I used to write "milestone" posts on AR. I know I write one for 100,000, through 500,000. Then I decided to focus less on points and "get down to business" of making AR work for me and bring in the bucks. I did, it has. Yesterday was a fantastic day for me in business. I had my best closing of the year and I got to sit next to Richard. And while more than a year ago I quit paying attention to getting "points" I did still watch the rankings. I have no idea if a consumer ever goes to the "state" to see them, but when AR changed things some time ago unless you were sitting next to Richard in GA your photo is TINY. I did not like being tiny so I was just watching until it was very close to the moment when I would hit the submit button and be sitting next to Richard.
Well as it turns out earlier this year I was able to send a referral Richard Wiesser's way. My BFF had a friend with a home to sell in Newnan and through ActiveRain I knew "just who they should call". Now when I sent this referral I never filled out a referral form or formally asked for anything, but Richard insisted I would get my referral fee. And he got it sold, it closed and my check arrived in the mail. Knowing what a super stand up guy Richard is... was another reason I'd like to sit next to him.
So yesterday after a closing and dropping off soft foods to my ailing had surgery on Tuesday to have wisdom teeth removed daughter, my Donald and I took a road trip. And on short notice and extremely late for lunch, we arrived and let Richard guide us a really cool local spot in Newnan for lunch. We had lunch at the Redneck Gourmet. My Donald had a FRIED sausage wrapped in Bacon in a hot dog bun (yeah that's redneck alright), but he also said it was great. I had a yummy chicken wrap and Richard had a wrap with chicken salad.
We enjoyed chatting about real estate, funny things that have happened to us in our businesses and even mutual people at ActiveRain we love and some that only one of us have met or know that perhaps the other might want to know. One story would lead to another and it was really not a long enough visit. We walked around the square and went in the visitors center. Newnan is really a beautiful little town and the downtown area looks fabulous and in full swing with business. His office was huge and really nice.
And when I hit the "submit" button I'm going to get to sit next to Richard on ActiveRain in the Georgia rankings. (Oh did I mention he's #1). I'll always be chasing Richard I'm sure. But I plan to keep sitting next to him. But I have to say after a really nice visit yesterday, sitting next to him in person is nice too. If you need an agent in Newnan, Georgia, Richard should be your guy.
And Richard, you're gonna have to make a road trip down to Lake Sinclair sometime, so I can show you around. I enjoyed our visit and am looking forward to sitting next to you on ActiveRain.