August Contest & Twenty One Questions

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

Ray Henson has come up with a fun challenge for August, and here are the twenty-one questions along with my answers. I am proud to be hosting with Ray. 


     1. We all go on vacation to get away from it all and have a great time, but I want to know, what vacation day was your worst?

Lee and I made a lo of trips and took some beautiful vacations. I can not think of one bad one. I remember being on St. John  Island, taking a shower when we lost power and water. Did I mention it was raining? I went outside and finished my shower with mother nature's chilly liquid.


     2. What would be your bucket list vacation or, if you have already taken it, tell us about it? Pictures encouraged. 

Many wonderful vacations, including a trip through the Panama Canal, Inland  Passage On an Alaskan Cruise, Hawaii, Canyon Ranch membership, and frequent weekend and day trips via our private plane.

We flew into New England and found an all-you-can-eat lobster buffet within walking distance of the airport. A two-week cross-country trip with two planes, another two weeks spent in Branson, and so many more.


*(I just read this post and had to add it to this contest The best trip is the one I did not have to pack for. Please take some time to watch the video shared by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . What an adventure. Hiking in Hornstrandir Iceland July 2022)   *



     3. If your ActiveRain friends were to visit you, would you prepare dinner for them or would you take them to the best pizza joint in town? What would you make or where would you go?

I would not be preparing dinner, that's for sure! Baltimore has many good places, from my favorite, Tio Pepes, to a few hours of enjoying Maryland steamed crabs.

Do you recognize those AR members above? 



     4. We all know Canadian bacon and pineapple are the best toppings for any pizza. If you can't have those toppings on your pizza, what would you choose?  

I like pizza, and there are only a few toppings I would stay away from.


     5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Vanilla with any chocolate stuff added. And recently found out that I do love Mochi.



 6. What is your beverage of choice with dinner; beer, wine, iced tea, a cocktail, or?

Club soda or Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi... Unless at Tio Pepes, it would be Sangria, or we so fondly refer to it as Spanish Coca-Cola.



     7. Do you prefer going to a concert, the theater, or a big sporting event? Who or what would you be watching?

 We had season tickets to the symphony and local theatre in the past. I now enjoy having a big screen to watch an event, a good singer, an old movie or musical.


     8. There are so many great festivals across the country. Is there a special one in your area? Pictures are encouraged.

My favorite is the ACC American Craft Council which takes place each February in Baltimore.  I have been to so many, and you can search 'ACC HomeRome'

Here is one

  *Craft Show 2014


     9. What is your greatest sporting accomplishment, hitting a hole in one, bowling a perfect game, hitting the game winning shot, etc.? If you do not enjoy athletics, what is your greatest accomplishment?


I am throwing a dart and hitting a bullseye in front of a crowd.

*Take a look at this.


     10. Are you a pet person? If so, names and pictures are a must!

After many years, I lost my Phoebe, a beautiful Siamese Kitty.

*Take a look at My Phoebe


     11. What is your favorite thing to collect, or do you prefer to keep things simple and clutter-free? Or what is your decorating style?

My pottery creations around the house.

Margaret Rome


     12. What job did you have just prior to making the switch to real estate, and has it helped you in your real estate career? (Courtesy of Jeff Dowler, CRS)

I was a ceramic artist and, before that, a Registered Nurse. Everything I did before real estate prepared me for the excitement and challenges of this beautiful world of being a Realtor®


     13. When you are writing on ActiveRain, who is your audience, and why did you choose them for your audience? (Courtesy of Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400)

Without a doubt, my audience is buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals. Looking for ways to educate everyone, especially my clients, about RE. I listen to their questions and concerns and address them through a blog. I use this same technique to share the various topics for my weekly radio show.


     14. What makes you the real estate agent of choice in your area?

'Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome' is a powerful message used, now, over three decades. My live radio show  ALL ABOUT REAL ESTATE every Sunday at noon. But the most rewarding are the repeats and excellent referrals over the years. 


