On Monday night, we hosted our company-wide holiday party, more commonly referred to as the 6th Annual StaRLAHs, at the newly remodeled Dupont Circle Hotel. More than 200 local real estate leaders gathered as we reflected on a successful 2018 and made a toast to the incoming year. A feature of the evening and a long-standing tradition was an end-of-year parody of traditional award shows called “The StaRLAHs”. “These awards are not necessarily ones you WANT to win,” said RLAH President, Justin Levitch. Some of the awards included ‘Worst Deal of the Year’, the ‘4:30pm on a Friday Award’ as well as some more appreciative ones such as ‘Best Supporting Actor’ given to someone who has been outstanding in an assistant role. This year included a comical year-in-review video prior to the award show. The entertainment was a hit, but the line to the food proved that the lobster dish was the most popular part of the evening.
The annual BGRS (Brookfield Global Relocation Services) Supplier Partner Forum was recently held in October of 2018. This year’s host city was Seattle, where there were several days of rich dialogue, feedback and idea sharing supporting growth and achievement for one of the world’s largest relocation networks. RLAH sent our Director of Relocation and Certified Relocation Professional, Anie Azarian to participate in the experience.
RLAH Real Estate was one of the few brokerages to receive a Certificate of Appreciation for our excellence in service based on BGRS annual scorecards. BGRS expressed great appreciation for the outstanding quality of RLAH’s service and congratulated us for always going above and beyond with them and the transferees with whom we work, which made us stand out from every other broker at the Real Estate lunch.
Other attendees generously noticed our ongoing accomplishments of superior service excellence and congratulated us for earning this tremendous recognition two years in a row.
On Memorial Day Weekend, agents and staff from RLAH volunteered to join VUR and the Gary Sinise Foundation in honoring our nation’s veterans at the Invincible Spirit Festival held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performed as well as serving BBQ by celebrity chef Robert Irvine and Grand Champion pitmaster Stan Hays of Operation BBQ to veteran’s, their families and their caregivers.
From RLAH Agent & 2018 DCAR President Christopher Suranna:
As you’re likely aware by now, the DC Council’s Housing Committee passed the single-family exemption to TOPA last Friday. This was a major step, and we sincerely appreciate all of you who came to show your support!
This is far from a done deal, however. Next, the bill must pass a difficult hurdle: a full Council vote. That’s scheduled for March 6th at 10am, and we’ll need even stronger in-person support, so please mark your calendars. Before that hearing, however, we have a simple ask. We’ve heard certain Councilmembers are considering amending the delicately drafted bill, which we fully support in its current language. This is a serious concern because it would significantly reduce the bill’s impact. To discourage them from doing so, we need to flood their inboxes.
Here’s what we need from you:
- Please copy & paste the email addresses of the Council members into the “To” box in your email client. You should be able to copy and paste them all at once.
2. Copy and paste the following text into the body of the email:
I’m writing you today to ask you to please support Bill 22-0315, the “TOPA Single-family Home Exemption Amendment Act of 2018,” as currently written. This bill would address all of the major issues with TOPA for single-family homes, and I strongly urge you to support it as passed by the Housing Committee.
Thank you for your time.
3. Under “Sincerely,” add your name.
4. Press send.
That’s it. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds. We have sent this out to all DCAR board and committees and I thought having more help from the RLAH family would be great.
Thanks for your assistance.
Let’s get this DONE!!
On Monday, a group of #RLAH agents and staff members volunteered with local DC charity Food & Friends, a non-profit that serves area residents who suffer from debilitating illnesses and diseases. Food & Friends’ vision statement is aimed at “A community where everyone who is critically ill has the nourishment they need to manage their illness. Food & Friends is built on a simple premise: anyone can get sick and everyone can help.”
Not only was #RLAH able to dedicate time to helping prepare and pack food for Food & Friends for a few hours, but we also were able to donate over $6k as a result of our annual RLAH Philanthropy Holiday Drive.
Along with the rest of the country, #RLAH took a few minutes out of the day to stare up at the sky (with NASA-approved eclipse glasses, of course) for the 2017 full solar eclipse. However, some forgot to get their special glasses and were stuck watching it on TV rather than burning out their retinas. While the DMV only saw about an 80% eclipse, streets and rooftops were crowded with eager viewers for this once-a-decade event.