They say you can never go back home...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ADT Real Estate

and I know that old addage to be true in most things in life. It's really because what we knew as home turns out to be something so totally different when we've been away from it for a while. Well, I've been away from ActiveRain for a while...a long while, and now I find myself back at the computer, peering at the screen and trying to align my thoughts in some sort of order that will make sense to anyone who stumbles across my blog in their search for knowledge, comic relief or an escape from something else they'd rather not be doing right now.

Hello ActiveRain readers, my name is Andrew Trevino and I am a blogger...

I feel like I have to introduce myself, like the first day I posted a blog on ActiveRain many, many months ago. No, I'm no newbie, but it's been so long since I've written a blog post that it feels brand new to me. Brand new isn't a bad thing, is it? Maybe it's more like that alcoholic who has beaten their addiction, for now, and is able to stand up and say that they've been clean for 5 months, 21 days, 8 hours and 46 minutes. Yes, I still remember those anxious moments, at 2:38am where I was sitting in bed, my laptop beginning to make my legs uncomfortably sweaty under the covers while artlessly ignoring my wife's almost continuous moaning because my incessant typing and the dull glow of the screen was keeping her awake. I just had to get that post out and then I just had to wait a few minutes to see if my post was worthy of some other blog-addicted writer's comments.

Am I the prodigal son returned to his blogging home? Where's my ring and fatted calf? I guess in a way I am. I did a Google search today and found, not unexpectedly, that I am on the 4th page. Tucked away in no-man's land like the 100,000 other returns on "Realtors in Wilkes-Barre PA". Might as well be the last, right? It's a good thing that I have a steady referral base or I just might be in some serious trouble!!

I haven't checked yet, but I imagine I may have lost a few of those faithful readers who seemed to get something out of my posts day in and day out. For you, I apologize for my extended absence. If you are still there, I'm grateful and I hope to have some worthwhile reading for you soon. In the meantime, bear with me while I get my, ahem, groove back.

It will certainly take me some time to catch up on my old friends' blogs, see what's going on in the lives of those who definitely impacted mine through their writing and figure out what I've been missing since I've been gone. I imagine that my blog will be very "old-school" for all of you. Maybe I should have read a few of yours to see just how old-school I'll appear, but I've never been known for being pragmatic.

I will take some time over the next few days to get back in the groove and update you all on what's been going on in my life over the last few months. A lot has changed...some for the better and some for the worse, but that's life after all. In the meantime, let me assure you of a few things...

1. I am still a Realtor in Wilkes-Barre, PA.I still work with TradeMark Realtors Group and am enjoying a very busy schedule these days. I guess all that work at learning to be a good buyer's agent is paying off. It is a buyer's market after all, so I'm perfectly in my element.  

2. I still own my own Property Management Company. Maybe some of you didn't know that at all, so it may be news to you. My company is called ADT Property Management Company. This company has grown tremendously over the last year, from 7 properties to almost 60 now. If you can imagine, this takes up a lot of my time and is the main reason for my absence. There are only 24 hours in a day, I've found.

3. I have gotten no better at time management, so my start may be as stop and go as that '67 Dodge Dart, with the bad carburetor, I owned many years ago. But, much like that car, I'll manage to keep moving forward as well as I can.

4. I still enjoy writing very much. Well, I think I do. I've learned that you don't always get to do the things you like every day, but I've made it my goal to spend time on this each and every day. So, like pulling the old bike out of the basement each Spring, I will pull out the keyboard and loosen up the typing fingers to put some of the gazillion thoughts that run through my brain each day on the proverbial internet paper that this blog has become.

Oh man, is this becoming a top ten list? I better stop before I get too deep. Anyway, thanks for checking out my blog and bearing with me as I shake the dust off. I hope you have tissues handy and aren't allergic!! I imagine there'll be much more shaking to do before I get it right.


Until next time...


My name is Andrew Trevino. I am a Realtor, working in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area, and I'm affiliated with TradeMark Realtors Group. Thanks for investing your time in reading my blog. If you're interested in contacting me, please visit my website at

                                                                                                                   TradeMark Realtors Group

Comments (41)

Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Hi Andrew, I look forward to getting to know you.  Congratulations on being busy!

