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Second Chance Saturday: Week 325

Education & Training with Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.

Giving deserving posts more exposure is what Second Chance Saturday is all about.  If you see a deserving post that didn't get Featured, be sure to tag me in the comment section of any post and watch for it in the next edition of Second Chance Saturday. 

The Pages Of Your New Year Are Blank
By: Lou Ludwig
"As I see it..."

Make 2024 The Best Year Ever - Countdown Day 3
By: Leanne Smith 
"If 2024 is a fresh start, then shouldn't your desk reflect that fresh start?"
(Note: Check out all 7 days in this series)

Throwback Thursday: Volunteerism
By: Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 
"Make sure that you specify that you want your donation to go to your local community.  If you don't do this, your donations may go to a central fund instead of helping people in your neighborhoods."  

How I Got Money From a Homeless Person
By: Jim Paulson 
"To my surprise, he reached in his pockets and handed me the entire contents, $1.37.  He said, "Here buddy, you need this more than I do!" and then he walked off."    

Letter Writing - Rise and Demise of a Lost Art
By: Aura Alex 
"Letter writing still has a place in our busy lives. There will always be a time to show others we're thinking of them." 

Quotes For The Coming 2024 Year
By: Will Hamm 
"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."  

Outside Feature:
How Much Do People Spend On Holiday Shopping
Published at: usafacts.org

Don't miss the upcoming Zoom meetings.  
11:00 a.m.    Pacific time

12:00 p.m.    Mountain time
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  2:00 p.m.    Eastern time

January 2, 2024 - Roundtable About Appraisals

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Also, be sure not to miss these ActiveRain weekly series:

Kathy Streib's Posts Just For You
(Published every Sunday) 

Bill Spears Ask An Ambassador (Published every Tuesday)

Hannah Williams Steals & Deals (Published on Friday)


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Carol Williams

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- Carol Williams

Retired: Real Estate Broker/Owner, Property Manager 
Coaching, goal setting, and marketing consultant

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Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Good picks for your Second Chance Carol. Thanks for sharing, make it a great Saturday and enjoy your weekend!   Happy New Year!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Dec 30, 2023 03:52 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks, Bill Salvatore - East Valley 
Have a wonderful last weekend of 2023

Dec 30, 2023 06:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Carol. You have a way of surprising me weekly with posts I missed. My goal for a personal victory is 50% correct, just like Endre Barath, Jr. sets the same goal for my trivia questions. Well I am ending the year with a bang. While I normally get the Lou Ludwig one, which I missed today, still a 50% score. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Dec 30, 2023 04:56 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Wayne Martin 
Batting .500 is an All Star performance in the baseball world. We'll count that here too. Enjoy your weekend.

Dec 30, 2023 06:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning and thank you for your list! Regarding the outside post, I have to admit, this year I bought myself lots of stuff as Christmas gifts. I didn't spend as much as the per person spend listed in that article but I am happy with my new pots/pans/knives etc!

Dec 30, 2023 05:41 AM
Carol Williams

Good for you, Kat Palmiotti 
Did you wrap them too?

Dec 30, 2023 06:46 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Haha, Carol Williams - nah, I didn't bother with the wrapping paper!

Dec 30, 2023 07:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Carol... four for me today. As for Christmas shopping, it's very simple for me these days and the spend is minimal. 

Dec 30, 2023 06:21 AM
Carol Williams

Me too, Nina Hollander, Broker.
Happy last weekend of 2023

Dec 30, 2023 06:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol,

A great selection of posts to read! I'm off to catch some posts I missed!

Dec 30, 2023 06:31 AM
Carol Williams

Good morning, Dorie Dillard Austin TX 
I hope you enjoy reading those you missed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Dec 30, 2023 06:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Carol you have been doing this series of Second Chance Saturday blogs for a LONG time.  325 weeks is OVER 6 years!!!

Dec 30, 2023 09:32 AM
Carol Williams

Hi George,
It's actually longer than that. I've missed a few weeks during my various travels.  It's been a good run, though, and I enjoy doing it.

Dec 30, 2023 09:41 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Thank you for the feature. I will be making sure I have read all of these posts.

Dec 30, 2023 10:06 AM
Carol Williams

You're welcome, Leanne Smith 
I hope you enjoy those you missed during the week.

Dec 30, 2023 10:37 AM
Leanne Smith

I certainly did and thank you for the opportunity to play catch up.

Dec 30, 2023 10:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Carol, for your recommendations. Have an outstanding weekend.

Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2023 10:29 AM
Carol Williams

You're welcome, Roy Kelley 
I hope you enjoy any posts you missed during the week.

Dec 30, 2023 10:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carol:

Thank you for another great year of Second Chance Saturday readings.

Happy New Year 2024!


Dec 30, 2023 10:38 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks for being a loyal reader, Jeff Dowler, CRS.
Have a wonderful last weekend of 2023

Dec 30, 2023 10:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Carol Williams - Thanks so much for including my post in your 2nd Chance Saturday post.  It is quite an honor.  I hope you have a very memorable and happy New Year in 2024. 

Dec 30, 2023 11:15 AM
Carol Williams

You're very welcome, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 
I hope you have a wonderful last weekend of 2023

Dec 30, 2023 01:39 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some well reserved posts getting that second chance. Thanks for your efforts.

Dec 30, 2023 12:04 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Carol Williams   What do you mean last weekend ???   How do you know?  Is there a contract out on me?

Dec 30, 2023 01:47 PM
Carol Williams

Thanks, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 
I hope you have a wonderful last weekend of 2023

Dec 30, 2023 01:39 PM
Carol Williams

HaHa Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 
Did you read the part about 2023? 😂

Dec 30, 2023 01:50 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Ahhh as 2023 comes to an end you end it well with your wrap up of great posts.  Thanks for all you do Carol!   Here's to an awesome 2024!!

Dec 30, 2023 12:55 PM
Carol Williams

Thank you, Anna "Banana" Kruchten 
I'm glad you're enjoying this last weekend of 2023 at home!

Dec 30, 2023 01:40 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, always glad to make your of Kathy list.    Make it a great 2024.


Dec 30, 2023 01:35 PM
Carol Williams

You're welcome, Will Hamm 
I hope you have a great weekend before leaping into 2024!

Dec 30, 2023 01:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

OMG I loved Wayne Martin  comment indeed 50% is sad we consider it perfect:) Carol Williams  loved your take 500% and Baseball:)))Happy New Year if we do not connect before. On a side note I am way behind reading , Endre

Dec 30, 2023 02:55 PM
Carol Williams

Happy New Year to you and Diane, Endre Barath, Jr. !

Dec 30, 2023 04:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Carol- thank you again for putting this together and highlighting posts that are definitely worth the read. 

Dec 30, 2023 05:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I always look forward to your Second Chance Saturday list, Carol. Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2023 01:00 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Carol, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 31, 2023 01:00 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Carol.

I'm struggling to stay awake after all the holiday excitement. I'm thrilled to see you back in action, ready to give it your all!

Thank you, as always, for including my post. 

Jan 01, 2024 08:37 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my! Have I got some readin' to do, Carol! As always, thank you for a great list! I'm anxious to read the one from Jim! LOL

Happiest of New Years, Carol!

Jan 02, 2024 08:51 AM