It's Such Fun To Meet A Millionaire! I Met One Tonight!

Mortgage and Lending with SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 NMLS 196068

It's Such Fun To Meet A Millionaire!  I Met One Tonight!

...An ActiveRain Millionaire that is! 

I was talking to Margaret Rome after her radio show "ALL ABOUT REAL ESTATAE" on Sunday afternoon. Margaret told me that Praful Thakkar was in town for a training and she was planning on meeting up with him for dinner on Monday.  If you don't know Praful (Though I am sure many of you do!) be sure to check out his blog, he is a wonderful Realtor and Rainer from Boston.

Unfortunately, I already had a full day of meetings scheduled, one for the exact time they were meeting for dinner.  I wasn't going to be able to make it, UGH!  If you have read any of my posts on ActiveRain Meetups,  you know I LOVE 'EM!  I always enjoy them, whether meeting one other member or 20... and there is always a take-away!

Due to some last minute scheduling changes, I was able to free up the time and at 4:45 PM, called Margaret to see what the plans for the eveing were.  She graciously shared that she and Praful were going to have dinner less than 3 miles from my home at INDIAN DELIGHT.   PERFECT!!  I got my husband and my daughter on their way to an event and hopped in the car.

Praful and Margaret were already seated and waited for me to arrive (did I mention gracious?).  With hugs all around, we were seated.  After some time chatting like longtime friends (even though it was the first time meeting Praful in person), we headed to the buffet.

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Margaret and I were guided through the full meal by Praful, who just happens to be an expert on Indian food!  What a great way to experience the food and the culture.  We found out that Praful has some specialty dishes that he cooks, though his wife does most of the cooking.

I am so grateful that my schedule freed up so I could meet up with these two amazingly kind and giving people.  It was a lovely meal, shared between friends.  Not only did I meet a great guy,  get to spend time with the incomparable Margaret Rome, I got to experience a wonderful local restaurant that I will return to soon!

Praful encouraged me to make blogging and commenting a priority (I have been less than consistent lately!)  He and Margaret make me want to be a better and a more ACTIVE member of ActiveRain. 

I would encourage you, if you get the chance...make meeting up with other Rainers a priority whenever your schedule allows!   If at all possible, move things around so that you can be there.  I bet you will be surprised at how quickly you feel right at home and how much you will grow from the experience!

Thank you Margaret and Praful for a wonderful evening! Thank you ActiveRain for new friends!   Hope to see you in Boston in March!!


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Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


If you are considering purchasing a home in Maryland and want to be sure you are mortgage ready, my brother Tony and I will be happy to help! We help to make the mortgage process a pleasure! 

If you already own your home, we are happy to provide a no-cost mortgage review to help you to determine if refinancing may be in your best interest.  Please contact me at 410-960-2061.


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Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

I've not met Praful but Margaret is wonderful. Lucky you!

Dec 18, 2013 12:01 AM #29
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Bridget.... I have met up with Praful twice and hope to see him in the future.... he's my favorite.

Dec 18, 2013 01:26 AM #30
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

Ms. Maraget has called me before regarding an AR gliche. Didn't know that she has a radio show. Gotta see if it's on the web.


Dec 18, 2013 01:41 AM #31
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

AR Millionaires are rich in clients and in friends.  Thanks for the post.

Dec 18, 2013 02:13 AM #32
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

Very cool experience for you to meet folks like that! 

Dec 18, 2013 02:41 AM #33
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Very nice, Bridget. I'm glad it turned out that you could join Margaret and Praful. I'm sure the evening was filled with good conversation, good food and lots of sharing.

Dec 18, 2013 02:44 AM #34
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Very cool indeed. Margaret Rome is one of my favorite people. Period.

Dec 18, 2013 02:59 AM #35
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Laura, Margaret is a special lady!  I have a long way to go to get to a million, but if friendships made here counted, I would be a BILLIONAIRE!

Praful, Sorry your flight was delayed, but I am guessing you made the best of it!  I will do my best to honor our conversation and your encouragement by getting back in the swing!  Thank you so much for your kind words, it was truly a pleasure to meet you!  I will let you know when my Boston plans are finalized!

Dan,  A wonderful meeting AND a feature!  Merry Christmas to me!!  Thanks!

