Back in the Rain

Mortgage and Lending with Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, NMLS #138061 MMCD #1141

Back in the Rain - An ActiveRain Challenge


Well, I've got to thank the hosts and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 for filling me in on this month's Activerain Zoom calls.  I haven't been active in the rain for many reasons, mostly because I'm busy as heck, but these calls have been so worthwhile to see some familiar faces, and to finally put a face to the voices I hear over the phone.

I've talked with Debe Maxwell, CRS , Eileen Burns and George Souto over the phone, and have had the pleasure of hanging out with Jeff Dowler, CRS in person, but to be able to get some facetime via zoom has been a wonderful experience that I'm looking forward to keeping going.  It also gives me a reason to get back into the rain, a place where I've made so many great friends and have collaborated with so many great people on helping people get into homes.


I was late to the first call I attended but was happy to see some friendly faces even if by the time I got there it was more a roundtable discussion than a presentation.  One the 2nd call, Kathy Streib (another rainer who I've been lucky enough to talk with over the phone but had never met in person) gave some great information on staging - one aspect of our industry I know nothing about.  Thanks to her insight, on the call I even did a little staging myself and rearranged the books in my office.


On today's call, George Souto gave us some insight into his lending world and what he's experiencing as a loan officer during the COVID19 pandemic.  It's an interesting world for sure!  Being licensed in 18 states, it's great to be in a room with people in so many different states and markets in which I work, learning about the unique challenges and aspects of their business that (like many things in real estate) are local.  For example, Pennsylvania for a while was the only state in the US that deemed Real Estate non-essential (could you guess that their Governor isn't up for re-election?).  And in CA, many markets are having listing agents require a full preapproval for a buyer to even see a home.  Many states are also using COVID19 disclosures, and have restrictions on who and how many people can see homes.  Eileen Burns mentioned that much of Florida is operating with virtual showings.


Im looking forward to future Zoom meetings, and got the idea to maybe hold a monthly mortgage roundtable to field questions, share tools, and offer up help to agents looking to thrive in today's marketplace.  This could be a fun way to better communicate not only what my team and I do differently, but also to improve the industry by showing what the new standard should be for a loan transaction - it is digital, seamless, fast, and insulated from many of the issues COVID19 has presented the real estate world.  With our market changing so frequently, it would also be a great way to communicate those changes and keep people in the loop on the latests and (sometimes not) greatest in where our business is headed and the things their customers and buyers may encounter.


While submitting for a contest and falling short of 750 words (I could surely blabber on for another 100 words, but would that do anyone any favors), I have to say my favorite part of this is the fact that it's gotten me involved in a community that's meant so much to me over the years.  When moving from the east coast to CA in 2013, the AR community was one that led to some local relationships and helped me get my footing here on the west coast.  And while I'm not exactly quiet about my disdain for the technical leaders of this platform and how terrible of a job they do, the real leaders here like the ones putting these challenges together should be commended for maintaining such a special place.  Indeed, there's not another one like it, and I'll look forward to trying to participate more going forward.  Thanks to everyone that worked to put these Zoom calls together.  You got me back in the rain, and hopefully I'll be here for a while : )




Comments (25)

Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

John Meussner glad to hear your renewed enthusiasm for the rainships you have created over time.  Glad this zooming session is a wonderful inspiration to host your own calls within your lending industry...perhaps including your team members who may have different challanges than yourself during a transaction.  We zoom Tuesdays at 2pm eastern Zoom Meeting- open to ideas for topics as well 

May 27, 2020 06:44 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Welcome back!  I guess we never got acquainted, but I am following your blog now and look forward to hearing more about what you have to say.

May 27, 2020 08:21 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi John Meussner - these were very good calls full of information.  I was good to see you.

May 27, 2020 10:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Welcome back John Meussner! You have been sorely missed. This was a well-thought out blog post and the mention of friends on AR and the incentive by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 to return to ActiveRain is very much appreciated. Congratulations! You are being featured in the BananaTude Group! We look forward to more posts by you. After all, your presence here matters.

May 27, 2020 11:43 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

John Meussner 

Thanks for the mention and I love and would definitely be a support of your idea.

 ...the idea to maybe hold a monthly mortgage roundtable to field questions, share tools, and offer up help to agents looking to thrive in today's marketplace.

May 27, 2020 08:06 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m just starting to get my head on straight with certain things too, no worries in that way. Hang in there

May 27, 2020 10:18 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I second that I did you heard about the roundtable discussion—a really good idea overall

May 27, 2020 10:19 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It was great to see you on the call, and I'm glad you're back as well. Enjoy your day!

May 28, 2020 05:56 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Didn't know you were gone but great to see you at the Zoom meeting.

May 28, 2020 11:13 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

You add greatly to what is one of AR's most important features and benefits, John Meussner ... information sharing and education.  So glad you're back.  I hope to join an upcoming ZOOM meeting soon ... if I can get my schedule to cooperate.  Hope to see you then!


May 28, 2020 11:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening John Meussner ,

Congratulations on the featured post and so glad Michael Jacobs was able to entice you back to Active Rain. I tried to hop on the Zoom call this past week but so many things kept popping up and I couldn't make it. I will definitely keep trying! I wanted to hear George Souto and sorry I missed it.

May 28, 2020 04:41 PM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - not me as I haven't joined a AR Zoom Meet-Up.  

May 28, 2020 05:14 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I, too, am glad to see you actively back in the rain too, also and as well.

May 29, 2020 06:03 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

John Meussner your post proves again informal learning, learning from each other, is the best way to learn.  The added benefit is meeting or reconnecting with some very wise folks.

May 29, 2020 06:58 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Zoom meetings are so informative John Meussner  so glad you could take the time to join in. Hope to see you next week 

May 29, 2020 02:49 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Sounds like a powerhouse meeting to me with all friendly faces!! Zoom is bringing a whole new level to our world!

Jun 01, 2020 01:55 AM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Welcome back to the Rain. This is one of the great things about AR is while we take a break, it is there awaiting us when we return. The people here in the Rain are the best.

Jun 01, 2020 02:40 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Thanks for attending that 2nd to the last Zoom meeting. Good to hear what is going on with lenders.

Jun 02, 2020 04:26 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I hope to see you on the next Zoom meeting.  They have been fun to participate in.

Jun 26, 2020 08:09 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Welcome back...hoping this comment sticks since there have been issues lately

Jul 19, 2020 08:19 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I really enjoyed reading this post, John Meussner 

My favorite part is when you wrote  "also to improve the industry by showing what the new standard should be for a loan transaction"

Improving our undustry is so very important and there are changes taking place due to the Covid 19 environment that will be permanent.

Aug 22, 2020 08:00 AM