April Contest Call A Friend

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


I was delighted when William Johnson quickly returned my call after several years. Although he has retired from real estate, his love of photography and travel remains.

I remember William as the kindest, most knowledgeable, and best photographer. He was also an excellent Realtor®, an interior designer, and one of the nicest members. He was always willing to share his knowledge, and his generosity was overwhelming. If he thought he could make your day, he would.

William taught me the simplicity of photo blogging: taking a current photo with your phone camera, writing fifty words about it, and posting the evening's blog post.

We also used to talk about photography, and I remember once thanking him for his suggestion. Because I took his advice, I was able to capture the squirrel's eye, the light through the ear, the individual hairs of the furry tail, and the buds on the tree.


In 2012, I wrote a post announcing that ActiveRain had 50 millionaires, with William Johnson being the fiftieth member. He was featured in the Member Spotlight.

I also mentioned that contests are an excellent way to stay in touch with friends; I do love Debe Maxwell, CRS, and Brad Andersohn's  April Challenge, which was to call an AR member who hasn't been active in the Rain for a year or longer and someone you haven't spoken with in the past year. It was a joy to catch up with William and share what's happening.

Lastly, I encourage you to contact a former member if you haven't spoken with them.

And if you're thinking about selling your home

Call Margaret Rome.




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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I love William and would love for him to return and share his wealth of knowledge with us, Margaret. You picked a WONDERFUL member to reach out to. Perhaps we could get William to do a photo tip presentation on a Tuesday for us?! 

Thank you so much for participating in April's challenge!

May 01, 2024 01:59 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Debe Maxwell, CRS: It was a great conversation. He has been happily retired for about five years and is not looking back. 

May 01, 2024 12:33 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - while my photography skills are non-existent, I can still appreciate that ability in others.  I am glad to see your reconnection with William Johnson.  It's a reminder that kindness can remain a part of ActiveRain and everyday life.  

May 01, 2024 04:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm so glad you were able to get in touch with William. I like Debe's idea about the photography Zoom call!

May 01, 2024 04:42 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat Palmiotti,

It's always good to see you. He would be an excellent speaker.  

May 01, 2024 12:38 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

May 01, 2024 04:59 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Great that you were able to re-connect with William. The April Challenge was great for the way it got us all calling people we once followed so closely.

May 01, 2024 05:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Contests like this one encourage us to reach out to those we used to follow.

May 01, 2024 12:41 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. You are the champion of calling members here I the Rain and having a robust conversation. Keep it up. Enjoy your day.

May 01, 2024 05:44 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Wayne Martin

I spoke with quite a few previous members this month. Deciding who to blog about was much more difficult than writing the post. 

May 01, 2024 12:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Margaret, for telling us about this special call.

Have an outstanding May!

May 01, 2024 05:54 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you Roy Kelley 

May 01, 2024 12:44 PM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

I totally remember William Johnson and his amazing photography. It’s great to hear you two connected. I have a long list of friends like William here in the rain and I need to do the same. Just pick up the phone, and do it. Thank you for Sharing this and for motivating me to continue this challenge for May. It’s my personal challenge. 

May 01, 2024 07:51 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Brad Andersohn, I do love that you are continuing your challenge. The reconnection is awesome.  One Sunday, pick a topic so I can feature you on the Radio. 

May 01, 2024 12:48 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Margaret,

I remember reading William Johnson's posts and always enjoyed his photos! So glad you reached out to him and was able to connect!


May 01, 2024 09:25 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Dorie Dillard Austin TX He was and still is such a gentleman, always willing to help and share with the rest of us. 

May 01, 2024 12:49 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

That is so special.  We need to do things  like that more often..

May 01, 2024 12:45 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ginger Harper 

For sure, we all need to do this more often!

May 01, 2024 12:53 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret I remember William well.  Glad you were able to spend time talking to him.

May 01, 2024 03:51 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

George Souto

It was a pleasure talking with William.

May 01, 2024 07:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret- I remember William Johnson very well!!! And from what I could tell via his blog, he is everything you said he is. I love the challenges where we reach out and call a member. 

May 01, 2024 07:07 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hi Kathy Streib,

I also love the challenges of reaching out and calling a member. 

May 01, 2024 07:16 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

Connections create relationships that can last beyond our industry are so very valuable. I do remember William Johnson, and he is quite a wonderful person, Margaret!

May 02, 2024 11:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! It was a pleasure chatting with William. I so love this contest and getting more members to connect.

May 02, 2024 07:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Margaret:

How wonderful to catch up with William. Ironically I was thinking about him just the other day!


May 04, 2024 12:56 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Like you, Jeff Dowler, CRS, he is one of the good guys.

May 04, 2024 02:18 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I vaguely remember William Johnson and would certainly enjoy seeing his photography in the Rain again.  I see he is in La Jolla, he should have joined us at the recent Carlsbad meetup, haha.

May 05, 2024 05:16 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Always good to see you, Brian England 

May 05, 2024 08:09 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Though I don't know Mr. Johnson, and it is always good to revive past connections.

May 07, 2024 10:41 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Leanne Smith,

William's posts are worth going back and reading. 

It was good seeing you on today's Zoom. 

May 07, 2024 12:32 PM