Ask an Ambassador: Travel plans? Ask the expert on ActiveRain

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Sometimes during the week an idea pops in my mind early and I think I'm good... some weeks Liz and Bill Spear writes about that idea in my head and I grumble swear words and go back to the white board and think some more.  Sometimes I pop over on the Ask an Ambassador group and look for questions... and find one to write an answer about.  None of that happened this week.  

First of all it was an incredibly busy and frustrating week.  We had crazy, like full moon crazy, but since it's not a full moon I guess was just Halloween crazy. None the less I am supposed to share some great information with you on Friday about ActiveRain.  Even at 2 a.m. I had nothing.  Then BAM out of the blue I found Dagny Eason 's post. Can you ask that here in the Rain?  Of course the answer was yes and I was inspired.

ActiveRain is not only a place we can learn abour real estate and share and get great information it's a place where we make friends and think of each other as family and can get all sorts of great information. For example... are you headed to the NAR convention in New Orleans next week?  If you are and you didn't read Lisa Heindel's post about her beautiful city they you have just really missed out. 

Not only do I know Lisa loves her city... and knows the best places to stay and eat, let me tell you about an email exchange between us that she may not even remember because it was years ago... but my daughter was visiting New Orleans over Christmas break and it was one of the if not the FIRST time she was flying and she was nervous.  She was going to be away from home without me and I was nervous.  Lisa knew and accepted the responsiblity for being "emergency mom" if anything had gone wrong.  Abigail had Lisa's number in her phone and I just knew if there was an emergency Lisa would be there for Abigail until I could get there.

When Abigail went to New York, it was Sheldon Neal  and Liz Wallace that became emergency mom.  And when she went to Indy it was Cindy Marchant.  They shared "stuff to do" "things to see" and phone numbers.  I had peace of mind.  Abigail had a great time.

I've gone the same when I traveled. I've asked "what's to see and do" from some of my favorite peeps in ActiveRain.  When we visited the kids in Broken Arrow we had a great bed and breakfast recommended to us. Thom Abbott , Debe Maxwell  and Danielle Sharp have helped make visits to their cities exceptional.

So when you are headed out on an adventure/vacation if you don't first check with the local expert on ActiveRain you just might be missing out.  It's more than just real estate.  It's wonderful people who know and love our towns/cities/lakes.  If you are coming to visit, give us a call or send us an email.

 

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Praful Thakkar
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Tammy Lankford - oh yes, we can ask so many things here (and get answer in no time!)

Oct 31, 2014 01:35 PM #28
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Claude Labbe
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If Abigail ever heads to Washington,DC, I can be "emergency mom" if you need.

Surely, you know how realtors can be right? Completely obsessed control freaks, which is just about the skill set you'd want for an "emergency mom".

Oct 31, 2014 02:48 PM #29
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Margaret Woda
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So true, there are Activerain friends nearly anywhere that one could visit! And the D.C. -Baltimore area is a treasure trove of Activerainers who will be glad to schedule a get-together just for you, as we have done countless times over the years. 

Oct 31, 2014 08:07 PM #30
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Kat Palmiotti
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Absolutely, what a great reminder that ActiveRain is so much more than a place to post...

Oct 31, 2014 08:35 PM #31
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Gita Bantwal
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Thanks for the great advice. I will keep this in mind next time I travel .

Oct 31, 2014 08:52 PM #32
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

This is one of the big perks of AcitveRain - making friends, learning and enjoying travel to areas where you have met great peeps from this community. 

Oct 31, 2014 10:08 PM #33
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Fascinating little tid-bit for the ActiveRain world....thank you for sharing

Nov 01, 2014 12:52 AM #34
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Joan Whitebook that is a perfect description of how it has felt to me so many times.

Dagny Eason We're such a large group of like minded when it comes to service and being helpful, people... and it's always inspiring to me to see people do what you did and reach out to help another member.

Judi K Barrett  there or very close

Praful Thakkar that we can

Nov 01, 2014 02:31 AM #35
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Claude Labbe exactly.  Although I have to say, it would have to be really bad for her to ever actually need an emergency mom, because well... since she was raised by a take charge control freak mom... she sort of is one too.  Which is also a good thing in her line of work.

Margaret Woda I haven't been to that area in years and year.  I think Abigail must have been in middle school, it's about time to visit up that way again.

Kat Palmiotti it sure is.

Gita Bantwal it's fabulous.

 

Nov 01, 2014 02:35 AM #36
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Ann Marie Clements as strange as it sounds... some of my closest friends I met here.  

Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books  there is a lot of sharing here.

Nov 01, 2014 02:54 AM #37
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
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Active Rain has experts in Everything. There is always a resource here. 

Nov 01, 2014 04:09 AM #38
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Yup Karen and frankly there is nothing like talking to a local restident agent before you visit some place.  We do make it our business to know the best things about our towns.

 

Nov 01, 2014 04:25 AM #39
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Tammy, AR is a resource for so much more than real estate. We do make friends and connections here.

Nov 01, 2014 06:31 AM #40
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Yes, Janis Borgueta you did.  I am in San Jose right over the hill ... 35-40 minutes away!

Nov 01, 2014 06:33 AM #41
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I think so too Kathleen.

Nov 01, 2014 06:55 AM #42
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Paula McDonald
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This is so true.  I have met many fellow Rainers such as Anna Banana Kruchten and Cherise Selley on my travels.  

Nov 01, 2014 07:29 AM #43
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Tammy Lankford,
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Paula McDonald  I don't know Cherise, but I just followed her from your tag so I can get to know her.

Nov 01, 2014 11:50 AM #44
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Janis Borgueta
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Kathleen Daniels wow that is close. That hill... oh what a ride!!

Nov 01, 2014 12:36 PM #45
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
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Margaret Woda is right Tammy! When are you coming to see us? 

Sometime last year I received a call from a (not-so-active) Rainer whose son was relocating to Silver Spring. I gave her some ideas and input on potential apartments and got the sweetest Thank You card. Made my day.

You are right, ActiveRain is such a great resource and not just for all things Real Estate.

Nov 01, 2014 01:56 PM #46
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Gerard Gilbers
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I have reached out to a couple of Rainers when I was in Phoenix, although some advance notice might have been better!!

Nov 01, 2014 03:19 PM #47
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