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Active Rain...I Never Had a Doubt - 02/27/09 06:25 PM
While checking my email just now I saw a message from Inman News. In checking it out I saw the following under COLUMNISTS ARTICLES: Presenting picture-perfect property photosRealtor Notebook As soon as I saw that I said to myself, Teresa Boardman. Sure enough, once I clicked on the lead-in up came the article with Teresa's name and photo. Actually, a photo of her looking at the camera! I felt so savvy. Why? Because I have had the pleasure (and it is indeed a pleasure) to view many of Teresa's photos on Active Rain. She not only shares them with all of us, she tells (4 comments)
Why the Delight in Fewer REALTORS®? - 02/23/09 09:55 PM
As the market has become more challenging I am seeing more and more posts dealing with the diminishing number of REALTORS®. I find it interesting that some of these seem to be grateful, in fact downright delighted, that some REALTORS® have had to leave the field. Comments often reflect similar sentiments. Why? Please do not tell me it is because we are losing the "bad" agents. Yes, I am sure we are losing some of them. However, we are also losing others that are as good at the business as you and I believe we are. Do you really delude yourself into (51 comments)
Now You See It...Now You Don't - 02/21/09 09:13 AM
To tell you the truth, I'm afraid to go to bed at night. Strange things happen on Active Rain in the wee hours of the night. In the morning I wake up and I do not know what I will find. This time it was not a case of what I would find, but rather what I did not find. Where are all my buddys' pictures? (Should it be buddies'?) Sure we only saw them for a few days in the comment section of each post but boy did I like it. It was great to see those friendly faces. Now (30 comments)
Louisa Beautification Festival - 02/17/09 03:30 PM
It is not every day that we are offered something Free that is actually Free, no strings attached. We, who live in or near Louisa County, will be able to take advantage of this offer. It is for a Free (there's that word again) table at the next Louisa Beautification Festival provided you have some ideas on how to achieve a better way to take care of our county and to make it a better place to live. Fortunately I have friends that e-mail me just in case I haven't gotten the word about different newsworthy evens.. Luckily I had received (3 comments)
Active Rain's NEW Membership Plan...One Woman's Opinion - 02/16/09 10:16 PM
After reading Brad's post, ActiveRain's NEW Membership Plan, I began to write my comment. It grew and grew until I decided to post it here instead. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "BTW - Any new member can still sign up for free, no one is forcing them to pay, I hope I didn't miss covering that in this post. :-)" (Brad Andersohn) I just got through reading all the comments. Yes, I know I need to get a life. However, one big observation I made is, if everyone would read the entire post many, many questions would not have to be asked, and answered over and (25 comments)
Dear Diary...My Passion is Life - 02/14/09 07:14 PM
I am passionate about life. Life and everything it contains for me. This is nothing new. I've had a zest for life since I was a very, very young child. My mom will vouch for me on that. Perhaps a glimpse of my license plates will show you what I mean.
I have had the license plate that reads LVNSGR8 for about 20 years now. I wanted one that would tell something about me. Of course, I thought of Livings Great. Shortly after receiving my plates I realized that it also stood for Lovings Great and Leavings Great. I embrace all three. (23 comments)
REBar Camps Are Way Too Popular - 02/11/09 12:47 PM
This is certainly a case of good news...bad news. The good news is that the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) is hosting a REBarCamp in March. The bad news is, it is filled up. Given the huge response we had shows how popular this event is. If at any time there is a REBarCamp coming to an area near you and you have an interest in attending my advice to you is sign up quickly. As soon as registration is announced, do it. An event like this does not happen every day or every where. Be mindful and do (7 comments)
Coming Up...a Road Trip to Florida - 02/10/09 09:53 AM
The road trip has come and gone. The departure date arrived so quickly that I never did write the post so now that we are back home I'll tell you how it went. It is not often that a mom (or a dad) has an opportunity to spend a great deal of time one-on-one with one of their adult offspring. That was something I was able to do beginning last Thursday. My son and I set out for a road trip to Orlando where his daughter would be playing in a field hockey tournament. Allegra flew down with the rest of (16 comments)
Active Rain has Gained...Amanda Harstime Joined - 02/10/09 09:06 AM
The number at the top left corner of our page continues to grow and grow. Every time I look up the number is larger. We, who have been members for some time, understand why. What is wonderful is that others are learning what a wealth of information and contacts they will receive by joining. The other morning a received an e-mail. There had been a comment on a post I wrote last July, Lake Anna, VA...No Sharks, No Jellyfish & No Flood Insurance. I love it when, out of the blue, a post reappears.
The comment was made by Amanda (4 comments)
Wordless Wednesday - Twisted - 02/03/09 09:33 PM
Yes, I know that today is Tuesday but I may be too busy tomorrow to post this picture so I'm doing it this evening.
Missing from this Important Page...More Featured Profiles (Real Estate Agents) - 02/03/09 09:09 PM
This is a plea for your assistance. Whenever you have a few minutes to spare please go to: http://activerain.com/action/nav/show_featured/Real%20Estate%20Agent and look for me. With 123,638 points I should be between #250 Dennis Toomey and #249 Marc Grossman. Even when I squint my eyes and peer without blinking I see no sight of me. Perhaps you will. Now, I would also suggest you see if you can find yourself. If you do see me drifting around on one of the pages please jot down the number and let me know.
Saving Alternative Septic Systems in Virginia - 02/03/09 08:14 PM
One of the attractions of Lake Anna is its rural setting. Lake Anna is surrounded by Spotsylvania, Louisa, and Orange counties although most of the lake is within the first two. Located out in the country, public services are not available. Homeowners rely on well and septic fields in place of public sewage and public water. Most of the septic fields are gravity feed while others are pump up systems with holding tanks. Site evaluation and soil assessment may determine that neither one of these systems is viable. At that point alternative septic systems are generally considered. I should add that some property owners (2 comments)
Tough Times Demand Tough Pricing - 02/02/09 10:09 PM
Logged in this morning and what did I see...a featured (of course) post by Lenn Harley, PRICING FOR A FUTURE MARKET?? WHAT ARE THE COSTS IN TIME AND MONEY AND LOSS TO REPUTATION? Lenn wrote this post for me although she does not know it. Yesterday I received an e-mail from a seller. He currently has his waterfront home on the market with a different brokerage. It is way overpriced and has been on the market for almost two years without any price reduction. At this point the seller is interested in working with another agent. The seller asked me to do a Comparative Market (12 comments)
Do You Hesitate When You Say You Are A REALTOR? - 02/02/09 08:33 PM
On Saturday while showing a house I saw a former client who had purchased the house across the street last year as a second home. When he saw me he came to talk and proceeded to tell me how happy his family is. They used their home every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Today I had a call from another former client. She told me how much she is enjoying their waterfront home. There are days that she spends about three hours on the road just to spend a few hours down here with her dogs. The rest of the family comes as (7 comments)
Asking for Recommendations - 02/02/09 06:10 PM
On Active Rain we help one another in so many ways. That is exactly why the membership continues to grow and why so many of us are so loyal to this particular site. Now one of our members is asking for our help. Please take the time to read Mike's request. Mike was just laid off by Fidelity National Title and is being very creative as he ventures forth in search of a new position. Let's do all we can to help him. Via Mike Mueller (Mike Mueller, Inc.): I just started reaching out to my LinkedIn Connections for their recommendations. With (7 comments)
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