     15. What is the most outrageous action that a client has ever asked you to perform? 

That would be to wait for the money from "Our Father!"


*Take a look at this post



     16. We show a lot of homes in our profession. What is the most exciting home or, item in a home that you have encountered?

Specializing in unique properties, indoor pools, converted barns, the home with the hidden bunker, and unusual whimsy collections from turtles to owls, giraffes, frogs, and quite a few more. And there was the challenge of a home on the railroad tracks. I found the happy buyer... a retired train conductor. And there was a home with two bedrooms and five baths directly on the Baltimore Beltway that I sold three times. I love exciting homes and challenges.


     17. What are your three favorite neighborhoods in your area, and what makes them special? Are you lucky enough to live in one of those neighborhoods?

Neighborhoods include Stevenson, Mount Washington ( my home ), and Greenspring Valley. All are easily accessible to the beltway, have unique properties, and many are custom-built.


     18. We all love client testimonials, but is there one that made you feel special? We would love to see it.

Please take a look at this one, my

*All-time favorite.


     19. What is your favorite volunteer work or charity?

Second Chance

  *Take a look 


     20. What does the flag represent to you?

Freedom, beauty, love, and sacrifice.


     21. When we discuss life, my dad always says he is not sure what he would like to be when he grows up. He is 77! What do you want to be when you grow up, or are you already in your perfect profession?

I live my bucket list as a matchmaker for unique homes and buyers and by hosting my weekly radio show.

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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

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Comments (21)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I really enjoyed how your weaved your past posts into this one.  And I absolutely loved your line regarding the attorney not being a believer.  Priceless!  One day I hope to meet you for dinner at Tio Pepes!

Mary Margaret will spend the day with you at the Craft show.  It sounds like we will be building a Casita just for her craft room in Arizona.  Aye caramba!

If I read your post earlier.  I may have written about my worst vacation day ever being in Branson.  We went golfing and the humidity was horrible.  When we started play at 9am, my shirt was already plastered to my body.  Every time I hit the ball, the seams on each side of my shirt would rip a little.  By the 9th hole, it was ripped the whole way down on each side and only held together at the collar.  Of course, collars were mandatory on this beautiful course.  I lost a ball on almost every hole.  It was a brutal day.  The worst day of golf is NOT always better than the best day of work!

Thank you for the great entry!

Aug 13, 2022 10:27 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Margaret - you are so well rounded and have all of the pictures and blogs to prove it.  I love your beautiful ceramic.  You could compete with the masters.

Aug 14, 2022 03:33 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you so much, Grant,

I enjoyed looking back and had a lot of fun with all three careers.

Aug 15, 2022 09:48 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Margaret, I really enjoyed learning more about you. Those are some very interesting and unique homes you have sold!

Aug 14, 2022 04:34 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Larry and Sheila, Interesting, unique, and, as My Lee used to say, unsaleable. 🙃

Aug 15, 2022 09:50 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I loved reading more about you! And wow, waiting for money from Our Father. How disappointing that must have been for everyone, including those buyers!

Aug 14, 2022 05:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat, The only good thing about these situations is the excellent content for our blogs. 🙃

Aug 15, 2022 10:25 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the fact that you live your bucket list on a daily basis!  I hope that you are having a fun weekend!

Aug 14, 2022 05:04 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400


 'Workend' may be a better name than a weekend.

Aug 15, 2022 10:28 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Margaret... your Phoebe was beautiful! I'm sure you miss her to this day. As a pizza "purist" who hates all toppings but cheese, I'm amazed at how many people in the Rain like all those toppings! Love your ceramic collection... being a collector of porcelain and crystal, myself, I can relate to the joy of collecting things that are a feast for the eyes each day.

Aug 14, 2022 06:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400


Would like to hear more about tea cups. I was wondering if you have posted about your collections. Do you have a link or two to share?

Aug 15, 2022 10:36 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret I would have never pegged you for someone who would take a shower in the rain ..... LOL

Aug 14, 2022 04:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

It was done out of necessity. All soaped up and no water. Fun and fond memories.

