What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain -September 22-28, 2013

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What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- September 22  to September 28, 2013.


I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!

Debbie GartnerSeptember 22:  Debbie Gartner  Progression of the ActiveRain Millionaire
I have no idea where Debbie Gartner finds the timebut she does!  Did you know that there are 80 ActiveRain millionaires (at the time the post was written)?  There are more facts in the post so head there!

James QuarelloJames Quarello   The Tiny are Mighty.
You know you don’t want them; we all know houses who’ve had them.  James shows them to us up close and personal.


Michelle FinnamoreSeptember 23:  Michelle Finnamore     Would You Let a Homeowner Do a Voiceover On Your Listing Video?
Agents, I hope you’ll take just a minute or 2 to view the video here.  It’s extremely well doneand I did not find it off putting at all.  Do you want to think outside-the-box or be trapped in one?  Take a look.

Marte CliffMarte Cliff     Grammar in Real Estate Marketing:Should You Use “Advice” or “Advise?
OK, I spoke to Marte about this because I see it in print all of the time.  Learn when it is correct to use these two words!  I strongly advise it.

William JohnsonSeptember 24:  William Johnson      A Chinese Tea House and Women’s Right to Vote.
You can always count on William to intrigue is with his photos.  The icing on the cake is when he provides a story with the photo.  If you are anywhere near Newport RI, you must check this out.

Mel PetersonMel Peterson      Sh-h-h Tonight You Belong to Me!
OK, granted I didn’t learn anything monumental in this post, except maybe that cute little girls and their dads, singing a song can brighten just about any day.  Do yourself a favor (seriously, I mean it) listen ALL the way to the end.

Nancy ConnerSeptember 25:  Nancy Conner   Come See the Spawning in Olympia/Tumwater
I’ve always been fascinated by salmon traveling upstream as nature calls them like a magnet.  Thanks to Nancy, I’ve been given a pretty close look!  See for yourself.


Gary WatersSeptember 26:  Gary Waters    If We Forge the “who” then the “What” May Not Matter.
Gary’s post was featured bears additional exposure.  When you’re writing your MLS notes or any other marketing material don’t forget that we all don’t know what  “EIK” may mean.

Stephen FellsStephen Fells   A House Made of Lego- Is This Modern Day Building Gone Mad?
I have purchased enough Legos that I could probably build the dog house to this house.  Take a look and see what someone with a lot of Legos, creativity and time on their hands can do.

Carry RileySeptember 27:   Carra Riley   What is the Future of Social Media?
If you haven’t met Carra or her cosmic cow pies, then you are really missing out.   She is on top of the latest in social media and an excellent photographer.  Learn from what she offers.


Rebecca GaujotRebecca Gaujot:  Greenbrier Valley Theatre presents the drama "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. "

Granted we all can't go to the Greenbrier Valley Theatre (although wouldn't that be one heck of a MeetUp), but Rebecca not only provides a service about a local eventbut I never knew much about Henry David Thoreau.  If you really want to learn something today about one of our greatest authors, please read her post. 


Elayne ForgieSeptember 28:  Elayne Forgie    Real Estate Photography- The Power of Good MLS Photos.
We have some excellent photographers hereand they know the value of good MLS photos.  If you are using a professional photographer, or  taking the photos yourself, make sure the perspective if onpoint!  Elayne offers some great Before and Afters.


Please don’t forget to check out Pat Kennedy’s Weekly Favorites Post, Debbie Reynolds Saturday Subscriber Finds.


Thank you for letting me do what I love to do each day... learn something new!



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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Good Morning Kathy, Thank You so much for the very kind words and the inclusion of my post in your weekly highlight. This is a such a wonderful way of being sure that posts that carry something special to educate or entertain are shared with others. Many Thanks , I love the way you think and consider it quite an honor to be featured along with these other wonderful writers.
Sep 29, 2013 12:41 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anita- please check out Mel's video.  Go to the very end, it's worth it. 

Gabe- be sure to check out the Lego house.

BARFF- They are amazing!!!! 70... yea!

Sheila- the play in Rebecca's post sounds like a winner!

Debbie- If you haven't checked out Michelle's  post please go over and give your opinion. 

