Thankful for ActiveRain Friends!

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Thankful doesn't even describe how much friendships mean to me on ActiveRain.  The local and not so local mean so much to me!!  

 

I can still remember when Rain Camp came to Scottsdale.   I'd never heard of it, but definitely had the time to attend.  The housing market was still spiraling down and time was something I had plenty of to attend an event on what I thought was about social media.  

 

"Social media" was putting it lightly.  The room was full and many were signing up to join ActiveRain after hearing the presentation by Brad Steward.   I signed up as I could see the benefit, but didn't jump right in.  I had a topic I felt worth writing, but no idea how to write an article.  So my first post on February 18,  2009, "Being Green in a Recession" was born!  Ten agents commented and I was thrilled.  Okay so the 10th is Carol Williams commenting on my 10th anniversary!  But hey - I felt accepted.   Just seeing others reading what I wrote was exciting. 

 

In 2009, the Phoenix metro area had over 56,000 homes for sale!  In comparison, today we have just over 20,000!  Short sales were taking months to sell in 2009 and the ensuing foreclosures were selling for a fraction of what it would take to build them.  It was a crazy time and many of us were riding the housing recession wave but definitely had time to learn about a new phenomenon called "blogging."

 

Through it all, ActiveRain has endured.   Through the good times, the bad times and the crazy times!   Friendships have thrived and endured the times!

 

Thank you to so many wonderful friends. I will miss someone if I try to list all of you.  You have meant the world to me so many times.  Times I'd be blogging at 10 pm at night, just to finish one more post.    Through times that were slow. Just reading your posts has meant the world to me.  Everyone shares what is important to them, writing about their city, restaurants, events and sharing wisdom.  It's fascinating considering all of the different terrains, real estate markets, and practices! 

 

You all are my buddies and I hope to meet you in person some day!  A recap of some photos: 

Anna's House

Muaw, Rob Clang, Anna Banana, Nancy Laswick, and Katharine Whiting.

Another Meetup

Tom Tischer, Anna Banana, Richard Bazinet

 

Anna's Sponsors

In the beginning our meetups included sponsors! 

2016 Meetup

And I know you all have seen these featured friends before! 

Phoenix Meetup

Such wonderful ActiveRain friends back in the day that may not be "active" bloggers. 

Nancy Laswick, Anna Banana, Carol Williams

This group is on repeat until we meet again!   Cheers to a wonderful celebration of friendship. 

 

Thank you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

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Comments (35)

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

Happy Thanksgiving Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ  we are all so lucky to have each other! 

Nov 23, 2022 02:12 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you  Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI - we are definitely connected!  Likewise, have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:40 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much for the contest Debe Maxwell, CRS.  You're such a giver and your spirit is contagious.  It's been great getting to know you and others and to call you friends ;)  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:43 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Refreshing is a kind word Michael Jacobs !  So appreciate your review and comments.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:44 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you Grant Schneider !  You are much more visible, have provided wonderful zoom content in the past,  and clearly an expert in your field! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:52 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Exactly Wayne Martin !  That's the strength of this site.  Friends keep coming back ;)  Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:53 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Trying to mix it up a bit Kat Palmiotti !  I have so many meetup photos that it's difficult to find one I haven't shared.  And I feel bad for leaving some members I've met off this post!  Have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Nov 23, 2022 06:55 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Enjoy your day today Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ !

Nov 24, 2022 04:30 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much Leanne Smith !  Happy to have met you as well.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well :) 

Nov 23, 2022 06:56 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I bet it has been more difficult Nina Hollander, Broker .  It was wonderful meeting you in person. You're such a doll.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:57 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ thank you, Jan. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

 

Nov 24, 2022 04:07 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

T hank you Nina Hollander, Broker ! You too!

Nov 25, 2022 07:17 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Carol Williams !  Little did we know that so many years later we'd be meeting in person, let alone you driving across the US, playing golf, making stops to meet AR peeps!  It's been wonderful getting to know you and I'm happy to be your friend!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:58 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Brian England , if it makes you feel any better, I lucked into attending the Scottsdale Rain Camp.  Can't remember exactly how I found out about it.  Must have been through a lender or someone advertising it publicly.  I remember thinking it was a cool idea and I wanted to learn to blog.  I'm still learning1  

You, too buddy  Happy to call you a friend!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 07:00 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

How cool Joan Cox !  Good for you.  Just let me know where you are and I'll come to you.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 07:01 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Will Hamm !  You have been such a good long-distance friend in the Rain.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 07:02 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very true Ed Silva !  and with members like you offering up your wisdom ,time and talents - well it just gets better!   Thank you for all you for us ! 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 07:03 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you George Souto , but I think you contribute a lot more than I do!  Here's to you - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 07:03 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very true Kathy Streib !  Everyone here is a giver and provides so much toward just being a friend.  It's wonderful and I'm happy to know you!  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 07:04 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very true Hannah Williams !  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 07:05 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Jan - I am happy to call you one of my AR friends.  Thanks so much for your response on high impact windows.  I will keep you up to date.

Nov 24, 2022 06:14 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

You're very welcome!  Your year over year comparison, benefits of new windows for sound reduction, less heat gain, and eliminating fading interior finishes  would make for a great blog post!  

Nov 25, 2022 07:11 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - what a blessing you are to the multitudes here on ActiveRain. Your heart of gold shines brightly in all your pictures. I wish you always and forever to be surrounded by the people you love and enjoy being around. I am thankful you are here on ActiveRain. 

Nov 28, 2022 03:27 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !  Love my AR friends, including you!  Your posts are always so well-written and in depth, carrying a reader along.  Well done! 

Nov 28, 2022 06:44 PM