ActiveRain's Newest Baby: MeetUps

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It is with great excitement and happiness that we announce our newest baby, the ActiveRain MeetUp!

ActiveRain is a family made up of 200K+ insightful, smart, sharp, caring, funny, brainy, clever and charismatic members.  I could go on and on about how amazing you all are but I'm going to stop at the previous 8 adjectives or this post may get a bit too long.  Meeting your virtual friends and colleagues in person usually begin with a smile and embrace.  I've seen it happen a hundred times across the nation and this is something that must carry on.  I must carry on.

Networking, learning and sharing are basic fundamentals of AR.  Something special happens when you exercise these in person.  To understand you must attend and see for yourself.  MeetUps will happen in a restaurant, lounge or another venue in your area; a relaxed environment to host AR members, friends and colleagues.  Anybody involved in the real estate community is invited and urged to attend.

We already have a few definite hosts orchestrating a MeetUp in their area:

Renee Burrows, Las Vegas, NV | Tom Branch, North Dallas, TX | Katerina Gasset, Palm Beach County, FL | Dagny Eason, Wilton, CT | Debe Maxwell, Charlotte, SC | Fred Carver, Victoria B.C. | Christine Donovan, Newport Beach, CA | Nina Rogoff, Walpole, MA |

Do you have what it takes to host a MeetUp in your area?

All interested applicants please email the city you'd be interested in hosting a MeetUp.  By hosting, you're simply picking a venue in your area as well as date and time.  We'll get the word out there together!

With our inaugural virtual RainCamp happening September 8th, the first set of MeetUps will kick off 9/5 - 9/9.  The vision is to partner RainMeets along with RainCamps throughout the year.

All participants that attend a MeetUp will receive 1,500 points.  A drawing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive Visa gift cards in the amount of $200, $100, and $50 respectively.

Are you jumping out of your seats?  Has it sunk in yet how absolutely fantastic this is going to be?

Get your applications to host a RainMeet to me asap and stay tuned for an announcement regarding MeetUps in a city near you!

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Comments (132)

Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Gerard - This is our first official kick-off so we'll have to see if some cities draw in larger crowds etc.  It's a casual get-together in a relaxed environment with no agenda other than to connect with each-other.

We have about 40 MeetUps in the works and I'd like to have venue/date/time emailed to me no later than Tuesday August 9th.  We want to properly market these on our outlets as well as Facebook, Twitter etc.  I also urge you to write a post about the MeetUp you're organizing and include it in the new ActiveRain MeetUps Group.

Aug 03, 2011 10:14 AM
Karen L. Pietsch
Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc. - Crystal Lake, IL
Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate

Count me in my dear!  I had a Meetup many years ago when I was conducting one of my many animal fundraising groups for the welfare of our animals.  I am not sure what you need from me but let me just go on record stating that I could hold these meetings either in Cary, Crystal Lake, Barrington or East Dundee in Illinois.  I'd like to talk to you further about this so I can find out what will be expected of me and other important factors involved with this.  I'm in.  Tell me how I can help spread the news about AR's new venture by becoming a part of it!  :)

Aug 03, 2011 04:32 PM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Oooh! Thanks, Kerrie, for including a link to the new AR MeetUps Group...glad I checked back to read follow-up comments to this post! :)


Aug 03, 2011 04:36 PM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA did I miss this & how did I not know Nina was doing this in the Walpole MA area?!  Thanks to Bryan Robertson for linking this in his blog today!

How do I find out when/where one near me will be held?  And, it is very cool that virtual rain camp is being held on my birthday! :)

Aug 04, 2011 04:28 AM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

It looks like Sandra has signed up for South Denver area.  I'll attend instead of organizing ... of course if something falls through.

If you really want to push attendance you could offer the largest meet-up group, most number of people attending and extra 1,500 points.

Man I give all my great marketing ideas away.  I should charge or maybe get bonus points for suggesting it :)

Aug 04, 2011 11:45 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Christine - It's a Happy Birthday to you RainCamp!  :)  Once all the venues have been solidified I will be sure to announce all the MeetUps.


