And the Me-Me Goes to.....Us

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX All Pro

We were Me-Me'd by Kim Murphy one of our favorite loan officers!!! She is actually the one who got us hooked on AR!!

We have always been so careful of not exposing too much about ourselves so we are kind of out of our element!! Sooo..here it goes!!!!!

1. We have 2 children. Our daughter is going to be 12 in August and going into 7th grade and our son is going to be 10 in August and he is going into 5th grade. They are both bowlers and bowl regularly on a league. They both have bowled 2- 200 games this season. We have a hard time keeping up with them. Our son plays 10 yr old travel baseball and our daughter just signed up for golf lessons.

2. We will be married 15 years in October. We met at a roller rink when I was 11 and Rick was 16 (we were just friends). I always had a crush on Rick. He always us to tease me and tell me to call him when I was 18.....Well I called him when I was 19. We started dating in Sept. of 1988. He truely is my childhood sweetheart! He is my sole mate and my best friend!!!

3. Before real estate I was in dentistry and Rick was in EMS (Emergency Medical Service). After the birth of our daughter we decided that I would be a stay at home mom. Rick was in middle/upper management so we were lucky enough to be able to make it work. After many, many years of dedication, Rick was starting to get burned out. My mom has been in real estate all my life and owned a RE/MAX office in the Chicago suburbs. After many conversations, Rick decided to take some real estate courses. About 1 1/2 years later, we decided that I would give it a try. It has been one of the best things we have done. We have been selling together since 1998. We work well together.

4. We are both very active in our kids school. In 2004 Rick was voted Carol Stream Citizen of The Year. Rick has always been described as being "painfully honest." You always know where you stand with him. Most people appreciate his honesty. I was never like that but have learned to be somewhat like him.

5. We love sports. Specifically baseball and golf. Rick is an extremely positive person. He can find the positive in anything. I guess that is why we are so good together. We balance each other out. His strong points seem to be my weaker points and visa versa. So I guess you could say we complement each other. He is one of the most genuine people you could ever meet. I think it is safe to say....he has rubbed off on me too!

So...there you go! We have selected Joslyn Panka, we gave her some advice and she told us we were awesome, Jim Crawford, his blog was the very first blog we commented on and he so kindly responded back, and         Lisa and Robert Hammerstein because they, like us are a husband wife team and we seemed to have some things in common.

Looking forward to learning more about all of you!!! And if you have anyone looking in the Chicagoland area visit us at www.rickorze.com and search over 135,000 homes for sale. Search ALL homes for sale in Illinois including Dupage County homes for sale, Cook County homes for sale and Kane County homes for sale. 

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Rainer
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Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
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Rick and Lynn- I can not ever say enough nice things about both of you!  I love working with you and I have enjoyed building our friendship!  I think we all work so well together because our heart is out there for the client!  Glad to see you as addicted to AR as I am!
Jun 01, 2007 03:13 PM #1
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Jim Crawford
Crye-Leike REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Thanks for the kind words!  Ellen and I work as a husband and wife team.  I do more of the rain making these days with Internet etc.  We are known nationally for our Internet marketing with over 85% of our work coming form the Internet each year through our primary website http://www.atlantabesthomes.com/   We have many, and even have several in Virginia where we are are also licensed.  http://www.fairfaxhomesforsale.com/ and http://www.loudounvirginia.com/

Ellen and I have been married 28 years this September.  We are now empty nester's, both sons graduated college 2 weeks ago and have taken up residence in Maryland and New York where we are from originally.  We lived in the DC are for 10 years.  I used to be with Treasury, and Ellen worked in a major law firm right across from the White House. It seems like a lifetime ago.  In 1992 we made the full time switch into real estate.  I was licensed in NY originally in 1979, and Ellen in Virginia 1988.

Jun 01, 2007 03:33 PM #2
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

For many years, the "about" page of my website was very "Me-Me" with photos of my kids and grandkids and the whole bit; a lot of people told me they liked getting to know me online.  But recently I switched to more of a "You-You" approach, after attending Michael Russer's program at the RE/MAX Convention, and I get better results than ever.  I'm really trying to focus on "What's in it for YOU (the consumer)" - even on the page that is "About Me" - and I wish I'd taken that approach a long time ago, even though I'm still a little less comfortable with it.  "Me-Me" feels good, but "What's in it for YOU" has attracted stronger prospects and more settlements.

http://www.margaretwoda.com/about.php

 

Jun 01, 2007 11:51 PM #3
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Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
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Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Hi Rick & Lynn,

Thanks so much for meme-ing us.  However, we were just meme'd the other day so I'll have to go back to the drawing board and come back with a new one for you to read!  We enjoyed your story and you two sound alot like us in many ways.  Bob sounds like Rick - painfully honest and an all around nice guy.  Give us alittle time and I'll stir up another meme about us.  The last one was really about me because I was meme'd by someone and I did one about us a very long time ago but that was when we were pretty new to AR.  Thanks again!

Jun 02, 2007 01:35 AM #4
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Rick and Lynn Orze
RE/MAX All Pro - Carol Stream, IL
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Hi Lisa and Robert-

Don't worry about it. We are still new to AR. We didn't realize this has been going on. We will read the blog you posted the other day. It is nice to know that there is someone out there who has experienced similar situations working with a spouse. Have a good weekend and see you around!

Jun 02, 2007 12:32 PM #5
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Ian Anderson
Keller Williams Realty Florida Partners - Ormond Beach, FL
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Rick and Lynn - Great to see you both in AR.  I miss everyone up north, although I will never miss those cold winters.  I was just meme'd and I was going to meme you as well but you snooze you lose.  I'll keep an eye on your blog.  Keep in touch.
Jun 11, 2007 09:45 AM #6
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Rick and Lynn Orze
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Hey Ian- Good to hear from you. Glad to hear you are back where you belong!! (Ha Ha) We will definately be seeing you around the RAIN! We will be keeping an eye on your blog! Talk to you soon!

Oh by the way, we are never too busy for your referrals!!

Jun 11, 2007 03:27 PM #7
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Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Lynn,

I have added your meme to my alphabetical meme list.  Check it out when you get a chance.

Lucky :)

Jul 02, 2007 12:59 PM #8
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Rick and Lynn Orze
RE/MAX All Pro - Carol Stream, IL
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Thank you Lucky!!! That is quite a list. This is a great way to learn a little bit more about our fellow RAINERS!  We have enjoyed being a part of a great group of people! Thanks again for adding us to the list.
Jul 03, 2007 10:23 AM #9
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