Catching a Cup of Coffee with Cindy

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

Sometimes you just have to step out of the Social Media web world and interact with your Active Rain friends in the real world.

Like today, I had a morning appointment to show some townhouses in Belmont Bay in Woodbridge, Virginia.  Knowing that my friend and fellow RE/MAX agent and Active Rainer Cindy Jones lives and works in Belmont Bay, I gave her a quck call to see if she was available for a cup of coffee after my appointment. 

Cindy said she'd be holding an open house all afternoon at the condos she represents there and I should stop by for some coffee and a chat.  So, after finding my clients a beautiful golf villa overlooking the 16th hole (we'll write a contract this evening), I decided to stop by and see Cindy.

We've been chatting for the last hour, and right now as she shows some potential buyers around the condo model, I'm hanging out in the sales office firing off this quick post.

A few weeks ago, I similarly visited Pat Kennedy at an open house she was holding in Arlington.

Poking people on Facebook, tweeting back and forth, and commenting on each other's posts is always great.

But... seeing your friends in person is even better.


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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


And oh, by the way, we have internet access!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Nov 16, 2008 04:22 AM #2
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

How cool. Most of the NH Active Rainers are spread out so we only get to see each other at state meetings. I wish we could get to know each a little better  face to face.

Nov 16, 2008 04:28 AM #3
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Brian ~ It's so nice to be able to network with friends and competitors.  We learn so much from each other and when we get to work together things tend to run smooth.  Good for you for making the effort...


Nov 16, 2008 04:35 AM #4
Craig W. Barrett
RE/MAX 100 - Hughesville, MD
Hughesville MD Real Estate

Yep, I agree. I've ben trying to get my friends involved in social media, but haven't had much luck. About the only opportunity I've had to mingle with my online friends was at Pat's place last spring. That was fun and I hope the opportunity arises again.

Nov 16, 2008 05:04 AM #5
Jeannette Neerpat - Coral Springs, FL
e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate

In person is so much sweeter, but thanks to all those social websites, the meet is much more exciting!

Nov 16, 2008 05:24 AM #6
Martin Kalisker
Greater Boston Association of REALTORS - Boston, MA
Professional Standards & Legal Assistant

Whether you are Gen X, Gen Y or even a Boomer, personal contact is still a requisite to keep your sanity.  Real Estate is and always will be a personal one-on-one business in the end.  Even you you can't see each other physically, using the phone, and altering one's method of communication will enhance any relationship.  Interesting post, and I hope that your buyers actually show up tonight.

Nov 16, 2008 05:28 AM #7
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Very true!     The face to face contact is the true human experience.

Nov 16, 2008 05:28 AM #8
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Brian, I'm sorry, but you won't find me at an Open House.  We'll have to figure out another strategy...  LOL

Nov 16, 2008 05:47 AM #9
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

I just had the privilege of meeting Cindy in person last week in Orlando.  I really enjoy meeting the AR professionals.

Nov 16, 2008 06:15 AM #10
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Brian, you are so right!  It's really fun to get together with other rainers - better in person than in blog.

Nov 16, 2008 07:35 AM #11
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Brian Block BloggingBrian Block Blogging in Belmont Bay!  It is a mouthful but worth trying to say three times fast.

It was great to catch up and talk about the market, family, friends and future plans.  Good luck on the offer.  After you left the prospects from yesterday came back for a second look!

See you around the neighborhood.

Nov 16, 2008 07:46 AM #12
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

How wonderful that you have AR members in your back yard to connect with - there are very few in my area (I've only met one, but talked to another).  Having time to meet face to face gives a little push to the relationship that email and online communcation never will!

Nov 16, 2008 01:57 PM #13
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®-

So Brian, does that mean you will be visiting Myrtle Beach soon?  Let me know so I am prepared :)

Nov 16, 2008 02:11 PM #14
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -

Too bad you don't live nearby. We could be chatting over some java. O well.... Twitter will have to do for now.

Nov 16, 2008 02:24 PM #15
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Brian,
Maybe I'll catch one of you Va. guys on one of my trips that way.

Nov 16, 2008 09:55 PM #16
Tina Merritt
Nest Realty - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Real Estate

Next time I'm up there....I'll give you a call!  Great reminder that the "personal touch" is always the best.

Tina in Virginia

Nov 16, 2008 10:55 PM #17
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I can see you are one of AR addicts. You find time to write a post any time you have a few minutes to spare.

Nov 16, 2008 11:06 PM #18
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

You mean you went out in to the sun? How was it? Just kidding, I agree that sometimes that is the only way to really be in touch with our Activerain friends. If you can't see them in person, calling them is the next best thing.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Nov 17, 2008 12:56 AM #19
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is the kind of post I love to read! Meeting each other in person is indeed the way to go!

Nov 17, 2008 07:23 AM #20
Debbie Hutchins
Birmingham, AL

You nailed that observation!  If you ever come to Alabama give me a call!  I love coffee!


Nov 21, 2008 12:25 AM #21
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