Activerain Guiding Principles/Philosophy - Weltanschauung

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Activerain Guiding Principles/Philosophy  - Weltanschauung  

Lynn Friedman Broker/Owner with Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty created a January Challenge for all of us to get a Blogging jump start for the year 2017. This January Challenge has been repeated now for several years. Thank you Lynn for your hard work of putting this together each year as I know it takes a large amount of your time and energy. As a side note this is not a re-blog of the Challenge but my entry.

Our task is to pick one of these Weltanschauung guiding principles  which we feel enhances our time in Activerain and explain why this principle does just that.


I have read these guiding principles a several times in the past but it is alway a good idea to refresh one’s memory as time marches onward as memories fade. The main principle that speaks to me and enhances my time spent participating in this community and which comes close to my own thinking ( the rest are all good points ) is item number 3. .. “We believe in homeownership is a positive force for social good”.


I have always been a strong advocate for homeownership and this goes back many years before I ever became a Realtor. In my mind homeownership is a critical part of living and enjoying the American Dream.  Think it builds stronger family identities and ties to the local community. Maybe I am an idealist when it comes to this but it is very important to me and close to my heart and soul.


I grew up living in in totally dumpy (best we could afford) apartments on the mean streets of Chicago’s West side. This was a very tough neighborhood for numerous reasons and there was crime all the time. I did develop excellent sense of street smarts which have helped many times during my lifetime avoid trouble and danger. I have experienced two home robberies in my life both in Chicago and one when I was 14 years old as walked in the crooks during the robbery. The criminals had my Dad’s gun plus bullets. In addition, I  had a car stolen from right in front of my apartment. I also had a potential gang banger who wanted to stab me with a knife while he was sitting next to me on a elevated commuter train. This was part of gang initiation but my street smarts, strength  and a Bic pen stopped him short!  Lucky for me... I could also go on and on but will stop here..


My poor Mom never got to live in her own home but her ultimate dream was to own her own home. She was such a loving and wonderful Mother and plus person. She would have given the shirt off her back even though she had little to give anyone. When I got married and had children owning a home was a must goal that had to happen in my mind with no compromise whatsoever. My Mom I know is very happy for me and my family. She is smiling at me from heaven right now.


I still strongly believe and am a strong advocate for  homeownership as something very critical for all folks to experience and enjoy. I think it is key component  and anchor  for any family to attain and certainly provides a huge social good. There is nothing like coming home to your home and being happy to be there with your family. I go on your many pages on this topic but I think I have made my point.


Home ownership is a very personal item for me and I believe it is a critical goal for all families to strive to attain. There is a large amount of pride which goes along with owning a home. Helping folks attain this goal gives me a lot of happiness and self satisfaction.   



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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The ActiveRain Guiding Principles  - Phiilosophy . . . . is a big of the ActiveRain Community success.

Good luck and sucess.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 17, 2017 03:32 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story of your life you shared.  It was wonderful to hear of your motivation and dedication to home ownership.  A

Jan 17, 2017 03:56 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I think homeownership creates cohesive neighborhoods and communities. I hope we don't move too far away from owner occupation.

Jan 17, 2017 04:34 PM #3
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The W of ActiveRain offers us a lot of guidance not only for the platform but also for our business.  Home owner ship is a dream for a lot of people and our reward is helping to fulfill that dream

Jan 17, 2017 05:38 PM #4
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I agree with you that home ownership creates a sense of community within people. 

Your story of your early years is very interesting and sad. I didn't know you were from Chicago...let alone a mean side of it. 

Jan 17, 2017 06:46 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing some of your personal story.

Have an outstanding week.

Jan 18, 2017 05:59 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

In my mind, home ownership has always signified a level of success and financially it absolutely makes more sense than renting.

Jan 18, 2017 06:30 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Bob.  Thanks for giving us your take on the ActiveRain world view.

Jan 18, 2017 07:03 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there Bob, thanks for sharing your story. Wow, you have a lot of street smarts from your experience, I'm guessing. That and your education has to serve you so well. All children deserve to grow up in a safe environment - it sounds as if you fully understand the importance of "home." 

Jan 18, 2017 07:05 AM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Well, Bob, I learned something about you in this post.  Chicago crime as I hear on the news is getting worse.  Vry touching and interesting story. I agree tha home ownership gives one a sense of pride.

Jan 18, 2017 09:29 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Bob you more than many others really understand the value of home ownership and how it can strengthen families and communities. Thanks for sharing your story - didn't know that about your life.

Jan 18, 2017 12:18 PM #11
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you evryone for your nice comments and support. Homeonnership is  a very important part of many folks lives. 

Jan 18, 2017 12:34 PM #12
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I always took owning a home for granted, now in my later years I know how lucky I have been!

Jan 18, 2017 01:46 PM #13
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