The best prize of my life, I'm coming from London to meet you all!

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I have always wanted to go to an Inman Connect conference, but sadly being here in little old England has always meant I've followed the event from my computer screen...desperately waiting for the next tweet or blog post with all the hot RE gossip, tips and tricks.

Through platforms like ActiveRain I've come to know hundreds of US based RE folk over the past year and a half or so, and I was starting to think I'd never actually meet them 'IRL' (in real life).

This weekend, my luck changed dramatically :-D

On Friday night I entered a competition on Jay Thompson's popular real estate blog 'Phoenix Real Estate Guy'. The prize? A conference pass for the entire duration of Inman Real Estate Connect NYC (sponsored by the guys and gals at Inman News) and a whopping $1500 worth of travel expenses (kindly sponsored by the great team at HomeQuest).

When I entered Jay's competition I never thought I'd win, I won't lie and say 'I've never won anything before in my life' but the things I have won have usually been crappy things like pens or book tokens. A trip to New York? Unlikely.

I actually went to Brighton (on the English coast) for the weekend and wasn't even online when the draw for the winner took place, I was probably watching the sunset over the sea when Jay's daughter Lauren picked a name out of the hat for the prize. Just before midnight I checked my emails on my cellphone as I didn't have access to a computer, I was really just checking to see if I had any new Twitter messages or comments on my YouTube videos but there were a couple of direct messages through Twitter saying things like 'Congratulations'. The penny dropped when the next message said 'Can't wait to meet you in NY!'.

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <------my reaction as I realise I must have won the competition.

I managed to find a friend with a dodgy internet connection where we were staying and logged on to Jay's blog to confirm the good news. I can't tell you how happy I am and how grateful I am to Jay, Inman and Homequest for making it possible for this loudmouth girl from London to hop on a plane to New York and attend Connect.

So I guess all that's left to say is that if you're going to Inman Connect...see you there!

If you're lucky, I may even bring British candy ;-)




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Tim Ludemann
Ochopee, FL

Congrats on the feature and of course the Inman concert...looking forward to hearing how the concert was.

Dec 08, 2008 04:34 AM #17
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Yay, Poppy wins!!  So looking forward to meeting you at Connect Poppy!

Look out New York City....


Dec 08, 2008 04:50 AM #18
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Congrats on winning the contest Poppy! Looking forward to your videos from NYC and Inman.

Dec 08, 2008 05:34 AM #19
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate


I lived in NY for 35 yrs and was just there two months ago to visit...I'm not sure If I'll make it back but if I do you can be sure I'll look you up...if not have a great time but bring your snow shoes and warm coat...its cold now.

Dec 08, 2008 06:16 AM #20
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Big cool aid grin at Elizabeth. Sending you a hug back, bay-bay. :-)

PoppyD, Mikey was pretty shocked when I told him you were really coming to New york. Haaaa! Too funny! You have soooo got to take pictures with the minions (LOL).

Dec 08, 2008 07:49 AM #21
Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

What an awesome story, Poppy!  You gotta play to win, right?  Glad such an amazing thing happened and you get to realize one of your dreams!

Dec 08, 2008 09:52 AM #22
Alan Brown
Coldwell Banker Montrose Colorado - Montrose, CO
29 Years of Real Estate Experience .

Alright way to go..Watch out NY the Brits are coming. That is real cool to winthe trip.

Dec 08, 2008 10:02 AM #23
Marcy Moyer
eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales - Mountain View, CA
Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist

Congratulations! NYC is such a wonderful place to visit. When is the conference?

marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Ca

Dec 08, 2008 10:33 AM #24
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Congratulations as well Poppy. Hope evrything in the big city goes well, I don't go that far up the coast.

Dec 08, 2008 10:48 AM #25
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Awesome, we are going as well !   We should connect via twitter.  We are @thesomersteam .  Is certainly something to look foward to !

Congrats to you !!!  Is great : )

Dec 08, 2008 01:12 PM #26
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

If you come into JFK or LGA let me know and I'll pick you up and drive you to your hotel. :-)

Dec 08, 2008 02:31 PM #27
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold….. be in London again.  Have not been there for 7 years.  Love to sell flats there....or even better, Bath.  Our mother country.


Dec 08, 2008 03:41 PM #28
M Starr
Stephen Noah - Briarwood, NY

Looking forward to it. Dinner and dinner with your 4 minions? Yes? :-)

Dec 09, 2008 09:38 AM #29
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Poppy,

Congrats on the win. What a great surprise. NYC is as much fun as London and just as expensive.... THe good news, the pound is still 2 to 1 for the dollar. So bring an extra bag to go shopping!! Have fun and travel safe.


Dec 09, 2008 04:13 PM #30
Poppy Dinsey
Globrix - Anaheim, CA
London, UK

Thanks EVERYONE for all your kind words, I'm very excited :-D

Dec 10, 2008 01:15 AM #31
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

You go girl! We have big, stupid cool aid grins over here. Mike is still stunned that you are coming (LOL). I love this!

Dec 10, 2008 01:41 AM #32
Christopher Johnston
The Johnston Team - Metairie, LA

That is awesome. I wish I could say see you there but I can't justify, or afford, the expense right now. Maybe in the future we'll have the opportunity to meet.

Dec 12, 2008 01:36 PM #33
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Congrats and I know you will do well. Love the blog just found it and I am Enjoying reading it. Have a great holiday season.

Terry Miller

Dec 22, 2008 04:19 PM #34
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow that is fantastic and brilliant!  I hope you have a great time across the pond.

Dec 29, 2008 01:37 PM #35
Alan Langstone
Mount Pleasant, SC

Congratulation, Poppy.

You'll have a fantastic time, I'm sure.

Wishing you a happy and successful 2009.

Jan 01, 2009 05:03 AM #36
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