What I Learned This Week at ActiveRain-March 22 to March 29, 2015

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What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-March 22 to March 29, 2015


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!  Or it could be a post that made me sit up and take notice!


gayle rich boxmanMarch 22:  Gayle Rich-Boxman    Speechless Sundays- Birdhouses of the Pacific Northwest

Besides Gayle’s wonderful birdhouse photos, she shows us an example of the best part of ActiveRain, and that is the community.  Great shout out for Ron Marshall.


joanna cohlanMarch 23:  Joanna Cohlan   Timeless Taste-Can There Be a Place for Everyone’s?

My mother had a saying- “Her taste was all in her mouth.”   Taste doesn’t mean how much something cost.  Read Joanna’s excellent post.



sharon taraSharon Tara    Today’s Home Staging Lesson Was Brought To You By Sesame Street

Ever the creative one, I loved Sharon’s post using Sesame Street techniques to give us a staging lesson.


debbie gartnerDebbie Gartner    Some of my recent hardwood and carpet blog posts….and SEO thoughts.

Besides her excellent posts on flooring, look at what Debbie’s doing now that has improved her SEO.


rene fabreMarch 24: Rene Fabre     The Easter Bunny, in a Moment of Quiet Reflection.

Rene’s post reminds me of dying eggs, chocolate goodies, Easter baskets and so much more.  You’ll enjoy this one.



nina hollanderMarch 25: Nina Hollander    Top 6 Reasons for Moving in Retirement

This is good information to know whether you’re working with sellers or buyers.  And builders take note, not every retiree wants to move to lilliputian surroundings.



nicole dotyMarch 26: Nicole Doty     Arizona Scorpion Season -How to Detect and Treat for them.

I’m not crazy about things that crawl or slither.  If there are scorpions near you, I’d suggest your read her post.  I had no clue they could glow in the dark!


janis borguetaMarch 27: Janis Borgueta     Awesome Photos-Blogs with Style!

I first learned about Google’s Auto Awesome from Janis.  I love checking in on Google+ to see what goodies they’ve added to my photos!




barry owenMarch 28: Barry Owen   The Struggle Creates the Loss

Pilots train in simulators so they can be prepared for whatever scenario rears its ugly head; salespeople will role play so they can answer any question or situation that is thrown at them.  Think of Barry’s post the next time you feel backed in a corner.


debbie reynoldsDebbie Reynolds   A New Twist on Easter Egg Hunts in Clarksville TN


I love this idea!!  Even the older kids will want to hunt for the eggs.




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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Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Good evening Kathy.  Thank you so much for always putting this together.  

Mar 29, 2015 01:21 PM #49
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  What a great list you came up with again.  Now if Pat Kennedy would do her list again.

Mar 29, 2015 02:23 PM #50
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Once again, so much to learn so much to read, but I'll get to it, I suppose.

Mar 29, 2015 02:57 PM #51
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Battle between Kathy and that would be kind of fun competition, even though we don't really compete her as much as we motivate each other to get better. Will Hamm

Mar 29, 2015 02:59 PM #52
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I did catch 4 of the 10 suggestions before your feature Kathy Streib! Sub par for me! 

Mar 29, 2015 03:21 PM #53
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing all the great posts Kathy, I look forward to checking them out.


Mar 29, 2015 03:56 PM #54
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Kathy - There is always so much to learn in the Rain.  I'm off for a little reading.

Mar 29, 2015 04:19 PM #55
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm a little late to your featured blogs this week, Kathy.  But better late than never.

Mar 29, 2015 09:14 PM #56
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is another excellent selection for your weekly list.

It is always good to check to see what I have missed.

Mar 29, 2015 09:51 PM #57
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

Busy weekend Kathy, I'll have to start the week in review of last week!  :)

Mar 29, 2015 10:29 PM #58
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Kathy - great selections. I missed several of these posts.  I am going to catch up now.

Mar 30, 2015 12:50 PM #59
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Wow...Its Tuesday and I am finally reading your picks. OK, I have been working on my taxes for three days so I have an excuse!

Mar 31, 2015 02:02 AM #60
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Kathy - thanks for keeping us in the "know" ... I try to read a number of blogs each day but it's hard to get them all.  I appreciate you taking the time to point out a few I missed.  Great selections.

Mar 31, 2015 02:23 AM #61
Chris Webb
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's Social Media Expert

Loved the Nicole Doty piece on scorpions, we have to watch out for them here in Tucson.

Mar 31, 2015 02:32 AM #62
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Hi Kathy - I'm late this week too, but then I haven't found much time to play in the rain lately. I need to correct that! 

Mar 31, 2015 02:36 AM #63
Doyle Lee Austin Davison Iv
Surf City Realty 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
28+ years serving Investors Banks Buyers-sellers

My pace has slowed to a donkey crawl @ midnight.. time to get my blogging on track...

Mar 31, 2015 02:36 AM #64
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Wow, Kathy, what a great list of blogs. I need to play 'catch up'!

Thank you and have an awesome day!! 

Mar 31, 2015 05:11 AM #65
Virginia Youngblood
DO-STAGE! LLC - an ASPM® Home Staging Company - Charlotte, NC
DO-STAGE! LLC - Home Stager - ASPM®

Kathy,  thanks for taking the time to send these weekly "What you've learned" posts! I always enjoy reading them.

Have a wonderful Easter with your family. 

Mar 31, 2015 05:25 AM #66
Ray Wright
Keller Williams Realty - Riverside, CA
SoCal Realtor - A.L.C.

Funny. Your post hits on topics I like making me click on those blogs to learn something new as well

Mar 31, 2015 11:43 AM #67
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kathy Streib 

I always learn so much from your weekly post. It's sometimes embarassing how much I have missed, but the value is I get to go back and read them! I actually had already read 4 of these


Mar 31, 2015 01:02 PM #68
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