Jared and Amanda- you'll love the Lego house. 

Silvia- same to you.  Hopefully the rain has stopped for a while. 

Debbie- I thought it was interesting.  Don't know how you tracked down all of the numbers. 

James- but they're all around us!  

Bobbie- we're all trying to find our bearings after the big change.

Wayne- I am so looking forward to football today!  Watched some good college games yesterday.

Michael- she really did.  Hope we get some comments over there.

Nancy- I've always been fascinated by them.  Thank you!

Bryan- Wasn't that interesting.  At least it's easy to repair.

 Dorie- hope you have a great Sunday planned!  


Sep 29, 2013 12:52 AM #19
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

Another great week of learning Kathy, missed a few that look very interesting. Thanks for your weekly gem!

Sep 29, 2013 01:15 AM #20
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Kathy, I appreciate you doing this.  With the pace of life lately, having a resource like this is a jewel.

Sep 29, 2013 01:41 AM #21
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  As always, you pick the best of the best again.  Can not understand, you are not on my subscript list today.  Had to go looking for you.

Sep 29, 2013 02:32 AM #22
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Hi Kathy - Thanks for including me in your weekly round-up - and thanks for giving me today's reading list! 

Sep 29, 2013 03:02 AM #23
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Kathy ~  it is always an honor to be on your POWER list of learning for the week.  There are an amazing group of bloggers here at activerain that are always sharing so much knowledge.  Thank you for the time you spend giving us the cliff notes of the week!  Have a beauitufl week my friend! 

Sep 29, 2013 03:37 AM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Richie- you said Grey Poupon and I thought you were offering me a ham sandwich at first!!

William- many thanks to you and for always bringing us such beautiful photos. 

Tom- be3 sure to check out the Lego house. 

Mike- I hear 'ya!  Have a great week.

Will- oh no! Well I'm usually hanging around here. 

Marte- I hope you have a fun day of reading!

Carra- and you as well.  I'm still trying to get a handle Google+ but firmly believe it is worth the time. 

Sep 29, 2013 05:21 AM #25
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That little girl is adorable and the dad is adorable too!  What a beautiful moment they shared!

Sep 29, 2013 08:59 AM #26
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Kathy, It's been another tough week for me. I missed most of these.  Speaking of finding the time ....  

Sep 29, 2013 09:52 AM #27
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Interesting new approach to list them. I have read and commented on a few and the titles suggest I should do some more reading

Sep 29, 2013 10:02 AM #28
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Kathy, MIA for the last two days as I've been under the weather with a head cold.  It's nice to see my post listed in "What I Learned this week at ActiveRain"!  It is indeed an honor to be listed with all the others.

Sep 29, 2013 11:06 AM #29
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Kathy!  As always, thanks for your weekly digest.  There are always several that pique my interest.  So many blogs on Active Rain, so little time ..

Sep 29, 2013 11:53 AM #30
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

You picked some good ones here Kathy . . . as always thanks for your efforts on your weekly picks!

Sep 29, 2013 02:06 PM #31
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor


Sep 29, 2013 08:49 PM #32
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

What a nice large list of blogs today, I have some making up to do to get caught up. Have a great Monday

Sep 29, 2013 11:42 PM #33
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

This gave me a chance to do some catching up.  It's the one place I can come to get the good stuff when I've been away for a while.

Sep 30, 2013 02:26 AM #34
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


An outstanding selection of posts for your What I Learned This Week blog.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 30, 2013 09:38 AM #35
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Looks like I missed a few last week.  Thanks for giving me some to catch up in my spare moments.

Sep 30, 2013 11:16 AM #36
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- don't you just love it!   Send it to your daughter. 

Kathleen- I know what you mean.  That's a good thing though because that means you're busy. 

Ed-hope that you enjoy them.  

Rebecca- oh no... it's too early for a cold!  Hope you're feeling better. 

Dianne- look at the Lego house!  You'll love it. 

Carla- you are very welcome.

Conrad- many thank!

Scott- you too.  We're having great weather here...hint!!!

Charita- thank you and love the profile pic.

Lou- thank you, sir.

Cindy- do one thing... go to the video on Mel's post. 


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