Active Rain + Good People + Great Food = OUTSTANDING Friendships

Reblogger Debe Maxwell, CRS
Real Estate Agent with | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Amy, Thom and I at an ActiveRain Meet-upI feel terrible that I didn't post this first but, since the Thom & Ray Team made their way to Charlotte for a visit, I've had little time to even sleep!!  Things are rockin' in Charlotte but, that's no excuse, right?!  

Thom and I met here in the Rain and talk at least weekly about various real estate related topics.  Thom's area has been the tail-on-the-dog in the real estate world, so to speak and he's always interested in how our market is doing so, he'll know what to expect next in his.  It's been fun (if anyone can make it 'fun,' it's Thom!) learning the WordPress ropes together and referring clients to and from our areas.  

Thom KNOWS Midtown and works with Georgia Tech parents to place their students in Midtown condos rather than 'renting' dorm rooms--a MUCH better investment for parents.  My point in telling you this is that if you EVER have a referral to the Midtown Atlanta area, THOM IS YOUR GUY!!  My clients RAVE about him and I can't say enough wonderful things about his business practices--he's results-driven, extremely organized and KNOWS his business!  

Referring our business to others in different areas can be tough but, referrals to Thom have been some of the easiest referrals I've ever made.  He provides world-class service to my clients and I never have to worry for a minute that they're not in good hands!

I'm SO glad you visited Charlotte, Thom!  It's always a treat to get to see you and was SUCH a pleasure meeting Ray too--who, by-the-way, I ADORE!!!  Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Original content by Thom Abbott 272617

Thom and Ray at Savvy and CompanyFor those that do, or don't, really know me, my life partner of 23 years is working his behind off as an actor. If you think WE work hard in real estate, you ought to try interviewing for a job 5-7 times per week. That's really what it's like as an actor. Each audition is a job interview. 

Ray submitted for a commercial via his agent and a national website that talent and casting agents use. So, basically, that was interview #1. Well, he got a call back (like a second interview) but this one was to be held in Charlotte, NC. That's a 4 hour drive at 70+MPH. But because of the level of the commercial, he had to make this trip. 

Well, no fun to do that drive alone, and I thought, once the audition is over, we might be able to have lunch with a dear friend and Active Rain confidant! So, I let that dear friend know I was going to be dropping in for a couple hours on Friday. 

Debe and Thom at Loco Lime CharlotteYou'd have thought the long lost friend from high school was coming to town....Debe Maxwell was sooooo excited I was coming to Charlotte! And to add icing to the cake, she was going to have her first opportunity to meet MY RAY! (As you may know, her husband is also Ray, whom I've NEVER met yet!)

After the audition, Debe was the gracious host and gave us the GRAND tour of the Savvy & Company offices. I can't say I've ever seen a more tasteful office that flows right from the office into their marketing and beyond. Or maybe it's the other way around?  What a delightful work space indeed!

Then we hopped in her buggy and motored a short distance to a fabulous restaurant, Loco Lime. I gotta tell you, I've had many a meal in a Mexican restaurant, but this was hands down the BEST I've Ever had! Even Ray loved it and he's one tough restaurant critic!

I had the Chipotle Lime Chicken.....and it was absolutely amazing! 

So, we got to have an enjoyable lunch, filled with chatter about past times together, as well as some real estate talk and ideas!

Active Rain + Good People + Great Food = OUTSTANDING Friendships.

What a great receipe indeed! Thanks for your AWESOMENESS Debe!!!

Chipotle Lime Chicken at Loco Lime Charlotte

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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Sounds like you guys had blast, and I hope to hear that Ray got the job!

Jan 06, 2013 03:52 AM #1
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Love to read stories like this and how other Rainers take things into the real world and learn from each other.

Have a great weekend!

Jan 06, 2013 04:06 AM #2
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Meeting those who live in our computers is a real treat. Loved reading about your exciting meetup.
Jan 06, 2013 04:09 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thanks, Melissa!  We did!  Thom is one of my favorite friends of all time--and to think that we originally met 'online!'  LOL

Thanks, Shannon--you too!  And, I have met SO many AR members and loved every one of them!

Margaret - Isn't that the truth?!  I can't WAIT to actually FINALLY meet you in person too!  Happy New Year!

Jan 06, 2013 04:17 AM #4
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Was the first time we met IRL at RainCamp? No? It was at the first RETSO when I met you and my "other wife"! 

That seems like 50 years ago in real estate years! Love you and we could probably see each other more's a hop, skip and a 4 hour drive to Charlotte....

Jan 06, 2013 04:37 AM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Active Rain + Good People + Good Food + Friendship = Live is Good.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 06, 2013 09:49 AM #7
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Debe, I just wanted to stop by to wish you a Happy New Year! Friendships made here in the Rain are Great, and meeting them in person is just Fantastic..

Jan 06, 2013 10:39 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thom- It WAS the first RETSO when Missy Caulk spoke and we all fell in love!  We've never missed a RETSO since and we've been to AR camps and other conferences together as well.  You're right--we should do this more often!  xoxo

Barbara - SO true!  I love the people that I've met both in person and online from AR--it's amazing how people are just who they seem to be when you do finally meet them!

Lou - That's right--life IS good!

Jerry - Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well!  I've loved meeting so many AR peeps and know you have as well.  It's just such a wonderful and safe neighborhood to reside in!  :-)

Jan 06, 2013 10:43 AM #9
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Debe, I have not had the pleasure of meeting any AR people except those in my local area. Good friends and mexican food--a winning combination.

Jan 06, 2013 01:34 PM #10
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