November Newbie Challenge....Introducing 3 Very Special Newbies to Active Rain!

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Introducing 3 Very Special Newbies to Active Rain.....November Newbie Challenge

As part of the November Newbie ChallengeI've chosen a few new Active Rainers to introduce you to today.  I wasn't exactly sure how to go about choosing who I'd feature in my post, so I visited the Newbie Site - which I didn't even know existed - and started randomly clicking on the member profiles of those who just joined during the month of November.

I have to admit, those who had photos with cute kids caught my eye first.....what can I say? I'm a mom and I LOVE kids!  Once I got past the photos, I stumbled upon a few new members who touched my heart in a special way (something I've come to expect here in The Rain).  

Please allow me to introduce to you to.....

Christian Quiero, a fellow HOME STAGER from Saratoga Springs, Utah.  In his very first post he tells us, I will work for Food


All I can say is WOW!!  I too am a BIG believer in Karma and I love how Christian incorporates helping the less fortunate so seamlessly into his staging business.  What he's doing to help feed the hungry is absolutely wonderful.  I only wish I thought of this fabulous idea!  

There's no doubt in my mind, Christian is going to fit in BEAUTIFULLY here at Active Rain - where I've been so fortunate to have met some of the kindest, most generous people on the planet.  

Christian, welcome to Active Rain.  Keep your heart open and you and your business WILL flourish here as a result - I just know it!  

The second new member I stumbled upon was Melanie Scott. She caught my attention because she's a Realtor from my parents' home town of Newton Massachusetts.  I also have a very dear friend who is a Newton fire fighter.  


With her attitude of gratitude, Melanie sure speaks MY language...she had me at "thankful inspiration"!  In her first post, she tells us how grateful she is for her adorable little boy and the inspiration he gives her.  Oh how I miss those days when my boys were that cute and little.....but I digress.  

In her second post, Melanie shares her gratitude for the beautiful (and I do mean beautiful) town she lives in. I know she is going to LOVE IT here.  

Melanie, welcome! Keep up the great work.  You've come to the right place.  I'm sure you will find many like-minded people who will truly appreciate you and all you have to share as much as I do.  

The third new member I "met" today was Bernadette Carlos-Santos.  She is a REO and Short Sale Consultant from South San Francisco, California.    


I think I've discovered a future Active Rain Ambassador folks.  Bernadette hasn't posted much YET, but I can tell from the posts she has chosen to re-blog that she GETS IT!  How can I be so sure?  

First of all it's obvious, she's eager to learn. Second, she's already sharing what she learns with the rest of that sure sounds like a recipe for success to me!  

Bernadette, welcome!  I encourage you to keep on following the advice of great people like Cara Marcelle Mancuso and Ben Kinney.  No doubt you'll be well on your way to success here in The Rain.  I have a feeling we're all going to be learning from YOU very soon!  

Newbies, I encourage you to follow some of my favorite bloggers like, Tish LloydMelissa McKinneyMargaret RomeJoni StaplesJuli VosmikBlizMr. & Mrs. Pfanntastic, Debbie Gartner, Barbara Todaro, Charita Cadenhead, Ed Silva, Gail Harris, Scott Hayes, Ellen Caruso, Judy Klem, Laura Leah Stern, George SoutoKaren Anne Stone, Kerrie Greenhalgh - seriously the list could go on forever!  Trust me you won't be disappointed.  They all bring a unique style, warmth, creativity and genuine caring to the Active Rain community.  

I have one more piece of advice, to share with all new members and it comes in the form of a blog post I wrote a while back .....      

Active Rain Newbies - Are We Scaring You Away?

I encourage you to read this post because truly the best advice comes from the 100+ comments I received!  Read them and you will get quite an education!  I do hope this post gives you the courage and the motivation you need to get started - which is surely the hardest part!  

A great big THANK YOU goes out to Jerry Newman for initiating this challenge.  I have to admit, initially I was motivated to participate purely for the points (trying to make it to 200,000 by the end of the month).  Who knew I would meet 3 new members that would touch my heart in such a special way.  I just love it here in The Rain!  Now if I could just figure out a way to spend more time here..... 


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Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, Former Realtor®, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Staging4Smooth Transitions - specializing in assisting seniors with their downsize moves and offering Home2Home Transitions seminars. Karen is also the Social Media Manager and Administrative Coordinator for Prudential CT Realty, in Madison, CT and Co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days System - an interactive multi-media program teaching do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYHTING they need to know about preparing a home for sale. Stay up to date on the latest staging and home decor trends by visiting Karen & Ann's Home Sale Success Blog.  


