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The ActiveRain Open House Was Awesome

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

The ActiveRain Open House Was Awesome

I was thrilled to be there not only because spending time with the people living in my computer is always a sweet treat but because Lenn Harley went out of her way to attend the first ever ActiveRain Open House. I am star struck and in awe of this woman. I love the way her mind works and as far as I am concerned no one does hard core real estate the way Lenn Harley does.

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

While watching Margaret Rome and Lenn Harley chat I felt as if I were in the middle of an ActiveRain Group Club Chaos convention (LOL). The 991 writers of Club Chaos have produced approximately 27,591 blog posts since June 23, 2008. As one of the group's founders, and someone who routinely lurks on their real estate blogs, it was a pleasure and a privilege to get to spend quality time with some of the best minds the real estate industry has to offer. Lenn has a standing invitation to use any picture off of my blog she likes. Very few people get Card Blanche with me (especially with my work because Carte blanche is French for “blank card,” meaning one that can be filled in as a person wishes) but there are several that totally knock my socks off and I consider them family.

BTW, after our business is done we are doing a sleep over on Tuesday. When I check out of the Hilton I will be eventually checking in with Lenn. Yay! She is the copyright queen, a huge influence and my friend so I am doing the snoopy dance with the anticipation of a great visit. I absolutely adore her and am looking forward to being her guest on Tuesday because I am a sucker for sushi, shotguns and girl talk. There is more to me than Hagen Daz. The list is long. Seriously long and a wee bit twisted (LOL). ;-)

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Have you ever had the pleasure to meet Erica Rome? She has an amazing musical gift and a wicked sense of humor that really appeals to my quirky nature. I'm into snarky banter and am already prone to say just about anything that is on my mind, so it is always mad fun to mildly misbehave when I am with her (LOL). You can't be snarky with just anyone because some people don't get irony. She's fun, still waiting for me to grow up and I keep hinting I might do that when I'm 50. "Might" being the operative word (LOL). Then again... why should I? I like having fun, giggle frequently and recently discovered kids have a way of keeping you young. BTW, I am having my second childhood with and without the little minions in tow, so I guess that means I don't mind playing with my blogging buddy's kids, even if they are already grown (LOL).

My kids have been teaching me how to frolic and the rule is practice does not make perfect unless you practice perfectly (LMAO). Sometimes, I slip into my practice shoes and have at it when I am really comfortable with the people I am hanging out with. You can not do that with everyone. You have to pick and choose because people tend to try you on for size before they trust you. Newbies, a small word of advice: The best jobs are the ones that do not feel like work and have the added bonus of being something you can share with the people you care about while you make new acquaintances and friends. Find something you love about your profession to hang onto (things can get tough), then make it your business to have fun with it. :-)

In my case, I am very happily addicted to blogging because I realize when my kids get older they'll have so much raw material to share with their hypothetical kids. Sometimes, bloggers can give perspective to history in the making, like with 9/11 eye witness accounts or mourning the destruction of Shea Stadium while learning to embrace Citi Field. Writing is fun for me and I look forward to having pleasant conversations with my readers, friends and family about the stuff that I find interesting. I look forward to sharing DVDs and PDFs with my potential grand-kids because if you get the right mix of professionals together in the same spot at the same time anything can happen... You can learn something from just about any type of story told if you bother to pay attention to what is going on.

Friendships can create magic and inspire comraderie to the point where a writer will drive 255 miles to share a meal and a significant moment. Business trips can become a major source of pleasure if the people you associate with are really nice. I think the ActiveRain Community is a wonderful place to park my digital diary because I think my friends are wonderful and when the shorties inherit the business they may be inheriting some of my best business friends as well. If you don't write about the people that matter to you, how will others know who they are? Sometimes, I wonder how many cases of paper it's going to take to print this puppy out and catalog all those notes. 882 of those 27,591 blog posts belong to me and if this keeps up I may have to create a library to store it in (LOL). ;-)

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When you really like a writer you start printing them out and sending links so other people can discover them. Link love can be a lot of fun if you can get your friends and family to meet you at a particular place and time. There is no point in doing social media if you have no intention of ever being social. The cool thing about blogging is that people can take their time to catch up with you when ever they want. I think that's why I really enjoyed myself today. Yes, I did quite a bit of work but I also got to socialize, explore Maryland and play.

