Thankful Thursday - Thank you Craig Rutman!

Real Estate Agent with Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ

I'm very close with my niece, Zoie.  Newly married and now pregnant with her first child. she made a decision that she wanted to move to North Carolina from Colorado.

Thrilled with the news (now I'll get to see her more often), I suggested that she needed to look into the Raleigh area. Craig Rutman

Since Raleigh is a growing area which ranks number 1 in many categories within North Carolina cities, I thought it was a perfect fit.

I immediately contacted my friend, Craig Rutman, who kept us informed of the market.

She also spoke with Nevin Williams, regarding financing options.

A mutual decision was made for her to rent for a year first.  This will also give her an opportunity to get a good feel of this huge area called Raleigh, to determine exactly which area will be right for a purchase next year.

On Monday, February 15th, my husband and I, with my niece and her husband, gathered to the Apex/Cary area to meet with Craig and search for a rental.

Craig Rutman

Craig did a tremendous job and "went to bat" for her, (as he did for the Yankees in the 2009 World Series).

Tonight, she secured her favorite home that she saw on Monday.

Her rental will begin on April 1st.

Thank you Craig!  I appreciate all your hard work!

It was great to finally meet you in person!


Going to the Raleigh area this week, also gave us a chance to see our long time friends Stan & Sarah, who moved about 12 years ago from NJ to Durham.

At dinner in North Carolina

Pictured here from left to right:  our friend Sarah from Durham, Zoie's husband Mike, my husband John, Me, my niece Zoie, and our friend Stan (Sarah's husband).


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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Toula, this is the consummate story of how Active Rain is such a fantastic network! So Craig was in the World Series? I'm going to have to check it out...thanks for the tip :)

Feb 18, 2010 02:53 PM #1
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Sharon - This is exactly what Active Rain is all about.  Yes he was, check out his post from November of 2009

Feb 18, 2010 03:06 PM #2
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Wow -- another great AR story.  So glad everything worked out.  We certainly have  talent bunch here on AR.

Feb 18, 2010 03:15 PM #3
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Toula - Terrific! how great that it has worked out for your niece, and what a trip it must have been to meet Craig!


Feb 18, 2010 03:22 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Toula, What a nice story....I knew Craig would find them something wonderful before I finished reading!  He is definitely an Expert in his areas.

Feb 18, 2010 03:24 PM #5
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Excellent! Hats off to Craig for great work.

Feb 18, 2010 04:21 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Toula,

How cool is this..great job Craig taking such great care of Zoie and her husband. Another wonderful ActiveRain story! Glad you are back.

Feb 18, 2010 10:35 PM #7
Jen Anderson
Exit By the Bay Realty - Chesapeake Beach, MD

Toula, a great AR story, thanks for sharing it!

Feb 18, 2010 10:38 PM #8
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

How great, you got to meet the Rut-MAN and you helped out your neice too.  Great AR story!  

Feb 18, 2010 10:45 PM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great story Toula.  Also shows the power of the friends and colleagues we find on Active Rain.

Feb 18, 2010 11:02 PM #10
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Toula sounds like a good time was had by all. But now tell the truth, wasn't meeting me far more memorable than meeting that other guy?

Feb 18, 2010 11:10 PM #11
Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

Toula, That is fantastic! The powers of AR....

Feb 18, 2010 11:14 PM #12
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Toula, thank YOU for the opportunity to help Zoie and Mike discover that the Raleigh area is right for them!

It was great meeting you and your hubby John too! As an added bonus, I've made some more friends as a result of my exploits here in the Rain!

Looking forward to seeing you again in April!

Note to Ed: Surely you jest!!!

Feb 18, 2010 11:17 PM #13
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Toula, with you and Craig working together, nothing could go wrong!  Only success!  Glad it all worked out for you guys!

Feb 18, 2010 11:39 PM #14
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Toula- it is great that we have these relationships with agents in other states. Craig is my number one choice in the Raleigh area too

Feb 19, 2010 12:10 AM #15
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Toula -  I'm so sorry I missed you!  battling a nasty cold and sinus infection (yuck).  I definitely want to meet when you come out in April.  I'm glad Zoie decided to rent first and get a feel for the area.  I look forward to my new neighbor.  Thank you for the mention, I really appreciate it!

Feb 19, 2010 01:39 AM #16
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Toula - There is no doubt in my mind that Craig is the best in the Raleigh area.  I'm a little jealous tho', I would love to meet you.  Maybe next time you are in NC, I can be there too!  The relationships built on AR are unbelievable...still amazes me how many people question the power of AR. 

Feb 19, 2010 08:58 AM #17
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Toula - Isn't it wonderful to have made so many great friends here on Active Rain?  Getting to know the bloggers here lets us know who we can trust and count on for our referrals, and I have found most everyone here eager and willing to help.  And it is equally nice of you to give them this nice public thanks!

Feb 20, 2010 11:27 AM #18
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Toula, What a guy "that Craig" is!  I think it is so awesome that we have made friends  across the country that we know as professionals and know who to call to help!  Awesome, awesome shout out , not only for Craig but for the power of the rain :-)

Feb 20, 2010 12:00 PM #19
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

This is great!  And when they are ready to buy, you know they'll call Craig!

Feb 25, 2010 11:25 PM #20
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