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Real Estate Broker/Owner - North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate
In ActiveRain years, I'm not even 3 months old.  I posted my inaugural ActiveRain blog on October 31, 2011.  Since then, I’ve tried to build up some consistent blogging momentum.  I started out slowly at first -- blogging about once or twice a week.  Soon after, I blogged three times in one week....
I hate getting emails like this.  Especially first thing in the morning.  It makes me incredibly sad to learn of another wonderful, family-owned, small business having to close its doors.  Here is a "paraphrased" snippet from the email I just received this morning.  Unfortunately, we're becoming ...
"I can't pay my rent right now."  If you are a landlord, this is about the worst sentence you can hear coming from the other end of the phone.  Either that or "there's something leaking from someplace and I don't know where it's coming from."  But, if you get the call that your tenant suddenly ca...
Why do I always have to pull the short straw every time I fly?  Especially at this time of year when some people who, under normal circumstances, would be too sick to get out of bed.  I know many of these people have had their travel arrangements scheduled way in advance for the holidays.  But, d...
You guys are always in the department store at the same time I'm there looking for a wedding gift.  You're usually along side your fiancé pretending to be happy -- jointly filling out the registry for your upcoming wedding.  Both of you are so easy to spot.  The beaming glow on your fiancé's face...
"When in Rome ...." Not long after arriving in Texas, I was informed that one of the first things I needed to purchase for myself were some @**-kickin' cowboy boots.  "Everyone has at least one pair,” I was told.  So ...  presenting my very own pair of cowboy boots!  And, just in time. Bye, Bye ...
I woke up this morning to 5 missed calls and 3 voicemails from a moving company driver frantically trying to get in touch with me.  He wanted to confirm our appointment first thing tomorrow morning.  He said "I just wanted to inform you that me and my crew will be at your place at 8:00 am sharp ...
Do you have your very own nametag?  Do I need to get one?  Most of us end up at a multitude of networking and business events throughout the year.  Not to mention the nonstop company parties and open houses during the holidays.  And yet, what do all of these events share in common?  Nametags.  Yo...
I've sure come a long way since uttering those words!  You see, I knew absolutely nothing about ActiveRain until I heard of its existence at a networking luncheon.  But, once I understood the difference between AcidRain and ActiveRain, I was on my way!  Last week, I celebrated my 60-day anniversa...
Is this a new trend?  Recently, I was tagging along with a family member who was looking for a place to live.  We visited a number of different properties in the quest for new digs.  However, we were told countless times that although there was availability for the desired move-in date, we couldn...

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