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Boast-A-Post The Rome Way

 

Richie Alan Naggar is hosting BOAST-A-POST 

 

This challenge is a winner on its own. It gives us a chance to take someone who has made an impression on us and write about their post. There are so many who have inspired me over the past fourteen years! The tricky part of this challenge was choosing just one. I was not so sure that part was even possible!

 

In thinking about this challenge, I went back really far to Lenn Harley, who is ActiveRain's first million point achiever.

I was thrilled to be sitting with her at RainCamp when she hit that milestone. It was a huge deal.

 

Lenn was known as hardcore real estate. She knew her stuff, and she cared for her clients and her agents. If you were lucky enough to get a referral from Lenn...it was always a good one. You didn't get a second chance if you didn't pick up the phone or didn't follow through. 

If you needed advice, this was the perfect person to ask. Lenn told it like it was. The good the bad and the ugly. She could sound pretty tough, especially when it came to any plagiarizing, especially her maps.

On one of our conversations, I asked how do you know when it is time to go on your own? Her answer was direct and straightforward, and it hit home!

Lenn said:

It's when you no longer need your manager or broker.

She later wrote in her post:


"My past experiences and opportunities had led me to a time when. . . . .I could answer all of my own questions!!!

So, I asked myself a question. . . .  "Why do I need to be supervised by a Broker??"

I answered my own question, "I DON'T".  You may be in the same position."

 

 

 

At the time, I was rarely in the office, coming in for meetings, to bring in paperwork and pick up checks. I did not remember the last time I asked for the manager's opinion. It was the manager who would come to me to discuss a RE situation. 

Lenn's advice to me was written later in one of her posts, and this is the one I choose to boast 

 

When to become your own broker

 

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I miss Lenn, her hardcore real estate, and her kindness.

 

Thank you, Richie Alan Naggar, for hosting this challenge!

 

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Comment balloon 43 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • February 02 2020 02:01AM

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Most excellent commenting, sharing, boasting with a hint of warm-fuzzy's served up on the side. We have two class acts here Lenn Harley and Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland We all can boast we are better-off for knowing them

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 2 months ago

Hi Margaret- I came so close to picking one of Lenn's post about copyright!!! And yes, I do miss her...I miss our phone conversations and I miss her wit. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 2 months ago

Hello Margaret:  so much can be learned by reviewing the ActiveRain archives and the posts by members like Lenn.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 2 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 
AND -- her amazing lessons about copyright. If I remember correctly, after warning a person who did not stop stealing her work, she sued and got a $20,000 settlement. Well, that's what I remember anyway...

"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story."  MDF quote

Great Choice Margaret!!!!

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) about 2 months ago

Morning Margaret.

I don't go back that far, but I do remember reading some of Lenn's posts.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 2 months ago

Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland your choice for "boasting a post" just can't be beat!! Lenn was the Top Commanding Officer of ActiveRain and real estate in general.....she was self taught with technology and she knew how to shoot a gun, too!!!  LOL

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 2 months ago

Good morning Margaret. The advice of Lenn gives cause for pondering. Do you need a broker or just a "sponsor" for monetary reasons? Thanks for your choice. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 2 months ago

I never got the chance to follow Lenn, but it sounds like she was definitely worth a follow.  Great choice to boast.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 2 months ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland,  - Good Choice!

I remember Len and I went back and read her post you selected.  To me, there is a difference between a supervising broker, a micro-managing broker, and a mentor. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 2 months ago

I miss Lenn, do we know what happen to her that she is no longer in the rain?  Always good to hear her name.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 2 months ago

Bravo! Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - This Boast a Post is a winner! You really soared and Lenn would be so proud. Both of you ladies deserve a hand and congratulations on all your contributions for making ActiveRain the best Social Media for members in the Real Estate Industry. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 2 months ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - very good choice and I went back and read it.  I miss Lenn Harley too.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 2 months ago

Thank you Richie Alan Naggar Love that you are hosting this month's challenge!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Kathy Streib Lenn came to my first AR open house and other meetups. I miss her and her wisdom...smart lady!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Michael Jacobs Lenn was a wealth of knowledge and was always willing to share. We had some good conversations.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Lynn B. Friedman Here is one of Lenn's posts about copy-write and her maps.

She set a good example. That is when I got in the habit of using my own graphics and photos. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

James Dray And the good thing...her posts are still available to read.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Barbara Todaro I could not have said this better:

"Lenn was the Top Commanding Officer of ActiveRain and real estate in general.....she was self taught with technology and she knew how to shoot a gun, too!!!  LOL"

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Wayne Martin  Thank you.

So much wisdom was shared by Lenn. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Brian England It's not too late. Lenn's posts are still on this site.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  There certainly are differences.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Will Hamm It is always good to hear her name. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP There are so many members that make AR...including you, my dear.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Thanks Grant Schneider,  She was a huge presence and is definitely missed.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

So that how Home Rome came to be! I don't think I knew that. Very smart advice from one smart lady to another. 

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) about 2 months ago

Andrea Bedard Yes! That was smart advice from Lenn many years ago.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Lenn Harley is one of those ActiveRainers that I miss seeing posts from.  She was a guiding light in my early years on this platform.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 2 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 2 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Lenn was a guiding light to many of us!

Thanks for the feature in the OFC!!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

The Legend of Lenn. She still reigns in the Rain.  Good choice for your Boast a Post entry, Margaret. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 2 months ago

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Yes, Lenn still reigns in the RAIN! I am loving this contest and enjoyed reading about you!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Hi Margaret, nice to re-visit one of Lenn Harley's posts. I remember her clearly here on Active Rain.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 2 months ago

Lottie Kendall Good to see you. We all have great memories of Lenn.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

I also miss Lenn. I scheduled a reblog of your post for Saturday morning.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 2 months ago

Thanks Roy Kelley Hope you enjoyed a special day!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 months ago

Lenn is a perfect person to highlight in boast-a-post. I enjoyed reading her posts, although I missed the one you included above. Thank you for selecting it for this challenge!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 2 months ago

Lenn Harley and Roy Kelley in Lovettsville, Virginia in 2013 at an ActiveRain MeetUp.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 2 months ago

Lenn at a 2013 ActiveRain MeetUp...

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

ActiveRain Meet Up in Gaithersburg at Guapo's Restaurant. Hosted by Fernando Herboso. April 11, 2013...Fernando, Lenn, Dolores and Roy Kelley...

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

ActiveRain Meet Up in Gaithersburg at Guapo's Restaurant. Hosted by Fernando Herboso. April 11, 2013 

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

District of Columbia ActiveRain Meet Up at Pat Kennedy's house. April 10, 2013.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

Lenn Harley at the District of Columbia ActiveRain Meet Up at Pat Kennedy's house. April 10, 2013. 

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

Roy Kelley You've got some great shots of Lenn. Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 1 month ago

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