Margaret Rome's Blog


I'm Pretty Good At This Balance Thing




At this stage, I have the balance that most are looking for.

After losing My Lee three years ago, I have been able to devote my time to real estate, exclusively, working with clients and properties I choose. 


One of the ways of taking the stress out of my life is having more business than I can handle. With my pipe line full, it easy for me to select who I want to work with and always on my terms. It is easy for me to turn down a listing or a buyer if the fit does not seem perfect. 




 I make time for my daughter and for special people and they all know my phone is on for them 24/7.

I can juggle my schedule to fit in anything.

 This afternoon an old friend's daughter called and stopped by to say hello. She introduced me to her new husband and we caught up after many years. Spur of the moment and I made time.

And another phone call from a friend in town for a couple of days...I changed my plans and we had dinner together this evening...spur of the moment.


Another friend called a couple of days ago and said "I'm going to a movie at 3:30 today...join me.''  Yes I went out and had a delightful break watching Beauty and The Beast. I call these mini stay-cations. Again spur of the moment.




Each and every Saturday night I go out with a best friend...we have not missed a Saturday in over a year. We have known each other for over forty years but have only reconnected out of mutual tragedy... the loss of her husband. We never run out of things to talk about...are almost always positive and are coming up with new ideas to help others.




My live radio show brings balance to my life and keeps me grounded. I have become relaxed at sharing my week with the listening audience. It is fun  talking about transactions, challenges,  my  properties, homes that I need for specific buyers and taking live calls. Sometimes I have a guest in the studio, sometimes I have buyers or sellers call in and sometimes there are no calls and I get to talk for the entire hour. This show keeps me on my toes and very humble.  With live radio you never know what will come up and I am loving  the challenge.



I could not talk about balance in my life without talking about my involvement with ActiveRain since all the way back to 2006.  Blogging daily keeps me focused and talking with a member everyday has been a highlight in my personal and business life.



Three times a week I go to the gym and work out with my trainer. I have done this for the past dozen or more years. My goal is to stay in shape and stay injury free. John makes my exercise fun..never boring, he changes my routine frequently. Knowing I enjoy the cool weather...he will reward me my taking me outside for part of my workout as long as it 60º or below.  This is my time...and I receive a full hour just for me. When I first hired John, I told him I did not want to have any conversation during this time. My past trainers  were getting more out the morning session than I was. I have a problem not  nurturing and was helping them with their life. I really needed time for me. John has followed this so strictly that when I do want to talk with him...he stops the conversation and says something like...guess we have to add more weight if you can still talk.




And I still love all the various parts of real estate from listing, to couseling, to showing, to selling, to advertising to just helping others make their dreams come true.


Not sure if this is what Jeff Dowler had in mind for May's  contest but...

I am pretty good with this balance thing. 


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Margaret sounds like you have a rich and balanced life.  Not going 24/7 with work is a good idea, oh Beauty and the Beast was a great movie.

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Wailea Realty) over 3 years ago

Steven Nickens Who says I'm not 24/7 ? Just manage to get in some other fun stuff.Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - Now I am waiting for a book from you -

Living Balance Life, Rome Way...

(One needs to learn from you, Margaret - not only Real Estate but how to live a life - full of giving to others! I am blessed to know you through ActiveRain.)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Margaret, like you when my plate is full I am less stressed than when it is not... currently have about 12 listings and two in escrow and negotiating three, just the way I like it, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 3 years ago

We do get good at balancing and the longer we are in this busness the more we realize that we ahve to get good.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

What a wonderful post about balance in your life. I love that John-the-trainer guy - he took your "no speaking" rule seriously!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

Loved your entry in Jeff Dowler 's contest on balance in your life. You are an inspiration to all of us and I'm grateful you are here in AR!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 3 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Regardless if this is what Jeff Dowler had in mind; your posts are always 'Must Reads' for us. Thanks for the insight.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 3 years ago

Love it, Margaret. Sounds like you are very much in balance in the way you want to be, and that's what it's all about.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 3 years ago

Balance in life is a cool thing, Margaret.  I remember a period in my life when I was so busy with business that I hadn't had a day off in serveral months.  I was so out of balance, that it was taking an emotional toll.  Finally, I booked a whole day several days in the future so I could just stay home and cry.  Imagine my horror when the day arrived, and I was in a really good mood.  I was totally unable to shed a single tear!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Wow, Margaret. You are my hero. It seems like you really have a good balance going.  Fun work exercise friends: It takes time and patients to make all the pieces fit together as well as you have made them.

Posted by Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento) over 3 years ago


Like you we have time for it all.  What a nice post, and you seen very balanced to me.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

Hi Margaret - There is no inherent contradiction between being busy and being balanced, as your thoughtful post so clearly shows.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

Dick Greenberg Being busy is wonderful when you are also balanced. Being  out of balance is a disaster in this business. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago

You got that balance under control..I just love who you are and what you stand for in life...

Posted by Dr. Karen Lewis, Broker 954-2489149, No Compromise When it Comes to Our Clients! (K1 Realty Group) over 3 years ago


Your doing a good job in keeping your life in balance.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago


Congratulation on being awarded a feature for an outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago


Thanks Lou Ludwig but I must have missed the little yellow star?

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago

Thanks for making me smile! I would love to have your focus and balance.  I don't mind changing plans (or making plans) at a moment's notice, unless there are deadlines or scheduled showings to meet. I am glad you were able to reconnect with one of your best friends. My best friend is a major contributor to my life's balance!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Pat Starnes I'm not saying every single day is perfect balance! But we can achieve this balance and our friends are major contributors.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago

Glad to see you've attained the balance we need.  Focusing on what is important at the time.  And Friends and Family are at the top of the list.  :)

Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) about 3 years ago

Sounds like you have a nice routine Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) about 3 years ago

This is a great post Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland.  You havea done well for yourself to have the life you want to live.  -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - about 3 years ago

Kasey & John Boles We all make the life we want to live. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  I think you are pretty good at everything you do

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 3 years ago