Life Before ActiveRain...And Now!!! What a Long Strange Trip It's Been!

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Before ActiveRain I was just another starving Realtor looking for a listing in all the wrong places….

Looking for a listing in all the wrong places...You know that old song!

As I started making friends here in the Rain, I grew my referral base and got my first listing referral…..

This one should sell quickly!

Then, before I knew it, I had over 100 subscribers, lots of new friends and referral partners,  and my business grew and grew.

It was then that I traded in my old car…

My first car!

… for a new one…

My new car!

I was even able to afford the Craigster-1 with all the business I was getting from my efforts here in ActiveRain…

The Craigster 1

Now, I’m happy, fat and content….

All because of ActiveRain!

I can't believe I ate the whoe thing!

 

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Craig Rutman is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Raleigh - Cary – Apex metro areas; or any place else in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice.

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Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
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I say it again - you have the most warped, funny, entertaining, and wonderful sense of humor! You are a keeper, Craig!

Debi

Oct 21, 2009 05:38 AM #43
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Debi - Thank you Debi! I'm just glad you're just warped, funny and entertaining enough to appreciate my sillies! You're a keeper too!

Oct 21, 2009 06:52 AM #44
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Cecily Parks
iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc. - Salem, OR
No Z's for me for a while I'm afraid....I don't think there is enough pills in the universe to erase that last pic from my little pea brain...hee! You post is as always hilarious!
Oct 21, 2009 10:45 AM #45
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This is too funny!  The pictures are priceless and we have had a good laugh around the office because of your post - thank you!!

Oct 21, 2009 11:31 AM #46
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Robin Rogers
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New proverb for you, O Craig: Re-blogging is the sincerest form of flattery! Cheers, Robin
Oct 21, 2009 11:38 AM #47
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
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Craig, I ALMOST don't know what to say!!! Wow, ROFLMAO, I spit all over the screen, dropped the laptop on the cat, who then screeched across the floor, right over the dog, who jumped up, hit the table and knocked my drink all over the floor. The drink splattered all over the laptop which was laying on the floor while I was hanging on to the sides of the couch in need of resuscitation. I managed to salvage the laptop, (lucky for you), the cat is no where to be found and the dog is really really mad at me. I am giving him your phone number. I am afraid the cat may have dug the ole claws into some very sensitive body parts judging by the way he is acting. 

:D

Oct 21, 2009 12:41 PM #48
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Dawn Maloney
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Judging by the last picture, blogging makes one FAT - but happy!!! Thanks for the comic relief!!!
Oct 21, 2009 12:56 PM #49
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Cecily - So glad you enjoyed and, despite the lack of sleep you're sure to encounter, try and get some rest! Welcome back my friend. You've been missed!

Susan - Nothing like a little office fun time to bring everyone together! You can use this post as a "What to do (or not to do) to market yourself" tutorial!!!

Robin - Thanks for the re-blog my friend! And, yes, I'm flattered that you thought this was worthy enough to re-blog!

Andrea - OK, that's just way too funny! That scenario could be a blog within itself! Have your dog call me. I'm sure his bark is worse than his bite!!!

Andrea's dog is mad at Craig!!!

Dawn - The moral of the story is that you just have to watch what you blog eat. And please blog eat in moderation!!!

Oct 22, 2009 01:01 AM #50
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I knew you had put on a few pounds, but I had no idea that it had come to this my friend.

Oct 22, 2009 03:55 AM #51
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JL - I know! Look what happened to me! And with the holiday season coming up, I just don't know how in the world I'm going to find the time to lose all these extra pounds!

Oct 22, 2009 04:24 AM #52
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
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Duncan says his attorney will be in touch, LOL. 

And as far as the weight goes, talk to Broker Bryant. He says stay away from the Slimfast and hit the donuts. :D

Oct 22, 2009 08:32 AM #53
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Andrea - Duncan? Your dog's name is Duncan? I'm even less afraid now than I was before!!! Tell him to call my attorney Fluffy and see what they can work out......

My dog/ attorney, Fluffy!

 

Oct 22, 2009 10:13 AM #54
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Claire Hanes
Raleigh Cary Realty - Cary, NC

OMG Craig, I'm sitting on my deck looking at this post and reading the comments and I just realized I'm getting RAINED on and didn't even notice! Toooo funny...

Oct 23, 2009 08:13 AM #55
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Claire! - So good to see you here in the Rain! And so glad to hear that my blog was so engaging that the world and its elements went unnoticed!!! Now that's one powerful blog my friends!!!

Oct 23, 2009 08:30 AM #56
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Erin Golding
Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty Hopkinton, MA - Bellingham, MA

I'm catching up on the rain and of course on your blog and I'm crying from laughing so hard.  You had me with the buddha pic but the dog above is priceless!  Thanks for always making me laugh!

Oct 26, 2009 03:44 AM #57
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Erin - Well, welcome back my friend! So glad that you came back on a "good" day!!! Enjoy the smiles! Come back soon!

Oct 26, 2009 04:11 AM #58
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Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
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That  is just wrong in so many ways....eeewww

Jun 08, 2010 12:28 PM #59
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Debra - Ha! Ha! Ha! Just the reaction I would have expected from you! For those of you keeping score at home Craig 1, Debra 0!!!

Jun 08, 2010 01:57 PM #60
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Steven L. Smith
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Craig,

Did you splice your head on Chuckie Bee's bod? Sure looks like it to me, not that I see him like that.

Mar 30, 2011 01:05 PM #61
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Steven - NO! Those are all actual photos! What is this Photoshop thing everyone keeps talking about?!!!

Mar 30, 2011 01:13 PM #62
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