Active Rain and Localism Week-in-Review ~ 12/16/07 - 12/23/07

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine NH and Maine Broker



Winter Lamp Post 


My first time doing the Week-in-Review, "Around the Puddle, Week in Review #7 ~ 12/19/06 - 12/25/06" was one year ago this week.  And I was down here in Florida with my family then, as I am now. 



Back then, we had maybe 5,000 members, so the reading of all those posts was far easier than now, when we have 62,615 members.  Having done these reviews several times before, I knew to start early, and I began my reading for this review this past Sunday, and bookmarked those that caught my eye. 

 

 

This Week-in-Review is a combination of Active Rain picks and Localism picks.  And then I added some special selections at the end.

 


Active Rain Picks of the Week:

Kathy McGraw
Kathy's post, "Christmas Gifts for Everyone...even the poor" reminds us just what really is important at Christmas, and always.  Beautifully written, and a post I hope everyone makes a point to go read.



Sarah Cooper - Hurricane West VirginiaSarah's post, "The Internet Takes Distance Away: A Strange Way to Write a Book Review", tells us just that, how the internet has made all of our worlds just a little bit smaller through various connections made on-line.

Margaret Woda
I could so relate to Margaret's post, "Is Active Rain Your Significant Other?".  And knowing many of you here, I would imagine there are plenty of us who can relate to this post.  Go read it and see for yourself!


Lovely Laurie Manny
Laurie found a fabulous new Google tool that she shared with us in this post, "Remodeling Your Homes? Check out Google Sketchup-a Free Tool!"!  I think you'll find plenty of uses for Google Sketchup, plus it's FREE!! 


Jason CrouchIf you're having a little difficulty dealing with sellers expecting you to adjust your commissions in a direction you don't it to go in, check out Jason's post, "Get Your Hand Out of My Pocket - Handling Commission Beggars".  There's some great help in the post, as well as in the comments here.

Kate HartKate's post was eye-opening for me in that I learned that stagers grapple with many of the same kinds of issues we deal with - good and bad.  The more we learn, the better equipped we are, and I certainly learned some things about staging in, "What Are Your Resolutions for Your Business for 2008?"

janeAnneOur eco-friend here in the Rain, janeAnne "Green-o-Lina", announced the winners of a really great contest, "Ring the Bells - and the Winners ARE..".  I learned a lot about 'green' in real estate.  Each of those posts are really worth taking some time to read - I hope you'll check out not only this post, but those listed there as well. 

Sarah CooperThis post of Sarah's is a MUST-READ for those of us who not only post here on AR, but on our outside blogs as well.  Protect your material, and here are ways to do just that in, "Who Owns What You Write?"  This is a question that gets asked here over and over.

Neal Bloom
As we all get more experienced writing posts here, and on our outside blogs, we begin to want more and more flexibility with what we have here on AR.  Neal has a few suggestions in this post, "AR Double Dashboard for Everyone", that I think many of us would enjoy having.





My top picks for Localism this week:

Laurie Manny
We all find ourselves, from time to time, dealing with sellers who are going through divorce.  Laurie's post, "Divorce and Long Beach Real Estate" gives us some language to help us convey to sellers how important our neutrality is as their agents.  I'm loving "Switzerland"!

Monika
If you've never been to the coast of New Hampshire, you can take a beautiful virtual trip there in Monika's post, "New Hampshire's Seacoast, A Magical Winter Wonderland".  Since I live right where Monika wrote about, I can tell you it is gorgeous all year long!

Mariana and DerekI chose two posts that Mariana wrote this week.  The first, "Our Top 12 Articles For Home Sellers in the Current Real Estate Market", is a great example of using the strength of your own posts to help your clients understand the market.  Her second post, "Why Are There Fewer Buyers in Today's Real Estate Market?", is a great read to help with conversations with our sellers who might not fully understand today's market.

Becky Troutt
Becky's post on "Braden Castle Park" is a wonderful historical post on this park with some great pictures to show us around the park area. 

