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I love reading about unique aspects of the cities and towns that you all live and work in.  These types of posts will help you as you focus locally and try to drill down to become a local market expert.  I don't care if you are nationally based, it's always better to have a target, and geography is an easy one. 

It might take some time but the more you all write about these things the better you will see your blog doing.

Focusing on a particular place, or structure makes for easier writing. The subjects have a story ready to be written.  Even if you don't know the story you'll learn something which can only help you more in understanding and explaining the interesting things about the architecture around you. 

Again the more you do it, the better you will do. 

And winner is Jennifer Martin!

Runners up:   Ben Kakimoto and Sharon Simms.

This "Dings" blog-share was fun for me. I want to thank everyone who participated.


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Nope, it's not the North Pole.
I had no idea. Santa's Candy Castle is actually located in Santa Claus, Indiana. Thanks Jennifer Martin for correcting me.

Here's Commode in Your Eye
Sharon Simms shares with us a legend of two structures and a disgruntled architect in St. Petersburg, Florida.

522 foot Sky Scraper?
Well it was a sky scraper when it was constructed in 1914 anyways. According to Ben Kakimoto, this building has been proposed as a new Condominium project for The City of Seattle

Train Stop on The Underground
150 years ago it was a stop on The Underground Railroad, today The Kelton House of Columbus, Ohio still carries influence in revitalizing the the local community. Thank you Melissa Kruse.

5 Kinds of Pink?
The Pink House of Miami Shores, Florida is a unique piece of Miami Architecture that was the talk of the town in 1976 when it was built, and continues to be today. Thank You Rick and Ines Hegedus-Garcia.

How Cool is that Train?
How cool is that east coast train? Margaret Rome tells about Baltimore, Maryland's Pen Station and how she get work done while she's on the train to New York.

Built By Club
Manhattan Beach, California would be a very different place today if it wasn't for the women of the Neptunian Woman's Club. The women and their 1924 clubhouse continue to support The Community in Manhattan Beach. Thank you Kay Thomas.

The City Life
Gina Dougherty tells us about a recent project she did for some work/live lofts in Santa Ana, California.

Mobile Homes
Don Fabrizio-Garcia, submitted a story of mobile homes that aren't, as two New Fairfield, Connecticut homes go mobile.

A Post Office With Character
What would it be like if Disney had their own post office? Well they do, in Celebration, Florida and Colleen Kulikowski is here to tell us about it.

M is for...
The M bridge in Memphis has a name, but we'll call it M anyways.  Crossing over The Mississippi, this bridge welcomes you to Tennessee. Thank you Angie Vandenbergh.

A Beach Bag Factory?
Cardiff by the Sea, California, about 25 miles north of San Diego, is home to The Merchantile Building, one of the city's last historical buildings, this one was created by the cities founder. Thank you Jeff Dowler.

The Great Hall
Camp Abbot in Sunriver, Oregon was once a war-time training facility. Today it's gorgeous log beamed hall can be experienced as part of a luxury resort. Thank you Thesa Chambers.

Restauraunt Bank?
If you're anywhere near Jasper, Indiana you might want to check out The Schnitzelbank Restaurant. Thank you Chad Blessinger.

Growth and Schools
Tony Marriot updates home buyers on the status of the local schools for Verrado a master planned community in Buckeye, Arizona.

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Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Caleb.... thanks for putting this together. This must have taken some time....  looks like some good reading...


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Mar 26, 2007 12:17 PM #8
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
This was a great idea, Caleb. Fun to do, and fun to read what other people did. I'm surprised there weren't more entries. Maybe you need to plan a Dings II.
Mar 26, 2007 12:22 PM #9
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -
I felt divided on where I wanted my local market. I do live in Richmond but have lived in Lexington as well. I decided to base AR profile in Lexington because of houses in a higher $$$ range for my business. Selling a house is a whole lot better than selling a trailer.
Mar 26, 2007 12:57 PM #10
Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger
That was a lot of fun. It certainly gave a new perspective about how to supply local info.
Mar 26, 2007 01:06 PM #11
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Congratulations to you all...

Man. I can hardly keep up with all of you. I missed at least half of these.

Thanks Caleb. I know it was enjoyable for the Members. They love this stuff :)

I did do a ding. But, it wound up too funny to be in this contest. Those redneck jokes have a way of doing that :)


Mar 26, 2007 01:31 PM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Great job, everyone. CONgratulations Jennifer, Ben adn Sharon.


Mar 26, 2007 02:09 PM #13
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
This was a lot of fun - and thanks to Sharon's idea I will continue doing them for my local community.  Thanks Caleb and Congrats to everyone!  Great stuff!
Mar 26, 2007 02:16 PM #14
Paul Korodaj
Overland Park Real Estate :: Keller Williams Platinum - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Real Estate
Congrats to the winners and all those who entered.  When is the next one I missed this one.
Mar 26, 2007 02:35 PM #15
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
Caleb - Thanks for the mention - the points are always useful too!  I'll stay tuned for the next round.
Mar 26, 2007 02:37 PM #16
Roger Stensland
The Cascade Team Real Estate - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!
While they were all good, I liked Chad's entry.  For some reason it just hit my eye and piqued my interest.
Mar 26, 2007 03:46 PM #17
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Keeping up with all the content here is getting to be more than a full time job!  Thanks for compiling a reading list...


Mar 26, 2007 03:51 PM #18
Andy George
Century21 Drue Self Real Estate - Las Cruces, NM
Many grats to those who won! It is great to see articles that are well written by local Realtors.
Mar 26, 2007 03:53 PM #19
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
It is great that you are not only acknowledging the truly good posts, but giving us examples of how to make better effective blogs.
Mar 26, 2007 05:44 PM #20
Jack Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater Beach, FL
Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale
This was great fun to read and gave a real insight to their communities.  Great thoughts to incorporate into our articles. 
Mar 26, 2007 06:03 PM #21
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
I had no idea about the dings.  Great collection. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Mar 27, 2007 01:08 AM #22
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 And winner is Jennifer Martin! Congratulations! Good choice, Caleb!


Sharon Simms commented on my post... "Why don't you do a series of train station/depot shots - it would be an interesting chronicle of our country."  Every one could post about their own train station.


Mar 27, 2007 03:16 AM #23
Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break - Portland, OR
Many grats to the winner! Thanks for everything Celeb
Mar 27, 2007 11:20 AM #24
Jennifer Martin
Letting License Expire in June 2010 - Santa Claus, IN

Hi Margaret, I like that idea actually (the trains).

We had a Indiana History Train Ceremony late last year (it was cold) and I participated by "manning (womanning) a booth" and educating the school kids that came through on the particular settlement. The organization kept us in continuous supply of coffee, hot cocoa and soup. I had a great time and I will have to share some updates on the new "Depot" Tourist Station they've put in over in Jasper Indiana. Future plans have it taking folks to the casino and I have even heard it going to the Huntingburg Downtown Antique Merchants.

Mar 27, 2007 10:47 PM #25
Luke Constantino
Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate - Brooklyn, NY
Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY

I don't think i've seen any of these...

Been really busy but will look at them later!!! :-D

Mar 27, 2007 11:05 PM #26
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge
What a diverse group of agents here from across the country........very interesting
Apr 01, 2007 12:53 PM #27
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