So what is all the brouhaha about MEETUPS?

Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

The simplest answer is: fun! 

If you have not been to one of these events yet---or if you have not hosted one---it is really simple to do both. 

For all of you ready to pounce on me and tell me how you would go if there was one near you, all I can say is that that excuse just won’t fly.  If there is not one by you just create one yourself!

Honestly, I DO NOTHING (for all intents and purposes) other than email Kerrie and give her the when and where. 

Rene Fabre and I just hosted our 4th, 14 Carrot Café breakfast meetup and it was fun as usual.  Here is today’s crew of participants, minus Barbie VanHorn who had to leave before we really got started.  As Barbie demonstrates, what your visit “looks like” is not nearly as important as being there in some fashion. 

14 Carrot Cafe

Jon Olsen, Rene Fabre, Dan Tabit, Kerrie Greenhalgh, Michelle Leslie, Paul McFadden, Me-myself & I, Kris Neese.

The only other thing I do is call the café and give them a heads up that we will be descending on them again and try to give them an expected number----although the number is not really important at all.  I would love to have the problem of not having enough space for everyone.

For this investment of maybe 12.35 minutes of my time I get awarded 2000 points!  Everyone that comes gets 1000 points.  Add to this that your post announcing the event will likely be featured on top of your blogging points can make hosting an event a windfall---if you have ANY interest in points that is.  This is a no brainer is it not?

Kerrie said we broke some sort of record as to numbers of meetups at this Spring event.  I see no reason why we can’t double it next time!


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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I'm inspired.

I held one yesterday and it was a blast. 
I see no reason to wait until next spring for another. 

Love the photo

Apr 10, 2013 09:04 AM #1
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

The Atlanta Meet UP was last night too.  It is always great fun to spend that time face to face!

Apr 10, 2013 09:44 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Charles- I love seeing the photos from the Meet Up posts and every face has a smile!

Apr 10, 2013 01:55 PM #3
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

The points are great but the interaction is priceless Charles. I think many more should try hosting the MeetUps, it's not to tough.  :)

Apr 10, 2013 05:12 PM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sorry I couldn't make it.  I was late to the one we had nearby!  Well, kind of nearby.  Had I not had an inspection nearer to Pat Kennedy's house than mine, I would not have been able to go at all!

Yours was probably a pretty lively get together!

Apr 10, 2013 08:47 PM #5
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Great to see your went well. We are having ours today at lunchtime. Hey.... I gotta go and get ready!! Have a great day Charles!

Apr 10, 2013 11:15 PM #6
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

You and René are fabulous hosts and I love my quarterly breakfasts with some of Seattle's finest.  

Thanks for breaking down how easy it is to host, you may have inspired a few others the next time around.  Stay classy Charlie!!

Apr 12, 2013 02:38 AM #7
Michelle Leslie
La Mirada, CA
Marketing the Marketing!




It was another great meetup at the 14 Carrot Cafe :) Great to see some familiar faces and meet some new (and returning) 'Rainers!

Apr 12, 2013 03:52 AM #9
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Lenn, the next one will be here before we know it!

Kathy S, for sure

Kathy the stager, smiles do seem to be a common thread :)

Tom, it is certainly no real work at all---more difficult to write a post :)

Jay, I am really annoyed that you never make it! :)

Fred, hope your event went well

Kerrie, I hated to resort to point blackmail---but whatever works :)

Michelle, next time we are going to work hard to keep the old faces and add some more new ones


Apr 12, 2013 06:41 AM #10
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Charlie, Does look like fun. I almost was going to make a surprise visit but I had to go under a house.

Apr 12, 2013 08:25 AM #11
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Don, I know that whenever I have a choice of meeting with friends in a nice place with eggs and coffee and going in a crawl space I am going to choose a crawl space every time!  What are you NUTS MAN :)

Apr 12, 2013 08:53 AM #12
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID have convinced me....I need to help coordinate one in our area!  

Apr 14, 2013 02:58 AM #13
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Deborah, good for you---so much fun.

Apr 14, 2013 08:25 AM #14
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

So sorry I missed it!! Maybe if Hubby can stay home one morning I can come.. just a trek in the traffic that time of day. Looks fun!! Count me in for next time!

Apr 15, 2013 04:58 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I am a newbie to Active Rain and MEETUPS is still 'new' to me. What in the heck is a 'MeetUp!?!' Guess it is a gathering of people in Active Rain...And why do they Meet!?! Not sure. Tomorrow after my 1st Blogging Class,  will check it out.

Apr 17, 2013 08:36 AM #16
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thanks for the comments from those who've attended the Meet-Ups, I'll be inspired for the summer one.

Jul 15, 2013 10:28 AM #17
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