Active Rain Meet Up...The Other Side of Active Rain

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 DRE# 319853
Active Rain Meet Up....The Other Side Of Active Rain.

 Annapolis Meet Up

Amazing things happen when Active Rain bloggers get together. The magic begins when the smiles break out when everyone sees each other. It moves on to the hugs that flow so freely and continues as the cameras, laughs and great conversations come out in full force.

I have been reading many blogs lately about what Active Rain means to them. Many say it is part of their business plan, their way of bringing the calls, the clients and the business their way. I must say I do agree. Active Rain is a fabulous business tool like no other and if you do not use it that way you are missing the boat. But underneath the magic of the business side is a hidden treasure. A treasure filled with friendships new and old and of shared journeys of what this business called real estate brings to each of us.

It is wonderful, especially this time of year, to hear what others have planned for their business in the coming year, to hear the excitement in their voices and to see and hear the networking and sharing of what they can offer each other. And then it happens. Mixed in among all of the 'business side' of what Active Rain is all about are these wonderful people you would never have had the opportunity to know in such a beautiful way.

I was truly the lucky one this time round as I hosted the Rain Camp Meet Up this week. Lucky because there are some fabulous Active Rainers in the area and so many of them took the time to attend and break away from the business side of Active Rain and share the other side. The friendship side.  

John McArthur, Gettysburg Gerry and Rich Iarossi talked non stop. And they say us women are the talkers. Ha! June PiperBrandon brought her friend and settlement officer Valerie Kuester, who is a new blogger along, and it was amazing how many of the same people we knew. Ellie McIntire, which by the way I have no pictures of :0(, brought her new buyers agent Bridgett with her as well as her calendar with her special boy Drew on it. We introduced Bridgett to the art of taking lots of photos. She was like 'what is all this camera stuff?' but soon hers was out and she was joining in the fun. Margaret Woda and Margaret Rome were there which is always magical. The Two Maryland Margarets are a force for sure. Margaret Rome brought Hillary Gibbons and they were having such a great time chatting in the car on the way to the Meet Up they missed their turn to the restaurant and ended up in downtown Annapolis. Too funny.  And what can I say about Mortgage Mama, Bridget McGee. Her smile and enthusiasm always lights up a room and lo and behold she came bearing gifts for all of us. Mine is in the slide show and I love it.

Yes Active Rain is definitely great for our business and it is important that we do not lose our focus on that. But it is also so much more. Each person I mentioned is a hard working, focused business person who all year long focus on just that... business. But at a Meet Up they become friends and that makes all the hard work we do all year long priceless.

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Active Rain Meet Up...The Other Side of Active Rain

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About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

I have not made it to a meet-up yet but look forward to the day! Looks like a great time.

Dec 16, 2011 11:31 PM #37
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I'm very dissapointed  that I couldn't attend it because I organized and not so successful meet up in my area. .I wish I could've canceled and come up to see you all. . 

Dec 17, 2011 12:36 AM #38
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Martha, sounds like everyone had a great time. Its always nice to put a real face to a blogging photo.

Dec 17, 2011 12:44 AM #39
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You have SUCH a wonderful group of bloggers in your area--one of my favorites!  I love my Margarets, Rich, Gerry, John, Ellie, June, YOU...ALL of you!  Oh MY, how I would have LOVE to have been there!  And, this is exactly what makes AR so special!  Loved the photos too.  Happy Holidays, Martha!

Dec 17, 2011 01:53 AM #40
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Looks like a great turnout and a lot of fun.  Have a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Dec 17, 2011 02:06 AM #41
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its like having all your favorite snack foods in one place..a real treat

Dec 17, 2011 02:46 AM #42
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Looks like a great get together! Congrats on a successful event and it's always great to network with great minds!

Dec 17, 2011 02:51 AM #43
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist


Thanks for the smilebox.  Meeting live is an opportunity to get to know one another much better than visiting online.  Afterall, we are in the people business.  Merry Christmas to all and glad you had wonderful participation from the Ar community.

We had our Ft Lauderdale meetup last night....I took the AR class on YouTube videos but have been unable to upload as yet.  Will revisit on to appointments right now.

Happy new year and by all means plan your next event.

Dec 17, 2011 03:27 AM #44
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

I hope you guys had a great time.  It was nice to acknowledge that other side of Active Rain!

Dec 17, 2011 04:32 AM #45
Jo Soss
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

How fun!  I think it is so special that you all have formed this bond together.  Love the photos - thank you for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 17, 2011 05:42 AM #46
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Martha - What a nice turnout you guys had. It is what makes Active Rain so special. Thanks for sharing the photo's with us all.

Dec 17, 2011 05:44 AM #47
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I'll make it to a meet up one day, even if I have to leave Metro Detroit to make it happen!                

Dec 17, 2011 07:15 AM #48

Thanks! I enjoyed this.

Dec 17, 2011 07:54 AM #49
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Love the description of the  Meet Up, and the Smilebox album!

Dec 17, 2011 01:30 PM #50
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

We had one here in Emeryville Ca and it was a blast.  I am glad I went and look forward to the next one.

Dec 17, 2011 02:27 PM #51
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


You made it magic and with perfection. You made everyone feel so welcome and the time flew by. I love the album and the wonderful write up. You captured with words what we shared. A treat to attend..a treat to read about and a treat to see the photos.

You are so special.

With a great deal of admiration and appreciation.


Dec 17, 2011 03:01 PM #52
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Thanks so much for organizing a wonderful meetup.  I don't think it would have happened if you didn't make it happen.  Look at you, a feature and everything!!  A great meeting, a fabulous location, amazing people, another Maryland ActiveRain Success.  I love that we keep adding new faces to the group! 

Next time we are going to make sure that there are about 20 pictures of Ellie McIntire and that Bridget Oppenheimer pokes her head in the pictures..she's hidden in the back!

You are wonderful and I am glad you like your lighted present!

Mortgage Mama

Dec 17, 2011 03:35 PM #53
Kate Akerly
Halstead Property - Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Residential Sales and New Development

We hosted two AR meetups this year.  I think they work to promote broker-to-broker relationships, but unfortunately, they completely fail to replicate Rain Camp as AR had hoped.

Dec 17, 2011 05:15 PM #54
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Martha,

Sounds like it was wonderful. Hope to make it next time and hope to work with you again real soon.

Dec 18, 2011 03:48 AM #55
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

Great photo and so nice to have had such a good group of professionals get together. I went to the one in our area too and it was a lot of fun, familiary faces too:)

Dec 19, 2011 12:28 PM #56
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