Better Late Than Never for an ActiveRain Zoom Meeting

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California CA DRE #01490977

Better Late Than Never for the

May 26th ActiveRain Zoom Meeting

 

George SoutoThe 4th ActiveRain Zoom meeting was held this past Tuesday May 26th, a time to socialize with other Rainers for a few minutes and then learn a few things about mortgages these days from George Souto .

 

And I was late.

 

It was unavoidable, but I was thankful I only missed a few minutes of what George had to share, along with some other discussion.

 

I didn’t keep a list of everyone who was there (about 20), but I saw a number of familiar faces from prior meetings – John Meussner , Hannah Williams , Marie Story , Lottie Kendall , Alan May  and some newbies, Will Hamm .

 

George Souto has been a member about as long as I have (2006), so I’ve known him and have enjoyed his blogging wisdom for years. We finally got to meet in person, too, at the AR Meetup in Boston in 2018 at the CRS/NAR meetings.

 

ActiveRain Meetup Boston  2018

 

One of the points that I thought particularly was that buyers should share as much as possible with their lender, and early on. The more then lender knows, the better, especially if there are potential issues that could create a problem with getting a pre-approval or getting the loan. What a buyer might not consider important, or feel uncomfortable about sharing COULD be a big issue from the lender’s perspective.

 

And these days this is probably even more essential, given people’s jobs, pay cuts and potential layoffs due to the pandemic.

 

moneyLots of changes have taken place in our business as a result of the pandemic, appraisals being one of them…drive-by appraisals are being allowed in some cases so appraisers are not entering occupied properties. While I haven’t specifically heard of any issues George mentioned that there can be problems with drive-by appraisals.

 

The other shift is that lenders may ask for the buyer to pay for the appraisal up front rather than at closing.

 

Hopefully the weekly Tuesday Zoom meetings will continue, even if there is not a challenge to inspire you. It’s fun to meet up, learn from a fellow Rainer, and practice your Zooming skills and behavior.

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Andrea Bedard
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Thank you for the recap Jeff! I was soo late, I didn't even make it towards the tail end - as hoped. Sounds like George made this one an invaluable meeting with lots of great info to share. Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 invited me, and has told me how much fun it is. One of these Tuesdays I shall make it! Am looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces.  

May 29, 2020 09:51 AM #2
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I have known George since 2011 and met him at many local meetups. He gives great information. 

May 29, 2020 09:55 AM #3
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good afternoon Jeff Dowler, CRS ,

I'm so sorry I missed the Zoom meeting..I just had too many things pop up Tuesday afternoon. Love to attend and will try and make this next one..great idea!!

May 29, 2020 10:30 AM #4
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Will Hamm
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Thanks Jeff for mentioning my name.  I should of been to all of these in the past but will  try to make more.

 

May 29, 2020 10:55 AM #5
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jeff,

I am delighted that you enjoyed the event and learned so much from it.  Wishing you a delightful weekend.  A

May 29, 2020 10:59 AM #6
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Jeff it is good to hear that you found my presentation beneficial, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be one of the presenters.  Like you I hope the ZOOM Meetings continue, because there are many more members we can learn from, and a ZOOM Meeting is a great way to share information.

May 29, 2020 11:07 AM #7
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Jeff... well, you may have been late... but I never got to the meeting at all... so I was really late! :)

May 29, 2020 11:35 AM #8
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Alan May 

Thanks for sharing that! I had most but did not have a complete list...but it's more fun to see the screen shot anyhow!! But what a serious looking crowd!!

Jeff

May 29, 2020 12:19 PM #9
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Andrea Bedard 

It WAS a great meeting, as they all have been. Hope we will see you sometime - they are going to continue, at least for now!

Have a great weekend.

Jeff

May 29, 2020 01:51 PM #10
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Grant Schneider  - we've only met the one time but that was great fun. I always appreciate what George has to share.

Jeff

May 29, 2020 01:52 PM #11
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Business, or family, first Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR . Hope we will see you in the future.

Glad you were able to make it Will Hamm  - it was great to see you.  Hope we will see you again!

Jeff

May 29, 2020 01:58 PM #12
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Thanks Ron and Alexandra Seigel  You as well.

It was terrific George Souto I am looking forward to more Zoom meetings!

Jeff

May 29, 2020 02:04 PM #13
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Yep, that's pretty late Nina Hollander 

Hope we will see you sometime.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jeff

May 29, 2020 02:13 PM #14
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Jeff Dowler, CRS I could not agree with you more about our Zoom meetings there is a wealth of knowledge we can share with each other. It is also so nice to talk with each other as well. Thank you for the mention hope to see everyone next week 

May 29, 2020 02:25 PM #15
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Another good recap of Tuesday's Zoom get together. I look forward to seeing you at the next one. Let's keep this going.

May 29, 2020 03:50 PM #16
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Kathy Schowe
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I'm sorry to have missed it... I had showings, and could not be home for the Zoom meeting!  We are getting busy! 

May 29, 2020 05:29 PM #17
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James Dray
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Morning Jeff.

What I did hear from George was great, sadly I lost contact in the hills, while headed to a closing

May 30, 2020 01:01 AM #18
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Brian England
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He gave a wonderful presentation and I have been following his blog more intently since then!

May 30, 2020 07:45 AM #19
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Zoom is on fire these days. Maybe it’s time for a dance party! What do you think? Haha!

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Hi Brian, I hope you’re doing well in the quarantine times. I’m sure they’ll be a lot of great speeches and Zoom meetings to come. :)

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