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Real estate affiliates party it up

At the 45th Installation Dinner Dance

Posted: November 24, 2008 8:30 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Outgoing president Doreen Chastain-Shine, left, and the mistress of ceremonies, Laura Langen, middle, of LandAmerica Southland Title, welcome Nancy Starczyk, right, to the stage for her Incoming President's Address. Starczyk serves as president of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc. Santa Clarity Valley division for the third time.

Dozens of Realtors and real estate affiliates put aside gloomy market conditions to celebrate new leadership on Friday in the Hyatt Valencia Grand Ballroom.

"It doesn't matter what the market is tonight," said Roxie Ramey of Prudential California Realty. "We get to dress up for this festive time of year, and we get to see people we don't usually see."

Ramey and many other members of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors, Inc., Santa Clarita Valley Division honored outgoing president Doreen Chastain-Shine and installed new president Nancy Starczyk and new council members at the 45th annual Installation Dinner Dance.

The Santa Clarita division of the Association of Realtors is a representative voice for 1,900 licensed Realtors in this valley, said event co-chair and council member, Phyllis Grekin of Re/Max of Valencia.

"Every year we try to do something real fun so people will come," said Grekin. Mary McCormick of Realty Executives co-chaired the event.

Complete with a comedic mistress of ceremonies, Elvis impersonator, "SCV" Idol singing contest, cocktails, dinner and dancing, the festivities proved Realtors know how to party.

As the center "star" of the evening, Starczyk of Realty Executives was showered with praises.

Idol contestant Cres San Jose of Keller Williams Realty serenaded Starczyk with his rendition of Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight."

"This is her night," San Jose said. "That's why we're all here." It was a performance that earned him first place in the Idol competition.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Mayor Bob Kellar also gave Starczyk a warm, official welcome into office.

"Certainly with the market situation, I don't think there is a better president for this time," Smyth said. "Her optimism, spirit and enthusiasm are so infectious and that's exactly what we need going into next year."

Starczyk will serve as president of the division for the third time since her first term in 1998. Despite a shaky housing market, she is ready to lead.

"I'm very excited about the upcoming year," she said. "With a decrease in business comes more time for people to be educated."

The association offers seminars and educational meetings to equip Realtors to handle the current market conditions, she said.

"I'm the eternal optimist," Starczyk said. "I try to look at the silver lining. There's always a buyer or seller out there, whether the market is up or down, we just have to find those people."

Starczyk said she's proud of all the Realtors, many of whom were honored Friday.

Outgoing President Chastain-Shine presented the President's award to Laura Langen of LandAmerica Southland Title.

The Member of the Year award was presented to a shocked Grekin.

"They told me someone else was going to win it," she said. "It's exciting. The award goes to a Realtor that has done a lot of work for the association."


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