EASTON — The Mid-Shore Board of Realtors announced its annual awards and installed a new president and board of directors on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Hog Neck Golf Course.

Laura Anderson was installed as the new 2021 president of the regional real estate group. Anderson is a real estate agent with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Anderson said she will continue to focus the Mid-Shore Realtors group on how to embrace technology as the industry and economy continue to deal with COVID-19 and social distancing. Anderson said she plans to establish a new task force to explore and command how best to leverage technology for the group’s members.

“I’m excited to make these focal points happen,” Anderson said.

The event was held Hog Neck’s outdoor pavilion to insure social distancing.

Anderson succeeds Judy Germain as president. Germain talked about the all the challenges of 2020 and how local Realtors worked with state and national groups to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“We rallied together with both the Maryland Realtors and the National Association of Realtors,” Germain said.

Germain said the designation real estate agents as essential personnel was key to the industry surviving during the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the pandemic and resulting closures prompted renovations of the Mid-Shore Realtors group to renovate its offices.

The real estate group has 566 members.

Despite all the challenges of 2020, real estate agents and other industry professionals at the socially distanced event said the Shore’s housing market is performing well despite the virus and all its impacts. They point to strong demand from buyers spurred by historically low mortgage interest rates. They are also seeing buyers interested in moving away from traffic congestion and other stresses of urban areas especially when more employees and professional are working from home because of the coronavirus.

The event also featured the annual Mid-Shore Board of Realtors’ awards.

Sharon Spedden, the Broker with Sharon Real Estate, received the real estate group’s Life Achievement Award. Spedden has been a Realtor on the shore for 30 years and is also a past president of the regional group. Spedden has served on the city of Cambridge Economic Development Steering Committee and Harbor Haven Condominium Association. She also volunteers with Quota International and helps with the annual Cambridge Ironman Triathlon.

Daphne Crawley was named Realtor of the Year. She is an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. That award is best on agent’s contributions to the local association, as well as the community and their dedication to professional standards.

Connie Loveland received the Community Service Award. She is a Realtor with Benson & Mangold Real Estate. Loveland was honored for her work with the Easton Rotary, Talbot Partnership, Christ Church and other causes.

Diane Albers was awarded the affiliate of the year award. Albers is the owner of locally based Superior Staging & Redesign, home staging company. She is also the membership chair of the Mid-Shore Realtors. She also served as an event photographer for the Oct. 6 installation and awards.

Dee Dee Miller, president of the Maryland Realtors, also attended the installation and awards. The event also featured several elected officials. Those included Talbot County Council President Corey Pack, Easton Mayor Robert Willey, Sen. Addie Eckhardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, and Reps. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Mid-Shore, and Christopher Adams, R-37B.

The Mid-Shore Board of Realtors 2021 board of directors includes Laura Anderson, Rodney Bliss, Kathleen Brenton, Dennis Covey, Mike Dillon, Gwen Eskridge, Judy Germain, Traci Jordan, Lori McDonald, Meg Moran, Megan Rosendale, Shelby Roney and Leslie Stevenson.

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