Personal and Unique The Rome Way

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

This month's challenge is to tell how our unique experiences have influenced our life and work perspectives. 

* Where were you born?

I was born in Danville, Virginia, attended George Washington High School, and moved to Baltimore to pursue my nursing career.

* What was your upbringing?

My parents owned a restaurant and delicatessen open seven days a week. My father was a diabetic, and I gave him insulin shots. He died of his first heart attack at forty-nine. At eight years old, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse! 

Mother ran the business opening from six in the morning until nine at night. That was every day! A role model. She taught by example, never missing one day in all those years. Each customer was welcomed and made to feel at home. Mom had a way of making every single person feel like family. It was only after her death that I found out how much she indeed did for the entire community. 


*A favorite memory of combining our travel and real estate:

I signed a contract on the wing of our airplane. My sellers were at their summer home in Atlantic City, NJ, and I had listed their unique contemporary home in Baltimore. When the offer came in, I was determined to get it to them right away. After calling and telling them to meet us at the Atlantic City airport, my husband and I flew down to the shore. I'd expected them to be excited and waiting out front for us. We walked into the airport office and found them just sitting there; they didn't think I would be there. After that, where else but the wing of our plane could we sign that contract?


The Rome plane


* Where have you traveled, and how has that influenced your perspective?

Lee and I did a lot of traveling, having the luxury of our private plane. Weekends, weeks, dinners out of town, Atlantic City, Ocean City, New York, Boston, two weeks flying cross country with three other couples, multiple trips to Canyon Ranch both in Tucson and Lennox, and cruises including the maiden Caribbean Voyage of  Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 Maiden Carabean Voyage


Our cruising consisted of going through the Panama Canal and the inland passage of Alaska. And taking a helicopter landing on an iceberg... bluest blue imaginable. And there was also Hawaii. So many places, so many beautiful memories. 

* What have been your interests/hobbies, how did you become interested in them, and how have they impacted your life?

Before Real Estate, I was a ceramic artist.

My custom porcelain and stoneware was in the Baltimore Symphony Showhouses, the D&D design center in Washington, many private offices, homes, and jewelry store windows. It was fun to drape the gold, diamonds, and pearls on my artwork in the front display cases.


porcelain margaret rome


* Have you had any life-altering experiences?

A car accident, rear-ended, put an end to my custom-designed porcelains. Since I refused back and neck surgery, the doctors told me not to lift anything over five pounds. My box of clay weighed fifty pounds! That is when I took a real estate class to tide me over until I could once again work in clay. It didn't happen.

That was in 1990, and it was real estate 100%!

For eighteen years, I was with the big box company, wrote a book Real Estate The Rome Way, became a solo broker  HomeRome Realty, and began hosting my live weekly radio show All ABOUT REAL ESTATE.

And three decades later, I am still going strong and loving Real Estate! 


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Comments (23)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hannah Williams, Can you hear me smiling? I just read about your wonderful childhood.

Feb 26, 2022 07:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Margaret loved you filling in the gaps of some of which I knew and I am one of the lucky recipients of an autographed book of yours:)Endre

Feb 26, 2022 11:13 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400


Hard to believe that I wrote that book so long ago- it's been 14 years ago.

Feb 27, 2022 03:18 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Enjoyed reading your journey flying into the real estate world and broadcasting over the airwaves. Thanks for sharing your story.

Feb 27, 2022 04:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks, Buzz for taking time to read my story!

Feb 27, 2022 03:18 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

So many little things that have shaped the character and guide you through to where you are today. A road well-traveled and you have it down to an art form

Feb 27, 2022 05:07 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed, It has definitely been a road well-traveled. Always good to see you.

Feb 27, 2022 03:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. The Rome way is the only way for you and your customers know it too! Enjoy your day.

Feb 27, 2022 05:24 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you, Wayne. It's the only way I know. 🙃

Feb 27, 2022 03:20 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - as Endre Barath, Jr. commented you have filled in the gaps in some of the things I was previously aware of you.  Not only is your compassion on display but your ability to express it is underscored in this post.  

Feb 27, 2022 05:44 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael, I so appreciate it when you stop by and make these meaningful  comments.

Feb 27, 2022 03:23 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I wonder how many agents have jumped in their own plan, traveled to their clients area and signed a contract on the wing of their plane.  You do give new meaning to the words, "great service."

It is a shame that you had to give up your art work.  I love the art piece you featured in your post.

Feb 27, 2022 05:56 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Raymond, I am thankful for this month's contest to go back and relive this memory. I loved my art career, and I am so fortunate to have found RE which I love with the same kind of passion. 

Feb 27, 2022 03:27 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for sharing your story - I love the signing-the-contract on the airplane wing tidbit! And your travel experiences sound wonderful.

Feb 27, 2022 06:18 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

I was so darn lucky to have had so many wonderful experiences! It was so much fun and totally unexpected. 

Feb 27, 2022 03:28 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Margaret - you had quite a wonderful life with ups and downs.  I can see why you relate to so many people and do well on radio.  You have had a wonderful life so far.

Feb 27, 2022 06:55 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Grant, For sure I am one of the lucky ones. And from nursing to flying to ceramics... they all have been part of my RE. It is pretty exciting to go into a home and see one of my custom art pieces.

Feb 27, 2022 03:32 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Margaret,

What I life you have led, and I loved the story of signing the contract on the wing of a plane.  You know how to get it done. A

Feb 27, 2022 07:03 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Alexandra, I have had a wonderful life filled with love and passion. Always good to see you.

Feb 27, 2022 03:34 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Margaret well there you go - something I didn't know about you!  Your love of travel!!  Love the photo of signing a contract on the nose of the place!  That is cool!  As you say and do often - whatever it takes!!

Feb 27, 2022 11:09 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Lee loved to travel, and I loved to be with him. Perfect combination!

Feb 27, 2022 03:35 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Margaret,
Your mother's worth ethic was certainly a great lesson that has served you well in all of your endeavors.  I'm so sorry to hear about your rear-end accident. That was certainly a life-altering experience but you've found your path... The Rome Way!

Feb 27, 2022 12:16 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carol Williams Accidents lead to different and sometimes exciting adventures IF you are open to the possibilities. As I have said before, I loved meeting you in Baltimore and our discussion at lunch!

Feb 27, 2022 03:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

What an interesting life you have had, Margaret.  I enjoyed reading about it.

Feb 27, 2022 09:40 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks for reading, Myrl. It has been an interesting journey.

Feb 28, 2022 08:36 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret a little more insight into who Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 is.  Thank you for sharing.

Feb 28, 2022 11:22 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

And thank you, George for reading.

Feb 28, 2022 08:37 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Nurses Heal!!! A perfect blend of caring and loving. What a life you have led. I still ask myself sometimes, "what do I want to do when I grow up?" 

Feb 28, 2022 12:21 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Aura Alex,  And what kind of answers are you receiving?

Feb 28, 2022 08:38 PM
Aura Alex

I hear the voice in my head telling me to "help others," and what I find so inspiring is that my quest to "help others" will continue to find my path to happiness. 

Feb 28, 2022 09:20 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Aura Alex, You sound like the perfect person to be in Real Estate!

Mar 01, 2022 06:57 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You’re creative in so many ways, even with that picture at the top there, it’s a pretty cool kind of chic!

Mar 01, 2022 11:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Laura Cerrano , I always love it when you stop by. Thank you.

Mar 02, 2022 06:44 AM