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60 - CAPE G.;]gTTE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 RE/MAX surpasses 1 million transactions in 1997, survey says "Thanks a million. You have es- tablished a record in the real estate industry. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX." That was part of a special an- nouncement by RE/MAX interna- tional chairman, Dave Liniger, as he addressed nearly 10,000 atten- dees during the opening session of the 25th Anniversary RE/MAX Convention on March 2. Liniger was summarizing the results of an audit by Arthur Andersen of 1997 RE/MAX real estate transactions in North America. "As RE/MAX members, you can be very proud of your efforts last year," Liniger told his audi- ence. "In North America alone, you handled more than 1 million transaction sides in 1997, that's more than the annual production of any other real estate network in the world. The audit was only on RE/MAX offices in North Ameri- ca, and when you consider the other global RE/MAX offices, Central Sussex Bridal Show set Valuable door prizes await visi- tors to the Central Sussex Bridal Show, coming to the Millsboro Civic Center, Wilson Highway and Mitchell Street, Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prize drawings will be held hourly and will include reductions in photography packages and deejay services, gift baskets, honeymoon luggage and more. Sponsored by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, the show features all types of wedding service providers from the local area, Kent County and Wicomico County, Md. Tickets are $3 each and will be sold at the door. Chil- dren under 6 are admitted free. Prospective brides, grooms, their families and wedding parties are invited to attend the four formal wear fashion shows, scheduled annually from noon to 3 p.m. Fashions by Candlelight Bridal of Millsboro will be shown at noon and 2 p.m., while western-style formal wear, from Boot Scootin' Western Wear in Redden, will be displayed at 1 and 3 p.m. Fashion show flowers will be coordinated by Village Green Florist of Millsboro. Each show will be completely different, and will include apparel for all mem- bers of the bridal party and their families, from flower gifts to ring bearers to parents and grandpar- ents. The event chairman is Nick Varrato of NaVar Studio, Mills- boro. Other planners in addition to those named above, are Susan Passwaters of the Hair Court and Judy Henninger of The Party Cor- ner. A few indoor and outdoor vendor spaces remain, but providers should respond quickly as space is limited. The Civic Center has a large parking lot, which can accommodate large items such as rental tents. those are pretty awesome statis- tics," he said. According to Clayton Peterson, managing partner of Arthur An- dersen's Denver office, "The au- dit took place over the past three months and included a combina- tion of both on-site visits and ex- amination of data from all the re- gions involved. The audit was quite standard and first examined procedures, controls and closing documents. It focused primarily on residential real estate and did not include transactions recorded from rentals, time shares, referral fees or leases." In January 1997, RE/MAX of- ficially adopted the definition of "transaction side," most frequent- ly used in the industry and by most publications that compile and report industry statistics. For the purposes of the audit, Arthur Andersen used the RE/MAX def- inition of a transaction. "A trans- action is comprised of two sides, the listing side and the selling side. Each side closed represents a commissionable event for the broker responsible for that side of the transaction." In addition to surpassing 1 mil- lion annual transaction sides, RE/MAX is marking other mile- stones during its 25th anniversary year. It is the only real estate fran- chise to sustain continual growth both in opened offices and num- ber of sales associates since its founding in 1973; the first to of- fer its members high-tech tools for office operations, agent pro- ductivity and for consumers through its Web site (; the first and only to offer a proprietary satellite com- munications network - RE/MAX Satellite Network (RSN), facili- tating faster dissemination of in- formation and educational pro- grams; the best-trained, most highly educated and most produc- tive membership, leading the in- dustry in professional designa- tions and production per agent; the fastest growing real estate franchise ("Entrepreneur" maga- zine, January 1998); and the only major real estate franchise that is still owned by the original founders and who are still active in its operation and long-range planning. "We thank the pioneers who believed in the RE/MAX concept in the early years," added Darryl Jesperson, RE/MAX president. "Without them, none of us would be here today to enjoy the bene- fits of these programs. Currently, with members in 24 countries and seven territories around the globe, and more joining every day, the next 25 years should be even more exciting." .o The Sussex County flag license tag comes with stainless screws for easy mounting. Cape Gazette Salutes Sussex On the eve of the nation's 1976 bicentennial, Bill Scott, of Selbyville and Lewes, set out to create a flag for Sussex County, Delaware. The boundaries of the state's largest county as they exist today were finally established just a year before the thirteen colonies of England declared their independence in 1776. Through the following 200 years, Sussex County had no flag nor any real need for one. The design created by Scott includes elements related to the county's earliest European set- tlers: the Dutch who landed and established a community in the area of Lewes in the early and mid 1600s, and the English who later, under William Penn's guidance, confirmed, that Delaware's southernmost county should be known as Sussex. Scott wrote the following background history for his design: "The flag of the Nether- lands since 1630 has been equally divided horizontal stripes of red, white and blue. The flag for the county has adapted this pattern but instead of equal distance the propor- tions of the colors are 1/4 red (on top), 1/2 white, and 1/4 blue. The sheaf of wheat comes from the fact that when Sussex County was under the jurisdiction of William Penn, he decreed that the Sussex County seal should be identified by the sheaf of wheat, Kent County by ears of corn, etc. Since flag design should be as simple as possible, the sheaf of wheat is superimposed on the horizontal Dutch colors, thereby making a colorful and easily recognizable flag." ScoWs design was present- ed to Sussex County officials on Return Day in 1974. The Cape Gazette recently ran with ScoWs design idea and has created a new license tag for the front of Delaware vehi- cles. The newspaper joined forces with Lewes's award-win- ning artist Connie Costigan and commissioned a new version of Scott's design with a little artis- tic license. Using a representa- tion from a stained glass win- dow in Groome Methodist Church in Lewes as her guide, Costigan drew a shock of stalks bending under the weight of mature wheat grains. Costi- gan's shock was then superim- posed on the Dutch colors to create the latest edition of the Sussex flag. This new version arrives at a time when Sussex County is focusing on the need to pre- serve its valuable farmland. The tag punctuates the histori- cal and contemporary impor- tance of agriculture to the Sus- sex community. The new Sussex County flag license tag is available free to new Cape Gazette subscribers or for the nominal fee of $3 for current subscribers. The tags are also available to non-sub- scribers at a cost of $10. The tags, metal with baked- on enamel paint to capture the vibrant colors of the Sussex County flag, come with a pair of stainless steel screws for easy mounting. lrAIPZ--OAZITTI ' :I'd be proud to have the new Sussex County tag. I I Please print I I Your name J Your address I New I c.y t 00our.00on. Subscriber | State Zip Special Ii socon ad'm (Snowbird) I SUBSCRIPTION RATES I (Enciose check) i-  . 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