Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: Meet Other AR Members As You Travel - Check Out ARups Group For Fun

Meet Other AR Members As You Travel - Check Out ARups Group For Fun

Meet Other AR Members As You Travel -
Check Out ARups Group For Fun



Meetups are available everytime you leave home!
Meeting other AR Members is as easy as posting on ARups.



My first time was long, long ago in the Chicago area when visiting our son and his family. I had followed Lyn Sims posts for a while. Although an AR member since the year before Lyn and I met, I still had not written any posts! I asked her advice and she gave it to me - "Just sit down and do it!"


Over the years I went to Chicago, Lyn and I alternated visits - one year I went to the suburb of Schaumburg where she lived and one she came into town to Lakeview near Wrigley Stadium.

So much fun to put the real person with the photo you have seen over and over! After meeting Lyn, I began to look for opportunities each time I traveled! Today's post down memory's lane was stimulated by the post from  Jan Green entitled Meetups with Out of Town Rainers. Thanks Jan!


When visiting our daughter in the general Boston area, I "sponsored" an ARup in a nearby town.

What does that mean? Easy, I checked the towns of the people whose posts I enjoyed in that area. Then I picked a date and time when I could slip out of family activities for three hours. Next, I emailed or called each person and told them when and where. Didn't ask for RSVP for two reasons:

1.  I was going even if only one person joined me.

2.  I wanted to be surprised.


Enjoyed my time with the one person who showed up. Fascinating woman - lawyer and REALTOR - Christine Smith. I really enjoyed learning about her decision to add real estate as a career after Christine Smith was already in practice as an attorney.



Another person called me after the ARup in the Boston area and said she wished she had come instead of having done something else. "Why," I wondered? It turned out she fell and broke a bone where she went instead! Guess if I do another ARup in the Boston area, she will think twice before refusing to join us!






Had the opportunity to meet Jay Markanich in Arlington VA. Jay was a delight to spend time with as we discussed work and mutual acquaintances such as Cindy Jones and even our adult adopted children! We found out we both speak Spanish as our second language. He shared stories from his inspections that we so interesting for me to hear. Here's his Blog link.





Another adventure was setting up an ARup with  Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  when my husband and I traveled to her city. We met them for lunch and discovered that the two men had attended the same university! Imagine ...

Here's Margaret getting ready for her weekly radio show about homes. Callers ask her a wide variety of questions.





In Philadelphia for a wedding, I called Hannah Williams and she came to meet me at our hotel in Center City. We had so much fun together that we met again the next time I visited the Philadelphia area.

This time I took the Blue Line train to her Bucks County area. After she picked me up, we stopped at what has to be a "ONE-OF-A-KIND" dessert location.


Who else? Well, not very far but I traveled 90 miles or so to meet Tammy Lankford, in Eatonton GA. A worthwhile adventure for me to be sure!

In the meantime, since in Atlanta, we say that when someone dies, whether they are going to Heaven or to Hell, they will still have to change planes in Atlanta, I decided to capitalize on the hub and begin meeting people here as they passed through town.

Attending a meeting one day was Bob Stewart . I arranged my schedule to be sure to greet him. It was delightful to see him in person!

Bruce Hicks and his wife came to Atlanta on the way to a family event in the Carolinas. Jordon Wheeler and I met them for dinner and had a great time together.

NEXT???? Who will be next, you ask?  In January 2018, Sally and David Hanson will be in the Atlanta area. We have already decided to meet and I will invite other 'Rainers who live in the Metro Atlanta area as well.

I hadn't realized I had benefited from so many chances to meet other 'Rainers until I started recounting them here. Thanks again for the writing stimulus Jan! Going over the memories has been fun!

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Comment balloon 15 commentsLynn B. Friedman • December 21 2017 08:16AM


Good morning Lynn. Ever make it back to Chicago and we can arrange to meet. I am going to be on the east coast of Florida in January and hoping to meet a number of Rainers along the way. Enjoy your day!

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

You have met quite a few people around the country!  I really enjoy meeting those that I have interacted with on here.

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

Thanks for the nod. Hope you are well there in Atlanta. Someday we shall see each other again! I really loved your sons house.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 2 years ago

How awesome, Lynn B. Friedman . I sure enjoyed my meet-up with the Phoenix folks this week.  I'm going to add an AR-up to more of my travel plans.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) about 2 years ago

Good morning Lynn. I too have some meet=ups just because they worked and they were always easy and fun. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

Aloha Lynn, we always WELL remember our wonderful time with you! We are going to Anchorage and asked for a meetup, but didn't get a single response from any Alaska agents!  I even emailed a few.  Here's our blog. 

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) about 2 years ago

Good for you for making the effort and connecting.  Like many "things" in life it takes 2!  So good for you for sticking with it and making those connections.  Happy to be an inspiration for your post.  Have a wonderful holiday!!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 2 years ago

As I said in our email conversation, I really hope we get a chance to meet again in 2018!! 

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends Lynn!

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain (ActiveRain) about 2 years ago

Lynn, what an excellent way to make new friends and contacts for referrals both ways.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 2 years ago

Lynn hope that someday we will also have a meetup and share a smile

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 2 years ago

Lynn B. Friedman  What a wonderful time we always have together -  I remember that ice cream  cone you spotted that  giant cone and wanted to stop there so bad NO was not an option .  I have had the pleasure of meeting Bob Stewart  many times what beautiful dimples .He is adorable

Please forgive me for not responding  sooner I have a horrid  cold and fever -on top of that I lost my voice and have been very busy looking for it .. each time I start looking I end up falling asleep dear friend Happy Holidays  

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 2 years ago

Meetups know no season....being congenial is the reason....see you next month !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 2 years ago

Great read, Lynn. It was so nice chatting with your today. I'll be sure to check in when I'm in Atlanta in 2018. I know I'll be there at least once, maybe twice.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing a link to this post with my Lynn!  Yes, it was fun to meet, and especially see a house I inspected that your daughter had begun to fix up so nicely!  Meeting people whom we know from afar has a different feel to it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Lynn B. Friedman - those friendships you meet in the RAIN are truly priceless!

You get around to all the right places and you do a lot of good for all of us here on AR.

Don't know if we'll ever meet in person, but wanted you to know how special you are. Thanks for all you do.

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