Active Rain - What a Difference a Year Makes!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

I wrote my first blog post in Active Rain on April 16, 2011. It was about my Active Rain - What a difference a year makes.new listing - a short sale. Five years after I sold a young couple a home, they were struggling to make things work. It wasn't a happy day, in fact, it was a sad and rather emotional day. 

Fast forward a year, and they are finally signing documents to close this afternoon, April 17th, a full year later. You'd get bored with all the details, but tenacity and a great negotiator got the job done with the VA and Wells Fargo. It's a good result for all parties and I'm happy to report my team never gave up.

It seems ironic, yet fitting, that this sale has come full circle with my year in Active Rain. What a ride it's been too, in Active Rain and Real Estate. Happily,  I'm now a better blogger, and a stronger Realtor, because this community has taught me many valuable skills and lessons.

Camaraderie is defined as close feelings of friendship and trust among individuals or a group. I would say that my team of Short Sale partners at The Active Rain - What a difference a year makes.Carl Group, and my friends in Active Rain, fall into this definition. Camaraderie is what we all hope to achieve with our friends and perhaps our co-workers.

Therefore, it seems fitting that today, I begin a busy schedule by pausing to reflect on the past year. I would be remiss without saying thank you to Active Rain and especially those of you who I now call friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you - it's going to be a good day and I'm glad you're part of it.

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Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Debb,

Thank you for being a good virtul friend and this apsy year has flown by. Congrats on closing the short sale and wow you folks stayed the course for one whole year. That says alot about the Chardter of your team. Have a great day...

Apr 17, 2012 04:22 AM #16
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Roger, so delighted to be getting to know you better. I'm so into your Stop and Go stories...:) Addictive!

Gayle it is a powerful one year reflection...in so many ways. Still lots to do however...:) I too am just thrilled knowing you - and so look forward to seeing you soon.

Apr 17, 2012 05:02 AM #17
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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Lucky us... for having You as a valuable friend, resource and trusted colleague in the Rain.  It has truly been a pleasure getting to know you Debb... and I'm so happy and proud to call you friend... dear sweet little lady.  Congrats... and I just had to step on the Suggest button too!

Apr 17, 2012 05:03 AM #18
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Brenda Mullen
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Happy One Year Active Rain Anniversary Debb!!!  It's been a great joy reading your posts and I am so glad you are a part of AR :)!  Suggested of course, so everyone can wish you a happy anniversary :)!

Apr 17, 2012 05:57 AM #19
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Congrats on your 1 year anniversay Debb!!  You are an awesome member and contributor....and a good friend!

 

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Apr 17, 2012 07:04 AM #20
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Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
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Good for you! Here's to another productive year in the rain!

Apr 17, 2012 07:06 AM #21
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - Congrat on all you have achieved here on AR in your first year, and thanks for being a big part of what was also my first year here in the rain. You're absolutely right to focus on the people and the cameraderie - it makes all the difference in the world.

 

Apr 17, 2012 07:10 AM #22
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Debb,

Congratulations on a very successful year, and the joy you have brought us with your blog posts!  I learned about your marketplace, and your dedication to the ecology of our world.  We have also appreciated the comments and insights on our posts, and I appreciate your camaraderie. A

Apr 17, 2012 07:32 AM #23
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Happy Anniversary Debb!  Active Rain is an amazing place with even more amazing people.  I've been here just over 2 years myself and I have enjoyed every minute of it!

Apr 17, 2012 10:06 AM #24
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Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

I'm only fashoinably late!  Debb, you are an amazing woman. You are kind, caring, and a good friend. The skills and training you share are so much appreciated by all. So, here's to a fabulous year of success & friendship!!!

Apr 17, 2012 11:16 AM #25
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
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there is no question that WE GOT IT, HONEY :)  The camaraderie is AMAZING and I am constantly thankful for you and others.  Is that our pontoon in the picture?  SO hard to believe that we've never met in person, and even harder to believe that it's only been a year.  LOVE YOU LOVE YOU LOVE YOU

Apr 17, 2012 12:14 PM #26
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I can't believe it's only been a year. It seems like you've been here forever. You're such an integral part of AR.

Apr 17, 2012 12:27 PM #27
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Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

I love success stories and this is a great one!  Congratulations to you and your team!

Apr 17, 2012 10:34 PM #28
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Brad, you are one of those folks who are always a great resource and I have appreciated your friendship and marketing concepts.

Anita, people in AR such as yourself inspire me.

Bob, it has flown by - glad to count you among my AR pals.

Lucky bunch KS guys and gals huh Mel?  You are such a bright and shining being to know.

Brenda, it's been a joy getting to know you.  Thanks for the suggest effort.

Anna - you know I love you bunches - yes, banana pun intended. :) Thanks wonderful lady.

Doug, thanks and "here, here to another year."

Dick, so glad to have connected with you. It's been a delight getting to know you better in the MM group.

Apr 17, 2012 11:30 PM #29
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

How special for you Debb to complete this transaction on your year anniversary on A/R. Funny, thought you have been here from the beginning as your blogging skills are first-class!

Apr 17, 2012 11:39 PM #30
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Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Army Ret
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Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

Hi Debb. You sound like a proud mama:) Congrats to you.

Apr 18, 2012 12:40 AM #31
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

congrats Debb.  Wow 1 year!  And you seem like such a veteran now.  How interesting to see how things in life coincide.  Congrats on your milestone.

Apr 18, 2012 02:11 AM #32
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Debb,

I came back today as I forgot to suggest your blog yesterday. Congrats again.. on a outstanding job of both Real Estate and AR!

Apr 18, 2012 03:39 AM #33
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Alexandra, the  pleasure is mine. So happy to have made a connection with you. I so enjoy my luxurious and well spent visits to your blog. I'd love to meet you and Ron in person someday. :)

Donna, I've not forgotten who introduced a newbie Rainmaker last year. Thanks again.

Cathy, thank you so very much for that. And, I LOVE champagne. Wouldn't it be fun to sip a glass together someday?

Apr 18, 2012 11:43 PM #34
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Meems...hahaha. Of course you would see a pontoon. I am so excited about that  adventure - we are going to have an absolute blast. Love ya and hope you're having a great "Post" birthday week. ;)

Jill, that is just a delightful thing to say, so glad to have met you too.

Kathy, I take the lock box off today, and order the sign removed. Aw. Sweet relief. :)

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