Prior, I got to spend a little bit of time with Margaret Woda during REBar Camp and I routinely lurk on her blog, so it was a real treat to see her again in MD at the ActiveRain Open House. Richard Iarossi and I have been chatting through social media accounts for approximately two years. Two days of lively conversation with Richard and I parted company feeling as if I've known him forever.

Bloggers who are transparent writers have a way of making you feel totally at home because you know them through their writing. You hear their voice through the rich texture of their diction and share what they see through their photographs and video clips so when you do get to finally meet you feel as if you just spoke with them the other day and are simply picking up where you left off from a previous conversation.

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Realtor Magazine was on hand covering the event. If you ever get a chance to chat with Gabe you should. He's a very nice man who knows what he's doing and does it very well. I am sooooooo into digital tech and always enjoy watching film crews do their thing. One of the things I love about living in New York City is the fact that there is always a movie being made somewhere. :-)

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I particularly enjoyed hanging out in the kitchen (the basket of cookies and good company caught my eye).

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Margaret Rome selected a country house for the AR open and brought lots of goodies. It's a comfortable place with a huge yard, one I could very easily imagine my kids running amok in. I cell phone e-mailed a few of my buyers to see if they want to come down and take a look while I enjoyed spending some time with Gabe, Katherine and Helen. I am going to Barnes and Nobles after dinner to see if I can find Katherine Tarbox's book. Helen Dellheim is coming to New York City for a visit so we're gonna hook up and I am taking her to Yotveta and Kyoto. There are a few interesting little get togethers being planned and plotted by this group. I like small, intimate gatherings. You can really have a great conversation if there are not too many guests that need your attention. We had a nice turn out and the ebb and flow of visitors made me very happy that I and my TomTom only got lost a little bit. I would have been very upset if I had missed some of my fave writers. I didn't get to make the acquaintance of everyone today because a few people were leaving when I arrived. People kept coming when we started to leave for pizza at the Upper Crust. That was very cool. I think this is a tradition that is really going to take off if today was any indication of the things to come. :-)

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I would love to fit this into my business plan because I am still blown away that I went to an open house with Margaret Woda, Dr. Stacey Ann Baugh and Martha Brown... What can I say except that I have a big, stupid cool aid grin plastered on my face (LOL). Tickled pink is an understatement because Martha and I have been Facebooking each other to death talking about one day getting together. I have been waiting to hug this woman for over a year and a half so today was a big deal for me. I finally got that taken care of and will happily admit to hugging several of my friends. It was even more fun to discover new things about them their blogs don't reveal.

Dr. Stacey is da bomb diggity. We have been chatting and laughing all afternoon. I frequently lurk on her blog and we are taking our wee ones on a play date to the zoo and the aquarium. Stay tuned for some very interesting Life With Wee People posts. She has a four year old waiting to meet my three year old, Stephen, the Blur Minion, who is a very adventurous, social little man. This might become a bi-monthly thing because it really is a nice ride and doesn't take that long to go from New York City to Maryland. We like going on road trips so get comfy with the idea I will be making more of them. The shorties need to get out more, stretch those tiny little minds and meet new people. They enjoy seeing themselves online and I enjoy watching them discover new things. The Brooklyn aquarium is an old friend to them so checking out the Maryland one will keep them very busy with the Localism project.

Did I mention I like invading states? I do you know... Frequently. I share a lot but don't tell you everything  because I have been hoarding my eye candy and writing chapters. Yes. Blame it on the books (LOL). ;-)

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We all know Bridget McGee as the Mortgage Mama. What you might not know is if you get Bridget, Richard and Dr. Stacey together for a conversation you will not stop laughing as long as the three of them are bantering back and forth. This is why I always advocate gravitating towards people who are witty and smart. If you select the right friends your vocabulary will improve and learning something new will make you very happy. Fun people make submitting to the process a no brainer. In the words of Granny Tann: "I will do boring once but I wont do it twice." (LOL)

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Martha Brown, Katherine Tarbox, Carolyn Tann-Starr and Helen L. Dellheim... Hmm... I bet you wish you were a fly on the wall for our country kitchen conversations (LMAO).

I have some friends who tried to make it but couldn't. Maybe next time...

