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The Power of Active Rain - Bringing Rainers together

Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

Yesterday, I had a fun appointment, and again was pleasantly surprised at what a small world this is.


Julia MaherMy customer "found" me on LinkedIn.  The truth is, I'm not sure how long ago we connected or from where, but we are connected, and it turns out that 6 or 12 months ago, after one of my status updates, he sent me an email with some questions and I called him and we spoke on the phone.  I can't remember the specifics of the call except that we were talking about hardwood and he might be moving to my area in the next year or so.


Fast forward to last week and I saw an email saying that we had a mutual friend, and it was no other than Active Rain's Julia Maher.  She is a local decorator and stager in Fairfield County CT.  I met Julia on Active Rain by reading her blogs, and then a couple of years ago, she invited me to a local designer showcase here in Westchester County NY (our counties are next to each other and we both do work in both counties).  It was so wonderful meeting her and having lunch w/ her, and she introduced me to a few other local stagers and Active Rain members.  And, of course, now that we have Active Rain Meetups, I've seen her at Dagny Eason's several times.  And, she invited me to speak at one of her local RESA meetings.


So, it was so wonderful working on this project together.  Julia is doing the decorating - picking out the color scheme and furniture (she has excellent taste and the customer loves her).  It was great listening to her advice, and of course I agreed, because her taste is impeccable and her advice straight on.


I'm hoping to take care of the floors - mainly sanding and refinishing, and adding hardwood to 1 room and new base molding for the whole home.  They have 3 rooms with carpet, and underneath the carpet is vinyl tile.  They were told there was plywood underneath, but that didn't seem right to me based on heights and other homes I had seen in the area, and I challenged this assumption after hearing 3 times that they were confident.  One of the guys there lifted the vinyl and voila! hardwood indeed and I potentially saved them a LOT of money.


marie grahamBut, the power of Active Rain continues.  There was also a painter there.  It turns out that he was recommended by fellow Active Rainer Marie Graham.  Julia had contacted her since this job was in my county and she needed a painter who was licensed here.  And, by another coincidence, it turns out I know my customer's realtor.  That was cool.  And, even cooler, he now opened another office in Bronxville, and even cooler, he needs some waterproof flooring for the entryway, so I have to set up another appointment to check that out.


I love how things just come together sometimes.


Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Debbie AR made our world much smaller.  You have made some wonderful connections.

Jan 29, 2013 06:16 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

...AND you got a Feature?!?  How much fun did we have - we'll figure out that entry flooring!  Thank you for your very kind compliments, Debbie! 

Jan 29, 2013 06:17 AM
Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

Debbie, isn't it amazing what a small world we live in, especially with the internet and social media?  Makes us all closer together.

Jan 29, 2013 06:27 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jennifer - Yes, indeed it has.

Julia - LOL, I didn't have that when I called.  I found a poured concrete guy...I'll call you soon.

Jean - Yes, it truly is amazing.

Jan 29, 2013 08:24 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Debbie, congrats on the feature and, this is all of course kismet-I'm sure that it was a lot of fun working with Julia.

Jan 29, 2013 09:29 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie ActiveRain is far reaching and this is an excellent example of that.

Jan 29, 2013 09:33 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Debbie:  Like dots connecting, isn't it?  One leads to another ... to another ... to another.  It truly is a small world and the examples you give prove that.  Of course, even in a small world ... someone must extend that first hand or make that first phone call.  That is the true beauty of AR.  You always know there will be a friendly voice ... a friend on the other end when you do.


Jan 29, 2013 11:24 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I would think it would be pretty exciting to work on a project with other ActiveRainers.

Jan 29, 2013 11:59 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debbie, wha was someone thinking when they put tiles oer hardwood?  Yikes!

Jan 29, 2013 12:13 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Debbie, love that activerain has made you all friends and how clever of your new client to pick the best of the best.

Jan 29, 2013 12:13 PM
Janis Borgueta
Newburgh, NY
Retired RE Salesperson

You certainly know how to make all this come together Debbie. I never really thought about how you are quite unique to the AR community in that you are able to discuss flooring in a real estate community. You do provide a huge amount of value to the realtors and also share your marketing skills.  Truly a fabulous plan that most would never have thought of.

Jan 29, 2013 12:44 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Fascinating story Debbie, the world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. We are blessed to be in such good company here.

Jan 29, 2013 04:09 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Joanna - Thx and yes, it has been.

George - Indeed it is.

Gene - Yes, exactly.  It's really a special place here.

Jill - Yes, ir is!

Patricia - I don't know...crazy, but not the first time I've seen it.  It was done a lot in the 60's,

Leah - Thanks.  Yes, it's really cool.

Janis - Thank you so much.  You are so sweet!

Tom - Yes, we really are.

Jan 29, 2013 05:03 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

It's a small world, Debbie! What fun to be putting in floors and decorating with so many friends!

Jan 29, 2013 06:48 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

It is amazing how the internet can be your right hand man for bringing in business:)

Jan 29, 2013 09:04 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Maria - Yes, it's a very cool project made all the more fun.

Bill - Yes, it truly is amazing and amazing at how all of these media create synergy.

Jan 29, 2013 09:37 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Lots of talent, a super library of knowledge these AR, LinkedIn, etc people are. 

Jan 29, 2013 10:01 PM
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

The world indeed becomes smaller and smaller with the internet. AR is indeed one of the cyber stations that  link people together. 

Jan 30, 2013 12:53 AM
Mark Lebkuchner
Warwick, RI
Personal Lines Consultant

Great insight. The combination of Active Rain and LinkedIn with a side of Google has worked wonders for my business.  I find myself constantly fine-tuning my profiles.  Thank you for the post!

Mar 24, 2013 08:56 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Andrew - Yes, that's true.

Ridhi - I know.  It's truly amazing.

Mark - So glad that the combo has worked for you as well.

Mar 24, 2013 08:58 PM