Half Million Points ...a True Group Effort!

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 Half Million Points ...a True Group Effort!

  Gail's Balloons

Today I found these  balloons and the comment below from my friend Gail Harris  on  Thirty Posts In Thirty Days Has Been a Good Challenge  "Sometimes we don't see the forest for the trees, so to speak.  I thought I commented on this post of yours, Margaret. Where am I?  Hmmm, no where close to 22 listings and 10 settlements, and probably not in my lifetime!  Yet you still have time to blog on posts, email and telephone so many of us.  I feel exceptionally lucky.  CONGRATULATIONS TO MARGARET FOR GOING OVER THE 500,000 MARK... YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"  Gail

Thank you for my balloons and for all your support and encouragement. This accomplishment was not done alone. This is the accumulation of a lot of posts, a lot of comments, a lot of  good people sharing and supporting each other, those that I have invited who took the challenge of becoming better in the real estate business. We have all learned from each other. I have learned from the"older than dirt"seasoned agents, the brokers, from the newbies, from the stagers, from the lenders, from the marketing gurus, from the inspectors, from the entire AR membership staff and so many more.

I have been encouraged by Gail and her struggles, her tears over points I am a Colon Cancer Survivor - and here I am worried about.... ,  her determination, her integrity, her wonderful way of questioning and always doing the RIGHT (not the Rome) thing, by thinking of others before the deal!!

Since almost the beginning of ActiveRain (I was number 845) there is no way to mention all the members that I have spoken with, gotten to know through their written words, commented on, actually met at gatherings. You know who you are and I don't dare start to list you because of who I might leave out.

Half a million points is a true group effort!

 

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Rainmaker
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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Wow, what a milestone!

Sep 30, 2010 06:40 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Ahhhh, 500,000 points! Congratulations Margaret! You are a beloved icon here in the rain.  You have inspired and befriended so many of us!

Oct 01, 2010 02:40 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Wow, 500K points. That is true dedication. I hope I get balloons then, too!

Oct 01, 2010 03:34 AM #45
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Nathan Strauch
Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com) - Denver, CO
Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video

Congrats!  That is quite an accomplishment... I hope that I can get up there someday.  You've given many of us a goal.  Thanks!

Oct 01, 2010 03:42 AM #46
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Margaret Congratulation for acheiving the half a million mark. I am hoping to get to 50K and it will take me a long time but see you reach 500K will give me confidence.

Oct 01, 2010 05:04 AM #48
Rainer
432,184
Margaret C. Taylor
Century 21 New Millennium MD - Mechanicsville, MD
St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent

Congratulations it sounds like you deserve it.  Margarret C.

Oct 01, 2010 05:14 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Carrie Sampron
Home Smart Realty Group - Highlands Ranch, CO
ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R

Congrats!  What a nice number.  Carrie

Oct 01, 2010 05:40 AM #50
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Rodney, I saw those balloons. You can thank Gail.

Elizabeth, Thank you for those kind words.

Chris, You have made my day!

Katerina, A long way to catch up with you!

Gary, Just following you.

Eagle Ridge..one post at a time is the way.

Catherine, :)

Evelyn, You are easy to befriend! We will talk later.

Cheryl, If you remind me, I wil make sure you get balloons. Don't forget.

Staunch, Just stick to that goal.

Thank you, Erica!

From one Margaret to another Margaret, Thank you!

 

Oct 01, 2010 05:45 AM #51
Anonymous
Fulton in Charlottesville

I'm a son of English Professors.

I've got wicked writer's block.

The idea of writing daily posts and reading and commentating drives me to horrific episodes of dizzying complacency.

I just don't think I can do it.

And further, I haven't heard of direct results, i.e. 100 blogs = 1 sale.

I was told ActiveRain was dead...especially since you had to pay for the kind of coverage that would get you noticed by potential consumers.

I know, I'm a naysayer. But let's just say SOMEHOW I was to get motivated to write a blog consistently, and direct it to a niche. There is SO much information (too much) out there and you're saying the ONLY way to get in front of that searching home buyer is to rack up points, be the top blogger, so that your name will apear first on a search list?

So really, this new real estate world favors those who are writers? Those of us who are ADHD gifted and got into real estate because it favored our need for spontaneity and creativity, our love of gab and meeting people, and our disdain for paperwork and behind-the-desk cubicle 9 to 5, are now being replaced with those able to sit, focus, and write-daily?

Well, I believe people are accessing information, researching, and looking on-line, yes. I believe they interview us anonymously by reading our posts and viewing our bios and web presence, yes. But, I also know, regardless of all this, most of the local buyers rely on who they know and recognize, and through direct referrals.

Please, help me understand.

Are we at the publish or perish point? Need I sit at my computer everyday for hours up-dating my FaceBook page, Twittering about the weather and its affect on our local real estate market, wishing people Happy Birthday on Plaxo, Linking In with people I know nothing about on LinkedIn, answering surfer's questions on Trulia, Twello, and entertaining the constant sexual advances from Lacey Underall on MySpace?

Ugh!

By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on acheiving 500K points. I hope you'll give me the skinny on what benfits it has given you transactionally.

Oct 01, 2010 06:04 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Congratulations on hitting that 500,000 level.  I would say you are dedicated and a real ambassador of AR.

Oct 01, 2010 07:09 AM #53
Rainmaker
1,431,110
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I am right behind you.  I joined in 2006, but never really got rolling with it until 2009.  It is now my best marketing tool.

Oct 01, 2010 08:19 AM #54
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Carrie, It is a nice number.

Gene, Glad to see you. I wll go check out you posts.

Fulton In Charlotte, You say you have writer's block but you can't prove it by this lengthy comment. Do you really want me to help you understand? Why not write a blog and ask  192,894 members. Well maybe I will take your comment and write another post. Does not appear that you are a member, so I cannot respond or call you directly.

 

Oct 01, 2010 09:12 AM #55
Rainmaker
342,704
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Margaret ~ I almost hate to comment since the comments are at 55 and I like the symmetry with the 500K points.  Congratulations!  A lovely post.  And your photo is fabulous

Liz

Oct 01, 2010 09:43 AM #56
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Elizabeth, You are a delight! Enjoyed our phone conversation today.

Oct 01, 2010 09:53 AM #57
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Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville

Congratulations Margaret. You are an inspiration to all here at Active Rain and in the real estate community. Thanks for being you and the caring and sharing person you are.

Oct 01, 2010 03:01 PM #58
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Lisa Ludlow Archer
Live Love Homes-Keller Williams, Charlotte, NC Ballantyne Area - Waxhaw, NC

Margaret:

 

Congrats on 500,000. I am closing in on 100,000 and I am super excited. Seeing how far you have gone is such an inspiration. Blessings,

Lisa

Oct 01, 2010 04:29 PM #59
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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 Debra, Thank you for your kind words and positive attitude. Love your photograph. You are adorable!

Lisa, The first 100 k are by far the hardest. Thanks for subscribing to my post. You are a delight.

Oct 01, 2010 04:42 PM #60
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Deb Harshman
Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
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Margaret, Congratulations!

Oct 02, 2010 02:52 AM #62
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Deborah, Thank you!

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