activerain challenges: Grateful for a Repeat & Referral Business - ActiveRain Style! - 11/17/21 05:57 AM
Grateful for a Repeat & Referral Business - ActiveRain Style!100% of my business this year has been repeat and referral business. While I love my internet leads, I am so busy with 'known' business, I have been referring those out this year. This has also been a great year for referral business from my ActiveRain family. 
While I won't call the names of those who have sent wonderful clients my way or to whom I have sent referrals, I will share 3 unusual stories with you that happened this year, 2021. These are samples of just how wonderful this community is!
The first … (32 comments)

activerain challenges: Thanksgiving Challenge 2021 - 11/15/21 05:31 PM
Thanksgiving Challenge 2021 
Can you believe it? There are only 10 days until we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. This is certainly one of my favorite holidays of the year. Thanksgiving Day is different for everyone, depending upon where your family is located and the traditions which you celebrate. Of course, COVID restrictions are still in place in many areas. This being our second year of COVID concerns as well. 
Which leads me to this month’s challenge…
One thing we have in common is that we are all so incredibly blessed…hence this challenge. Beginning today and each day through Thanksgiving Day, write a post about something … (116 comments)

activerain challenges: June 2021 ActiveRain Challenge - Post-Pandemic, Let Freedom Ring! - 06/01/21 07:36 AM
June 2021 ActiveRain Challenge - Post-Pandemic, Let Freedom Ring!
WOW! I remember last June’s challenge, sharing our thoughts on ‘Rising Above the Pandemic,’ hosted by Carol Williams & Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker. All I can say is thank goodness we have moved past the state we were in one year ago! 
I know everyone is excited to have our freedoms back once again in most parts of the country. As we see airport traffic and tourism soar, more people dining out as many restaurants are opening back up in most parts of the country and of course, the best part, … (109 comments)

activerain challenges: ZOOM-califragilisticexpialidocious - JANUARY 2021 ActiveRain Challenge - 01/01/21 08:07 AM
ZOOM-califragilisticexpialidocious - JANUARY 2021 ActiveRain Challenge
Jeff Dowler, CRS   and I are very excited to present ActiveRain’s FIRST Challenge of 2021! The challenge is to enlist members to share our ZOOM excitement with other members who may not know how amazing this group is! 
One of the comments at our last ‘It’s a Wrap’ meeting for 2020 was that the breadth of topics was impressive. Another, that the social value of these ZOOM meetings has done so much for each of us. 
Why not share our enthusiasm with the masses? So, this month’s challenge will be to hold the hand of a member (OR … (114 comments)

activerain challenges: These are a few of my favorite things... - 12/30/20 09:55 PM
These are a few of my favorite things...
Each year, our trees are wrapped in shrink wrap and packed away until the next Thanksgiving. While I love that I don't have to hang all of the ornaments (one of our trees probably has hundreds of ornaments), I still have to straighten out the branches and touch many of the ornaments in the process.

Every single ornament has a story - there is even a story that goes with the simplest of ornaments! For a long time, we tried to keep the historic ornaments together, a patriotic section, a sporting corner, an area just … (17 comments)

activerain challenges: December Decorating Challenge - All About the Trees! - 12/30/20 06:44 AM
December Decorating Challenge - All About the Trees!
I am a big lover of the celebration of Christmas. As the song proclaims, it's the most wonderful time of the year! We love hosting holiday gatherings and for those, the house has to be decorated to the 9's!

I love having a tree in every room where guests will be. Have you ever noticed that people either stand around the food or the trees when you have a holiday party? Well, sure, they may go elsewhere but, the trees seem to be the 'draw' during celebrations. SO, the trees get my attention when it … (19 comments)

activerain challenges: Grateful Beyond Words for My Wonderfully Loyal Clients - 11/29/20 09:41 AM
Grateful Beyond Words for My Wonderfully Loyal Clients 
I love this topic and am so glad that Jeff Dowler, CRS challenged us this month to spend a little time focusing on things we have learned from our clients this year. As I have already shared with a few members, this year, my business has been 100% by referral only - repeat business, referral business from my sphere and referral business from my peers.
It’s been one crazy year in the world and in my business, it’s been a very comfortable place to be - only working with clients who know, like & trust me.
How … (49 comments)

activerain challenges: Ever So Grateful for My ActiveRain Family - 11/25/20 09:32 AM
Ever So Grateful for My ActiveRain Family 

