A Sunday Morning ActiveRain Surprise!

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209
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A Sunday Morning ActiveRain Surprise!

Amelies My favorite, Chocolate Eclairs.JPGWhat a real treat it was to finally meet Nick of Nick & Trudy Vandekar today!  Making a quick visit to see the grandchildren this weekend, Nick carved out a bit of time to spend this morning with @Nina Hollander and I at one of my favorite spots, Ameile's, in South Charlotte. The pastries at Ameile's are divine...as was the company!

 

Of course, as with most ActiveRain meet-ups, 99% of the conversation was REAL ESTATE! How interesting to hear Nick's perspective on the manner in which he and Trudy run their business. It's also interesting to hear how other brokerages in other areas operate. 

 

Time spent on ActiveRain was a topic also - how on earth do we get everything done and still have time to be 'social' here?!  I believe it's because we know how special our members are and how spending time here is not only good for our businesses but, it's also good therapy and quite enjoyable!


Nick & Debe

 

Nick and I were both grandfathered in when the site became a paid site and we remember pre-Facebook - ActiveRain was, in essence, our social media! Remember hijacking posts? Billie, "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. - taught us the fine art of hijacking - the RIGHT way! A glass of wine with your ActiveRain friends across the nation and beyond, and we created many memories - and lasting relationships!

 

Great memories & experiences shared among ActiveRain friends today - what a wonderful group of people we have here in the Rain!  Thanks for making my week, Nick - so glad you carved out some time to spend with us this morning! It was SUCH a pleasure!

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | A Sunday Morning ActiveRain Surprise!

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Will Hamm
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Wow Debe Maxwell, I would love to meet up with them and also YOU someday!

Apr 02, 2017 04:41 PM #7
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Same here, Will Hamm - one of these days...!  Hope you have a great week!

Apr 02, 2017 04:50 PM #8
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Hannah Williams
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  days of hijacking - I almost forgot . The days when meet-ups were always Featured well maybe . Have a great week too !   Some day I hope to meet you and Nina also

Apr 02, 2017 05:23 PM #9
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Ed Silva
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Taking  a slice of time from a vacation to meet other Rainers is not a issue for me at least.  It is just meeting other members of the family

Apr 02, 2017 06:16 PM #10
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LOL Nick & Trudy Vandekar was very excited to head out to a swim meet for one of his grandchildren!  But, for me, I totally agree with you, Ed Silva!  ;-)

Apr 02, 2017 08:31 PM #11
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Sharon Lee
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Debe-It is fun meeting up in person with folks that we met virtually. I remember those hijackings.

Apr 03, 2017 05:24 AM #12
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Ed Silva
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Debe Maxwell, CRS   We just completed a 3 /12 week drive to FL and back.  I reached out to a few Rainers along the way just to say hi and have a cup of coffee and a meet and greet.  Didn't want anyone to go out of their way to say hello, but was disappointed that at the end of the trip only 1 person responded.

Apr 03, 2017 05:28 AM #13
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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I had a great morning and look forward to future meetups although my time is usually very short when I am down there.

Apr 03, 2017 02:42 PM #14
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar - Same here, Nick!  I hope you had a great trip back! I know Nina enjoyed meeting you as well - and defintely loved the location - great choice!

Apr 03, 2017 02:57 PM #15
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Scott Godzyk
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Sounds like a nice meeting Debe Maxwell, CRS and what a great spot, you may never get me to leave that place.  

Apr 03, 2017 04:53 PM #16
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Debbie Reynolds
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That is so nice to get together with your AR friends. It is fun to hear voices and to know what they are thinking. You are right, how do we get everything done?

Apr 03, 2017 05:35 PM #17
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Kasey & John Boles
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How fun!  I don't remember hijacking, but boy do I remember TLW & Broker Bryant.  I used to love reading their blogs.   I was around before AR was paid but I keep taking these darn sabaticals and took one when they switched to paid and because I hadn't blogged in over 6 months or something I didn't get grandfathered.  Darn it!   But I did have enough points to get an automatic discounted rate.  Anyway, I've never met any AR peeps in person besides agents that I already know locally in my area.  It's so neat when people meet up and post about it like this.  Disappointed no picture of Nina!  I didn't even pay attention or realize until recently that you two are in the same area.  I wondered if you knew each other when I finally realized that. -Kasey

Apr 03, 2017 07:33 PM #18
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It was, Scott Godzyk!  And, I could hide out there for a day too - love that place and typically have an old-fashioned cream soda with my pastry but, had coffee this time! 

Apr 03, 2017 09:14 PM #19
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Debbie Reynolds - Oh, it truly is - one of these days, we'll meet!  I'm looking forward to that day!

Apr 03, 2017 09:15 PM #20
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Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - Oh how I miss those two here - they were so entertaining!  I catch them on FB but, it's not the same as reading the 'full story' as they would blog here.

Yes, Nina and I are in the same area - she had already left when we snapped a photo. 

SO glad you're back and I hope, to stay, this time!!  One of these days we'll have an opportunity to meet and I'm really looking forward to it - perhaps when you come to work with me here in Charlotte?!!

Apr 03, 2017 09:18 PM #21
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Jim Cheney
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That's a great story.  I recall meeting a ton of agents at a Rain Camp that I had been communicating with. It's like you're old friends even though you've never met in person before.  I wish there would be more events like that again (insert sad face here)

Apr 03, 2017 09:23 PM #22
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Alexander- Slocum
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Hi Debe, thanks for sharing your meet-up success.  Looks like the venue was inviting as well!  John and Kat (grandfathered as well; and do remember TLW & her Counter-Offer!)

Apr 04, 2017 03:58 PM #23
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Debe Maxwell, CRS I thought I was trying to sway you to the beautiful state of Idaho! ;-)

There are some bloggers I totally used to read all the time and now are no longer active, it's kind of sad!  I also remember drama of one guy who was really well known and liked and commented on everyone's blogs and had hundreds of comments on his blog and then somehow it was found out that he was a fraud somehow gaming the system for points or something, do you remember this?  I don't feel like there is all the drama or shenanigans on AR like there used to be....

Apr 04, 2017 04:18 PM #24
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I DO remember that, Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC!!  Yes, he was a total fraud - and FOR POINTS...only for POINTS!  Go figure! Makes you wonder what makes people tick, doesn't it?!

And, I'll never get my hubby out of North Carolina - he's a RARE native Charlottean and wouldn't give up these roots for anything but, a coastal (NC, of course!) retreat!  ;-)  

Apr 04, 2017 09:08 PM #25
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good evening Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

How cool you had a chance to meet Nick and had a chance to visit with Nina Hollander ! Thanks for sharing your meet-up!! Oh I remember the "lovely wife" and the one and only  "TLW" and all the shenanigans pulled!! Hijacking was a thing..almost forgot about it!  

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