I getted Meme'd - Finally!

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You know how in third game when they would pick teams for dogeball and you hoped you weren't the last one  chosen....  For the last year I have watched people get "memed" and I kept thinking, 'will someone ever pick me'?  Well, I finally got picked!  Sara Bonert, come on over to our team!  And to get picked by Bob Stewart no less.  Isn't that sort of like getting picked by White Goodman (played by Ben Stiller) in Dodgeball?  

Ok, five things, here it goes....

1.  I love being a Mid-westerner, but I didn't always.  I was born and raised in Clear Lake, IA.  Our great claim to was that Buddy Holly's plane went down there (La Bamba anyone?).  At the time, I hated growing up in such a small town where it seemed like there was nothing to do.  I finished college at Iowa State University and immediately wanted out.  I packed up what little I had in my car and moved to Raleigh, NC because I had heard the Research Triangle Park was the next technology hotbed (not that I knew what that meant back then).  I didn't know anyone, didn't have a job, and had about $1000 to my name.  Long story short... Got a job selling Internet advertising and got moved around the South for six years.  I ended up meeting my husband who was also in the industry while living in Atlanta, which coincidently, he grew up three hours from where I did!  We moved to Chicago about three years ago and absolutely love it.  Because I left, I can now fully appreciate what it means to be a Mid-westerner and am glad I was brought up as one.  And now the corn jokes don't sting as bad.... 

2.  I wish I had the guts to be a full time real estate agent.  I absolutely love the real estate industry.  I know there are downside to being a Realtor (as I read about them all the time on AR), but to be a real estate agent sounds like a fantastic job for so many reasons.  While I have always been fortunate to have jobs that I love, I can't imagine leaving a place where I get a regular paycheck to go 100% commission.  I look up to everyone who has made this leap for a go at it in real estate.  I think someday my time will come.  But in the meantime, I will have to settle for just buying homes (I have four right now!). 

3.  When I first started at Zillow, I didn't have any faith in the idea of blogging.  I remember meeting David G. my first week in Seattle at the Zillow headquarters and finding out what he did.  The first thought that went through my mind- so this guys gets to sit around and surf the internet all day and email with people??  (Sorry, David).  Obviously I have since learned that he does A LOT more.  But I have also learned that blogging is POWERFUL stuff.  Last week I spoke at a blogging seminar (organized by Lola Audu, who I met through AR).  To go from not fully believing in the medium to speaking at an event about it a year later is crazy to me! 

4.  I love working for Zillow.  I spent the last five years prior to Zillow as the National Sales Manager of at The Real Estate Book magazine.  I learned so much about how traditional advertising works and learned even more about real estate in general.  I personally met with or presented to over 1000 Agents during my time at this company.  Overall, this was a pretty 'safe' job, a good place to get the training wheels going.  Now I come to Zillow with this great base knowledge of real estate and able to apply it to a very dynamic and interactive environment.  I have learned so much from co-workers that come from places like Ebay, Zillow.com - Your Edge in Real EstateAmazon, and Microsoft- and in return I think I have taught them a lot of about the real estate industry.  To bring all this to a new platform that is so public and is the catalyst for so many blog posts and discussions, really keeps me on my toes and constantly thinking about the next step.  I have had some of the most thought-provoking conversations with co-workers, bloggers, and real estate professionals since coming to work for Zillow, and look forward to those conversations to keep happening. 

5.And to end on a lighter note-  I am a girl's girl.  Write a blog post about hair products, new salon procedures, or a fantastic find you got on a recent shopping trip and I am all over it!  I am not a techy person, I only play one on Active Rain.  That is, until the day a computer can go shopping with you or apply or make-up, then I might try to learn a thing or two about them.

I glad to be part of the team that got Meme'd.  More so, I am glad to be part of the AR community. 

So, now I get to pass the tourch on to three more people.  I think I will look to my Associate list for this one. 

Sharon Leigh - Because she is the first person that ever added me as an Associate. 

Jeff Kessler - Because he is the last person that added me as an Associate.

Amy Fewless - I met Amy at a Blogging seminar last week and afterwards she added me as an assocatie.  She is just getting started at Active Rain and with Blogging.  Good luck Amy! 

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Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
I enjoyed reading more about you Sara.  I grew up in NYC and always wished for a small town =)
Oct 30, 2007 01:45 PM #1
Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate


I'm so glad you got tagged!  I just added you to Meme Tutorial and Alphabetical Index of all Memes on Active Rain!

Check it out when you get a chance.  Also please let your nominees know to link their meme in the comment section of my post so I can find them easier!

We're glad you came back to the Midwest!


