Finally.... An ActiveRain Visitor to Delray Beach!

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Finally…. an ActiveRain Visitor to Delray Beach!

Today I got to meet an ActiveRain member AND fellow Stager… Amy Bly!  This is Amy Blywhat I love about this community…. you can go to just about any and every state (and Canada) and meet someone you already know through their blog.

Amy was in Delray Beach for a conference with her husband, Robertand she contacted me when she realized that she knew someone here.  I met her at the Delray Beach Marriott, where they were staying, and had brunch, right across from the beach.

It’s always a treat to meet a fellow stager because for the most part, stagers work alone.  We don’t have a broker’s office where we can meet to exchange ideas or seek help with a question.  It’s through communities like ActiveRain, LinkedIn and RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) that we meet others in the industry.

We realized that we would be the perfect staging partners (if only she lived here rather than New Jersey) because she loves to do vacant stagings, and I love to work with occupied listings.

We love doing both but as in anything, we all have certain things we enjoy more.  We shared staging stories and also shared our “oops!” moments in staging.  

We’re always talking about points and SEO, who gets featured, and why one doesn’t, but look around at the great resource that we have here.   Ask any member who’s been here for a while, and you’ll find that one of the reasons why they’re here is “the community.”


Now… if only I could talk her husband into becoming a snowbird, at least I’d get them here for half the year!


Amy Bly and me


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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

It is always a nice thing when AR "colleagues" find themselves together - if only for a few hours! One day I will make it south as well!

Oct 24, 2013 09:52 PM #6
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

It is always great to read of AR blogging meeting during their travels. I hope to drop in on a few while on a trip some day Kathy.

Oct 24, 2013 10:05 PM #7
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Good morning, Kathy,

I know you enjoyed the meet up with an out of town stagger.  The great thing about being in Active Rain is that we have friends across the nation.

Oct 24, 2013 10:10 PM #8
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

How cool!  It's nice to fly in from out of town and be able to find a fellow Activerainer to meet up with.

Oct 24, 2013 10:47 PM #9
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is always fun to meet up with a fellow activerain-er. I always pick up a new idea or a better way to do something.

Oct 25, 2013 12:03 AM #10
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

That was a nice visit. It does feel like you have known someone forever just form reading their blog iand interacting everyday. Have a good Friday

Oct 25, 2013 12:07 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your MeetUp. It is always nice to meet an ActiveRain member in person.

Enjoy the day and have an outstanding weekend.

Oct 25, 2013 12:28 AM #12
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Kathy, meet-ups with our ARers is always such a delight! I would LOVE to read a blog from you about those OOPs moments, it's like bloopers, always fun and funny, sometimes bittersweet, but still enjoyable.


Oct 25, 2013 12:31 AM #13
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Kathy, I agree it is fun to meet AR members. I will be in Del Ray next year and will be calling you when I know the exact dates.

Oct 25, 2013 01:36 AM #14
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Awesome Kathy!  I love meeting other AR members in real life.  Glad you had fun and that you shared your experience with us!

Oct 25, 2013 01:51 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- It was not one of our sunnier days yesterday, but I hope that won't stop them

BARFF- Ah-h-h-h the first... always the best.

Debbie- I forgot, she's in your area!!!  I hope she makes the next MeetUp.

Sheila- you're right, it was a lot of fun.  It's amazing how you can meet someone for the first timebut you feel like you've known them forever. 

Bobbie- I wouldn't mind that as long as it was the Jersey shore during the summer!

Gary- I sincerely hope you do. Would love to meet you. 

Tom- well, should you make it all the way east, and south, let us know.

Barbara- it really is.  It's always hard to do when you're traveling and have meetings and family, etc. 

Bryan- it really is.  I've met an AR member when we were in Omaha last yearand it was fun. 

Jeffrey- that's what's fun.  We talked staging and had a great time. 

Scott- you have a great weekend, and maybe I'll see you during your hard-hard cold winter!!!!

Roy- thought of you today while I was at the orchid show. 

Gayle- I may have to write some OOPS posts!  

Rebecca- I remember, and I cannot wait!!!!

Jared and Amanda-   I hope Dick Greenberg and AR can put together a huge AR meetup

Oct 25, 2013 02:48 AM #16
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Happy that you found a new friend from Delray, Kathy! Nice picture.

Oct 25, 2013 03:16 AM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


How fun to meet a fellow stager.  Wishing you a great weekend. A

Oct 25, 2013 05:26 AM #18
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kathy --- before ActiveRain I had never heard of Delray Beach, Florida --- if someone ever mentions the city to me, I know your name would immediately come to mind.   I'm sure others feel the same way.

Oct 25, 2013 07:26 AM #19
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

I love things like this! It is always great to meet fellow ActiveRainers face to face.

Oct 25, 2013 09:11 PM #20
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING KATHY ... what a nice surprise!  I have only met one individual in person from Active Rain - and it's fun!  

Oct 25, 2013 10:15 PM #21
Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Hey, Kathy, 

It was great to meet you. After seeing the photos you took of me, Sheesh, wish I'd gone to a mirror to stage myself, especially my wind-blown hair after sitting across from the beach with you! But it was fun to connect with someone I felt like I knew just from reading your blogs, even though we'd never even talked before. Always great to share our staging adventures, good and bad, with someone in the same business!


Oct 26, 2013 12:14 AM #22
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Kathy - I'm glad you and Amy got to meet. She wrote me that she was there and had called you. She thought maybe I'd be there, since Bob was speaking at the copywriter's conference. Darn - wish I had been there and could have met both of you. 

Oct 26, 2013 07:36 AM #23
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

What fun!  I love Amy.  We've chatted on the phone a few times about various Staging issues and shared insights.  She's such a generous person. 

Oct 27, 2013 11:43 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Patty- I hope that Amy will move down here!

Alexandra- it's always fun to get together and talk staging. 

Michael- Aw-w-w...  Now you might be sick of hearing about it!

Barbara Jo- I agree, and even more fun when we get to share and see photos. 

Gabrielle- I hope you get to meet some soon... maybe at the next Meet Up.

Amy- hope you got to see some more of Delray Beach.  Don't worry, we're all used to having the windblown look here.  

Marte- boy, if you'd have been here and didn't call you would have had to answer to me!!!

Julia- you're right, she isand I hope we talk soon. 

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