Aug 15, 2022 10:38 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ray Henson This golf story would make a great blog even though not for this contest. Go for it!

Aug 15, 2022 10:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Margaret I've always know this about you - you life life to the fullest and enjoy it all!  Your energy and enthusiasm oozes throughout this entire post!   Love it!  Glad you wrote a post - and thanks for hosting the challenge along with Ray!

Aug 15, 2022 04:32 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, I think we both ooze that same enthusiasm and energy. 🙃

Aug 15, 2022 10:40 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker


Aug 16, 2022 09:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - You have been to some of the most beautiful places in the world. I didn't know you owned your own plane. Your husband was amazing and a real Superman! And of course, I want to thank you for including my daughter's video and your phone call. You are very special and greatly appreciated.

Over the many years on ActiveRain you accepted invitations to meet with many colleagues and friends. These are very special connections and you connect so easily with interest about meeting people in person and speaking to them by phone. We are the lucky ones because you touch us all with your kindness and true AR Spirit. I love how you listen, you really, really listen and you continue to cheer people on and motivate others too. Truly, you are a good woman. And you care!!!

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Phoebe. When I had no choice but to put my last dog down due to a major stroke it broke my heart. Some loved ones, including family pets are irreplaceable.

Your years as being a Nurse must hold a treasure trove of memories. I'm sure there are some you can talk about and others you buried inside your compassionate heart. I know several nurses (family and friends) and I would say, whether you retire or quit being a nurse, the skills you learned are never forgotten and the memories go on. Thank you for being such a caring woman. 

Aug 16, 2022 05:03 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

WOW, Patricia. You have made my day with your kind comments. As you may know, I like to post late at night and then wake up to comments. Yours is a reason I will continue to do this. Thank you.

Aug 16, 2022 08:30 AM
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

Those are some strange names for pizza joints (answer #3)!

Aug 16, 2022 05:36 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417.

You caught me! 🙃

Even though I do like pizza, it is not a place I would take someone new to Baltimore.

Aug 16, 2022 08:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Margaret:

What a fun post with wonderful stories and photos, and a beautiful reveal of who you are and how you live your life. 


Aug 17, 2022 08:21 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jeff Dowler, CRS Thank you.

After all these years on AR, there is a lot of info about me and my life. 

Aug 17, 2022 08:34 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I did recognize Carol Williams in the photo. I love to throw darts too. Well done Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 
I learned so much more about you today. 

Aug 18, 2022 02:59 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks, Kathleen. We had a great time when Carol came to Baltimore.

Aug 21, 2022 08:06 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

Good morning, Margaret.

What a fun read!

You've led an amazing life! It must have been awesome to have your own private plane at your beck and call for spontaneous trips to wherever your heart desired. What memories.  And, I love that one of your favorite trips was the one you didn't have to pack for. YouTube and the Travel Channel can take us pretty much anywhere, can't they? 

I certainly recognize those faces at the crab table! What a fun lunch that was. AR meetups are always so fun.

THAT letter! Working for Thank Yous. Priceless!

It's only 6:35 in the morning and you have me wanting a Mexican cola.  Guess I'll just make another cup of coffee instead.  LOL 

Have another great day living your bucket list, Margaret!

Aug 19, 2022 06:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carol Williams That was a delightful and memorable lunch. So glad we took the photos. The conversation with you made me realize I was living my bucket list. 

Aug 21, 2022 08:09 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Margaret, I truly enjoyed reading and learning more about you. Thanks to the stars aligning, your exciting love story with Lee was meant to be. Darts are fun to play, we have a set up in the back yard and one day, I must try the Spanish Coca-Cola one day and am happy that you live your bucket list every day!

Aug 24, 2022 03:12 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Thanks for taking the time to read and for participating in the contest. I think you might enjoy the Spanish Coco Cola.

Aug 24, 2022 03:45 PM