Pandan Tree, Thank You Active Rain & The Luxury is Mine/Ours!

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Pictured above is the pandan tree that our Floridian clients  transplanted from the land they sold, to their garden.  Our clients loved this tree so much that they were willing to spend time and many dollars to go through the process of uprooting it (it took two years, a back hoe and a crane) to replanti it in their garden.  

 

In order to move the tree, a quarter of the roots (the long straight sticks in the ground) are cut and put into a nourishing mixture of soil and supplements.  This is repeated with the rest of the roots until they all join.  Lastly the tree is carefully uprooted (the tap root) is joined with the rest of the roots.  As they all weave with each other, the tree is ready for its new home.

 

At the end of 2020, it will have been 11 years that we have posted on Active Rain.  It took a while for the roots we were planting to establish themselves.  The nourishment came from a gentleman (who was ousted for some unknown reason to me) noticed our posts, and exposed our work to his huge sphere.  Thanks to him others joined.

 

Little by little we grew a tree of luxury real estate branding and marketing posts..  I think we have made our point that what we are sharing is applicable to every home whether it is a double wide or a 125 million dollar mansion with 80 acres.  You have to have a brand to get listings, marketing savvy regardless of the price... 

 

One of the best aspects of being on this platform other than its remarkable longevity is having met over 40 members which include meet ups in Los Angeles, as well as in our travels.  Each and every member has been a delight.

 

A few days ago I wrote a post wanting to thank Active Rain members, and tagged at least 50 members (met and yet to un-met).  When I went to publish it, the pink line came up saying I could only have 10 tags.  As I started the arduous process of un-tagging, the post disappeared.  I took that as a clue inviting me to write something completely different.

 

When I was growing up, one of my grandfather's best friends from Russia (the Tsarist version) came to visit us with his wife in Beirut.  He had escaped the revolution and the mayhem it caused by having been posted at the time in Shanghai.

 

I sat fascinated by his adventures and tales, and when he was about to leave, I shook his hand, curtsied and said "Thank you!".  He answered, "The luxury is mine!"  

 

I never forgot this sentence,  I still see him in my memory as clear as it was that day.  I have used his line for special moments. So after 11 years here on Active Rain, I can heartily say: " Thank you to all (past and present), and the luxury is mine/ours!"

 

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Written by Ron & Alexandra Seigel-

 

CAN YOU STATE HOW YOU ARE DIFFERENT AND BETTER   THAN YOUR COMPETITION IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS?

 

 

“We help you get to the listing table more often and win listings more frequently!”

 

— Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Managing Partners 

 

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Alexandra... love the planting/root analogy. And I love the "the luxury is mine" even more. It's not something I'll forget any time soon, if ever.

Nov 21, 2020 06:22 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nina Hollander I was 8 years old at the time.  Someday when we meet, I will tell you his story.  He was an amazing man, and his lady friend was equally so.  A

Nov 21, 2020 06:26 AM #22
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

What a wonderful and creative post.

Nov 21, 2020 06:34 AM #23
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Great post, and I'm happy you stumbled into it due to the first post disappearing. This is a creative entry and "the luxury is mine/ours," is so appropriate for your brand too. 

Nov 21, 2020 07:15 AM #24
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,

Love your post and so glad to see it featured! Your creativity is inspiring and love the title to your entry..so perfect for what you offer.

Nov 21, 2020 07:35 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Alan May Thank you for your kind words.  We appreciate them.  A

Nov 21, 2020 09:53 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  The first post looked like a phone book in some ways.  When it disappeared I took it as a clue to re-write.  Thank your comment and kind words.  A

Nov 21, 2020 09:55 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR Thank you, and we appreciate your kind words as always.  Happy Saturday.  A

Nov 21, 2020 09:56 AM #28
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

You always relate such interesting stories! Your luxury branding niche has attracted attention because it's unique on AR and you are clearly experts at what you do. 

Nov 21, 2020 10:03 AM #29
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Take care, be safe and have a very special weekend.

Nov 21, 2020 10:46 AM #30
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Margaret Goss Thank you for your very nice words.  They are appreciated.  We wish you a wonderful weekend.  A

Nov 21, 2020 10:57 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Roy Kelley Thank you, and take good care of Chef Dolores and you.  Happy Saturday.. A

Nov 21, 2020 10:58 AM #32
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Vani Murthy, CPA
Tax Relief Central - Mesa, AZ
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Beautiful post! As a new member its heart warming to know about your positive experiences with the Active Rain community

Nov 21, 2020 05:08 PM #33
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Ron and Alexandra:

I really liked the analogy you shared. Sounds like quite the process to get that tree moved - it reminds me of a banyan tree with all the roots.

I love that phrase...the luxury is mine!

Sorry to hear about your post and the tagging issue - I would have been interested in reading it! But this one was awesome!

Jeff

Nov 21, 2020 05:13 PM #34
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Vani,

Thank you for your kind words, and following us. I followed you too, and I am looking forward to reading your posts. A

Nov 21, 2020 08:13 PM #35
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff Dowler, CRS the darn tags was the best thing that happened to me. It had me rethinking what I really want to say.  There are many times when I read a post, and delete it and start over again.  I end up with a much better post.  Thank you for your kind words.  A

Nov 21, 2020 08:15 PM #36
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love the analogy with the Pandan tree and the quote from your childhood family friend is quite fitting to your brand as well, Alexandra. 

Sorry you had issues posting - it's been one of those weeks for a lot of members. We appreciate your tenacity and the creativity of this new post. Love the message.

Nov 22, 2020 10:45 AM #37
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thank you for your comment.  The issue was not so much posting at I had about 50 tags, and the limit is 10.  Untagging was the problem that made the former post disappear.  I took it as a hint to re-write. A

Nov 22, 2020 11:23 AM #38
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, I had that happen to me last week too - I wish there wasn't a limit to the tagging but, I'm sure they have a reason for that! I even untagged enough people to only have ten, the system took it and then I found a typo. When I went back in to correct it, it again wouldn't allow me to save it due to too many tags. I'm guessing it remembered that I had more than 10 before but, didn't then! 

Nov 22, 2020 11:35 AM #39
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel , it was delightful to read your post. And to learn a bit more about you, and of course, about ActiveRain. I didn't know the number of tags were limted. 

Nov 23, 2020 08:24 AM #40
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