I'll Be Home for Christmas, I HOPE - I HOPE!

Services for Real Estate Pros with The Team That Cares, Inc. / RE/MAX UNITED

Quite literally, I was home for Christmas this year. It was the first time in my adult life that I stayed home for Christmas -- my home here in NC. My husband and I usually run all over the country, Virginia, Pennsylvania & Minnesota, for the Holidays.  

This year, we decided to spend more money on gifts for our families & less on traveling. So we stayed in Holly Springs. IT WAS WONDERFUL!   I really never want to leave again. For a few moments on Christmas day I thought about my family in Minnesota, Virginia & California & wished I could be with them. And, of course, Brian missed his family in Pennsylvania. But NOTHING has compared to the relaxation and quiet we had this year.  

We made cookies, grilled steaks, opened gifts from each other and our family members and crawled into our own bed at about 8 p.m. and watched 3 or 4 Christmas movies (including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Frosty). And just two days later, we enjoyed 70-degree weather! How can you beat that?  

I didn't have to shovel (a Minnesota Christmas tradition), put on gloves or scrape any windows. If I have the choice, from now on, I will be home for Christmas, right here in North Carolina!   I know, I know, good luck convincing our families again ...

--Kristin Wilson

The Team That Cares, Inc. Bud & Beth McKinney RE/MAX UNITED www.Cary-homes.com sold@budnbeth.com

Comments (9)

Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Welcome!  If ever you were to have any questions then feel free to contact us and we'll try to help. Please take a look at our blog. for links to valuable information in our blog that you can use to navigate this extensive network.  

Sounds like it was a great Christmas Day for you. Have fun on the rain.

We hope you have a great day, All The Best- 

Sincerely, ( Active Castellum ( Castellum Realty llc - Lancaster PA Real Estate )

Feb 09, 2009 08:52 AM
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Kristin.....Welcome to ActiveRain.  This is a great community to network with others as well a great place to learn from other's experiences and knowledge.  I've enjoyed it; I hope you enjoy it as well.

Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Exit Prime Realty
Coral Gables, FL  33134

Miami Short Sale Specialist - Profile

Feb 09, 2009 10:32 AM
Kevin Sandridge
Signature Home Funding - Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Mortgage Broker


Hey Kristin, and Welcome to the Rain!

Kevin Sandridge, here.

I joined the Active Rain community not too long ago myself and wanted to drop a line to share some of the good vibes and welcome wishes I have received already. 

If you haven't signed on with Twitter.com, please do!  I'd be honored to have you as a follower there!  Click on the big Twitter logo to visit my page!

A Bit About Active Rain

I'm very excited about this community - basically because folks seem so willing to help out, provide industry insight, and share their good news and experiences!

When I started out on Active Rain, I felt a little overwhelmed.  I hope the following points and suggested sites will help bring you into the mix!  Just my way of saying that I'm glad you're here.


One:  Be sure to include a good amount of information on your profile page.  Check out the profiles on other Realtor's sites here on Active Rain who are listed as "Featured" or "Tops" in their area (look for high point totals).  You'll find that this will seriously boost your presence on ActiveRain - via the added points. 

Two: I urge you to keep blogging on this site!  You will be AMAZED at the awesome feedback you receive very soon after they hit the network!  I use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs that provide me with ideas about what I'd like to comment on - both industry wise and just for fun!  Check it out I am more than willing to step you through the site and to help you get a few more blog posts generated if you wish - as a way of adding some value and paying forward some good networking vibes!  :)

Three: Be sure to add in a good number of posts about what you think and consider pertinent regarding your area of expertise!  You'll notice that many if not all of the Featured posting bloggers here on AR do this.

Lastly, I do quite a lot of work via social networks, email campaigns, and relationship building.  If I can ever be of any assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

Here are a few great sites to visit (some of my favorites).  If you like the information they provide, be sure to let them know I sent you!

Looking forward to what you'll share with us here on Active Rain!  :)


Kevin Sandridge
Winter Haven, FL

Feb 09, 2009 12:27 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Kristin,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!


Feb 09, 2009 01:09 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi and welcome to active|rain.

There are thousands of tips, tools, and tricks of the trade here. Be sure to check them out. Best of luck and see you around.

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Feb 09, 2009 01:30 PM
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Hi and welcome to Active Rain, a great site to network, share, learn, and have fun. Good luck. And if you ever need an agent in the upstate of South Carolina, please call me.

Feb 10, 2009 12:59 AM
Sandy Childs
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Realtor - Spartanburg, SC

Congratulations on joining Active Rain. This is a great professional networking and referral site. Our Team is working here in the Spartanburg / Greenville areas of South Carolina. We would be thrilled for any referrals you might send our way - or any referrals that we could send to you. Hope you enjoy this site as much as I do.

Feb 10, 2009 10:54 AM
Morris Childs
PEP source - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain. It just gets easier after your first blog. Just write about what interests you. Give us a call or an email if we can be of service to you! We can fix most anything, our rates are reasonable and we show up when promised.

Feb 10, 2009 11:56 AM
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Well, if you have a baby, you'll never need another excuse! :)

Feb 11, 2009 07:21 AM