Pondera Properties marked the close of its fourth year in business by celebrating with agents and spouses last Wednesday at a dinner held on Possum Kingdom’s West Side at the new Twisted Branch Eatery. 

During the event, the firm recognized its top-producing agents for the sales cycle of Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014.

“We are proud of our agents and their hard work, particularly this past year when the local real estate market experienced a 30 percent decline in overall number of transactions,” said Marsha Bettis, managing broker. “Because our agents worked harder and smarter, we saw our market share increase in what has been a rather challenging time in our lake’s history,

“In spite of lower lake levels, Pondera’s agents have matched more buyers and sellers in successful transactions than any other company in our market.”

Company officials believe staying abreast of local issues, the ongoing training program, reputation and hard work of agents is the basis for success, adding that the highly visible Facebook page and branding efforts help keep the firm top-of-mind for buyers and sellers.

Pondera’s top producing sales associates for the 2014 selling season were:

• Overall Sales Volume: Valerie Klapper takes top honors for the second consecutive year followed by Jan Rosandich and Kay Elliott.

• Total Transactions: Jo Lynn Miller placed first followed by Ric Hayward and Valerie Klapper.

• Top Listing Agents (defined as properties that listed and sold in the same 12-month period): Valerie Klapper, Jo Lynn Miller and Ric Hayward.

• Top Buyer Agents: Jo Lynn Miller, Kay Elliott and Valerie Klapper.

Pondera also announced that Miller won the firm’s annual sales contest — a week-long cruise for two.

Pondera maintains two offices, one on PK’s East Side and the other on PK’s West Side

Owners are Marsha Bettis, managing broker, and Jackie Fewell, who handles branding as well as the company’s social media platform.