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Please Sign this Petition to Bring Alan Gross home. This morning I received an email from one of my favorite clients asking for my help. Right away, I called Marissa, whose home is on the market. This is the email 'Happy New Year Margaret. I'd like to share this situation with you and ask you to share it with as many people as you can. It is about my cousin Alan Gross (Grandma's sister's son) who has been held in a Cuban jail since December 3, 2009. We are desperately trying to get him home where he (2 comments)
This is my favorite gift from a Best Friend. - 12/29/11 10:26 PM
This is my favorite gift from a Best Friend. What is my favorite gift? It is the one that arrived in the mail yesterday. A very special book with twenty photos that chronicles a friendship over the past couple of decades. The front was done in my very special color..chocolate brown, and the opening photo was of Peg and me taken a few years ago. Slowly flipping through the book, good times and memories flooded in. Within moments I was on the (20 comments)
10 Realtor® Ideas Using Skype on the Ipad - 12/29/11 01:29 AM
10 Realtor® Ideas Using Skype on the Ipad Skype on the iPad! Spent some time with Cheryl Ritchie Wednesday evening playing with Skype...before we knew it...3 hours had passed. Ideas were coming at us fast and furious. What fun! I got to see Cheryl's Rag Doll collection and she got to see some of my porcelain artwork...along with figuring out how we were going to use Skype on the iPad.
Here are just some of (11 comments)
IF YOU WANT SOLD ON YOUR HOME CALL MARGARET ROME - 12/28/11 09:35 PM
IF YOU WANT SOLD ON YOUR HOME CALL MARGARET ROME At the end of the calendar year, I like to change my advertising a bit. Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome has been a successful tag line for many years. I was thinking of doing an entire page with "SOLD" signs on all the houses... but then my current listings would not have the exposure. So I am using the top row with a banner that says IF YOU WANT SOLD ON YOUR HOME CALL MARGARET ROME. It is a subtle change that I will be using for the next two (9 comments)
Anyone who has bought, sold, or refinanced a house in the past knows that there are stacks of papers that have to be signed before the keys change hands. Most of those papers come from the Realtor®, the title company, and the lender. When thinking of selling your home, you will need the necessary paperwork. Depending on how long you've been in your home these may not be so easy to find. Here are some of the items necessary to move forward with listing and selling. (14 comments)
You can narrow the search down to number of bedrooms, lot size, price range, zip code etc. Be sure (0 comments)
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing ...Big Smiles! And the Cake Was A Hit! - 12/25/11 05:31 PM
Big Smiles! And the Cake Was A Hit! It was a very busy day last week..showing a listing in the morning and then shopping for just the right gift to take to our friend's Christmas party. I stopped in the Giant and found a perfect cake..just look and it is all cupcakes. Got into line and this nice lady invited me to go ahead of her since I only had one item. Then she realized she picked up a wrong item. I encouraged her to go back and I would watch her basket. As soon as she left..I unloaded her entire (17 comments)
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing ...Happy Christmas Eve ...Happy Birthday Gail Harris! - 12/24/11 02:12 AM
Happy Christmas Eve...Happy Birthday Gail Harris! Gail is my friend and I want to wish her a Happy Birthday today! We met 10 years ago under extreme conditions at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Both Gail and TLH were very ill. Lee was given a poor chance of survival and Gail's diagnosis was not a whole lot better. We met at a catered poker game at the hospital that I threw for Lee. The guys were noisy and got yelled at by Gail's husband Rich. You see she had been in surgery all day and the poker party was disturbing. I felt so (12 comments)
Feedback After a Property Showing! Thank You June! - 12/24/11 12:16 AM
Feedback After a Property Showing! Thank You June. Yesterday, I received a call from June Piper Brandon asking to show my listing a Charming Home In Parkville..2523 Wentworth Rd 21234 June and I met through one of the ActiveRain Meet-Ups and we have been together for a number of gatherings. She is an outstanding agent in Baltimore.
It is difficult selling your home when you are many miles away. My sellers moved out of town after a job transfer. They love this home and did so many improvements to make it special. They (8 comments)
Baltimore's Miracle On 34th Street. Who hasn't heard of Miracle on 34th Street? For over 60 years, Baltimore has had its own Thirty-Fourth street and each Christmas season, this Hampden neighborhood, is turned into a miracle of sorts. If you are in or near Baltimore, this is something not to be missed. Amazing what happens between the 700 and 800 block of W. 34th Street. Look what one neighborhood can do. Check out this pictorial from last year December 2010
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing ..December Challenge Day 19..I Hope it Makes a Difference! - 12/20/11 12:05 AM
December Challenge Day 19. These December Blogs have been boring to read for many members. So here is another take on this challenge. Karen Anne Stone wrote a post stating ''What if each of us could commit to find someone in need... and reach out... offer our hand in friendship, or do whatever small thing we could... to "lend a hand.. ?" This kind of challenge could really make a difference. So instead of telling you what I did productive today for the real estate business... I want to tell you the donation I made this week. Had not (11 comments)
Brio Tuscan Grille in Annapolis was a perfect choice - 12/17/11 09:48 PM
Brio Tuscan Grille in Annapolis was a perfect choice As good as the food was...and it was wonderful...the service was outstanding but the company of the ActiveRain members was even better. Brio Tuscan Grille in Annapolis was a perfect choice for our gathering last week. Take a look below to see who showed up. So many good choices from the Brio Lunch Menu Everyone was raving about the quality, the presentation and how delicious!
