ActiveRain Meet-Ups are Worth the Effort

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Franklin Homes Realty LLC

Franklin TN Meet-Up

I have been in real estate for six years. My first four years were with a big box brokerage that had an annual convention called Family Reunion. I never attended that event. I wasn't making enough money at the time to justify the expense. My current brokerage is local. There's no need for a Family Reunion because the agents are all in the Nashville area. I have never attended my local or state convention, either.

AR membersThe truth is--ActiveRain always seems to be on the cutting edge before any other organization. ActiveRain is the first place I hear changes about our industry. That's why whenever it's suggested to have an ActiveRain meet-up, I am so quick to respond. This is the group of people I want to get together with to talk about what's going on in our industry and discuss new technologies and ideas I should be implementing in my business.

That's exactly what I did earlier this week. Our group is small in comparison to some, but the knowledge of the people who attend is worth the effort. Middle Tennessee has four Ambassadors and we all attended the Franklin TN meet-up this week. Debbie Reynolds drove over an hour to join us and it was much appreciated.

AR MembersWe talked about real estate, blogging, ActiveRain and the new changes. We even got to meet two new members who joined us at Jill Winchel's invitation. We met at Mack and Kate's in Franklin; one of my favorite places to eat. They put us in our own private room so we enjoyed each other's company for almost two hours.

This is the group of people I want to learn from. They have so much to offer. Now, if I can only convince ActiveRain to do this on a national level, I would be in ActiveRain heaven. I hope the powers that be do this. I think a great many agents would take advantage of such an event.

I feel pretty fortunate to be a member of such a group and am so happy that we make the effort to get together a few times a year. ActiveRain meet-ups are worth the effort.

Top photo from left to right: Debbie Reynolds, Tom White, Connie Harvey, Michael Thornton, Tammie White, Christine Trebendis and Jill Winchel.

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Tammie White, Managing Broker/Owner
Franklin Homes Realty LLC
Franklin, TN
(615) 495-0752 
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Christine Trebendis
Rooms Revealed - Brentwood, TN

Thank you so much Tammie for including me. It was great meeting such nice people in the industry. I had a wonderful time and look forward to getting together again soon. 

Dec 07, 2013 09:09 AM #29
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Michelle - Yes it is.

Michael - It's always good to see you as well.

Barbara - It would have been nice to see you there.

Lenn - I agree.

Debbie - Visit any time.

Gita - Love these gatherings.

Roger - Lots of fun.

Sam - I always learn something new with this group.

Richie - I agree.

Michael - We should get together more often but it's difficult to get everyone together.

Janis - Hopefully, the AR staff is working on that.

Peter - Try again. It may be time.

Gary - Many may think this group is our competition. I never look at them that way.

Joan - I know it was a tough week with the Denver weather.

Randy - You could always host an event.

Donna - I couldn't justify the cost back then.

Jared - We've got some great members in our area.

Wayne & Jean - I know it's sometimes difficult to make it work but they are well worth the effort.

Rebecca - It's been the best source of information for me.

Praful - I didn't even recognize there were four Ambassadors there until I got home.

Randy - I'd love to do that some day.

Christine - It was nice meeting you and I look forward to reading your posts.

Dec 07, 2013 09:20 AM #30
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Glad to see your AR meet-up was a success.  They are always fun.

Dec 07, 2013 09:38 AM #31
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I recognize some of those names. AR keeps me really current, too!

Dec 07, 2013 11:04 AM #32
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The meet-ups can make careers! :)


Happy Holidays,


Dec 07, 2013 11:15 AM #33
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Tammie, looks like a lot of fun!  I like what Laura #33 said, 'meet-ups can make careers', what a great thought.

Dec 07, 2013 12:50 PM #34
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

The AR meetups are fairly local and much cheaper to attend than most events. The smaller groups also lead to more time with each other and creating closer relationships.

Dec 07, 2013 03:51 PM #35
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Tammie!  This post is included in this week’s Last Week’s Favorites.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Dec 07, 2013 11:41 PM #36
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Tammie - Indeed they are. I've been to several, but I haven't been consistent in my attendance. I need to make a point to go every time.

Dec 08, 2013 01:04 AM #37
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Tammie, looks like you had a great time. I've been having private AR meet ups this year - just one or two folks at lunch. It's all good though, and isn't it wonderful to have virtual friends all over the country because of AR?

Dec 08, 2013 03:38 AM #38
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I agree, the AR community is on the leading edge of what's happening in the real estate world.  

Dec 08, 2013 06:48 AM #39
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

What a great group! Wish I could have made your MeetUp!!!

Dec 08, 2013 08:20 AM #40
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

It looks like a great group made it to your Meet-up. Thanks for identifying everyone.       

Dec 08, 2013 09:23 AM #41
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Cindy - More than most can imagine.

Cheryl - It's a great group.

Laura - I agree.

Christina - It's the best networking opportunity an agent can ever have.

Gerard - So true.

Pat - Thanks. It's always an honor.

Jason - The best way to do that is host an event.

Debb - I'm going to do more of that in the upcoming year.

Norma - They sure are.

Barbara-Jo - You're always welcome.

Sandy - Love this group.

Dec 08, 2013 01:16 PM #42
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Tammie, without a doubt these meet ups are beneficial to all of us.  We get to hear about people in your neck of the woods, you learn about agents in other markets and network with potential referral partners.  They are so worth it!

Dec 08, 2013 01:31 PM #43
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Evelyn - You point out some excellent reasons to attend.

Dec 09, 2013 12:29 AM #44
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Yeah I was a tad nervous never been to one and now hosting one last week but it was so much fun. If we all didnt have to drive it would have even been more fun lol!!!

Dec 09, 2013 02:17 AM #45
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

Very enjoyable event. When is the next one? :)

Dec 09, 2013 07:42 AM #46
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Tammie, Looks like a very fun time. It's always nice to see the "live" versions of the little square photos!

Dec 10, 2013 01:33 AM #47
Barbara Gregus
CARES Consumer Advantage Real Estate Services - Sandia Park, NM
Sandia Park Paa-ko Homes
I'm sure this event was a success Tammie, keep it up!
Feb 10, 2014 09:57 AM #48
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