No, there’s no category for “Best Actor” or “Best Actress” — though arguably, there should be.

But the first-ever Edina Realty City Lakes Awards (“ERCL”) do recognize outstanding achievement in 17 (mostly serious) real estate categories.

Without further adieu, here are the categories and winners — all painstakingly chosen by City Lakes Manager Matt Loskota:

Rookie of the Year:  Sarah Biondi

Steady Eddie Award:  Jim Kantorowicz

Alexander G. Bell Award:   Mark Jelinek

Mark Twain Award:  Ross Kaplan

Eager Beaver Award:  Vicki McGinty

Strangest Buyers:  Alan Birk

Nancy Sinatra Award:  Amy Michelle Freeman

Zuckerberg Award:  Karla Rose

Gastronomist of the Year:  Jim Cohen

Most Showings — ERCL Listings:  1) Karla Rose; 2) Ross Kaplan

Most Showings — ER Listings:   Golden Valley — 1) Jacquie Day; 2) Karla Rose; St. Louis Park — 1) Budd Batterson; 2) Sheri Fine; 3) Clark Kruger

Volume:  1) Jacquie Day; 2) Kerry Bader; 3) Sheri Fine; 4) Gary Metchnek

Transactions Sides:   1) Alex Boylan; 2) Jacquie Day; 3) Karla Rose; 4) Sarah Huss; 5) Tracy Gazett

Listings:  1) Jacquie Day; 2) Alex Boylan; 3) Karla Rose; 4) Sarah Huss

Ratio Sold Listings/Total Listings:  1) Rosemary Beaurline; 2) Kathy Dick; 3) Mary Gaulke

Average Market Time:  1) Budd Batterson; 2) Ross Kaplan

Sold Price/List Price:  1) Alex Boylan; 2) Budd Batterson; 3) Sarah Huss; 4) Jacquie Day

You’ll note that yours truly popped up in three categories:  “the Mark Twain Award,” “Most Showings – ERCL Listings,” and “Average Market Time.”

The one my clients (and prospective clients) should care about most is that last category, “Average Market Time” — a very fast 34 days.

By contrast, the average listing these days takes almost four months to sell.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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