ActiveRain MeetUp in Annapolis...Thank You Martha Brown! - 12/15/11 11:23 PM
ActiveRain MeetUp in Annapolis...Thank You Martha Brown! It was a wonderful day starting with two settlements in Baltimore and a delightful drive to Annapolis with Hillary Gibbons from Roo Solutions. There were 12 ActiveRainers with smiles, hugs, good conversation and cameras. Bridget, John, Rich, Gerry, Martha, Valarie, Hillary, June, Margaret, Bridget, Margaret
Margaret, Ellie, Martha Brown
Mortgage Mama came with gifts for everyone!! Love this photo with the Towne Center Tree in the background. Gettysburg Gerry was playing with his toy tablet (17 comments)
The One That Got Away. - 12/13/11 09:32 PM
The One That Got Away Quite a few years ago my friend and neighbor called asking my opinion about whether or not to sell her Baltimore home. We visited over coffee and some good conversation. Since she owned her home out right, her only expenses were utilities, taxes and upkeep. She loved her home which was a rancher..all on one floor and was very happy there. Family members were suggesting it was time to make a move to an apartment. I shared my feelings since she specifically asked. This was not the time to move. She was living well within her (25 comments)
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing ...Alice's Pretty Party 2011 - 12/11/11 02:50 PM
Alice's Pretty Party 2011 The invitation read: Cocktails & Dinner...Good friends and family are our best gifts of the holidays. How lucky are we to have special friends who really know how to put on an elegant and magical party! Not only was every detail done to perfection but Alice and Dale also know how to make each and every person feel welcome and very special. What a gift. And they make it look easy and seem to have fun. Here are pictures from a couple of Alice's parties in the past. This Was One of Alice's Pretty (15 comments)
Who's Reading My Baltimore Blog? Who's Reading Yours? - 12/09/11 09:46 PM
Who's Reading My Baltimore Blog? Who's Reading Yours? First Reader: Last week I wrote Welcome to Baltimore Hon! and this morning I received a comment plus an email from Charlene Osborne: "OMG!!! THANK YOU! You are so kind and thoughtful. I love it! You just made my day... I have a dozen Hons headed to Annapolis tomorrow for a book signing and Hon fun....Would love to see you there." Of course I had to share this with Martha Brown hoping she will go meet the 'Baltimore Hon' in her city of Annapolis. Would not be surprised if there is another (15 comments)
Welcome to Baltimore Hon! - 12/06/11 10:12 PM
Welcome to Baltimore, HON ! This weekend Linda had her holiday open house celebrating the second Christmas season for Virginia's Rose. I loved seeing customers finding special treasures and the sound of laughter when the perfect item was discovered. It was a pleasure meeting Linda's friend, Charlene E. Osborne, author My Year as Baltimore's Best HON. I now own a copy, signed in pink ink. Charlene greets people, young and old, saying..."You are a real cutie patootie."
Raincamp Meet Up In Annapolis Maryland - 12/05/11 08:33 PM
Thanks to Martha Brown for putting together a meet up in Annapolis. Looking forward to seeing who shows up Thursday December 15th at Brio's in Annapolis. Please let Martha know that you will be joining her for lunch.
Via Martha Brown Annapolis and Anne Arundel County RE (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.): It's a Holiday Party Active Rain Style- Raincamp Meet Up in Annapolis Maryland Its a holiday party Active Rain style and you know what that means. Laughs, hugs, great conversations and loads of good food and photos. Yes the Maryland Active Rain Meet up is being (4 comments)
Yes I Answer My phone And Handle Spam - 12/05/11 09:37 AM
Yes I Answer my Phone and Handle Spam. This is the comment I left on Gary Woltol's post Do You Answer Your Phone Nearly All The Time? ''Yes, I answer the phone almost always. Bluetooth in car allows hands free. If a telemarketer...it is very easy to hang up. I wear my phone...never have to "fish" for it.'' A telemarketer, or anyone who I choose not to speak with, only gets through once! Realizing it is an unwanted call, I place the number into my "contacts list" and label "SPAM". Should that same unwanted call come in again... I hit (15 comments)
We could all learn from Santoni's Mission: “Care for your customers like family, respect your staff, operate with integrity and good spirit, work hard and smart, and never, ever stop learning.”
Highly likely to recommend - 12/02/11 12:11 PM
Some time ago, I wrote Don't Forget to Ask for a Review...You Deserve It! One of my favorite sellers and now friend posted a very kind review of me on Zillow. It started off with...''Highly likely to recommend.'' This is the home located in Westminster Where You Can Live Like You are on Vacation All Year Round! It is one of my favorite all time listings...a cantilevered contemporary on 28 acres. And here is Lucy's summary of our relationship during the selling process. 'Highly likely to recommend Summary: Margaret is a hands down the best agent I've ever (11 comments)
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