I certainly was not aware 13 years ago when I was invited to join this 'up & coming' real estate platform, that it would transform my life in so many ways. I was clueless! Like Beth Atalay mentioned in her challenge post this month, I began using ActiveRain with SO much trepidation - it took me 6 months to even leave a comment!
Yes, the platform has been going through some growing pains and those are well on their way to being mended. I'm here to tell you though, any experience in life is what you make of it. When you find a good thing and … (54 comments)

activerain challenges: When a Pandemic Hits, Bring on the Positive Attitude…and Network, Network, NETWORK! - 10/08/20 05:37 PM
When a Pandemic Hits, Bring on the Positive Attitude…and Network, Network, NETWORK!
Recently Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker & Intructor shared a great article about networking. Tying that in with Lyn Sims' question about the election last week, made me think about some of the lessons we all learned during The Great Recession. While this is nothing remotely like the Great Recession, the pandemic has dealt us a different set of challenges - but, they are challenges just the same.
When times get tough, people often like to find scapegoats. They want to find someone to blame for their own problems. Whether it’s gas prices, the economy, … (34 comments)

activerain challenges: Finding Ways to Help During a Pandemic - 04/30/20 09:35 PM
Finding Ways to Help During a Pandemic
I've so enjoyed reading Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400's April Challenge Entries - what a wonderfully giving community we have. I marvel at the kindness and generosity shared here on a daily basis but, during a crisis, our members have gone above & beyond. Thanks to everyone for their fabulous entries and to Margaret for her continued community support. What on earth would we do without you, Margaret? 
Rather than sharing physical or monetary ideas to help during these crazy times, I thought I would share something a little different - something more 'psychological.' I started a daily coronavirus hack … (47 comments)

activerain challenges: Boast-a-Post - Patricia Kennedy's Are You A Realtor® Who Blogs Or A Blogger Who Sells Real Estate On The Side? - 02/29/20 11:01 PM
Boast-a-Post - Patricia Kennedy's Are You A Realtor® Who Blogs Or A Blogger Who Sells Real Estate On The Side?
I've loved Richie Alan Naggar's challenge since the moment I heard about it - and we have had some excellent shares in his challenge this month too! First of all, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to host this month's challenge, Richie. We are all ever so grateful!
Now, for the dilemma...of the thousands and thousands of posts I've read here in the Rain over the years, which one stands out the most? Oh boy - maybe I'd better … (28 comments)

activerain challenges: What changes did you make last year or the year before that worked? - 01/25/20 10:09 PM
Have you shared what changes you made in your business that worked for you in this month's challenge yet? Our January challenge, hosted by Endre Barath, Jr., has brought many wonderful, creative, very interesting entries. We have all enjoyed reading the entries so far this month!

If you haven't participated, you have 5 days left! The challenge ends JAN 31 at midnight PST. What are you waiting for? Take the challenge!!
Many thanks for being the host with the most, Endre! It's wonderful members like you that keep these challenges alive and we appreciate you more than you know.
What changes did you make last year or the year before that … (21 comments)

activerain challenges: Coming Soon! New Homeowners, New Friendships - For Love, Not Money - 12/26/19 12:31 PM
Coming Soon! New Homeowners, New Friendships - For Love, Not Money; A True Story
Well, money may have had a little to do with it but, the deeper story is 100% emotional!
When Carol Williams & Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS put their collective minds together and announced this challenge, I had so many transactions that came to mind to share with you; I couldn’t decide which one to share. This one though, has to be the one that is dearest to me that I haven’t previously shared here in the Rain.
One October, I had a lovely couple who had purchased a home a few years … (51 comments)

activerain challenges: Gratitude - Friends in the Rain and Beyond - 11/17/19 10:47 AM
Gratitude - Friends in the Rain and Beyond
Each year, during the month-of-gratitude, I salute the many members in the Rain who I have met, have been to my home, traveled from the east coast to the west coast together, simply met here and more. The connections made here over the years have become friendships that will last a lifetime and for them all, I am so very thankful. 

