty and Matthew Peabody of LAER Realty Partners, both in Dracut, were honored as “Innovators in Marketing” for their creativity in promotion and advertising and leveraging new media;

  • Business Partner of the Year: Attorney Maria Bonanno of Manzi, Bonanno and Bowers in Methuen was honored with the NEAR “Business Partner of the Year Award” for her work as an extremely active NEAR Business Partner member.

The association also presented a number of “Top Producer” awards to approximately 29 percent of the association’s Realtor members based on their property sales volume during 2016. These included the “Rookie of the Year” presented to Alysha Glazier of Keller Williams in Westford for the level of dollar volume sold and Johnny Rivas of Coco, Early & Associates in Haverhill for the high number of transactions closed among first-year NEAR members.

Sponsors for the event included: The Sun and The Eagle-Tribune newspapers; Law Office of Paul D. Lambert, Equity Prime Mortgage, Touchstone Closing & Escrow, Align Credit Union, Supreme Lending, DCU, CATIC, MLS Property Information Network, Inc., Perkins & Anctil, Cohen Law Offices, Salem Five Mortgage, Revamped Interior, Enterprise Bank, Deschenes & Farrell, and Landy Insurance.

See full awards list here: