Before Active Rain and Now ~ A Many Splendored Thing

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Real Estate Agent with Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Well for me its been 18 months........It's like talking about Life Pre-kids and Life After Kids.......Like for many others -  I have to say that Active Rain has given birth to a whole new world for me.

I could talk about how  A/R has taught me discipline..how its allowed me to explore and find and bring to the surface latent passions - my love of writing and photography............I could say that in the 18 months I've been on Active Rain it has taught me more about Real Estate then my previous 18 years of Real Estate combined. 

A/R has brought so many of my fellow Realtors from many of the  States and Provinces to my virtual back yard........and me to theirs! From them  I've learned more about compassion, patience, love, support, encouragement, technology, stats, and duh...of course Blogging!

But the greatest gift by far has been the friends that I have made.  I know I'm not alone in this - but I do feel so blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity of meeting so many of them.  From as Far East in Canada as Toronto- with Sylvie Conde.........to Orlando, Florida - where I met Missy Caulk  (from Ann Arbor) and Gary Mcninch.(from Washington)......

I got my previous job Team Leading at Keller Williams through Active Rain.....and that is where I got to teach our office about blogging and invite..Chris Penner and Terry Chenier.  

It was because of that job I got to go to Texas and meet up with my idol Gary Woltal , Steve Shatsky, Amanda Hall,Melody Botting &Gina Teague in Dallas, the Amazing Jason Crouch and Russell Lewis in Austin - and the delightfully charming Kristin and Sheila Moran  in San Antonio.

Then...most recently I got to meet the gang in Seattle for Raincamp, Brad Andersohn, and Bob Stewart, Claire C., Ben Kinney&  David Aanderud, & Fred Carver from Victoria....Sherry Siegel from Washington andthe fabulous Inspector Duo Steven Smith and Charles Buell........and Rene Fabre from Renton and of course Scott Leaf, Darrell Backen right across the pond from me in Port Coquitlam..Also right here in Chilliwack  my coach friend Tana Plewes & the fabulous homestager Louise Henry !  Wow now I'm overwhelmed, lol~!

Not to mention all the phone calls sharing tears and laughter, heart break and success ~  and e-mails back and forth with so many more...

I'm thinking of making a trip across the U.S. and Canada next summer and of incorporating city stops based on the wonderful people I've come to know! What could be better then that?

 

 

  

                                             

 

If you or someone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling property in Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you would like more information please give Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.     

Copyright © 2009 By Liz Moras, All Rights Reserved. All photos by Liz Moras ( except the one's I'm in!). All information provided by this author is only an opinion, it is not guaranteed, may be based on information collected from several sources, and may be time sensitive.  It is not necessarily representative of the opinions of Landmark Realty Chwk. Ltd..   

                               

 

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Craig Rutman
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Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Great before and after story Liz.

Make sure when you're in NC you stop by the Raleigh area to say hello!

 

October 22, 2009 09:14 AM #15
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Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
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Liz, what a nice post.  Definitely AR has had an effect on our lives. It was definitely great to finally meet my dear friend, whom without, I would have had a much harder time, learning my way around AR. :)

I'm looking forward to your next trip (unless I take one there first). :)

 

October 22, 2009 10:25 AM #16
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

Craig - North Carolina is definitely at the top of my list :-)

Sylvie - you so needto get your butt down here! :-) It was wonderful meeting you - but then I knew I knew you already :-) Too bad I couldn't add any pics of us! :-)

October 22, 2009 10:42 AM #17
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Laura Cerrano
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Liz, What a wonderful collection of pictures.  New York should definitely be a stop on your list, I would love to meet you in person!  And you'd LOVE it here...guaranteed!

October 22, 2009 12:26 PM #18
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
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You're such a name-dropper! =P *Now why didn't I think to kiss a few butts in my entry?* LOL!  j/k  Well done =)

October 22, 2009 08:27 PM #19
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Debbie Walsh
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Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000

Liz-what a great collage of photos.  Where else could you have met so many people from so many places and "meet up" every day? 

  

October 22, 2009 08:42 PM #20
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

Actually Lisa its the other way around! :-) I'm guaranteed not to win anything - because then it would look as if I was and they did! lol..........its so truly only about loving meeting them and wanting to acknowledge them!  If I'd met you you'd be front and centre! Besides I've never met Sally so she's not in there :-)))))

October 22, 2009 08:43 PM #21
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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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Liz -  in 18 short months (has it really only been 18 months) you've gone from a Newbie taking tiny baby steps here in the rain to a prolific blogger who has become an inspiration and mentor to many

as they say you've come a long way baby ...

October 22, 2009 11:36 PM #22
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Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Wow, you have met that many AR members???  Amazing.  And to think you practically passed by my front door this summer.  Maybe next time. 

Who knew Jon was shy???  Isn't that Craig guy shy too lol?

October 23, 2009 12:15 AM #23
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Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC
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Hi Liz...Thanks for the mention, it was fun at Rain Camp.

Cheers, no points for me left today already, but I wanted to say hi!

PS: You should stand up, so we can see you better in a photo :O))

October 24, 2009 01:53 AM #24
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

hi back to you Fred! ;-0 jenny - darn that miss! and craig is so not shy like ya know at least not on here!

kathy - thanks so much for the kind words - you gave me confidence when i had none - thank you!!!

October 24, 2009 03:24 AM #25
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Missy Caulk
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I have to agree, the people that I have met here IRL have changed my life...of course I learn a lot in all the posts. That goes without saying but the friendships are why I stay and others go.....

October 24, 2009 08:34 AM #26
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Liz,

That is a great post and yes one of my best friends now is someone I met here on ActiveRain.  Overall I love the internet....it connects me in so many ways to so many great people.

October 24, 2009 09:37 AM #27
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Liz, it has been a fun journey for YOU and for all of us for that matter. I am so proud of you with your travels that you have got to meet so many of the REAL people out there. My pleasure like Steve Shatsky and others to meet you as well. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the real world another time too!! Great post. You put so much great work into your writing!!!

October 24, 2009 10:40 AM #28
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

Gary - when i have the best to learn from its hard not to be inspired! Thank you friend! you need to come out this way !

Thank you Rebecca -and i bet i know who that friend is!  She's wonderful - unfortunately i haven't kept up with all her great work - shall have to go and try and catch up!

missy - it really is an interesting phenomena isn't it...

October 24, 2009 11:31 AM #29
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Darrell Backen
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I enjoyed reading your post and picked up some interesting information. Thanks.

October 24, 2009 11:01 PM #30
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
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Darrell - glad to see you on here and writing! ;-)

October 25, 2009 01:04 AM #31
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Liz Moras
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Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

Darrell - glad to see you on here and writing! ;-)

October 25, 2009 01:04 AM #32
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Gary McNinch
Better Properties Real Estate - Renton, WA
Broker, Renton WA Real Estate

Liz - Around the country(ies) trip sounds cool.  What a way to go, one rainer to the next to the next.  Fun.

List and Sell (I vote for a year long vacation)   Gary @ RentonHomeFinder.com

October 25, 2009 07:33 PM #33
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Well Gary I don't think I'd base my route solely on that but I would incorporate :-)

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