ActiveRain Active Rome April Challenge

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


This month, the ActiveRain challenge is to say in 350 words what this platform means to us. To most serious bloggers, we could fill a book.

My blogging began in 2006, posting most days, logging in every day, and speaking with an AR member daily.

I thought this challenge would be so easy. I could go back and pick out a bunch of blogs and take the collages from them. But many of the links no longer work, so I thought I would give you a list of what AR has meant and then a few posts to read.  



Thankful for ActiveRain and the positive effects on my career and my life.

 Below are just a few:

ActiveRain members got me through the loss of my Lee in 2014.

Many buyers and sellers have found me through this platform.

Through blogging, I receive instant gratification daily.

Blogging helped me write my book Real Estate The Rome Way.

HomeRome Realty started because of advice received from blogging.

ActiveRain members have influenced my radio show.

Because of blogging, I speak with an AR member every day. 

Buyers and sellers follow me and give me ideas to write just for them.

This platform has well-received my impromptu open houses.

My Too Late Signs were encouraged by blogging.

Numerous referrals from blogging have been given and received.

I have made fantastic business and personal friendships from blogging, and I could keep this list going for a long time. 


Below are a few posts over the years:


Master open house

 AR Comments Turned Into A Radio Show

Don't Expect To Be Spoon Fed

ActiveRain Makes Me Look Good

The Power Of A Blog Comment

ActiveRain Baltimore Meet-Up

A few ActiveRain gatherings

Joeann Fossland Margaret Rome

Joeann Fossland 

Ben Kinney

RainCamp, take a look

Who do you recognize from the photos above?



And here is The Collage Challenge***

  • Tell us what ActiveRain means to YOU in a collage and with 350 or more words in a post.
  • Share your collage as a graphic/digital image by the end of the month. *Use the featured image for ease of uploading.
  • Submit a link to your post in the comment section below BY APRIL 30, 2022 @MIDNIGHT PST.
  • Be sure to keep the content of your collage within the ActiveRain Community Guidelines.
  • You will be awarded 1,500 points for your participation.


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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sundays 12 noon.

Author: Real Estate The Rome Way

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Comments (17)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  We all love you and this post is terrific!

Apr 19, 2022 10:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hannah Williams , Thank you. It was good seeing you today, as always!

Apr 19, 2022 01:06 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love it!  ActiveRome!  And I love your post.  It was fun to read and look at all the pictures.  You make an excellent ActiveRain Ambassador. 

Apr 19, 2022 01:54 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

What a lovely comment. Thanks, Raymond. I thought the ActiveRome was fun!

Apr 21, 2022 07:15 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret I remember reading several of those blogs.  You and I joined the same year, and many memories have been created since then.

Apr 19, 2022 02:40 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400


Way back in 2006 is when we both joined.  Can that really be 16 years?!

And all good memories!

Apr 21, 2022 07:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Margaret:

It's been quite the journey since 2006 hasn't it? What fun to have some reading to do - perhaps some posts I may have missed over the years - and such wonderful photos and memories. So glad we have met in person several times - AR meetups are the best!


Apr 19, 2022 04:58 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Jeff, You are in a couple of those photos above. I am so glad we met a couple of times. Great memories!

Apr 21, 2022 07:20 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

And I can say Margaret that there are many like myself that consider you one of the highlights of Active Rain.

Apr 19, 2022 05:24 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you so much, Rocky. I can say the same about you!

Apr 21, 2022 07:21 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hey Margaret,

Were two of those people who've "met" through AR....years ago back in the beginning!   So grateful for the opportunity to connect

Apr 19, 2022 08:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Lynda, We did meet many years ago through AR. You are a delight. Let's catch up soon.


Apr 21, 2022 07:22 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 we met through Active Rain when you randomly called me one day out of the blue!  We became closer friends through our recent Zooming calls.  Love your stores through the years!   I followed Cosmic Cow group with Cara before you took the helm.  Lots of wonderful memories created.

I also called into your show to listen and found myself a speaker what a wonderful surprise.  Glad you and Debe are hosting this challenge😎    

Apr 20, 2022 06:09 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Eileen, I love how our friendship has grown over the years. From blogging and phone calls to being a guest on the radio show and now with the Tuesday Zooms. 

I am thankful for so many wonderful memories.

Apr 21, 2022 07:30 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have enjoyed the conversations that we have had on the phone over the years and perhaps one day we will get to meet in person!

Apr 20, 2022 06:39 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Brian, That would be a treat. Are you planning to come to the East Coast anytime soon?

Apr 21, 2022 07:31 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Margaret - this post is terriffic.  I am so happy to call you one of my friends.

Apr 20, 2022 09:42 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you, my friend. I sure feel the same,

Apr 21, 2022 07:32 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Here’s a tip for those links that no longer work. Try adding an S after the HTTP.

Apr 21, 2022 03:31 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089

Thanks so much. I will give it a try. 

Apr 21, 2022 07:34 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You now I love this - and love too, that you are using my 'Oops Too Late' to this day - I'm honored, Margaret!

You are such a bright light in the Rain and we are all so blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you for all you do for our members - you are AMAZING!!

AND, thank you for co-hosting this month's challenge - I'm SO thankful for you - more than you'll ever know!

Apr 25, 2022 07:57 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debe Maxwell, CRS  Thanks for the idea many many years ago -"Opps Too Late". I just skipped the 'Oops' part. It has been fun. 

Everything you said I say right back at you.

  "You, Dear Debe are such a bright light in the Rain and we are all so blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you for all you do for our members - you are AMAZING!! I'm SO thankful for you - more than you'll ever know!"

Apr 25, 2022 08:11 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I cannot imagine the RAIN without you, Margaret! Thank you for being YOU!

Apr 29, 2022 08:59 AM
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,
I'm still amazed that you talk to a Rain member every day for all these years! Like you, I joined AR in 2006.  As you may know, I went on hiatus for a few years but reactivated in earnest in the latter part of 2016.  What a blessing that has been! So glad we got to meet up over crabs for lunch last Fall!

Apr 30, 2022 08:22 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Me! I recognize me! :) You, my dear friend, are one of the top reasons why I am so grateful for ActiveRain! I just realized that we are celebrating 10 years of friendship this year. It was at a meet-up in 2012 that Bridget had invited me to that we first met. Just in case we needed another reason to celebrate next week! 

May 01, 2022 06:57 AM