Lucky :) 


Oct 30, 2007 03:24 PM #2
Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate
Hello, Sara!  Great to know someone from Zillow...that will make you a zillowette?  :)  We have two things in common, one is I live in the Midwest (Southern IL--we're almost neighbors!) and two, Sharon Leigh was the first one to add me as Associate back in April.  LOL  If you blog about ladies' stuff, I'm all over it.  Thanks for sharing!
Oct 31, 2007 02:35 PM #3
Sara Bonert
Zillow - Atlanta, GA
Real Estate Internet Marketing

Maggie- Ha! Probably a classic case of wanting what you can't have.  I am sure if you lived in a small town for a few years, you would look forward to moving back to Miami.

Lucky-  Thanks!  I will.  New to this meme stuff.

Yolanda- Yes, I guess it would!  That is quite a coincidence about Sharon. 

Nov 01, 2007 01:20 AM #4
Jeff Kessler
Austin Homes, Realtors www.OwnAustin.com - Austin, TX

Well here is my meme.  Thank you,


Well it looks like I got meme'd again, darn you Sara Bonert .   This time I am not confused as this is the second time seeing this.  I woke up this morning after a lack luster Halloween and I see this Meme.  Well Sara Bonert wrote I getted Meme'd - Finally!


For future reference   Jay & Francy Thompson wrote this : For those of you that don't know what a meme is: It's a thought stream carried from one person to another, or, to be more precise, a "unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to the other," so says Wikipedia. Basically, it's the blogging equivalent of a chain letter.  The cool thing about blogging is that the meme can be tracked. Entire websites are devoted to doing just that.

So I guess here are five things about me.  I hope you enjoy,

1.  This is sorta related to Sara being at Iowa State.  I use to work with Gene Chizik's wife here in Austin and held a few open houses for them.  Very nice people.  I wish them the best of luck up there in Iowa.

2. I am still in the Real Estate business, but I am now working for a Developer named Interurban Development  and I am working on their Skyline Community.  We have gotten a bit behind, but things are looking great.  We are going to be the first Mid-Rise Luxury Condominium just east of IH-35.  With beautiful downtown views that will never get blocked. Unlike all the other condo's in the area that will get there views obstructed over the next 5 years.

3. I am still pretty active with working out.  I have gotten very busy here, but I still enjoy going to the gym.  I need my foot to get better so I can go out and play tennis again.  Man this weather has been great.  70's during the day and 40's at night.  Clear blue sky's for almost 3 weeks now.

4. I guess a weird thing about me is I really enjoy being by myself.  Don't get me wrong, I love my family and friends, but there is something so comforting about the quietness.  Very, very peaceful.  Maybe because I am older now and more comfortable within my skin.

5. This will be my 96th blog.  So I need some good ideas for my 100th.  I want it to get 100 comments.  Maybe I should call it 100 comments.  Also, my website got a page 3 ranking its first time out.  I have really been working hard on that.

Now, I have the pleasure to slime, I mean, meme 3 more people. When I smack you on the back of the head, please go to your computer and write your meme for all of us to see. With that said, I smack......

      1.   Maya ThomasKey West, FL  She is brand new to the AR community. I wish her the Best.

       2.   Tom Braatz  WI Real Estate Agent Because he is from Milwaukee and that is where I was born.             

      3.   TUBA IBRAHIM - Loan Officer she a loan officer in San Diego. She has a cool name, plus my best friend lives there.


Well I hope you all learned something and if you have any questions please send me an email.

Good luck to all.


For those that have been meme'd, please follow the instructions in the e-mails that you received in regards to this. And here are a few examples to follow :

The series of MEME's for newbies.......




Nov 01, 2007 04:28 AM #5
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Sara,
You like Chicago more than Raleigh?  What is wrong with you girlfriend?  :0)  I enjoyed your MeMe and I'm with you, tell me where you found that purse, makeup, shoes and I'm your friend forever.  LOL.  
Nov 01, 2007 07:17 AM #6
Sara Bonert
Zillow - Atlanta, GA
Real Estate Internet Marketing
Cynthia- I LOVED NC!!  Especially Wilmington!!  I felt like Raleigh and Chapel Hill (lived in both) were good in you were in 1) in college 2) had a family and 3) born and raised there- and I wasn't any of those.  Now that I am married, my husband and I also say that Raleigh is one of the only three places in the country that we would relocate to. 
Nov 01, 2007 07:44 AM #7
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Sara

Good to meet ya. Thank you for leting us some about you.

Have a good one

Nov 01, 2007 09:10 AM #8
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador


Who told you I wear full body spandex outfits when I work? I demand to know!!!!

I didn't grow up in the midwest, I'm Washington born and bred, but I did come from a small town so I know the feeling of leaving somewhere and having a different perspective when you come back.

Thanks for playing along..............now David G.....................off to see if he did his :) 

Nov 01, 2007 09:42 AM #9
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge


It's great getting to know you. Glad your hear at Activerain. 

Nov 01, 2007 02:01 PM #10
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