For a couple of them I found myself wanting to say you ought not to always be a passive reader only interested in trolling for business but you should come when bloggers invite you to attend free events. We invite you personally because we really want to see you. Social media tweet-ups can be mad fun as well as useful. That's why we have them. Some people think they are not missing anything by constantly ignoring invitations to simply show up and be because they don't see the beauty in allowing people to discover who you are and respond to what they learn and know.

If not for social media I certainly would not be hanging out with the Senior Editor of Realtor Magazine, a bunch of classy bloggers and an amazing attorney.

I'd be running the street with clients (as usual), watching BBC television on Netflix, skyping with my fave Brits, cooking dinner and minion sitting instead of hubby (LOL). I tried to get him to come to MD with the shorties but Mike declined. It would have been nice to let Noah run loose with the camera. He's quite the shutter bug. He would have loved this place. ;-)

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Little Dude would have been all for the Christmas shot in front of the fireplace pose (LOL).

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My kids would have enjoyed being surrounded by Realtors. They think they are mini-Realtors in the making. I hope the next time I come to Maryland I get to meet Ellie McIntire's wee one. If baby is anything like Mama I am in love. 

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To know Ellie is to love Ellie. In the blink of an eye we clicked.

I just wish I could figure out how I managed to spend the afternoon with Anne Hruby and not get a single picture. Talk about "Duh???" moment. She sat next to me in the pizza shop and I was going to take her hostage later on but I forgot (LOL).

Talk about having a senior moment (LMAO). She just recently joined ActiveRain and doesn't have a profile picture up. I was going to do something about that tonight. Virgin bloggers are a fun challenge for me and we all know what happens if you get remanded to the Club Chaos boot Camp. You can't go home until you write a blog post. Chicka escaped writer's jail because I got distracted by food twice. Bad virtual writing warden (LOL).

She's teaching a GRI class tomorrow. Hmm... Are you thinking what I'm thinking? (ROTFLMAO)

If you're not or clueless you obviously don't read my blog (LOL). Go here to bring yourself up to speed if you dare. It's fun helping newbies get started blogging. Mid April will be two years for me. ;-)

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BTW, the pizza here was excellent.

Feel free to go to the Upper Crust Pizza/Grille located at 9161 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills MD 21117 to find out. This Native New Yorker has absolutely no complaints. It's a cool spot to hang out in and they were kind enough to push a whole bunch of tables together for us.

The first ActiveRain Open House was an awesome experience. The conversations and company was priceless. Looking forward to brokers hosting many more. :-)






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Comment balloon 86 commentsC Tann-Starr • March 08 2010 10:15PM


I had real fun at the Seattle AR bash a few months back.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Steven, this place is great. RainCamp was very cool. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

It was really nice to meet and get to know you better this weekend.  I look forward to our trips to the zoo, etc.  Thank you so much for the gift.  I am at a loss for words.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 10 years ago

WOW ! - This BETTER get FEATURED !!!! ... I am double-flagging it !

What an amazing recap of encounters with some AR STARS !!!!!

Brilliantly commentary as always, and love to see the pics of the happy, smiley AR family !!

Awesome !!!

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 10 years ago

Dr. Stacey, you are very welcome and it was a pleasure spending quality time with you. I am really looking forward to our next get together.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thank you, Sheldon. I had an amazing day. Looking forward to tomorrow. I get to hang with Lenn. We're having a sleep over. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, what an amazing day!  I have to tell you that I don't always read every single word of your posts but this one was so great I felt as if I were there!  Thanks for sharing your good time.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 10 years ago

I could not have said it better myself, so I am just heading to re-blog.  You are a hoot and I look forward to more meetings!  Count me in with the wee ones trip.  I have a 4 year old.  Maybe we should do an AR mommies and kiddies get together the next time you are in town!

Maryland Mortgage Mama

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 10 years ago

Carolyn - It looks like you had a fantabulous day.  :)  I would love the opportunity to meet you, Margaret Rome, Margaret Woda, Dr. Stacey, Rich, and Lenn Harley in the same day.  Awesome stuff -

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

So glad we finally got to meet and the hug was such a special treat for sure. Sorry I could not spend more time together. Next time for sure.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 10 years ago

I enjoy getting together with those that I've met here on AR and look forward to meeting more at Rain Camp in Vegas.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 10 years ago

Geez that was long! O_O But hey! I recognize those faces. And LOL at my visual of you doing the Snoopy Dance. hee hee


Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Wow what a gathering of terrific AR folks. THanks for sharing the experience AND the wonderful pics.

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 10 years ago

OMG, C-Tann - how AMAZING that must have been! I would have driven 250+ miles! Thanks for posting the photos and sharing the scoop!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Wowee!  You sure brought a lot to my screen tonight. A great group of people...a wonderful experience and you captivated this audience with your cover story!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Looks like everyone was having a great time. Would be nice to meet many of our online friends.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I always enjoy attending AR events and it's a pleasure meeting participants in person! What a great crowd at this one!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing your interpretation of the first AR Open House and its success.  I felt like I was there with you as you introduced all the familiar Active Rain faces.  Hopefully the finished product that Realtor.com puts out will encourage more of the same in different areas of the country.

Wouldn't it be great to see a different Open House event a month in different sections of the country that many ARainers in that area could attend and get to meet each other and than do as you have just done -- post a great recap for the rest of us!

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 10 years ago
Wow that is awesome for a big get together. I've been a member of AR for two months now and I am amazed how people are connecting. It's great to be apart of the AR family!!!!
Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) over 10 years ago

Gotta say, I am soooo jealous ! What fun....if Maryland were closer, e would have been there and outstanding sharing of talent !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 10 years ago

Looks and sounds like you hard a fun learning experience.

Posted by Scott Fogleman, Greater Good Group (New Home Team 804-573-9592) over 10 years ago

That looks like everyone had fun. I recognize the faces and need to go to one of the next open houses!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 10 years ago

I really regret not going there now. . thanks a lot! 

Very nice report and I can wait for rain camp in DC to see you all

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 10 years ago

Judging by the photos, it looks like you guys had a great time! I went to a Rain Camp in Dallas, TX recently. Great time and learning experience with people "living in your computer". :)

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) over 10 years ago

C, what a wonderful experience! On the whole, most of those ladies are ones I read already, and I have come to respect and enjoy them here in the 'rain. And Lenn, well, what more is there to say? I had the pleasure of speaking to her on the phone and getting some awesome ideas and support from her. She is awesome, the Queen of Real Estate as far as I am concerned.

Thank you for the wonderful pictures. Have some sushi for me!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

C Tann,

You are even better in person than your on line persona. Thanks for driving down to join us. I look forward to seeing you again.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Wow, what a great event, I would love to meet all those lovely woman in real life. Yea I  would be a little star struck too. Great shots, and story.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

C - What a fantastic event and kudos to Margaret Rome for hosting the dinner and open house. I am looking forward to reading the article on her in Realtor Magazine. Looks like you had a wonderful time AND there is more fun in store. Can't wait to read about the sleep over at Lenn's.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 10 years ago

C- what are great opportunity to connect with all these terrific members in person.  Thanks for sharing the photos.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Carolyn: Let me thank you for leading me down the path of an AR event---I feel like I was there, for gosh sakes!...and to be able to able to say you spent time with Lenn Harley?!!! What a trip and I read every word of your post---you are so prolific and real that I am going to have to take the day off just to catch up on your stuff. Thanks for bringing the event to life for all of us!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 10 years ago


I have been following the blogs on this event...what fun ... I can't wait until we have an AR open house in the Atlanta area 

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Great stuff, C. This post made me feel like I was there. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 10 years ago


What fun it must have been.  I loved reading this and seeing all of the pics.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Judi in Oklahoma

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 10 years ago

Good morning. Going in the shower. Margaret and I are getting together then I'm checking out. I have a few appointments today and shall be collecting lots of eye candy. Lenn and I will catch up this afternoon.

Richard, Melodious and I have been waiting to have that PJ Blogging party on your back porch since the hilarity of the yellow boxers event (LOL). You and Julie Chapman have sooooo got to host some AR Open Houses. Seriously!!! My cousins would love you guys and i have every intention of crashing at their lovely homes. I have to get down there very soon. Going on an eye candy hunt with you would be amazing. :-)

Paula, meeting Lenn is like going to a concert and having someone hand you back stage passes to be with the band (LOL). ;-)

Jennifer, wouldn't it be cool if we could do this upstate? Oh my word... it would be mad fun. Us New Yorkers have to talk. :-)

Judy, I keep thinking I'm supposed to go visit and relax but I am soooooo hyped (LOL).

Thank you, Missy. It was a real treat. :-)

Thank you, Richard. I look forward to getting together the next time I visit with the wee people. :-)

Thank you, Andrea. I'll let you guys know what we are up to.

I really do have to shower and make my breakfast appointment. Margaret is still working with Realtor Magazine. Will be back to chat later. Got some eye candy to collect. I promised my boys some interesting pictures. I have four more posts that need to go up. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago


What a wonderful opportunity, wish I didn't live so far, I would have taken the drive! Thanks for the pics and the update.

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carolyn. The pleasure was all ours. It was a real treat to meet you in person. You are larger than life.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Well........sorry that I had so much to do on Monday or I would have driven up. It was nice to share dinner with the group on Sunday night. We didn't get to talk much, you at one end of the room and me at the other. Of course, Rich and I had time to just chat about Santa's, Queens and life in this area. Old guys are perfectly happy to sit and eat Italian and let the ladies enjoy socializing. 

Had I had the chance, I would have told you how much I enjoy your posts. I did get a chance to chat with Margaret and her husband of 501 months ( I think it has a chance of lasting ).  Stacey had time to catch up with Lourdes. Lourdes had a chance to meet Bridget.

I had chicken parm and a pizzan pal.

Free meal...that happens from time to time. A night with passionate folks that I admire..well that was priceless.  The group that made it to the open house...some of the finest minds in our industry.

Thanks for sharing the day.

Posted by John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood) over 10 years ago

Hi C, Not only your pictures but your words conveyed so many wonderful accounts of this meeting, I felt like I was there.....talk about written from the heart, I read every single word and loved this post so much!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Only thing missing in one of those great pictures C was Me-LOL. Thanks for sharing. Really wished that I could've been there to finally meet you and the rest of the crew. I see you are enjoying your time in Maryland. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 10 years ago

I see how it is now...you leave all your NY/NJ friends to go have fun in MD.

BTW- I think this post is about 5 in 1.

Enjoy the rest of your trip and speak with you soon.


Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) over 10 years ago

.. not to mention the chance to meet the seriously "infectious" C-Tann-Starr!!

Posted by Alan May, There's no place like home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago

C-Tann - I love that big red sofa!!

You are an amazing writer and I always enjoy your posts, this one is excellent.  It is hard to believe there are over 27,000 posts in your group, Club Chaos! All because of you....

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

C- I love these photos- especially the ones with you and Lenn! How cool is this! Many of my friends all in one place at the same time. Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

Just a wonderful recount of a fun gathering. Nose to nose and toes to toes is the best way to go. ;)

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 10 years ago


What a great gathering and photos! I am living proof that one doesn't have to give up childlike delights and giggles after 50, so listen to no one on that score. My heart soared when I learned the best part of my 3 year-old niece's birthday party was that Aunt Irene played with her all day. A rousing game of "head, shoulders, knees & toes" is always great with the under-8 crowd...

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 10 years ago

Very cool that you had such a great experience. I am going to my first raincamp in May!!!

Posted by Betsy Schuman Dodek, SearchPotomacHomes.com (Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Be it Inman news, Raincamp, a CRS class, or just meeting other like minded Realtors for drinks, it is great to put a face with a name, and share ideas and sotries. We can't know everything, and we can't do it alone. I love how you created a causal atmosphere. Kinda like a Tweetup without the tweets.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 10 years ago

That is a very cool opportunity to get together with so many great AR friends. Thanks for sharing the post and the photos!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 10 years ago

sounds like an awesome time. I am glad it was a success. Would love to meet you all as well in person.

Posted by Lisa Ludlow Archer (Live Love Homes-Keller Williams, Charlotte, NC Ballantyne Area ) over 10 years ago


I would have loved to have made it up there to see all of you -- make new friends and celebrate with some of my long time AR friends.  However, on the short notice, I was unable to attend.  I did however ratify a contract and gain a couple new buyers in the last two days, so not all is lost.

Glad you had a great time and made the trip!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 10 years ago

I agree with Carole.....your coverage of this is the next best thing to being there too.  More fun today, huh?

