Warm Active Rain on a Chilly Day in Annapolis, Maryland

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

Jeff Belonger

It all started when I read Jeff Belonger's post, Annapolis Maryland Gathering on 12/22/09. I'm wonderfully busy, but absolutely had to change my schedule a bit because I wanted to meet some of the wonderful Rainers who live in my computer.

Then a light bulb went off when I saw "The FHA Expert." Last Friday I had a settlement scheduled that did not close. My buyer was devastated; she wanted to be in her new condo by Christmas. So I challenged Jeff – could he make a miracle happen?

Jeff worked with me Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so that by Monday morning I had the assigned loan package ready to give to him at lunch. Jeff, I appreciate the pressure you are accepting, and in this busy Christmas week to boot.

John MacArthur and Lewis PoretzAmandaFamous Dave's Gift SuggestionYesterday was a crisp winter day. Ha! I like it cold, but at a "crisp" 20 degrees this morning, even I put on a coat. A dozen Active Rainers showed up at Famous Dave's and spent a couple of hours in the middle of holiday rushing to eat, talk, and make connections. Amanda, our server, took very goodAudrey card of this talkative group. Jeff Belonger was there of course, along with a friend, John. Audrey June-Forshey was first to get her blog about the gathering up and it's featured!  Active Rain Gathering Annapolis Maryland.

Lewis Poretz was there, along with John MacArthur, Rich Iarossi, Pat Kennedy whose blog is here: Thank You Jeff Belonger, and Martha Brown who also wrote about it here: An Impromtu AR Gathering in Annapolis.  Pat Hommel joined us as did Camille O'Donnell, and my publisher, Peg Silloway.

Pat, Rich, Jeff, JohnWhile the rest of the world (and certainly Annapolis-area traffic!) was going crazy, we carved out a couple of hours of warmth and communication with area Rainers. It was great, and we'll definitely do it again.

And here are a few more posts about our day in Annapolis:

 

 

Warm Active Rain on a Chilly Day in Annapolis, Maryland  by : Margaret Rome

Thank You Jeff Belonger! Active Rain Gathering in Annapolis!  by : Patricia Kennedy

An Impromptu AR Gathering in Annapolis Maryland...What a Holiday Treat!!  by : Martha Brown

Active Rain Gathering Annapolis Maryland  by : Audrey June-Forshey

Active Rain gatherings.... past, present, & future !!! - A gathering in Annapolis, Maryland by : Jeff Belonger 

I believe in AR Angels  by: Camille O'Donnell

 

 

 

 

 

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Bryant Tutas
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Hi Margaret, Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time. I LOVE AR gatherings!!!

I hope you and Lee have great Christmas Margaret.

Dec 23, 2008 05:39 AM #4
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Richard T. Dolbeare
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Hi Margaret - Glad everyone had a good time.  Posts such as yours always make me homesick because I lived in the area for 35 years. 

Dec 23, 2008 06:26 AM #5
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Vickie, I would love to meet you! Jeff is working very hard on this challenge.

Bryant, We had a wonderful time. I am still laughing at Big Bertha's video. Happy holidays to you both,

Richard, It time for you to visit.

Dec 23, 2008 08:04 AM #6
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Margaret....  thanks for being you. It was great to have finally met you and a few others.  It was a great time and too bad I couldn't stay longer. But the city of Metropolis needed my protection... lol   Seriously, it was fun and relaxing... and on the way back, I told John that it's now time for reality. And not only that, but to put it into 5th gear and really get back to work with only 1 1/2 days from yesterday until next week, as work days. I'll be calling you soon, because I did hear back from my underwriter about the appraisal. So we are over the hump.. and I did get the updated waiver letter from the condo association.  thanks...

jeff belonger

Dec 23, 2008 09:28 AM #7
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Joan Whitebook
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Glad you could all get together.  We have had so much snow in New Hampshire -- we all are still digging out!  Happy Holidays to you.