Penny Hull
Penny wrote a great post for potential buyers in her area who are struggling with, "Moving? Buy Now or Rent and Buy in a Year - Some Things to Think About".  Great breakdown of the costs involved with both.

Jeff Dowler
Jeff clearly shows his knowledge and expertise in his market in his post, "Carlsbad Homes - Buyers, The Choices Are Yours, and There Are Many".  Great use of local links and pictures to show off his area.  This is a fabulous local post!

Andrew Lenza

Andrew takes us on a beautiful nature walk through his Allaire State Park in, "How Small A Space We Occupy in Nature: Howell Township's Allaire State Park".


Tom Braatz
Tom provides humor and history about how the beer capitol of the world came to be in his post, "What Made Milwaukee Famous: The Beer Capital of the World!!!".  This is a fun and educational read on his town.

Georgina Hunter
Georgina tempts us with a glimpse into her bit of paradise in, "Stable Road in Sprecklesville Maui - A Windsurfer's Paradise".  Paradise, indeed - beautiful pictures!


Kathy Scott
Kathy takes up on a trip to Canada from Washington via boat in this post, "From Port Angeles to Victoria".   




In my opinion, no review of this week would be complete without the inclusion of two very special, very personal posts that were written by two wonderful ladies here on AR.

Maggie Dokic

Maggie shared a very personal poem with us about a dream she had, and I believe that dream was a special Christmas gift just for her...... "Just Once More"


Monika McGillicuddy
Monika shows the world her love for her husband in her post hoping to find Jay's birth mother, "A Letter to My Husband's Birth Mother....wherever you are".  I wish Monika and Jay exactly what they're hoping for......




I wish you all a wonderful Christmas - full of love, family, friends, and all kinds of good things!!  And I wish for all of us a TERRIFIC 2008!! 

This video is for all to enjoy, and is dedicated to the Lovely Ladies of the Rain......   ;-)


To read additional Weeks-in-Review, check out the past posts in the Week-in-Review Group.  You'll find lots of great reading there, and you'll get to know some awesome members as well!

For those who do these reviews in the future, the best advice I can give you is to start right away doing your reading - it will be far easier and much more enjoyable that way instead of trying to do it all at once, which is impossible.

There will be no recreations of any type regarding the titles or content of this group or Review without the permission and expressed written consent of me and/or the Groups founder-Copyright 2007

                                               Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

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Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers
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Did you get any shopping done this week? Good post!
Dec 25, 2007 09:37 PM #55
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Alan Burwell
McHugh Realtors - Sequim, WA
Ann,  Thank you for the shout out!!!   The Coho is just one of many fabulous things on the North Olympic Peninsula that should be visited.
Dec 25, 2007 10:24 PM #56
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Desiree Daniels
RE/MAX Tri County - Robbinsville, NJ
Ann - Great review.  I hope your having a wonderful holiday and here's to a happy, healthy prosperous New Year!!!   Have a great one!
Dec 25, 2007 11:06 PM #57
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Andrew - I'm one of those that starts shopping the day after Christmas, and am usually done shortly thereafter, except for small little gifts here and there.  But thanks for asking!  ;-)

Kathy - you're very welcome!  Thanks for sharing that post with us - nicely done.

Hey Dez - thanks, and the very same to you as well!


Many thanks for the comments, and I wish you all a terrific 2008!
Ann

Dec 26, 2007 06:50 PM #58
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Sharon Simms
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Ann - I don't know where you find the time to do this, especially with the holidays and all the members we have now. You chose some wonderful ones for the season, which I'd missed for that very reason, so sit here with tears running down. Thank you for sharing the spirit of Christmas.
Dec 26, 2007 08:41 PM #59
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hi Sharon - you're very welcome!  And clearly you felt about those posts just as I did, tears ran down my face as well.

I hope you had a very enjoyable Christmas - love that Kindle you got!  I'm heading back from today from being down here in central Florida for Christmas. 

Happy New Year!
Ann

Dec 27, 2007 07:51 AM #60
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Andrew - you're very welcome!  You wrote a really nice post with some great pictures - great localism post for consumers in your area or thinking about moving to your area.

