Seattle Meet-up -- 14 Carrot Cafe

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Seattle Meet-up -- 14 Carrot Cafe

We had a great meet-up in Seattle this morning at the 14 Carrot Cafe.  There was discussion that we were having the first one of this cycle, but in checking on the list, find that David Saks in Memphis tried to hold one yesterday - but was the only AR member to show up.  So maybe ours was still first - with multiple AR members attending.

It was great getting to meet several of the people that I had only known by their blogs before. People like Paul McFadden, a competitor in the mortgage field, but one who was willing to be friends as well.  Charles Buell, who brought several members of his family, a great home inspector in the greater Seattle area. Need to remember Rene Fabre, who was kind enough to send me a special invitation to attend.  And of course, Kerrie La Guardia, from the AR staff, who came in and was her normal bubbly self.

Then there were a couple others from AR who I had not run across yet - Barbie Van Horn, who works with Rene at First American Title, she cheated, as her office is only a bit down the block from where we met!  Then there was an AR newbie, Katherine Gooding - who is building her real estate photography business, and found AR when trying to find why she wasn't making it near the top of Google in this new endeavor.

It seems a good time was had by all (for good picture of the group, see Charles' blog as linked above. It was just too bad that all the real estate agents in the area have so much business they couldn't join us.  Maybe next time, they can carve out a bit of time.



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Comments (13)

Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience


I was there in spirit. Good turn out and I would have enjoyed meeting you and a few others that I have not met. Have a great week. 

Aug 19, 2013 08:16 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Adrian -- sorry you couldn't make it.  Thanks for the good thoughts our way.  I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Aug 19, 2013 08:35 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!
It sure sounds like you had a great time. Our local group is meeting in Ft Wayne Thursday evening.
Aug 19, 2013 02:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Steven it's more about the fun that we create at meetups whether it's 2 or 5 or 40 or more.  I've had lots of 'personal' meetups over the years and they've all been great!  I saw a few picture of yours......and you all had a great conversation and fun!

Aug 19, 2013 02:58 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Evelyn -- It was a great time -- hope yours is at least as much fun on Thursday.

Anna -- It was great fun, and many more might have caused us not to be able to interact with everyone else.  Hope you have a great meet-up in your area.

Aug 20, 2013 02:50 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

So good to have breakfast with you Steven!  We should have MeetUps every month :)

Aug 21, 2013 03:15 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I was going to try another meet up here, but no one attended last time but me, myself and I :)

Aug 21, 2013 01:02 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Kerrie - if it were going to be monthly, it would help if we could alternate down to Southcenter area once in while.

Rebecca -- maybe if you sent out personal email invitations to other top AR members in WV, you could get better turnout in the future.  Hope your week is going well.

Aug 22, 2013 03:09 AM
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

Too bad you didn't have any agents at your meet-up. That's all we had at ours. Sounds like it was worth while to attend yours anyway and I love the name of that makes me think of Carrot Cake. 

Aug 23, 2013 11:47 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Jill - now if we can figure out how to balance out the types of people between our two for the next meet-up we will both be having even more fun!   Hope your weekend goes well!

Aug 23, 2013 04:12 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Sounds like a good group Meet Up, Steven. We enjoyed ours in San Francisco as well.

Aug 25, 2013 01:15 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Lottie -- will have to go read the write-up on your meet-up.  Hope you have a great week!

Aug 25, 2013 11:45 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Okay, Steven... and the next meetup is March 24, 2014. Hope to see you there!

Mar 17, 2014 12:22 PM

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