NAR 2006 is in New Orleans and IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Estate One Westrick 6501153558

Sitting in Astro Crowne Plaza Hotel room listening to the Jazz band outside the hotel window. New Orleans has come alive. I can't help but think of last night coming to the hotel from the airport. I had an interesting conversation with the shuttle driver, Shaw. Shaw has been in the Big Easy his whole life, married 40 years and driving shuttle or cab even longer. Hurricane Katrina took everything. Shaw said he was fortunate enough to get an apartment in a neighboring area until He could get some help to rebuild his home. He feels so fortunate to have come away with his life.

Shaw explained that they have little but don't need a lot. He said the folks in new Orleans were so very grateful that NAR (National Association of REALTORS ) decided to still have their 2006 meetings here. With over 33,000 members attending there will be a lot of Money flowing in for a few days. Hotels are full, restuarants are buzzing, everyone is happy. Shaw did warn though that many people have not come back yet since work is not steady or there is no place to live. He said those here are working overtime and service would be good for all. A good lesson for all.

 Arrived in the Big Easy last night. It was already dark. Arrived at my hotel to meet my first roomate, Fran Thorsen from Pennsylvania, for the first time. As we were getting acquainted, our mutual friend Joeann Fossland From AZ arrived. Joeann and I quickly caught up on the last year's events, grandchildren

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 and we three went off to dinner. 

Fran is a writer, author of HUD Homes for sale and Joeann is a real estate coach. Joeann and I have been rooming at NAR for Many years (we don't count). Check back later for some news breaking info on a few projects these gals are doing.

We decided to stay in the hotel and eat at  Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House Seafood & Oyster Bar. It was delicious. We three shared warm spinach salad, seafood gumbo and Red fish bisque. Fran also ordered Red fish mmmm good! we spent a while networking with some fellow REALTORS we met in the hall. That is the best thing about these NAR meetings. So many good peole to meet and Pick their brains. We dined with Sharon Sims and Tammy her Marketing director, (and daughter) and John who was here to learn about the Canadian Oil Explorations and possibilities is could carry for the US.

After dinner we headed back to the room, chatted a bit and had a good night's rest. We were all awake before our 6AM wake up call. I had the first meeting with my CyberProfessional group at 7am.

It's been a long day filled with new friends and lots of good information to bring back to Michigan. Day 1 of the CyberPro meeting was chuck full of information sharing. Check us out at http://www.cyberprofessionals.net/ The best thing I learned today was that I LOVE this group and am happy to be a part of it. There a lot of new tec tips and ideas flying around the room and many god business building ideas.

Tomorrow will be anaother busy day...Check back to see what Joeann and Fran are doing to help out the world. Might be a good deal for YOU in their fund raising project for CARE. They CARE to make a difference.

Many REALTORS are taking advantage of the opportunity to help here and are giving a day to build homes through habitat.

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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My Dear Wynne, Reading your post is  the next best thing to being in NOLA! Please give my best to all the CyberPros and all of the CyberStars. Give a hug to our special friend Joeanne Fossland and get one for your self. I can't wait to hear more and I so miss you all.

Congratulaltions being a featured blog!

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Nov 09, 2006 01:23 PM #1
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Kristal Kraft
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Wynne, Thanks for the terrific update.  It's so great to hear about what is happening.  Please give my regards to Joeanne!

kk

Nov 09, 2006 01:57 PM #2
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Rob Wills
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Love it, I wish I was there also. I loved the jazz bars when i was there last time.
Nov 09, 2006 02:16 PM #3
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Frances Flynn Thorsen
Nice post, even though the beautiful photos of Kowen and Lily are throwing my Gramma-wannabe genes into a total tizzy. My own grandbabies still reside as twinkles in my sons' eyes and I am filled with envy and suffering. Sighhhhh......
Nov 09, 2006 02:51 PM #4
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Wynne Achatz
Real Estate One Westrick - Marine City, MI
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Someday those twinkies will be live kissyfaces.... the day will come. It will be a delightful experience...It is a gift worth waiting for.

Nov 09, 2006 02:57 PM #5
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John Novak
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That's great to hear that the music is back in New Orleans. I'm glad that NAR kept their commitment to the city and is literally and economically helping them rebuild.

Nov 09, 2006 04:07 PM #6
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Rich Jacobson
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I am soooo jealous! Have a really great time and learn a lot!
Nov 09, 2006 06:19 PM #7
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Sharon Simms
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The Cyberprofessionals are a rare group - not many others are so enthusiastic. The actual meeting was to start at 8:45, with a full breakfast there in the room at 7:30. Tami and I arrived at 7:15 and were among the last to arrive. Some members were setting up their computers and sharing notes at 6:30 am!
Nov 09, 2006 09:09 PM #8
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Wynne Achatz
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Sharon we missed you and Tammi today. Be sure to check for all the stuff from today. Wynne Fro Michigan
Nov 10, 2006 02:46 AM #9
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Jay McGillicuddy
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Thanks for the update wish we were there. We were there thae last two times but this year we couldn't make it. Thanks Jay
Nov 10, 2006 03:32 AM #10
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Bonnie Erickson
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The jazz, oh the jazz.  I so wanted to go only because it was New Orleans.  I wanted to return to fond memories and see the damage.  Maybe another time.  Keep us up to date.  The kids are cute but watch the kissy, huggy stuff as they come with germs! (Spoken by a newly recovered grandma who just got the flu from kissy huggies!)
Nov 10, 2006 04:59 AM #11
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
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Oh that sounds so nice I always loved hearing that the music. I enjoy the updates...keep them coming.

 

Nov 10, 2006 04:59 AM #12
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Wynne Achatz
Real Estate One Westrick - Marine City, MI
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Yes, there is Jazz...Jazzz....Jazzzzz

 

Nov 10, 2006 05:22 AM #13
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Sounds like New Orleans is faring a little better than reported only a couple of days ago.
Nov 10, 2006 01:29 PM #14
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Wynne Achatz
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Yes thuings were good in NOLA. I was sorry to have to leave so soon.

I would highly recommend anyone looking for a vacation spot - try and make NOLA your next one. Rhey need the business - our support. 

Nov 12, 2006 10:15 AM #15
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