As the Years Go By

Industry Observer with Retired

It has been a few years since I have last posted here on Activerain. I retired from Real Estate a year and a half ago believing that I wanted to do that while I was still young enough to truly enjoy traveling.  With all good intent to travel, the Covid outbreak said otherwise. So I was left to stay local but with a camera, I turned boredom into at least being productive with my hobby. 

Today, I received a call from Margaret Rome and it was totally wonderful catching up with an old friend. She sounds like she is living her Bucket List and having a great time doing it. That would be doing real estate her way, which anyone who knows her could testify, it is the way to have a fabulous career.

I have forgotten so much here with Activerain, even to doing a post and adding links, which I must refresh myself with. Sorry Margaret, I haven’t done that as yet. 

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year and I will drop by occasionally and check up on all my friends here in the Rain. BTW, we are actually having the real rain here in San Diego all this week, unheard of, right?

Bye for now. 

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Comments (17)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I do remember your post, and you outstanding photography.  We had some nice conversations.  Wishing you a wonderful 2022.  Happy to hear from you.  A

Dec 28, 2021 03:21 PM
William Johnson

Hi, we did have some great conversations, didn’t we. Hope you are both doing well and wishing you both a fabulous New Year 2022. 

Dec 28, 2021 05:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi William- you have been missed and I do remember your photography skills. Please pop in when the mood moves you!!!!

Dec 28, 2021 05:23 PM
William Johnson

Hi Kathy, thank you for your nice comment. It sure has been a while since I have been basking in the Rain. I see you are still blogging and that is wonderful. I need to re-learn my way around the site. Stay well and happy and wishing you a wonderful New Year 2022

Dec 28, 2021 05:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

William it has been at least five years or more since you last posted, what a shame we missed you on the platform... lot of changes have taken place on the ownership side... not all for the worse and not all for the best, Endre

Dec 28, 2021 10:59 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello William - you prove end-of-year surprises still happen in the best way on ActiveRain too.  Nice to "see" you.  Best wishes in 2022.  

Dec 29, 2021 04:10 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 gave you a call and sparked you to post again in the Rain.  I am not sure if we interacted when you were active but if you are active again, I would definitely enjoy getting to know you better.

Dec 29, 2021 04:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 posted about speaking with you today. And I'm so glad you popped up today. Continue to enjoy your photography, your retirement and your upcoming trip!

Dec 29, 2021 04:59 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

William Johnson, Can you hear me smiling? I loved our conversation and am delighted you blogged—a great way for me to wake up in the morning and read this. Thanks for being such a good friend.

Dec 29, 2021 05:55 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

William Johnson - between you and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I now have a smile plastered on my face! It was wonderful to read Margaret's post and yours too! You have been missed and I learned a valuable lesson. Stop wondering what happened to people and pick up the phone! Welcome back! We need you!

Dec 31, 2021 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 01, 2022 07:23 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning William. A call from Margaret Rome brought you back home here in the Rain for a visit. Not surprising! Enjoy your day.

Jan 02, 2022 04:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning William - it is good to see you back on Active Rain.  Hope we will see you more.

Jan 02, 2022 06:25 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, William, it's SO wonderful to see this post and I am so thankful that Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 chose YOU to call for last month's challenge. We would surely love to see you posting here again.

Your photos have always been amazing and if you just posted photos until you were ready, we'd all love that too! I'm sure they are even better now that you spent the last 2 years honing in on your photography skills. 

Hugs to you and Happy New Year!

Jan 02, 2022 07:37 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Good to hear from you - what a surprise.

Design A Successful & Joyful 2022 and...

Happy New Year! 🍾🥂💥 

Jan 02, 2022 09:12 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We grow and we learn what we value in our life and then we take it from there, I think anyway

Jan 12, 2022 10:48 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Wow guys, thank you for all the wonderful comments. I am thinking that I really should write a post here and there just to keep in practice.

It is a new year and one that I am hopeful will be good for all of you in your real estate careers. Allow me to suggest that you write your goals down and then develop a plan to attain them. 

Before you can write a winning plan though,here is the key question to answer. And remember this, you don’t have to do this alone. In fact it is best to get lots of help in answering the key question. 

Drum roll for the Key question… it is, get ready……What stands between you and your primary goal. What obstacles are in your way of attaining your goal. 

The “plan” is a step by step guide to overcoming all the obstacles in your way. Can’t think of them all? Get specialized help that knows how to overcome everything in your way of obtaining your goal. 

I guess I should have written this as a post,😂

Jan 16, 2022 06:28 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hello William,

How  nice to see a familiar face "in the rain" like you I'm one of the earlier RAINERS back in the day.  So nice to hear you've retired, I'm making major changes myself at this point in life...especially after 50 years of life in r.e.  take care my friend! 

Jan 31, 2022 08:23 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

William - I just came across this relatively recent post from you.  I think of you often, and have wondered how you were doing.  So good to hear from you!

Feb 04, 2022 09:16 AM