Gratitude 2.0: my trusted (and talented and amazing) network.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

This week I had the chance to chat with my friend and Baltimore broker, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland again. We do so with not-so-much-regularity regularly, catch up on this and that, brainstorm ideas, and also talk about business news, trends, and happenings. I always hang up inspired. I always thank Margaret for her time and wisdom, and I always let her know how much I appreciate her. And Margaret will always respond with of course, you know you can call me anytime.

And that is very much the truth. I know that Margaret's phone is always open for me, whether it's business or personal or both. Margaret doesn't only talk the talk, she walks the walk. And she does so genuinely, and happily. I am very grateful that she's a member of my trusted network.

I am very grateful for all of the talented and amazing people in my network, they are the best of the best.

When I first got licensed as a Real Estate salesperson in Maryland 15+ years ago, I did not have one. I did not know the right people. Learning the hard way that not all who yell here, were actually ready, willing, and/or able to help out, is part of the journey (in life and in business). But with time and experience, people smarts and some trial and error, I built my trusted network from the ground up.  Every single person in my network is talented, and amazing, and trustworthy in their chosen career, I don't hesitate for a moment to refer them to others when I hear of a need.

Besides Margaret, there's my broker and partner in Real Estate Cherie Conrad, there's Oak Hill Construction, our in-house contractor; Jennifer Smigal with State Farm insuranceBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee with SWBC Mortgage, BugOut Termite & Pest control, Protect Inspection; Chris Case, the home inspector, Jessica Flavell, my go-to home stager, RGS Title, Capitol Title... and quite a few others.

They all walk the walk - which helps me, help you! They all help make my business a successful one, for day-to-day operations to run smoothly, and for transactions to make it to the closing table. They all help put my clients and their needs front and center - right where they belong. 

I am grateful for some chance encounters that made it possible for us to meet! I am grateful for their support, and expert advice. I am grateful to have my trusted network of talented and amazing peeps, they are the best of the best.

I can count on them and they can count on me - even when business doesn't pan out.
Gratitude 2.0.

my trusted Real Estate network


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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

It is wonderful to have people that can inspire and help you.  

Nov 16, 2019 06:49 PM #1
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Just home from a wonderfully busy day, sharing my daughter's all-day G&S production and an early Thanksgiving dinner with my friend and her family. To top it off with this post from you, my friend Andrea Bedard... Well, it doesn't get any better. And yes I am so glad you know I am always available for you.

This is a terrific entry for November's contest!

Nov 16, 2019 06:52 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Andrea.

I've called Margaret several times.  I actually have a book signed by her, I read it from time to time.  Make it a great day

Nov 17, 2019 12:40 AM #3
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is always good to have people we can count on when we are in need of assistance.  The people in the Rain are always helpful and if there is something I need to know, all I have to do is ask a question and the answers will flow!

Nov 17, 2019 05:40 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - it's good to find connections of all kinds that can be trusted and those who can lend an ear as well as vice versa.  Networks can make life amazing.  

Nov 17, 2019 06:41 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Sunday Andrea,  Always great to network with others whether in the rain or just other agents.


Nov 17, 2019 08:02 AM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

My network is priceless Rose Mary Justice 

So happy that my post was like the cherry on top of your awesome day Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland! I'll see you soon at your forever-home listing in Ellicotty City?!

I was a lucky recipient of a signed copy, too, James Dray. Margaret is a very special lady! 

Nov 18, 2019 07:13 AM #7
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I've called AR peeps up with questions and every single time, they've responded with kind and helpful advice. And I always love to pay it forward, too, Brian England.

It's great to know just the right person for [insert need] Michael Jacobs, and when I don't know then I do know someone who will know 

Thanks Will Hamm - for sure! The only slight issue is when a quick call turns into an hour because there's this one other thing I meant to ask you.. while I have you on the phone ... or .. remember when..? Margaret and I frequently fall into this - very pleasant - rabbit hole.

Nov 18, 2019 07:19 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Andrea Bedard ,

I'm so glad that Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland re-blogged your post this morning as i missed it. You found a wonderful connection that keeps on giving..good for you and thanks for letting us know.

Nov 19, 2019 05:22 AM #9
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR Thanks for taking my call this morning. Gino is so proud of you. Keep making those memories!

Nov 19, 2019 05:43 AM #10
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I saw this on Margaret's reblog and thought it was a wonderful tribute to how important it is in our business to make close relationships, and you never know where they are going to come from. Love you, lady.

Nov 19, 2019 06:51 AM #11
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Margaret is the best Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR , we connected years ago at an Active Rain meet-up. It was my first, and Margaret was the host. She made me feel so welcome! 

You are just wonderful Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland

That's one of the many positive lessons this career has taught me Mimi Foster. It seemed such a cut-throat business to be in when I first started out, but then I learned that it's largely due to the people I surround myself with... needless to say, that first brokerage wasn't a good fit. I decided to only run with the best, learn as much as I can, and to pay it back as well as forward. Love you back!  

Nov 19, 2019 09:15 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Andrea- if you have Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland in your network then you are one lucky person!!! But when you add the others as well, then that's cause for a lot of gratitude. 

Nov 19, 2019 06:43 PM #13
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hope all of you can all hear me smiling!

Kathy Streib  Andrea Bedard Mimi Foster Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR and James Dray 

Nov 19, 2019 06:49 PM #14
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Wow!  I am so honored to be included in your network! I am grateful for your friendship, your referrals and wish you only the best in everything! 

Nov 20, 2019 06:24 PM #15
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Andrea, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland is a very special person. She has called me a few times and enjoyed talking with her. I read a comment where you and Margaret last year dressed as construction chic and went to a wrecker's ball. Would love to see a photo of this. Did you write a post on the event? 

Nov 21, 2019 08:57 AM #16
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I consider myself very lucky indeed Kathy Streib!

Most definitely Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland .. and it looks so good on you!

You have always taken such good care of my clients Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, and my own personal loan! You know how much I appreciate you. Hope we get to work together again soon.

Hi Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®: yes, we attended the annual fundraiser at Second Chance in Baltimore last year. We had a blast, and of course, Margaret blogged about it:

Margaret and Andrea at the Wrecker's Ball

Nov 21, 2019 11:58 AM #17
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

  We had a wonderful evening.


Nov 21, 2019 07:38 PM #18
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