Good News is Good For Business, the Contest Results Are in.

Reblogger Liz and Bill Spear
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

This contest had outstanding participation, with 500+ entries!  Below are listed the top 5 selected by the judging panel (no easy feat to narrow it down!).  PLEASE GO TO THE ORIGINAL POST TO LEAVE YOUR VOTE FOR THE WINNER!!  Thanks for your part in selecting the winner!

Good News is Good For Business, the Contest Results Are in.

Good News is Good For Business contestWow, we have been so impressed and amazed by the out pouring of not just good news, and the real estate recovery that is so clearly happening in so many areas all over Canada and the United States, but the quality of the writing, and the creativity of the solutions and opportunities shared.

If you have not already done so, we would very much encourage you to read not just the 5 very deserving top award winning articles, but we would also want you to visit the Recovery Train Group  to read some of the amazing recovery stories that are being shared with us, and that we can draw inspiration & solutions from.

The Good News is Good For Business Top 5 Award Winners
(Each very Deserving winner has been awarded an additional 2,500 points) for their
Pfanntastic Real Estate Good News and Recovery Stories

It is now Up To You Active Rain Members
You Decide which ONE of these 5 deserving Real Estate Professionals receives the extra 2,500, you decide by reading the articles below,
  Select your favourite and leaving us your vote in the comment section below, You have until Midnight September 6, 2011.


Your contributions to your Community, Your Peers and Your Career Will provide Benefits for Years To Come

Headshot GOOD NEWS! Real Estate Recovery - Murfreesboro TN Home Buyers Come Off The Fence to Buy!
Ilona_matteson2 I absolutely REFUSE to participate!
Img_0033 Good News! Real estate recovery in Elk Grove California

Jacksonville Real Estate Market Showing Signs Of Recovery

Forar Real Estate Recovery - A Loan Mod Program That's Working!

We want to thank every one that entered and participated in the Good News is Good For Business Contest.

All the participants have already received their respective points.
We encourage you to write Good News & Real Estate Recovery stories, and share them with us all at The Recovery Train Group

To us it was never about the points, but about changing the perceptions and mind set of our peers,our communities and most importantly our own mind set..

With Nearly 500 hundred entries from approx. 200 different people all over North America, it is easy to see that  there is a Real Estate Recovery taking place in your community or one near you.

The most important thing we took away from this contest is how essential it is for each and every one of us as professionals to always find ways to provide solutions for our clients and communities, they may not always be life changing, but having the mindset and commitment that you are always focused on offering constructive supportive direction to your clients, your peers and your community will remain with us for the rest of our careers and life.

Many Many Thanks Go Out To the Pfanntastic Judges And Our Special Active Rain Super Community Builder:
Your assistance and cooperation made this contest and all the entries a breeze to review and we could not have done this without your tireless support and you have our eternal gratitude

Pfanntastic Active Rain Judges and Super Stars, Thank you so Very Much

Bill & Liz Spear Team Cindy Westfall Joni Staples Susan Emo Kerrie Greenhalgh
Liz & Bill Spear Cindy Westfall Joni Staples Susan Emo Kerrie Greenhalgh

Special Thanks, To Kathy and Virginia, as the contest would never have happened without their comments and feedback.

Thanks Kathy & Virginia,

Your Ideas Caused a Wave of Real Estate Recovery

Kathy Clulow Virginia Hepp
Kathy Clulow Virginia Hepp

Foot Note....We have always been convinced that one attracts the same results as the type of energy that we share with our friends, family and community.

This Contest has for many restored this very concept that we very much have the opportunity to change our destiny by improving the lives of those closest to us each and every day.

We can assure you that we have gained enormous positive energy from all the good news, the positive Vibe and the Excitement so many of you shared with us all. so our Thanks go out to you all for giving us a renewed perspective on Real Estate, our industry and its economic Future in North America and our part of Paradise.

Keep Riding the Real Estate Recovery Wave, it is Good For Your business and your Spirit.....


Please let us know how we can be of Service to you.

Kind Regards, and Live a Pfanntastic Life

 Peter & Linda Pfann,

MBA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, CSA, Associate Broker & Realtors



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Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

I read the blogs and my favorite is Ilona's. I liked her positive attitude. I like the "I refuse to participate" philosophy.

Aug 29, 2011 02:39 PM #1
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Liz  and Bill,

First I want to say congrat's to all who made this a success.

Second, why doe's the media not report on how the housing makets are doing. All you hear are that sales are flat and the housing recovery might be years away?

Nearly everyone I know within the housing industry seems to think all signs indicate that the housing market has and continues to improve.

So Why no good news from the media at all?

Good post, but we really know what's really going on with the housing markets.

Best, Clint Mckie


Aug 29, 2011 02:45 PM #2
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Donna, If you haven't already, please leave the Ilona vote comment on the original post so we don't miss your vote.  Thanks!

Clint, It's like everything, they'd prefer negative news to positive news.  While not perfect in our market, it's not as bad as folks have been led to believe either.

Aug 29, 2011 03:11 PM #3
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

There was a contest for reporting what is happening in our markets, but only with rosy glasses on?

I need a contest for the crabbiest blogger, or maybe the most disorganized. Or wastes the most time.

Congrats to PARTICIPANTS, who are all winners for just doin' their jobs every day.

Aug 29, 2011 03:56 PM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Leslie, Hmmm, someone could probably put that contest together for you :)   Anyone who continues to fight against the market and keep their license active is a winning participant in our book.  We've lost over 1000 agents out of the 6000 that used to be part of our market.  Good for us, bad for them.

Aug 29, 2011 04:08 PM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Liz & Bill wow 500 entries how many post did you read??? The way I see it is like reading an epic novel that is not moving fast at times it is a slow read. I am glad I only submitted one article:)) Congrats to you for getting thru all that and selecting the winners. You should get some extra points for reading and being a  judge:)))

Aug 29, 2011 05:22 PM #6
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

This contest was a real stretch for me, having to write 5 entries in  a series, but I am so glad that I did it.  It's just another example of when the bar is set high, folks will rise to the occaision!  Thanks so much for all of the hard work that went into this one.  500 entries is a LOT to read!

Aug 29, 2011 06:00 PM #7
Michael Thornton
RadnorLake Video - Nashville, TN
Nashville Area - Photography & Videography

Good morning, BLiz. 500 Posts!!!! Wow!!! That is a lot of reading...

Aug 29, 2011 10:32 PM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Endre, Peter & Linda set up a nice division of reading amongst the judges, so none of us had to read them all.  From there the best were brought forward by each judge, then top 25 rated by all judges to select top 5 for the AR folks to vote.

Chris, As usual, given the opportunity the AR folks stepped up!

Michael, We probably only had to read less than a 100.  Fortunately the last day of the contest wasn't one of the days we were designated judge :)

Aug 29, 2011 11:43 PM #9
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I wanted to thank you for originating this. . over 500 good news. . is good news! 

just becuase of you! 

Aug 30, 2011 01:08 AM #10
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Fernando, We can't lay claim to the origination part, just one of the helpers :)

Aug 30, 2011 01:09 AM #11
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