Inna, It was wonderful!  I have a feeling you will be getting a call!

Andrew, The food was delicious!  The connections made here are truly what dancing in the Rain is all about! 

Debbie, I am so happy the schedule freed up too!  I met you at RainCamp in Atlantic City and couldn't be happier that you stopped by!

Cheryl, It was lovely...and no traffic on my 3 mile commute!

Maya, Thanks, we will definitely go again.  The buffet was a great way to try different items...tackling the menu is next...maybe you will visit and walk us through!

Michael, Any time I can get together with the wonderful folks on ActiveRain, I make it a priority!  You should come to the next Maryland Meetup, we always have fun!

Ed, So true!  I love to see your photos of the meetups in CT!

Amanda and Jared, it's always great fun!

Cheryl, so happy that you have been inspired.  Reach out and set a time, even if it's not "meetup time!"  You will enjoy it, I promise!

Jeff, Praful is a great guy, I would love to be a fly on the wall when you meet.  The pearls of wisdom will be non-stop. Looking forward to your next visit!  I would be happy to set up the meetup in May!  The last one in Annapolis was wonderful!

Richie, YES! YES! and YES!  Perfect!

Mike, I have found that the professionals I have met on ActiveRain are some of the most giving people around!  They are so willing to share to make you want to be better!




Dec 18, 2013 03:44 AM #36
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Elisa,  Glad you enjoyed the post!  It's funny how personalities really come through in the blog posts!

Paul,  Be sure to meet Praful in person if you can, he lovely!  I couldn't agree more about Margaret!

Paul...OK, OK!  I AGREE!!

Barbara,  what fun it would be to get together with you!  I hope to be in Boston in March, maybe you can make the trip1

Travis, Margaret's show is "All About Real Estate".  It airs on Sunday afternoons from 12-1(EST) on WCBM 680 out of Baltimore.   She is an amazing host.  You can listen live via the web and catch the podcasts on their website.  I bet she would love it if you called in! 410-922-6680

Gene, Anyone who is Active on ActiveRain can be rich in friends, the points are secondary, but I am always impressed with those who commit!

Marc,  A highly recommended experience!  Reach out today, you will be glad you did!

Lottie, I am so grateful to have been included, it was wonderful!

Jason, She is one of the most genuine and giving people I know! You two are a great match!  Thank you for all of the ways that you bless people in your community!  I LOVE IT!

Dec 18, 2013 03:55 AM #37
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Bridget, I'm so glad you got to go! I read Margaret's post and knew you were there. Yes, I love our AR meetups too!

Dec 18, 2013 04:20 AM #38
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

A very encouraging post about attending meet ups with Rainers. I'll have to plan and attend one soon.

Dec 18, 2013 04:44 AM #39
Alex Popovic
Apex CRE - Phoenix, AZ
Alex Popovic Designated Broker Commercial RE

Great blog and catchy title, I like how you led into the AR millionaire

Dec 18, 2013 05:06 AM #40
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Margaret Rome is indeed a very special person.  I've spoken to her on the phone twice - once when I called her for information and she was so kind and helpful.  Another time she called me to congratulate me about something.  And I know she's busy!

Dec 18, 2013 05:16 AM #41
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Thank you for sharing your story.  It's always great to meet fellow "Rainers" and share stories and information.  Great post and happy you could rearrange your schedule!  Merry Christmas!!

Dec 18, 2013 05:34 AM #42
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

What fun. To sit down with the three of you would have been such a treat. I


Dec 18, 2013 10:40 AM #43
Michael Ha Elmhurst
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Corona, Middle Village - Elmhurst, NY
Woodside, Maspeth

Meetups sure is nice. I'd like to meet a lot of rainers and discuss a lot of things with them. each with a different topic for each's skillset. 

Dec 19, 2013 01:20 AM #44
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bridget, I am loving all the comments on your featured post.

Dec 19, 2013 10:32 AM #45
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

What a treat! I follow both of them and hope one day to meet them as well!

Dec 19, 2013 09:11 PM #46
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

I met Praful in Austin. Active Rain meetup. I would have enjoyed a guide to Indian food though.

Jan 02, 2014 05:55 AM #47
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Looks like Praful is travelling all over the country and meeting good people. This is cool

Jan 23, 2014 01:28 PM #48
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