Dec 23, 2008 09:28 AM #8
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Neal Bloom
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H Margaret,

Thanks for your call....been to many AR get togethers so they are always a good time..... I hope you and yours have a wonderful Holiday.

Dec 23, 2008 10:13 AM #9
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Sharon Simms
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Margaret - as you know, it's certainly worth taking the time to meet other Rainers. From Florida to Hawaii, it's been a great experience.  Thanks, Active Rain!

Dec 23, 2008 11:12 AM #10
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Martha Brown
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margaret- It was a great time for sure and I am so happy I was able to attend if only for a short time. So short it seems that i never had my picture taken LOL. Merry Christmas and many blessing for the new year. 

Dec 23, 2008 11:53 AM #11
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Audrey June-Forshey
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Margaret, You said it so much better than me.  I can't wait to see you again, you are the most fun.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!!

Dec 23, 2008 01:26 PM #12
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Margaret,

What a heart-warming post!  ...I wanted to meet some of the wonderful Rainers who live in my computer.  My dear, you have a way with words!  All the best on Christmas Eve!

Mike in Tucson

Dec 23, 2008 08:35 PM #13
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Margaret - it sounds like you all had a really nice time.  I've really loved the AR gatherings I've been fortunate enough to be part of, and it really is like old friends getting together, isn't it?

Merry Christmas,
Ann

Dec 24, 2008 12:57 AM #14
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Jeff, Thanks for the constant updates on this loan. You are a pleasure to deal with and a lot of fun at AR gatherings!

Joan, Stay warm and enjoy the holidays.

Neal, Enjoy your latkes! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Sharon, Whenever I can get this close to these special people, I will make the time.

Martha, Even though we did not get your picture, we had the real thing, we were lucky enough to have  you at the gathering.

Mike, You do pretty ok with your words! Hope we get to meet one day. Wishing you happiness this holiday season.

Ann, It really is like old friends getting together...thanks to  Active Rain. Sending good thoughts your way.

 

Dec 24, 2008 08:05 AM #15
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Margaret, what fun that was!  And I am really, really enjoying your book!

Dec 24, 2008 11:07 AM #16
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Patricia, It was wonderful to meet and get to know you. Can't believe you have time to read the book. Can't wait to hear your review.

 

Dec 24, 2008 02:36 PM #17
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Hi Margaret-that must have been awesome and lots of fun!  That's awesome how Jeff stepped up to the plate!  Wishing you and yours a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Dec 26, 2008 11:18 PM #18
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Midori, This was such a good gathering and it worked because it was almost spur of the moment. If you could make it great, if not, no pressure. Jeff stepped up to the plate..you know there will be a post soon.

I have really enjoyed reading your posts. You have shared some really good stuff. I also think your AR profile is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing of yourself!

Dec 27, 2008 12:25 AM #19
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Dear Margaret,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the invite to the gathering at Famous Daves. The timing was perfect, I needed that social bonding and would love to meet up with you soon.   I will write a post about our holiday meeting.  Thanks for the great pics, we can now put a face to the names. You are an inspiration to many agents. Please continue your work and your Type E Quiz is a hoot.  Yes I am a Type E all the way.

 

Fondly,

Camille 

Dec 28, 2008 10:18 AM #20
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Forgot to log in....the above comment was made by

Camille O'Donnell

Dec 28, 2008 10:56 AM #21
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Camille, I had heard such good things about you from Pat Hommel and knew we had to meet.

So proud of you for accepting the invitation at this sad time in your life. Look forward to your blog on our meeting. Really enjoyed speaking with you tonight. You are an inspiration for all of us. Happy and healthy New Year to you and your family.

Dec 28, 2008 11:27 AM #22
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Camille,

I am so proud of you for accepting the invitation knowing what a sad time this is for you. You are an inspiration for all of us. After hearing Pat Hommel say so many terrific things about you....I just knew we had to meet. Look forward you your post and want to hear more of your Type E stories.

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Dec 28, 2008 11:40 AM #23
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