May 13, 2009 02:43 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

HI Andrew - I look forward to reading your posts. You've got a great style.  While you were away working on your other busienss I was holding a place for you.  I started blogging earlier this year on AR and have been enjoying the journey.  Glad you're back!

May 13, 2009 02:58 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTORĀ® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I know that 4th page feeling. George Gobel once said on the Carson show as he sat between Dean Martin and Bob Hope, I feel like the world is a tuxedo and I am a pair of brown shoes.

May 13, 2009 03:14 AM
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Welcome back to AR! Hopefully you will be back on the first page in no time.

May 13, 2009 03:21 AM
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

Welcome back, Andrew.  I look forward to reading what you have to say in the future in the Rain.

May 13, 2009 03:27 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Well, you didn't get the family's signet ring, or fattened calf -- but a feature!  That outta make you feel welcomed back?


May 13, 2009 05:19 AM
Alice & Jim -- Team Hayes Realtors
Loveless Realty - Libby, MT
Double the Service - Double the Care!

Glad to meet you. Thanks for the post. I will look forward to reading more in the future.

May 13, 2009 06:16 AM
John Travista
Alexandria, AL

Welcome back Andrew.. Hope you have a good time again here and will not leave us again :)

I am more willing to read your posts and i will surely gonna comment/discuss something on your posts as well.


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May 13, 2009 06:40 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Ha, Welcome back Andrew. I was deleting subscribers that have not posted for a long time this past week. I'm so glad I kept you. Welcome back, good to see you here.

And I LOVE that song by Sugarland.

May 13, 2009 07:32 AM
Bettina Settles
Greenwood, IN
Your Indiana Connection

Andrew, great post and welcome back to AR...I can't wait to see other posts from you


May 13, 2009 07:37 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Andrew, we all can get busy have other things to do in our lives and come back when we feel like it. Welcome back.

May 13, 2009 08:09 AM

Wow!!! What an incredible response!! I figured I'd hear from some of my old readers, maybe a few new ones as well, but this is an amazing response. I normally respond to each person individually, so please forgive me if I don't do that here. I may really be here for a few hours.

Thanks to all of you who commented to this rather simple blog. I appreciate all of the kind words and well wishes. I'll be checking out each and every one of your blogs as well and reciprocating as best as I can.

Thanks to the AR forces that be who felt, for some odd reason, that this was worthy of a gold star. Really, it didn't cost me a dime!! I'll be back later to check things out and fill in some of the many blanks from this post.

Until next time...


p.s. I see the graphic words haven't changed at all...bignai? what is that?

May 13, 2009 09:30 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Andrew, welcome back to a great community  You are back in the groove....with this post!

May 13, 2009 10:34 AM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I KNEW you would be back, Trev..that is why I did
not take you off of the Moderators list....hehehehe

PLEEZE don't ask me WHY I KNEW you were gonna
be back...but I DID.



May 13, 2009 12:49 PM
Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ

I think you can go back home, just my opinion.

Some things change, people get older, but I think you can always go back, and in that case, welcome home. :)

May 13, 2009 01:17 PM
Daren Krause
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Andrew, welcome back.  Can I say that since I wasn't here before your hiatus?

Anyways, congratulations on your success in growing your property mgmt company.  That's outstanding.


May 13, 2009 05:41 PM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Thanks again to all who commented here. You know, as strange as it may seem, I do sort of feel like I've come back home. I've come back home to find that I don't know most of I'll have to remedy that quickly.

To those of you that I do know, Jason, Missy and Al, I look forward to reconnecting. We'll talk soon.

Until next time...



May 14, 2009 12:41 AM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I am looking forward to your future posts, Trev!!! Your posts
always did inspire me...and LOTS of others.....



May 14, 2009 05:23 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Thanks Al,

Don't put too much pressure on me! LOL I truly do hope to offer some sort of inspiration to anyone who reads my blog. Thanks for the encouragement.


May 14, 2009 09:50 AM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Don't worry about that, TREV... you know me better than that, brother......


You are very welcome, bro!!


May 14, 2009 03:25 PM