Aug 05, 2011 07:24 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Hey, fellow Arizonans - here's the info on the Phoenix Area meetup - but I hope anyone interested from any where in Arizona can make it - please just RSVP at the end of the post - we need a head count for food!!!!


First ActiveRain MeetUp in the Phoenix area - Wednesday, September 7th

See you THERE!!!! 

Aug 05, 2011 08:06 AM
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Kerrie: Not seeing Bucks County, PA here, but would be glad to host. I have an idea for a centrally located venue. Will email right now.

Aug 05, 2011 11:30 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Kerrie, what a great idea.  I hope to be able to make it to Dagny's unless there's one closer.

Aug 07, 2011 08:24 AM
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Nobody has offered to orchestrate one in Westchester County yet, so I'll throw my hat in the ring. I'll propose Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm at the Brazen Fox in White Plains NY.175 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601.

Come as you are!

Aug 07, 2011 12:30 PM
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

Kerri - I'd be happy to host a meetup in Northern CA - Central Valley, San Ramon Valley - just let me know what to do... I can find a place I'm quite certain - I can even do 2 if needed.

Aug 09, 2011 07:23 PM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Kerrie:  Dagny Eason was so sweet - she invited me to her MeetUp in Wilton.  Anyone else in Fairfield County, CT?  Contact Dagny.

Aug 10, 2011 01:48 AM

I attend plenty of meetups and this would be a good one to start in the New Haven county area.  Just need more details.  Can certainly find the place and the points  will be a good incentive for fellow realtors and brokers to attend.  It should be started soon, as it takes a while to build up a good member base for attendance.  Let me know. Thanks.

Aug 10, 2011 04:19 PM
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

This is a great idea...

Aug 11, 2011 07:44 AM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Hey Guys - sorry, I didn't get to you by the 9th of August but we will be happy to host the Northeast Georgia/Western North Carolina Meet-Up.   This would be for the areas of Blairsville, Blue Ridge and Hiwassee Georgia and Murphy, Hayesville, Robbinsville, Bryson City, Sylva and Franklin NC.

Central location would be Murphy and I am thinking Tuesday September 6th.  Sending you an email now...

Aug 13, 2011 01:25 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Kerri, Bob , Nikki,  we are having one in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Wed. 9/14 at Noon at Patriots Place.  I've done a blog but is there some place all the states MEET UPS will be posted that all AR members can go to check??  thanks

Aug 14, 2011 11:10 PM
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Here's the link to the Meet Up in Foxboro, MA! Hope this location, right off the highway, will encourage attendance from CT, RI, MA and all other Activerainers from near and far who can make it!


Aug 15, 2011 07:11 AM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

❦  Kerri,  ok, we've got our Triangle Meetup place and time!  Please join us at the Chatham Hill Winery on September 7th from 3-5 PM for a little wine and great time!  What a fabulous way to kick off the virtual RainCamp.  There's wi-fi available so bring your iPads and laptops so we can see your AR stuff online!!! 

More to come - we've got some fun things in the makings...

Directions / Map



Chatham Hill Winery
3800 Gateway Centre Blvd. Suite 310
Cary/Morrisville, NC  27560


Aug 17, 2011 10:05 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Kerrie.. I'm looking forward to going to the one that Dagny is having in Wilton CT.  It is only a few hours away... it is being held tonight. 

Bet you can't wait to read about it later today/ tomorrow in blogs.

Sep 07, 2011 12:21 AM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Hi Kerrie! Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I wrote a blog post about our MeetUp today (yesterday, actually):

ActiveRain MeetUp Video - The Cheesecake Factory (Roseville, CA)


P.S. I listed everyone's name with a link to their AR profile so you can give the 1,500 bonus points for attending the MeetUp...and enter them in the Visa Raffle! :)

Sep 09, 2011 06:38 PM