This year, there is one very special member who I would love to salute - Will Hamm. Hopefully next week I will be able to complete a post I've been working on for months - the story … (68 comments)

activerain challenges: November Gratitude - Grandparents - The Wind Beneath My Wings - 11/09/19 07:51 PM
November Gratitude - Grandparents - The Wind Beneath My Wings
If you haven't seen this heartwrenching video, do take the minute or so to watch...
This reminded me of my own grandparents and how they so positively shaped my life - in fact, all four of my grandparents did. I spent summers with my grandparents each year and loved every minute of my time with them. 

I grew up in a family of golfers - all of them but, me, of course!  We spent lots of time at the country clubs when I was with my grandparents.  The only problem with spending time at the clubs? Well, I'm left … (35 comments)

activerain challenges: Contest/Challenge Updates for Q4, 2019 - 11/07/19 03:05 PM
Contest/Challenge Updates for Q4, 2019
Happy November All!
I wanted to update you regarding our challenges/contest for this last quarter. Can you believe 2020 is right around the corner?As we all know, Q4 is filled with lots of holiday festivities and so much to do, this time of year FLIES! That said, I wanted to update you regarding the challenges as we wrap up the year.
OCTOBER CHALLENGE - My Past Life - Hosted byJeff Dowler, CRS 
What a wonderful challenge this one was and many thanks to Jeff for hosting this one. I learned so much about our members that I did not know and … (40 comments)

activerain challenges: NOVEMBER 2019 THANKSGIVING GRATITUDE CHALLENGE - 11/02/19 09:34 PM
It’s that time of the year to hone in on those things for which we are ever-so grateful! 
With only a few weeks to go before Thanksgiving Day, it's time again to share our Gratitude posts and Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and me are hosting our favorite challenge of the year! We are all blessed and now is the time to express our gratitude. An attitude of gratitude is contagious and should be shared. So, When you express a gratitude in this challenge, you will be rewarded with bonus points from ActiveRain as an expression of our gratitude for YOU!
Beginning Monday, NOV 4, 2019, you … (145 comments)

activerain challenges: FALL CHALLENGE 2019 - PLAN BY ANSWERING THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS - 09/03/19 08:27 AM
As we approach the fourth quarter each year, it always seems that there are loose ends that we never want to carry forth into the new year. We plan and we plan some more…we do anything to keep from carrying over to the new year! Everyone wants to a ‘fresh’ start, right?
This year, we have heard the term ‘recession’ more than we have since 2012. I call it Chicken Little Syndrome but, it’s out there and the consumer is hearing it - and they are asking questions. Our clients are asking almost … (74 comments)

activerain challenges: Homeownership – “Never Pay Another Man’s Mortgage” - 06/29/19 02:49 PM
Homeownership – “Never Pay Another Man’s Mortgage”

Please disregard the lack of political correctness but, this statementwas made during a time that we women weren't quite so sensitive! Seriously, made by Warren Buffet in an interview that I heard back in the 80′s, this comment had a lasting impact on me.  If I think about it, back then, I didn’t really even think about the fact that he had said ‘man’ and not ‘man or woman!’ All that said, I took what he said to heart and refused to ever be a tenant. While I realize that everyone cannot afford to be … (13 comments)

activerain challenges: Homeownership - An ActiveRain Challenge - 06/01/19 11:04 PM
Homeownership - An ActiveRain Challenge - June 2019
June is National Homeownership Month! The ActiveRain challenge this month is, of course, centered around the theme of the month.
Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership  Homeownership is a good way to build up wealth that can be passed along to your family as well. Whether you rent or own, you are paying a mortgage. Yours when you own - your landlord’s when you rent.

What does homeownership mean to YOU? The challenge this month is to share just that - easy peasy! Whether you’re a real estate … (145 comments)

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