AR Newbie, Saying Hello

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty, LLC TN RE Lic# 323112

I'm jumping in here and putting up my first post in Active Rain, after taking some time reading other posts, making a few comments, and figuring out how AR works. While I am no stranger to blogging (totally unrelated to real estate), this is a much different platform than I am used to. So, Hello Active Rain!

As a newbie on AR, I feel my first post should be more of an introductory post. But, where to begin?

 Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

--Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Said by the King to the White Rabbit

If I began at the beginning, we would be here for a very long time, but the short version is that I have lived in Knoxville, TN for the past 20 years (with a couple of short stints elsewhere). I was trained as a paralegal, worked for a Title Attorney and several general practice attorneys, and finally starting and running a small cleaning service with a partner for the last 15 years. Oh, and I love quotes!

But, I suspect you are more interested in my real estate adventure. So, let's begin with that!

Oy,” you say. “A real estate adventure?!”

Well, I am one of those folks that likes to/tries to view nearly everything as an adventure. It makes life much more interesting, especially in this industry, I am finding.

Think about it for a second. Let's take a (not so) hypothetical scenario of working with a buyer. Would you rather “drive them around for weeks on end, seeing 58 different houses” or would you rather “explore different homes, while your buyer is searching for that hidden treasure that makes that house 'the one'?” I choose the latter. It's much more fun for me and for my clients. It adds a little lightheartedness and let's face it, attitudes are catching.

So, does having fun mean I don't have a serious side? Absolutely not! Someone that's worked for attorneys not serious! Ha! Seriously, I am a stickler on my paperwork – all those I's must be dotted and T's appropriately crossed, other wise it's not complete.

Well, I've begun at the beginning, but I won't stop because I haven't come to the end.

Until next time!

P.S. The sunset in the header was taken from my deck so it truly is representative of "my corner of Knoxville"


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Chiara (KEY-r-ah)...Your KEY to Home Sweet Home

Realty Executives Associates

109 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 588-3232


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Comments (32)

Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

Anyone who quotes from 'Alice in Wonderland' is OK with me, and I love your adventuresome outlook. Welcome to AR!

Sep 06, 2011 05:01 AM
Bill Somerset
Re/Max Realty Group - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent

Good afternoon Chiara.  Welcome to the Active Rain community.  I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Sep 06, 2011 05:19 AM
Chiara Petro, Broker
eXp Realty, LLC - Knoxville, TN
Commercial Investment Specialist

Wow! Wow! and Wow! Thank you all so much for the kind welcome!And such a warm welcome, you all really do make one feel "at home."

And feature page?? A special hug to the kind one that did that! Wow, do I feel honored!


Sep 06, 2011 05:43 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Welcome aboard, Chiara.  It's nice to see new faces and stories in the Rain.  Speaking of rain, it's raining here in northern VA right now.  We need it.  If you have questions about most anything, I can almost guarantee there is someone here that can answer it.  Blog on!!

Sep 06, 2011 05:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Chiara- welcome to Active Rain young lady and it looks like you started off with a bang.  I look forward to many more interesting posts from you, so don't be a stranger!!! (I love quotes too... just can't always remember them)!

Sep 06, 2011 05:47 AM
Morris Massre
Pembroke Pines, FL
Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida

Well, welcome to the club.  You're going to like it.  It's quite addictive.

Sep 06, 2011 05:51 AM
Ed Gillespie
WealthWise Mortgage Planning, a Division of American Pacific Mortgage Corporation NMLS #1850 - Folsom, CA

Quite an impressive start for a newbie, Chiara!  Looking forward to hearing more from you!  Welcome!

Sep 06, 2011 06:45 AM
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

How we interpret things makes a huge difference . I like your approach. 

As for me, I am building an empire. That gives setbacks a different context. 

Sep 06, 2011 07:03 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

ya done pretty good for your first outing... can't wait to see the rest.

Sep 06, 2011 07:13 AM
Dominic Tartaglia
Tartaglia Homes - San Luis Obispo, CA
GRI, SLO first-time homebuyer specialist

Welcome to the Rain... Leave the umbrella and rain boots at home and get into it!

Sep 06, 2011 07:15 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi and welcome to Active Rain. There's lots to learn here and a very smart and willing majority that can teach it! You have a nice writing style and I can tell you will do well.

PS. Don't forget to log in when you post your replies to comments, so that your picture shows up with your replies.

Sep 06, 2011 07:16 AM
Mark Welsh
Kirkland, WA

Welcome to the rain forest...  now you can clear some trees and see the sun

Sep 06, 2011 07:18 AM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents
Welcome to Active Rain. This is a great place to learn and meet others. See you on your post soon.
Sep 06, 2011 07:47 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I wish that my first post had been half as good as your first post here. Welcome to the "rain".

Sep 06, 2011 08:31 AM
James Loftis - West Palm Beach, FL

Hi Chiaro,

  Welcome to Active Rain, I believe that you will Active Rain to be  a great asset and  great source of information.

Sep 06, 2011 10:04 AM
Chiara Petro, Broker
eXp Realty, LLC - Knoxville, TN
Commercial Investment Specialist

Thank you all so much. I do look forward to getting to know you all better.

Sep 06, 2011 10:44 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Welcome to Active Rain.  What a great introductory post.  Be sure to tune in for Rain Camp on Thursday.  Tons of learning and I'm looking forward to the first virtual one.  (I went to a live one earlier this year).

Oh, and in your comment footer, you should add your location so people can always see where you are from when you comment.  I think you can change it on your profile page, but I forget which box.

Sep 06, 2011 10:50 AM
Chiara Petro, Broker
eXp Realty, LLC - Knoxville, TN
Commercial Investment Specialist

Thanks Debbie.

Sep 06, 2011 02:30 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Chiara. Welcome to Active Rain! I loved the way you just jumped in and started Blogging.

We learn by doing things. Blogging is no different. You will develop your own style very soon. You are invited to join my New Group, Introducing Newbies in Active Rain.   BTW, I love you Header.

Sep 06, 2011 03:03 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Welcome to ActiveRain!!  You know the more you blog, the more you love it.  Just dont give up! :)

Sep 08, 2011 06:27 PM