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 10 years ago

I am still with Audrey June Forshey at her REMAX office and we're sorting pictures for a blog post and Facebook. I'm going to Lenn's after we have lunch. Will pop back in and chat with you guys some more in a little while. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Very interesting how blogging and Facebook can serve as catalysts for in-person meetings and building relationships. Thanks for sharing all of the pics, C! AR should make you the official photographer for the Las Vegas RainCamp on April 1.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

What an ingenious idea to have an AR open house! Glad you and the others had such a nice time.   It sounds like you have some fun plans set up with some new friends. Love your posts & your sharp wit. Keep blogging!

Posted by Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES (RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 10 years ago

Sounds like lots of folks had a really great time. Nice feature post about the benefits of AR, as well!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 10 years ago

Oh my I'm soooooo jealous.  What a awesome day you must have had.  I can't wait for AR to come to Atlanta so I can meet some of the people I look up to. 

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi C Tann. Fantastic pictures and write-up as usual.  Looks like you had fun. I wish there were get-togethers in Tampa Bay but there are few of us here at AR.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 10 years ago

What a fantastic group of talent all in one place!  I'd love to have been a fly on the wall...

Posted by Kate Wheeler, CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale (Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor ) over 10 years ago

The pictures are awesome.  All these fantastic realtors in one place!!!  I wish I could have been there. 

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) over 10 years ago

Hi Carolyn~  I really would have loved to have been there to meet everyone!  I think it is do great for all of you to be able to meet in person.   Funny how when you meet someone from your computer you feel as if you have already met and know each other!  Thanks for sharing with all of us that could not be there!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

Wow, that looks like so much fun. What an experience to be around the best of the best, huh?

Posted by Vanna Siackhasone, Anchorage Real Estate 907-720-4663 (Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-720-4663) over 10 years ago

Rock and roll baby - you gave us all a treat with a delightful recap of the AR open house hosted by Margaret......this was fun seeing all the folks that 'live in my computer'.  Gabe is an amazing guy, isnt' he - full of knowledge and so willing to share it. Katie is one SMART cookie - I bet you had a good time talking with her as well.  To think of so many AR people in one open house - kind of blows your mind away!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 10 years ago

Loved reading this post.  I felt like I was there with you for the day.  The pictures were great!  Thanks!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago


Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Seems like getting together with all of my AR buddies would be a dream come true....thanks for letting us live vicariously thru your post & pics!

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors) over 10 years ago

C-I absolutely loved seeing current photos of you and Lenn and all of the others.  It's always so much more fun matching faces with posts you've been reading.  Totally get your point about your blogs being a look at you for your wee ones in the future.  Thanks for a superior post.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, what a super post and recap of your great day.  Looks like your party still goes on - a day with Lenn for dessert.  Way to go!  Enjoy!!

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 10 years ago

Sounds like this event was a lot of fun C. I'm sure all of you guys had a blast my friend.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago


Wow. You got some great photos, and gave us some terrific tidbits, from the open house. Keep the Rain pouring.

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

C Tann, I printed this one..only 9 pages and TLH loved every word. You are one superb writer and friend. Can't wait to see the geese and the tombstones...what are the chances of finding a STARR?

"When the Pope comes to town..."


Love Erica's photo.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

Oh my Lord, girl. You definitely can write.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 10 years ago

You got LOTS of great photos!  I haven't even downloaded mine yet, so maybe this will get me motivated to do so today.  'Hope to see you again soon.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

A warm and well-written post as usual.  I missed the most recent AR event in Phx, and I was bummed.

Posted by SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO over 10 years ago

Wow, what an event !!! I am jealous!   Sure would be nice for me to get to an AR event meet my mentors here on AR.  Thank you so much for sharing all of this!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 10 years ago

C-Tann - What an incredible experience and blog you shared and it even includes a localism post about a pizza place - I'm in ahhhhh!  Great Photos!

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 10 years ago

As said many times above, I am sooooo jealous that it was all the way on the other side of the planet (from California)....lol  Looks and sounds like a GREAT time was had by all.  Thanks for sharing all of the photos and story.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 10 years ago

C, What a great AR meetup! I'm looking for Anne Hruby's pic, do tell us of your schemes with Anne's GRI class... ;) Did they materialize?

Posted by S W over 10 years ago

How cool sounds like you had a great time.

