Active Rain Meet Up...The Other Side of Active Rain

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403
Active Rain Meet Up....The Other Side Of Active Rain.

 Annapolis Meet Up

Amazing things happen when Active Rain bloggers get together. The magic begins when the smiles break out when everyone sees each other. It moves on to the hugs that flow so freely and continues as the cameras, laughs and great conversations come out in full force.

I have been reading many blogs lately about what Active Rain means to them. Many say it is part of their business plan, their way of bringing the calls, the clients and the business their way. I must say I do agree. Active Rain is a fabulous business tool like no other and if you do not use it that way you are missing the boat. But underneath the magic of the business side is a hidden treasure. A treasure filled with friendships new and old and of shared journeys of what this business called real estate brings to each of us.

It is wonderful, especially this time of year, to hear what others have planned for their business in the coming year, to hear the excitement in their voices and to see and hear the networking and sharing of what they can offer each other. And then it happens. Mixed in among all of the 'business side' of what Active Rain is all about are these wonderful people you would never have had the opportunity to know in such a beautiful way.

I was truly the lucky one this time round as I hosted the Rain Camp Meet Up this week. Lucky because there are some fabulous Active Rainers in the area and so many of them took the time to attend and break away from the business side of Active Rain and share the other side. The friendship side.  

John McArthur, Gettysburg Gerry and Rich Iarossi talked non stop. And they say us women are the talkers. Ha! June PiperBrandon brought her friend and settlement officer Valerie Kuester, who is a new blogger along, and it was amazing how many of the same people we knew. Ellie McIntire, which by the way I have no pictures of :0(, brought her new buyers agent Bridgett with her as well as her calendar with her special boy Drew on it. We introduced Bridgett to the art of taking lots of photos. She was like 'what is all this camera stuff?' but soon hers was out and she was joining in the fun. Margaret Woda and Margaret Rome were there which is always magical. The Two Maryland Margarets are a force for sure. Margaret Rome brought Hillary Gibbons and they were having such a great time chatting in the car on the way to the Meet Up they missed their turn to the restaurant and ended up in downtown Annapolis. Too funny.  And what can I say about Mortgage Mama, Bridget McGee. Her smile and enthusiasm always lights up a room and lo and behold she came bearing gifts for all of us. Mine is in the slide show and I love it.

Yes Active Rain is definitely great for our business and it is important that we do not lose our focus on that. But it is also so much more. Each person I mentioned is a hard working, focused business person who all year long focus on just that... business. But at a Meet Up they become friends and that makes all the hard work we do all year long priceless.

It's Just Plain Magic
Active Rain Meet Up...The Other Side of Active Rain

 
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About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 

 

Martha can be reached  at 410-260-2800 ofc or 

martha@homesaroundannapolis.com.

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Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Personal Service, always.
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC

I have not made it to a meet-up yet but look forward to the day! Looks like a great time.

December 17, 2011 07:31 AM
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001

I'm very dissapointed  that I couldn't attend it because I organized and not so successful meet up in my area. .I wish I could've canceled and come up to see you all. . 

December 17, 2011 08:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Martha, sounds like everyone had a great time. Its always nice to put a real face to a blogging photo.

December 17, 2011 08:44 AM
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Debe Maxwell
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate

You have SUCH a wonderful group of bloggers in your area--one of my favorites!  I love my Margarets, Rich, Gerry, John, Ellie, June, YOU...ALL of you!  Oh MY, how I would have LOVE to have been there!  And, this is exactly what makes AR so special!  Loved the photos too.  Happy Holidays, Martha!

December 17, 2011 09:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Looks like a great turnout and a lot of fun.  Have a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year.

December 17, 2011 10:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca

Its like having all your favorite snack foods in one place..a real treat

December 17, 2011 10:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Sylvie Stuart
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagstaff, AZ
Keller Williams Check Realty 928-600-2765

Looks like a great get together! Congrats on a successful event and it's always great to network with great minds!

December 17, 2011 10:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Eileen Burns
Real Estate Broker Ft Lauderdale/Miami/PalmBeach
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach

Martha

Thanks for sharing...love the smilebox.  Meeting live is an opportunity to get to know one another much better than visiting online.  Afterall, we are in the people business.  Merry Christmas to all and glad you had wonderful participation from the Ar community.

We had our Ft Lauderdale meetup last night....I took the AR class on YouTube videos but have been unable to upload as yet.  Will revisit on Monday...off to appointments right now.

Happy new year and by all means plan your next event.

December 17, 2011 11:27 AM
Rainer
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Jennifer Chiongbian
Real Estate Broker - NYC
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses

I hope you guys had a great time.  It was nice to acknowledge that other side of Active Rain!

December 17, 2011 12:32 PM
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JO SOSS
Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
HOMEFRONT Realty

How fun!  I think it is so special that you all have formed this bond together.  Love the photos - thank you for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas!

December 17, 2011 01:42 PM
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Robert & Lisa Hammerstein
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
Keller Williams Valley Realty

Martha - What a nice turnout you guys had. It is what makes Active Rain so special. Thanks for sharing the photo's with us all.

December 17, 2011 01:44 PM
Rainmaker
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Eric Michael
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI

I'll make it to a meet up one day, even if I have to leave Metro Detroit to make it happen!                

December 17, 2011 03:15 PM
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Paula

Thanks! I enjoyed this.

December 17, 2011 03:54 PM
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Debbe Perry
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC
Real Living Carolina Property

Love the description of the  Meet Up, and the Smilebox album!

December 17, 2011 09:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

We had one here in Emeryville Ca and it was a blast.  I am glad I went and look forward to the next one.

December 17, 2011 10:27 PM
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Broker/ Owner HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400

Martha,

You made it magic and with perfection. You made everyone feel so welcome and the time flew by. I love the album and the wonderful write up. You captured with words what we shared. A treat to attend..a treat to read about and a treat to see the photos.

You are so special.

With a great deal of admiration and appreciation.

Margaret

December 17, 2011 11:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Bridget McGee
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061

Thanks so much for organizing a wonderful meetup.  I don't think it would have happened if you didn't make it happen.  Look at you, a feature and everything!!  A great meeting, a fabulous location, amazing people, another Maryland ActiveRain Success.  I love that we keep adding new faces to the group! 

Next time we are going to make sure that there are about 20 pictures of Ellie McIntire and that Bridget Oppenheimer pokes her head in the pictures..she's hidden in the back!

You are wonderful and I am glad you like your lighted present!

Mortgage Mama

December 17, 2011 11:35 PM
Rainer
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Akerly Real Estate Team Manhattan & Brooklyn Real Estate
Akerly Real Estate Team

We hosted two AR meetups this year.  I think they work to promote broker-to-broker relationships, but unfortunately, they completely fail to replicate Rain Camp as AR had hoped.

December 18, 2011 01:15 AM
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Dörte Engel
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton
RE/MAX Leading Edge

Dear Martha,

Sounds like it was wonderful. Hope to make it next time and hope to work with you again real soon.

December 18, 2011 11:48 AM
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Elisa Uribe- Realtor
Oakland CA Homes for Sale
Wells and Bennett Realtors

Great photo and so nice to have had such a good group of professionals get together. I went to the one in our area too and it was a lot of fun, familiary faces too:)

December 19, 2011 08:28 PM
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