Flagler County Realtors Add Politics to Open House

If there’s one thing real estate brokers and agents know how to do, it’s making the sale.

Combining their marketing acumen with a booming election cycle, Julie Sabine and Dave Petkovsek, co-owners and brokers of Realty Exchange in Palm Coast, hosted the “Mask”erade, Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday night.

Showcasing the property at 13 Place Concorde, priced at just under $1 million in the gated community of Hammock Dunes, guests were encouraged to tour the premises when meeting the candidates, as the singer Linda Cole entertained guests with champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

Offering plenty of remote space in the 6,000-square-foot pool house and hand sanitizer on hand, Petkovsek said the event was designed to give voters and candidates a chance to connect. during the limited commitment electoral cycle.

“I’m a concerned citizen and I care about our community, so think voting is a really important thing for us,” Petkovsek said. “Sometimes it’s hard to know who you want to vote for, because what do you know about them? Character is just as important as party or certain positions they may take on issues, so we decided to create a chance for our agents and others to meet the candidates was a great idea.

Serving as a bipartisan event, candidates and dignitaries in attendance included Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, retired U.S. Navy Captain Randy Stapleford representing Congressman Michael Waltz, Palm Coast City Council candidate Reverend Sims Jones, Flagler County Sheriff candidate Larry Jones and 7th Judicial Circuit candidate Daniel Hilbert.

The importance of location was not lost on Petkovsek, the domain’s co-registration agent.

The home is owned by the family of Dr. Vi Drexler, a longtime member of the Flagler County community who was heavily involved in several civic and political organizations before passing away in 2019 at age 90.

A fervent advocate for the causes she believed in, Drexler, who stood just 5 feet tall, was the epitome of strength with a keen mind for politics and her community.

“We were planning on having this community outreach event and I thought of this house because of its beauty and space to host a party like this. I called the executor and asked if we could have this party here and almost heard him hang up the phone. He said, ‘Are you kidding me? Not only can you, but thank you for doing it,” Petkovsek said. “He said she would have appreciated it so much.”

“We truly enjoy being involved in the community and believe community leadership is what Realty Exchange is all about,” said Julie Sabine.

Singer Linda Cole entertains guests with the help of Travis Thomas, owner of Thomas Media Solutions, during the "Hide"erade 2020 Candidates Meet and Greet on September 9th.

Kristan F. Talley