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Better late than never....


I was so happy to hear that there was a meetup scheduled in Maryland for ActiveRain.  I love to get together with this ever-growing  group.  I was not surprised to hear that Margaret Rome and Martha Brown had stepped up to host. 

ActiveRain Meetup Maryland

I have to confess that when I found out the location was set for Bare Bones in Ellicott City, Maryland I knew that I was one of the lucky ones who were  just a hop, skip and a jump (actually, living in Catonsville, Maryland I am only about a hop away!).  I have to tell you that I will always be willing to make the drive, no matter where they are.  Not only do I get to rub elbows with some top agents, and meet new folks, the meet-ups are always full of great discussions, good food, tons of hugs and smiles and are just darn fun!

Since my daughter Sydney had not started school yet, I brought her along.  She is quite the marketer at just 7 years old.  On the drive there, I had asked her to get the business cards out of my briefcase since I was going to only bring in my purse.  She held on to them.  As soon as we walked in the area reserved for us, she started handing out my business cards and making sure that everyone knew who I was. My sister Amy started working with us about a month ago (and she is carrying my little niece or nephew!) so I also brought her along to allow folks to put a face with a name.

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It's always great to see the "regulars":  Margaret Rome, Martha Brown, June Piper Brandon, Rich Iarossi, Ellie McIntire and some of our newer additions: Andrea Bedard and Diane Philips.  We also were blessed to host the incomparable Lenn Harley and Power Couple Steve and Jan Bachman. 

ActiveRain Meetup Maryland

I was lucky enough to snag a seat near Margaret Rome, Lenn Harley, Steve and Jan Bachman, Margaret's friend and mentor and real estate trainer, the lovely Anne Hruby and her past client and newest Realtor recruit Sharon Bass.   The conversation was lively with lots of real world situations being discussed. "Would you be the power of attorney for your buying client?"   "Do you really need a chimney inspection?" 

I also was able to introduce Brent Kugle to this great group of folks (far right)  He is a renovation loan specialist.  I don't do renovation or reverse mortgages, so I like to make sure that I have someone I trust to send a referral.  Brent is one of the best in the business!

Maryland Meetup ActiveRain


I know that Rich was happy to see Steve, Brent and Damon as he is usually quite out-numbered, but he still managed to sit with these beautiful ladies!

ActiveRain Meetups

Maryland ActiveRain Meetups


I had also invited Laura Burd and Christy Fratta of Maryland Title Works Unlimited-one of my favorite title company's to work with...They are sharp and consistent. (I was sorry that Stacey Anne Baugh didn't make it this time, since she introduced me to "the girls!) We also had Damon Stubblefield of Master's Title, he is one of ActiveRain's newest additions and needs some encouragement to write his first blog!  Somehow I didn't get a good picture of him!

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Maryland ActiveRain Meetups, they are worth the drive....Just ask Lenn!
Maryland and Virginia Real Estate

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


If you are considering purchasing a home in Maryland and want to be sure you are mortgage ready, my brother Tony and I will be happy to help! We help to make the mortgage process a pleasure! 

If you already own your home, we are happy to provide a no-cost mortgage review to help you to determine if refinancing may be in your best interest.  Please contact me at 410-960-2061.

Comment balloon 9 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • September 12 2012 12:22PM


Great to see and to hear that you had a wonderful time at your recent AR Meetup. I would love to see many of those whom I subscribe to in the Rain, like Margaret Rome, Lenn Harley, Steve and Jan Bachman, and Richard.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 7 years ago

MeetUps are worth the drive and in my case the early breakfast time Charles set up.  So much fun and I'm sad that they're over now.  Next quarter get ready for round 4!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

Bridget, that was such a great meetup.  It was great to see you and Miss Sydney!!

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Houwzer LLC) over 7 years ago

This was a wonderful meetup and it is so fun to read about it. You really captured the entire group with your beautiful writing skills.

Thanks for always being available!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

BTW, We had some dear friends from Florida in town and guess where we went for dinner tonight. Yep, Bare Bones! Again excellent food, excellent service and another excellent experience!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

Well, it looks like a good time was had by all.  I was sad to have missed this meet-up.  Glad to see everyone looking so well

Posted by CHARLENE PERRY, CLTP, Insuring the Past to Protect Your Future (Key Title Corporation) over 7 years ago

Speaking of Maryland MeetUps, here's another..

ActiveRain Walks For Charity and Breakfast 9/29/2012 at 9:29 AM In Chesapeake Beach, MD )

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

Hi Bridget- This was a fabulous meet up an I am always glad when you take the time to be there. Along with Margaret I want to invite you to the AR Meet Up Charity Walk for Ovarian Cancer next weekend. Hope you can make it!

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 7 years ago

Mark the calendar for December 3rd ...again at BareBones....same time,same place for another ActiveRain Meetup in Baltimore.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago