That's What Friends Are For...ActiveRain Friends Like Debbie Gartner!

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That’s What Friends are For…… ActiveRain Friends Like Debbie Gartner!

First of all, I’m writing this whole post in purple because I know that it’s Debbie’s favorite debbie gartnercolor!  

The other day I was Staging a large high end property and pointed out the scratches on the hardwood stairs to the seller’s property manager.  

Short of sanding and redoing the stairs, the manager didn’t think anything could be done.  


I wasn’t sure either so I texted the first person that came to mind……


Within the hour, the phone rings and it’s Debbie on the phone!  

Debbie gave me 3 suggestions, and I passed them on to the Realtor and property manager.

I know how busy Debbie is and we’re not even in the same state, so it’s not as if I was in the position to refer a client to her.  

What I also know is that Debbie knows more about flooring than I could ever hope to know, and she is a professional all the way.

Thank you ActiveRain for providing this kind of true community and THANK YOU FLOORING GIRL-


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Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Good Morning Kathy.  I can see Debbie doing this in a heart beat!  Active Rain is a great community.

Sep 14, 2013 12:08 AM #20
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

What a great example of what AR is all about!

Sep 14, 2013 01:29 AM #21
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

It is really sweet of you to acknowledge and post about her Kathy. 

Sep 14, 2013 01:38 AM #22
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

that is really great. it shows you what can be done when people are willing to help those with nothing expected in return. You just wrote a great advertisement for her!

Sep 14, 2013 02:09 AM #23
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ

BINGO!  That's what ActiveRain is all about!! And this happens all the time!

Sep 14, 2013 03:15 AM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anita- absolutely.  The agent and property manager were very impressed!


BarbaraT- I think you have a good point.  Where else can you get this community!


Gabe- I wish she could work on these stairs.


Gabrielle- look at the people who have been here since the beginning!  It’s not just about the SEO.


Dorie- I was really surprised to get a quick call back not because Debbie wouldn’t call but I know that she’s been swamped!


Sharon- I wouldn’t think of doing any flooring without contacting her.


Lenn- I can remember her first posts on flooring.  I was “floored” at the information she was able to give us. (PS...thank you for stopping by because I know how much you hate videos on posts!LOL)


BARFF- I’ve been singing that song all day.


Debbie- no way!  Post a pic of the hubcaps!  I’m sorry we didn’t get to speak longer on the phone.  We will soon.


Michael- That’s the power, all right.  What other virtual community has this!


Scott- pretty much 4 choices- sand and refinish; recoat; put up a runner, or do nothing.  At least we could give them some choices!


Sally- I’m a lover of purple too so it was fun!  She is a wealth of knowledge.


Gene- it really is the true reason why we’re all here.  And, thank you for the feature in my fave group.


Eileen- thank you!  It is through her posts that so many of us know something more about flooring other than that you walk on it.  And, she also provides excellent posts on SEO and Google juice!


Bobbie- I love these stories as well.   Add these to our MeetUps and you have a great community.


Conrad- that it is!  We have so many examples of this.


Tom- all you have to do is ring,text or carrier pigeon!


Kristin- think of how many times we all complain about someone not returning a call.


Noah- I’m glad you follow her!  She is definitely on my list for daily reads.


Kathy- can’t you though!  I’m always sending her links to my friends who are looking at flooring.


Janice- much more than just a bunch of posts, right!


Patty- thanks, and she deserved it.


Jeffrey- I hope so…. probably should have put in some better tag words.


Anna- you said it!  That’s ActiveRain!!!

Sep 14, 2013 04:02 AM #25
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

OH yes, we'll definitely talk more soon. It's crazy for me right now, but hoping to get my new people up and running soon.

Sep 14, 2013 04:25 AM #26
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

That is indeed what ActiveRain is all about! GREAT post!

Sep 14, 2013 05:36 AM #27
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

This says a lot about both Debbie and this community Kathy; we are pretty lucky to be here!

I recently call Debbie after a post. She not only answered her phone, but without me even saying a word, her first words were "Hi Tom". She is busy, but she makes me feel important!

Sep 14, 2013 05:54 AM #28
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

This is truly one of the best things about being part of this network.  The wealth of knowledge is huge and it is only topped by the willingness to help each other.

Sep 14, 2013 06:40 AM #29
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


Debbie does a great job, I have seen a number of her post all good. 

Sep 14, 2013 07:26 AM #30
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Kathy, I agree that Debbie is amazing. I called her with questions about redoing the old floors in my house, and it totally changed my plan of action.
Sep 14, 2013 08:22 AM #31
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

These are the things that make us smile!  How great that Debbie was able to get right back to you and help you out like that!  

Sep 14, 2013 09:56 AM #32
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Kathy, that's great, it's so good to know that you can always count on people here on AR to help out when needed!
Sep 14, 2013 10:40 AM #33
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Takes a great Active Rain Success Story . . . . and that's what friends are for.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 14, 2013 12:03 PM #34
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

It all turns around like paying it forward.  I'm sure she'll need some help from someone.  It's all good isn't it?

Sep 14, 2013 08:19 PM #35
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Debbie is an outstanding resource for ActiveRain members.

Thanks for sharing this very positive story.

Sep 15, 2013 01:38 AM #36
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Kathy. Debbie is terrific and so very knowledgeable. This is a great shout out for Debbie. Nice.

Sep 15, 2013 10:48 PM #37
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, it is a joy to know WHO to call, and know they will return the call quickly.  Great job Debbie!

Sep 16, 2013 09:26 AM #38
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Kathy,  I've met Debbie and she knows everything about flooring.  Great idea on your part.  I've often sent clients to her blog just to learn.  

Btw, I'm testing out my new signature here :-)  Thanks!

Sep 17, 2013 01:23 PM #40
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