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President’s Corner Reflecting on 2010 and looking forward to 2011 as I write my final column

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Melanie Pennino

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2010 7:12 am

As this article will actually be published on Friday, Christmas Eve, I don’t know how many of you will have time between wrapping presents, cooking a wonderful dinner and attending Christmas Eve services to read this week’s article.

Next week I hand this weekly duty over to 2011 LAR President Kerry Suess.  It is hard to believe that I have written 52 articles.  I would like to thank all of you who have mentioned to me that you enjoy the articles.  It’s nice to know that what you write is helpful to others.  Through these articles I have attempted to keep you informed of the ever changing issues involved with the real estate market today.  These have ranged from preparing your home to sell, getting pre-qualified, how to spot foreclosure scams and understanding appraisals. 

I have truly enjoyed serving as President of the Lodi Association of Realtors.  Some of you may not realize we are an organization of over 1900 members from both San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.  Of course, you can’t keep this type of an organization running smoothly without the help of volunteers. We have a dedicated Board of Directors who volunteer their time and talents to our organization and the Realtor profession in general. Many thanks to President Elect Kerry Suess, Vice President Diane Gallagher, Sec.-

Treas. Linda Bush, Immediate Past President Ryan Sherman and Directors Bob Blower, Eileen Schamber, Sherri Aguilar, and Pam Harmon.  In addition to these volunteers, we have many others that serve on various committees throughout the year. 

While we attend to our daily business of helping people buy and sell real estate, we have a group of dedicated and conscientious staff that man the Association office on a daily basis.  We couldn’t conduct our business without them.  Our Association Executive, Marjo Rivinius, has been with the Association for over 35 years.  She provides a wealth of knowledge and keeps us all on track.  Our dedicated office staff consists of Henrietta “Hank”, Kathy, and Dawn.  They are always ready to help with any problem or concern from our members. 

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. The real estate market is constantly changing. I encourage you to  keep checking this article for more useful and informative real estate information.

Melanie Pennino is the president of the Lodi Association of Realtors.  You can reach her at