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) over 10 years ago

I am sooooooooooooooo jealous. Now we Florida area Rainers need to get it on. That had to be an amazing- totally amazing day!

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) over 10 years ago

OMG - I just got home. My eyes are crossing from traffic and construction detours. I have to run out and take the wee ones to school then come back, chat with you guys about my multiple AR road trips and tell you all about living two days in the Life of Lenn Harley. SHE'S AMAZING!!! I was in Maryland and Virginia since Sunday (among other places - LOL). My fave moment: I have film of Lenn cooking me a very tasty dinner. Her house is amazing. She took me on a huge tour of two states. This is gonna take all day because I got 8 Gigs worth of eye candy to sort and also got to play being Lenn Harley's apprentice. Yay! She taught me how to shoot trap and I think I am in love with Winchester. Up until this writing I was a Smith & Wesson and Glock fan (LOL). BTW, chicka is deadly with a shotgun. My experience at the range is gonna be a very fun post (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Dick and Dixie, I'm thinking we should cook one up in Florida. Mikey painted the interior of our house in Palm Bay but we have to go back to paint the outside and buy some furniture. I have a four bedroom two bath house I don't know what to do with. I may have to high-jack some ActiveRain stagers and make a contest called "Fix My Crib" (LOL). I am seriously toying with the idea of making hubby and his debit card a shopping spree blog post (LMAO). Do we play for points and a contract? You betcha. I shall have to talk to Active Bob when I get down there. I also have to blog about how BB and TLW represented us on Mikey's first time buyer project. So much to joke about, so little time... ;-)

Sherry, we had a great time. I'm looking forward to bringing the kids down for a visit. We have three outings planned for them so far and some fun families escorting us to our play dates. :-)

Sara, Sara, Sara, if only you knew the half of it (LMAO). Margaret and I have Anne Hruby's entire GRI teaching schedule. Guess who's going back down there to take care of some unfinished business (LOL). We're high-jacking her class then holding her hostage after a fun dinner in Annapolis with a bunch of Rainers. Chicka is not going home until she writes a blog post. The mentor of my mentor is about to get hazed by Club Chaos et al (LOL). ;-)

Jean, I keep trying to get hubby to vacation in CA. Never know... If you guys create one just about anyone may pop in for the occasion. :-)

Erica, I have to go see Susan Mangigian. I am overdue for some Mangigly the I-Talian fun. Wanna come out and play with us? She's mad fun and we are very spontaneous. ;-)

Thank you, Petra. Spending time with my blogging buddies was awesome. :-)

Christine, I shall be invading FL this month. Gotta see BB and TLW (plus finish painting our house - LOL). I have this tiny voice in the back of my mind whispering AR paint party (LOL). I love BBQ. I love any excuse to share food. We have soooo gotta buy some furniture for that friggin' place (LOL). If Palm Bay isn't too far for you let me know. We'll have some fun with the shorties. :-)

Michael, I'm gonna be hanging with Michelle V, Candice D, Carra R, Anna Bananna and a host of Club Chaos bay-bays when I hit AZ. We're meeting in Vegas. You have to come out and play with us. Vegas Bob and NuNu are on my bucket list of Rainers to meet. NuNu invited me to hit the malls (and that is a fave thing of mine to do). My cousin Amanda Marie goes to Vegas 3 times a year so I'm gonna fly out with her when the weather gets warm. Will send you an e-mail when we know we are coming. The best part about writing a book about your traveling is to actually travel so you have something to talk about (LOL). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

This was so much fun to read and to see the pictures!  Don't know how I missed it initially, but I'm so glad you shared the First Activerain Open House with your friends on Fraiche Aire.  It's a marvelous idea & I loved your blog about it. :)

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago

C- Count us in on a Florida Bash! If it is humanly possible, The Sells will be there all smiles. Got to do it.

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) over 10 years ago

Okay, C. Tann Starr,

I started perusing Lenn's blog, and see that you visited her, only to find out that there is more to the story. Like Lanre said, "the only thing missing," me.  You guys are having a ball.  Thanks for sharing

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 10 years ago

C, I love it! I've subscribed to Anne Hruby's blog and will have my eye on it!

Posted by S W over 10 years ago

Awesome. Still running around. Will update you guys shortly. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Best wishes for more great open house opportunities!

Tom Davis

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