Second Chance Saturday: Week 352

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

Second Chance Saturday is all about giving deserving posts more exposure. 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.  

Let's Welcome Our First-Time Bloggers:

Anchor Home Inspections 
Kriti Pinto 
Jared Hill 
Stephen Yeager  
Ed Laine 

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The Lessons Learned From the Past 
By: Lou Ludwig
"As I see it..." 

Happy 248th Birthday America   
By: Nina Hollander, Broker 
"Independence Day is a day to appreciate the freedoms we hold dear, our way of life and the sacrifices of so many since July 4th 1776 to ensure those freedoms that we've enjoyed for 248 years.

Happy Independence Day From Your Landlord    
By: Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI 
"This could be the day where you sign your declaration of independence declaring you will never be again beholden to your LANDLORD..." 

Postal Increase July 14th
By: Valery Blank 
"The good news is that your First-Class Mail Forever stamps remain valid." 
(You might want to get to the Post Office today if you need stamps.)

Artificial? Intelligence? 
By: Kathy Streib 
"It’s not what you think!!"

Uncertainty... it's what makes the world go round
By: John Henry, Florida Architect 
"It is truly a period of great uncertainty."

Social Security Spousal Rule Is Officially Finished in 2024
By: Kelly McGovern 
"I had not heard this very important news about the Social Security Spousal Benefit rule expiring.  Have you??"

Rain Check: Are You An "Active" Founder, Moderator, or Member?
By: Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets 
"Did you know there are 7,708 Active Rain groups? "

One, Two, Three... Cha, Cha, Cha   
By Monica Hill 
"It’s worth it in the end to learn the nuances of the dance of our business, when to lead, and when to follow."  

Double Feature:
 July 2024 Challenge: Share Your Legacy In A Letter
Hosted by: Debe Maxwell, CRS and Carol Williams 
"Who doesn't love receiving a real hand-written letter?"

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Don't miss the upcoming Zoom meetings.   If you're not attending these weekly sessions, you're missing out on one of the best benefits of ActiveRain membership!
11:00 a.m.    Pacific time (Arizona same as Pacific now)!
12:00 p.m.    Mountain time
  1:00 p.m.    Central time
  2:00 p.m.    Eastern time

July 9th - Jan Green
AI Continued

July 16 - Paddy Deighan 

July 23rd - Brad Andersohn
The Magic of RPR

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)

Patricia Kennedy's Last Week's Favorites On ActiveRain

Hannah Williams Steals & Deals     



Posted by

Carol Williams

"Information is FREE.
Knowledge, Experience & Integrity Are Priceless."

- Carol Williams

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

Active: Golf & Travel Blogger
"Golf isn't a sport. It's a lifestyle."

Whatever You're Doing, Make It Fun!


Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I missed a few of these, thank you for the list!   Have a great weekend, stay cool.

Jul 06, 2024 02:49 AM
Carol Williams

Happy Saturday, Michael Elliott 
Stay cool and safe in that heat.

Jul 06, 2024 07:13 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I will check out some of the newbies, hopefully, more of them will start getting active in the Rain!

Jul 06, 2024 05:10 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks, Brian England 
It would be nice if they knew what they are missing.  😊

Jul 06, 2024 07:13 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for your weekly post! I had no idea about the social security rule - great to know.

Jul 06, 2024 05:20 AM
Carol Williams

I didn't either, Kat Palmiotti.
Have a wonderful Montana weekend.

Jul 06, 2024 07:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Carol, for your recommendations.

We have a sunny morning for the golfers in Maryland but a heat alert is posted for this afternoon. 

Jul 06, 2024 06:09 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Roy Kelley 
I've been hearing about the excessive heat back there. You and Dolores stay cool and safe!

Jul 06, 2024 07:14 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I feel pretty good that I fund a few of these but especially like the house that closes the post. Thanks for your efforts.

Jul 06, 2024 07:15 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks for checking in this morning, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 
I'm glad you noticed the house. I thought it appropriate for this Independence week. I created it in Bing. 😊

Jul 06, 2024 07:17 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Carol Williams  That looks special, I have to get my AI feet wet.

Jul 06, 2024 07:23 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol,

Well I see you found some excellent posts I did not read this week! Thank you for always coming up with such good selections. I'm off to read and comment.

Jul 06, 2024 07:37 AM
Carol Williams

Happy Saturday, Dorie.
Thanks for starting your weekend with us.

Jul 06, 2024 08:44 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

As usual, Carol, you have culled a great list and thanks for putting me on it!  Best wishes

Jul 06, 2024 08:59 AM
Carol Williams

You're very welcome, John Henry, Florida Architect 

Jul 06, 2024 09:55 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Carol. Better than normal. That is all I am saying. And, I'm sticking to it. Enjoy your day.

Jul 06, 2024 09:22 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks for checking in, Wayne Martin,
Have a wonderful weekend.

Jul 06, 2024 09:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carol and thank you for your second chance around list to share with us here in the Rain.  Off on Thursday for a week to Yellowstone and grandkids are joining us for a week.


Jul 06, 2024 09:23 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks sounds like a lot of fun, Will Hamm 
Enjoy time with family!

Jul 06, 2024 09:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carol:

I hope you had a wonderful July 4th and are enjoying the weekend.

Lots of good reading here, much of which I have not read.


Jul 06, 2024 10:04 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Jeff,
Yes, I did and now we're going into a hot spell. I plan to be in the Newport Beach area from Aug 4 - 13. Maybe we can do a meet-up? The weather should be lovely.

Jul 06, 2024 10:33 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Good Morning Carol.  Well interestingly I actually have read a number of your chosen picks.  And I just read the one about SS benefits being changed.....who knew?  I'm guessing most older Americans had no idea about this and will be in an uproar.

Jul 06, 2024 10:18 AM
Carol Williams

I was surprised by that too, Anna "Banana" Kruchten. Not something I need to worry about but there might be others who need to know.

Jul 06, 2024 10:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Carol- once again, thank you for doing this every week. I saw one that I thought I'd read but didn't! And many thanks for including me. 

Jul 06, 2024 01:49 PM
Carol Williams

You're welcome, Kathy Streib 
Thanks for noticing the date issue. I've corrected it.

Jul 07, 2024 08:06 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Carol there are a couple of blogs that I missed but have caught my interest.  Need to go read them.

Jul 06, 2024 03:09 PM
Carol Williams

Hey George Souto 
Have a wonderful day!

Jul 07, 2024 08:06 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol interestingly those who I follow I read most of your selections, still room for more reading:)Endre

Jul 06, 2024 04:47 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 
Thanks for checking in on last week's selections.
Have a wonderful day!

Jul 07, 2024 08:07 AM
Kelly McGovern
Realty Concierge International - Bellingham, MA
Working with Kelly is a good move

Thank you for the 'second chance' Carol!  I see that I wasn't the only one who did not know about the Social Security Spousal rule change.  Pretty important nugget that so many of us were unaware of.  Seems the government has 'hidden' another hit to their citizens!

Jul 07, 2024 07:02 AM
Carol Williams

You're welcome, Kelly McGovern 
Apparently, a lot of people are unaware of the SS benefit change.

Jul 07, 2024 08:07 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I always look forward to your Second Chance Saturday list, Carol.  I hope you are having a delightful weekend.

Jul 07, 2024 07:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Jul 07, 2024 07:38 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Thank you for sharing some great blogs!  I always check for your weekly blog as well as Kathy Streib .  You both do such a wonderful job and I know many of us appreciate it!

Jul 08, 2024 07:39 AM