Arlene Fisher Blaker, Arlene Blaker Doing business the RIGHT way  (FitzGerald Financial Group )

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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Arlene Fisher Blaker - just keep an eye on a post from Kerrie La Guardia about upcoming ActiveRain meetups - and decide which one (or two or three) you want to attend! 

Mar 24, 2015 02:42 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Arlene Fisher Blaker - you are in MD - not sure how far from Baltimore. Look out for ActiveRain meet up hosted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and few other prominent ActiveRain members. We have lots of fun together! And I am sure you will, too.

Mar 23, 2015 03:10 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have met several at meetups and other meetings in the area. It is always fun to see fellow AR members. I met one in FL on vacation too.

Mar 23, 2015 12:53 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I do try to visit AR members when possible during my travels.  Good to hear that you had a good meeting.

Jan 06, 2020 10:58 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have not.

Jul 04, 2018 06:23 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

I met a few.

Mar 16, 2018 09:47 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Yes we have!

Aug 02, 2017 05:57 AM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

I have not met many active rain agents.  Only a couple by chance

Apr 01, 2015 11:07 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Yes, I have met them at the Active Rain meetup in Charlotte NC when I first started in AR; and I've met Mary Yonkers twice as she traveled through West Virginia.

Mar 28, 2015 11:32 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Yes I have and had the pleasure to do business with a couple of our top blogger here in the Greater New Orleans area.

Mar 26, 2015 10:48 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I usually invite other Realtors for lunch or coffee.... I am making friends not soliciting for referrals. If I refer a potential client it will be to someone in my office that has the expertise in the area or transaction. 

Texas is large so sometimes I will refer to other agents who live in the area close to where the client want to buy or rent.

So don't expect to have someone meet up with you if they know the only expectation from you is a referral from them.... be old friends first. The referrals will come within time.


Mar 25, 2015 05:24 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Arlene- I enjoyed meeting you too and look forward to working with you in the future! and having lunch with you and Margaret Rome!

Mar 24, 2015 09:57 PM
Jane Kalinowsky
Pantanella & Partners - Redondo Beach, CA
3rd Generation REALTOR® SRES®, CCS® (Luxury)

Great Idea! I'm game for meeting other agents.I know a few of the tech junkies out here that are on AR.  I have a few AR agents I would love to meet... I would like to have a variety of agents I can bounce ideas off. We all need to improve in an area of real estate...

The purpose: Do I really need to make a list of how important it is for me to be active with my fellow agents? Just maybe, I love what I do and I am open for any suggestions to better my career. I guess being on AR will help me with all my questions. I can hide behind my keyboard now.... (not)

Mar 24, 2015 06:56 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Arlene Fisher Blaker ....My wife and I had the great pleasure of having dinner with an ACTIVERAIN Legend ....Roy and Dolores Kelly! It was last summer when we were in MD ....we had a great dinner and a great time together!

Mar 24, 2015 10:04 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yup! Meet-ups and conversations over the telephone. Plus, a great source for referrals and referral partnerships.

Mar 24, 2015 06:10 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I've met quite a few Rainers over the last few years, and talked to many more on the phone.  It's never like meeting a stranger, more like just meeting a long time friend, just in person for the first time.  Much gained from those meetings too, both in knowledge and friendship.  I've got quite a few more Rainers I'd love to meet in person someday.

Mar 24, 2015 04:42 AM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Arlene. That is my mom's name too so it's nice to see someone with that name.


I have met many people via Active Rain. I have not been able to attend the meet ups lately but it's one opportunity that I would not miss.

We are all competing for the same buyers and sellers. Active Rain makes it possible to overlook that and instead to make contacts whether it be for referrals or advice. I doubt we would be able to overlook the competition as we are competing with each other without Active Rain. It would be difficult. Would it be impossible? Perhaps not but Active Rain meet ups help with that and we benefit with the contacts.

Mar 24, 2015 04:07 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Yes, I have met several fellow Realtors due to AR and blogging.  It's always good to meet in person and really get to know who we are talking with.

Mar 23, 2015 11:21 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

What would be the point of such a meeting?

Now if someone were to say or accept an offer to develop the official "Five Open House Strategies' manual, now we are talking about purpose. 

Or let's start slow. Lets meet up and provide analysis of our CTA and landing pages.

Or, I've got this bundle of dead end leads that I'll swap for your dead enders.

Ok, we can do this with a Marquita on the rocks. Now, that is a meet up that will be revealing and potentially worthwhile.

There are plenty of real estate brokers, mortgage lenders, title companies, home inspectors, and warranty vendors who are willing to waste my time and pick up the tab. That is why, purpose is important to me.

You don't know someone until you labor together. (who they are reveals when things go wrong) So, let's get to know each other.


Mar 23, 2015 11:05 PM
Arlene Fisher Blaker
FitzGerald Financial Group - Owings Mills, MD
Arlene Blaker Doing business the RIGHT way

That was a lot of positive feed back in a very short time frame. Results are always because of the people involved. Clearly there are some very sharp Realtors that participate on AR>

I will look forward to meeting more in person.


Mar 23, 2015 10:44 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Yes, at a active rain meetup

Mar 23, 2015 08:34 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I attended meet up this year. It was nice. I'll do it again next time. I called a few members too. I'm planning keep on calling and would be happy to hear from any of you.

Mar 23, 2015 06:37 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have met many members in person. It's really fun and I agree that everyone should try to meet up with other members whenever possible. 

Mar 23, 2015 03:00 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have met several at meetups and CE classes and I recommended (and met) Charles Buell to my clients for their home inspection. 

Mar 23, 2015 02:44 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

That sounds like a great idea.  I have commented on several today that I have not in the past.

Mar 23, 2015 02:36 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, I have been to and hosted meetups, attending barcamps when they use to have them.

Mar 23, 2015 02:24 PM
Arlene Fisher Blaker
FitzGerald Financial Group - Owings Mills, MD
Arlene Blaker Doing business the RIGHT way

That was really funny. I needed that after my long day. Thanks

Mar 23, 2015 11:33 AM