You'll Want To Buy A Home With Margaret Rome!

Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346

Two years ago, I was showing large, pretty houses in some high end neighborhoods north of Baltimore, and I noticed that Margaret Rome listed a lot of the properties on my itinerary.  I also remember being impressed at how pleasant and professional she was when I called to arrange access and how great her listings looked when we walked inside.  

About six months later, I discovered Active Rain and got to know Margaret better through her blog posts.  Now I just finished reading Margaret's book, Real Estate The Rome Way.  Read it, and you will forever feel totally comfortable sending Margaret people you really care about who need to buy or sell homes in Baltimore.

Margaret wrote her book for colleagues, and both rookies and seasoned professionals can learn lots from reading it. 

New agents can learn from reading about her business strategies, which really involve making whatever the trainers tell you to do work - by giving them your own twist!

I loved her story about taking "Sweathogs", a cold calling program that drove many agents out of the business.  Instead of making annoying calls to strangers, Margaret made lots of contacts of various types, and got appointments that lead to listings.

The book is full of wonderful, instructional stories that we can all learn from - including her very first listing appointment.  Her own rookie stories showed that she never misrepresented her experience to prospective clients, but instead turned iher newbie status to her advantage.

And whatever is going on in her career, she applies what she calls her "WIN" priciple - periodically stopping to ask herself "What's Iimportant Now?"  It helps her to stay balanced and to focus on the stuff that matters.

Like Margaret, I work solo, so it was great to read about how she maximizes her net, and she is adept at choosing the best of the tools of our trade to support her business.

This book is all about what works for Margaret.  And this often has meant taking the time-honored "right" ways of doing things and tinkering with them so they work for her.  And the wisdom this seasoned professional shares with us is all about the tinkering, which creates the "Rome Way".

Comments (18)

Marjorie Taylor
Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL
New Homes in St. Augustine Florida

Thanks for sharing this book.  I will check it out, certainly need all the motivation and helpful tips that I can get!

Jan 13, 2009 02:01 PM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Patricia - thanks for the reminder to order her book.  I read her blog for inspiration and to learn how to present myself and my listings.  And she has such a delightful, positive personality.

Jan 13, 2009 02:01 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

So how do we order it?

Jan 13, 2009 02:02 PM
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

I remember meeting Margaret at a "sweathog" event....I believe she's received one of their top honors (not for selling a ton, but for being a great human being)....She's really great!

Jan 13, 2009 02:04 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Pat.. I would buy a home from you or Margaret....  it's been great getting to know you and it was great to finally have gotten to meet Margaret a month ago....  and I was suppose to have gotten her book when I met her, but I forgot and so did she... but I still plan on getting it and her publisher Peg, has talked to me about writing a book...  hhhhmmm...  I guess we'll see...

jeff belonger

Jan 13, 2009 02:04 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Pat!  I've been meaning to purchase Margaret's book for some time now and have heard from others that it is fantastic.  I think the world of her and would not hesitate to send her my referrals either.  It's nice to know that my gut instinct was spot-on about Margaret too!  GREAT post and testimonial to a wonderful fellow-Rainer!

Debe in Charlotte

Jan 13, 2009 02:04 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Marchel, just click on the link and it will take you to the book's Amazon page.


Jan 13, 2009 02:07 PM
James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move

Perhaps I have found a new A/R colleague who wrote a great book?  I loved yours... perhaps she will make me laugh and learn as well ?!?!

Jan 13, 2009 02:08 PM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Sounds like a great book...I've added it to my list of "to buys" and add to my real estate library!

Hope your voice is better. Funny story...I went on a cruise with 2000 people, and that happened to me the second day. No reason. No nothing. Just No voice. It was miserable. Being at dinner and not being able to talk, on the dance floor not able to talk....UGH!

Keep up the hot tea, lemon and honey! Stay off the phone and blog, blog, blog!

Jan 13, 2009 02:45 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Patricia - I have a great deal of respect for Margaret, but sadly had not yet read the book. Feedback thus far has been so positive - no surprise - and it is on the list, but right now pretty overwhelmed with other stuff. She is an agent that I would love to be able to work with, were I back on the Right Coast. But then I woudl say the same for you. :)


Jan 13, 2009 02:51 PM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I love the other Margaret in Maryland, and reading her book is definately on my short list.  If it's half as genuine as she is in her blog and on the phone, I know I'll enjoy it.

Jan 13, 2009 03:15 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Great book, half way through reading it Pat.

Jan 13, 2009 03:38 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

Always looking for a new idea to incorporate into the business looks like another book to read thanks for the plug on her book.

Jan 13, 2009 03:54 PM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

...what a nice tribute you wrote Patricia :o)

Will look into Margaret's book.... thanks !

Jan 14, 2009 01:54 AM
Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio
Coldwell Banker Realty - Manalapan/Marlboro - Manalapan, NJ
Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate

Thanks for highlighting Margaret and her book.  I've read good things about her and her writing in more than a few places on Active Rain.  I'm glad you've reminded me to pick up the book and read it for myself!

Jan 14, 2009 02:26 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

I knew Margaret was writing a book but had forgotten about it.  Thanks for the reminder and the title, I'm going to check it out. 

Jan 14, 2009 07:36 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


You are an amazing wonderful person! Even though we only met last month, I feel like we have been friends for a long time. You are a terrific writer and I just love this review of RETRW. Thank you for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts about my first book. I am honored by your generosity. How can you adore someone you've only known for a month  met a few weeks ago?

It was too early to call you this morning and now it might be too late. Wonderfully busy day... just catching up and reading the comments. Let's try and make phone contact tomorrow.

Back to tinkering!

Jan 14, 2009 12:26 PM
Debbie Hutchins
Birmingham, AL

Oh...Pat...Thanks for reminding me about that book....I had that on my list of things I want to buy!  I can not believe she was a "Sweathog"!  I was too....Team Leader....even got a plaque for the wall....ha ha  ...ah yes the good ole days!


Jan 14, 2009 01:46 PM