Happy New Year!
Ann

Dec 28, 2007 12:47 PM #61
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"Tommy" Decebal
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Wishing You HAPPY HOLIDAYS and Best Wishes for A GREAT YEAR 2008.

Tommy   Nassau/Suffolk/Queens Home Inspections New York Certified Home Inspector Long Island NY 

Dec 28, 2007 10:59 PM #62
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Mike Klijanowicz
Baltimore & Harford County Maryland - RE/MAX AMERICAN DREAM - Perry Hall, MD
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Nice Job with your picks this week!  I too found many of them entertaining with quality information in them...
Dec 29, 2007 09:25 AM #63
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

"Tommy" - thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year to you as well. 

Michael - thanks!  Glad you enjoyed them as I did, and I appreciate your comment.


Thanks,
Ann

Dec 29, 2007 04:17 PM #64
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William Moore
Innovative Realty - Londonderry, NH
Yikes, where do you find the time to read all this and still have a career and family life????
Dec 29, 2007 10:03 PM #65
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
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Ann- What a wonderful job you did on this week in review. That is a lot of work and  a lot of reading! Thanks for doing this for everyone. I love Margaret Woda's post. Katerina
Dec 30, 2007 12:39 AM #66
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Ann Cummings
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Hi William - I have done these reviews in the past, so I knew to start marking those posts I was considering for this review on the first day of the week I was reviewing.  That made it much easier for me.  Plus I was down at my family's for the Christmas holiday, so I was squeezing this in amongst that as well.  Thanks for reading!

Happy New Year!
Ann

Dec 30, 2007 08:34 AM #67
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hi Katerina - thank you so much!  I really enjoyed Margaret's post, too.  As soon as I read that one, I knew I was going to include it in this review.

Happy New Year to you!
Ann

Dec 30, 2007 08:35 AM #68
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
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Ann - you are the queen of Localism - wish I had known you were here would  have loved to have tried to meet in person - maybe next year. It's amazing how much things have changed in the 9 months since I joined and it's funny how it feels with their being so many new faces I don't know - like Ines I miss it but the ROI is exponential so I guess I've flown the coup to be the visitor rather than the "addict" I was in spring and summer - lol - Wishing you all the best in 2008    
Dec 31, 2007 12:44 AM #69
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Cyndee - thanks for your comments.  I come down to Florida several times a year, so we'll have a few chances to try to get together.  You're right about all the changes that have taken place, and about all the learning there is to take part in here.  I really think I've learned more here on AR than I ever could have in a year's worth of classes and conventions.  I'm sure of that!  I sometimes feel like a visitor as well....

Happy New Year to you!
Ann

Dec 31, 2007 07:28 AM #70
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Georgie Hunter
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
This is a great post!  Thanks for letting me know I was on here!  Happy New Year to you.
Dec 31, 2007 06:49 PM #71
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hi Georgina - you're very welcome, and that was a great post you wrote to get here!  Keep up the great job you're doing on your area posts - I love reading about all the different areas we all service.

Happy New Year!!
Ann

Dec 31, 2007 06:55 PM #72
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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Awe...

You dedicated it to the Lovelies. That's sweet :)

What happened with Jay has to be one of the most amazing things I have seen on AR. Absolutely amazing :)

ROARING good job on this Ann. Sorry I missed it. I see it was posted on Christmas Eve. That explains it :)

That whole life, family, freinds, work and work outs have a way of cutting into my blogging time. Don't ya hate it when that happens? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jan 03, 2008 12:04 PM #73
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Ann Cummings
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Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hi TLW - yep, Jay's story surely takes the cake for the year, and probably for all time, I'd think.  Not too often a story like that comes along and plays out right before your eyes - the eyes of AR!

Funny how that kind of stuff manages to cut into computer time - does that to me at times, too.  Never mind Christmas being in there!  Hope you had a great one with your family and your new home!

Happy New Year!
Ann

Jan 03, 2008 01:39 PM #74
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