Comments (18)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Now this is an interesting way to be the ActiveRain Welcome Wagon. We've all had a different way to get started in the rain and it may have been a lot easier for all of us if we ha-d been formally introduced to the platform. Well done

Nov 30, 2011 01:13 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Karen, You are always inspiring us here in the Rain. I love how you chose the 3 new members. I appreciate the mention. You were a big influence in getting me to post on a daily basis. Thank you!

Nov 30, 2011 01:23 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

That is so funny, Karen!!! I wrote a post for this challenge as well. And guess who I mentioned in my post... Karen Bernetti, THAT'S WHO! 

You have a heart of gold and I can see why you chose these three. I am going to head over an welcome these newcomers! I feel very honored to be mentioned along side these great Rainers. Thank you!! ♥

Nov 30, 2011 03:16 PM
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Karen~ I love the blog and the thought behind it!! I have been to distant from the rain lately seems like life is spinning to fast these days.... I know that all of these newbies will find the comfort, knowledge and friendship that we have all found here!! Thanks for putting me in such great company!!

Nov 30, 2011 03:21 PM
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

Thanks Ed - I was happy the challenge inspired me to reach out to these new members.  What a great idea!  

Margaret - you have no idea what a never-ending source of inspiration you are to me .... and so many others!!  

Joni - You're Welcome!! YOU are the one with the heart of gold my friend!  I've been a little out of touch and missed that mention - I'm heading right over to check that one out!  

Melissa - I'm right there with you, trying so hard to get back into the swing .... it's tough when you lose that momentum.  I so miss you guys when I don't spend time here!!  It feels so good to see you're smiling face!  



Nov 30, 2011 03:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Karen, Thanks for the introduction to three more folks!  And thanks also for the mention!

Nov 30, 2011 04:19 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Karen--what a great post.  Thanks for introducing me to these new members.  Now I am going to personally go check them out. 

Nov 30, 2011 04:35 PM
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Karen,

this is exactly why the rain is the greatest thing even better than sliced bread.... it brings together Pfanntastic people, thank you for introducing us to 3 new great members, and we really appreciate the mention, you are too kind.

Nov 30, 2011 05:02 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Great picks Bernetti. And thanks for the nod. I appreciate it and definitely they should add you to the list.
Nov 30, 2011 10:08 PM
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

Thanks so very much, Karen.  I am lucky to have met you here.  I so believe that making money becomes behind doing the right thing always.  You are an inspiraiton to us all.  :) Thx for the shout out. :)

Nov 30, 2011 10:38 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Welcome to all the newbies.  What wonderful advice, Karen.  And, thank you so much for the mention.  I'm so honored.

Nov 30, 2011 10:54 PM
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

I'm looking forward to getting to know these newbies, thanks for the introduction, Karen!  Thanks also for the mention.  It's an honor to be in such distinguished company!

Nov 30, 2011 11:08 PM
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Hi Karen - Really nice way of introducing these newbies!  And recommending your favorite blogs--it can be so overwhelming to find the good ones with all the posts pouring in these days.  (You will probably hit your goal by the end of the day!)

Nov 30, 2011 11:52 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Karen, this is such a great post and I will head over to each of these "newbies" to welcome them.  Where were you when I started?  This is exactly what I needed when first joining and trying to figure out what ActiveRain is all about and how it was going to benefit me.  You're so thoughtful to include these people - great job. 

Dec 01, 2011 02:32 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Karen this contest has sure gotten the name of many newbies out there and better known.  Good job.

Dec 01, 2011 12:18 PM
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

Thanks to all of you for stopping by - I had each and every one of you in mind when I mentioned meeting the kindest and most generous people on the planet here in The Rain!  You're all rock stars as far as I'm concerned.  I think we would have all benefited from having a 'welcoming committee' like this when we got started.  I think Jerry's idea of initiating a challenge like this was just wonderful.  

Peggy - I can't believe we both picked Christian to feature - isn't that ironic?!


Dec 01, 2011 02:24 PM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Karen, thanks for the shout out...sorry I am so late to the party! My daughters computer broke at school, and I gave up one of ours at home, leaving me to fight over this one. Everyones off to bed, and I'm heading there too, but could not forget to log on AR for a moment or two and say hi to some friends. Actually got to be up and out early tomorrow, my husbands 1 year check up after his Heart Attack.

I promise to have more time tomorrow and stop by again.

Dec 01, 2011 02:35 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Karen, Thanks for introducing these Three Newbies to our AR community. You did an excellent write up for each one of them, and I plan to stop by soon to visit with each one. Welcome to Christian, Melanie, Bernadette.

Dec 02, 2011 05:22 PM