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I Was Quoted In The Baltimore Sun! Thanks ActiveRain!

I Was Quoted In The Baltimore Sun! Thanks ActiveRain!


It has been a great couple of weeks in the Rain!  I had 3 posts featured...THREE!  What an honor.  Knowing how many amazing, interesting, topical, smart, funny writers there are dancing here, I was wow'd!  I could not be more pleased to be ACTIVE on ActiveRain again. I have been so impressed by the comments on each of those posts.  They really added to the original posts and created such a wonderful dialog!


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I know the information I read here and the research I do for some of my own posts helps me to be a better loan officer.  It also helps me to be a better partner to the agents I work with, especially those who have not discovered the power of ActiveRain!

I also know that my ActiveRain blogging has helped me to be more recognized in the industry.  I have had Realtors I meet tell me that they read something I wrote.  I have had other lenders share something I have written.  I have had clients mention a post either when they first contact me, or in the course of our transaction. I was even asked if one of my posts could be included in "Loan Officer Magazine"!  That is exciting!

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I got a call on Friday afternoon from a Baltimore Sun reporter writing a story about the housing market in the area.  They wanted the opinion of little 'ol Maryland Mortgage Mama for an article they were writing about Baltimore Area Home Sales.  I was asked my opinion on the effect of rising interest rates on the housing market.  As you might imagine, there are lots of lenders, bankers and brokers in the Baltimore area, the reporter called me.  The information in the article is pretty close to what I said, not exact, but as my dad used to say, "Close enough for government use!" 

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If you'd like to read the whole article, here is the link!

I am so proud to be a loan officer, I love what I do and it's really cool being recognized as someone in the know.

THANK YOU ACTIVE RAIN and thank you to the folks kind enough to suggest my posts to the powers that be.  Thank you to those that take the time to read and comment!   Thanks to those who always encourage me to write especially Kevin Tolbert (who takes the time to comment on so many of my posts), Andrea Bedard who is always quick to comment, share and praise, Ellie McIntire, who helped me to "get" the power of localism posts. Praful Thakkar, my most recent cheerleader, and of course the great Margaret Rome, one of my biggest supporters, in and out of the Rain!  I am so grateful to know you and appreciate you so much!  

By the way, don't forget to tune into "All About Real Estate" on Sunday's from 12-1. If you are local, you can hear Margaret Rome on WCBM 680. If out of the Baltimore area, be sure to catch it on the livestream online.  If you miss it, you can always check out the podcasts.


I Was Quoted In The Baltimore Sun! Thanks ActiveRain!



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 35 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • January 11 2014 07:19PM


I am hoping this is a 4th feature for you. So glad to see you back and ACTIVE on ActiveRain. You are a good writer and you are a good lender and you are a giver and a friend.

Thanks to AR for introducing us.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 6 years ago

I'm suggesting it, too, to support you and your 4th feature of the week! How very awesome Bridget, I'm proud of you and happy for you.

Oh, and hopefully we'll also see you mentioned in the next Rain Bucket (right, Kerrie?)

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 6 years ago

Bridget, congratualtions on the Baltimore Sun post.  And I love ya' but you have to change that moniker. You are now a serious source for a big city newspaper!  You're not little 'ol Maryland Mortgage Mama any more!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

And PS!  Great quote!  You are clearly a smart and articulate loan officer!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Margaret,  Thanks, as always for the support!

Andrea, not in a week, but in the last several....but THANK YOU!

Pat, Maryland Mortgage Mama has served me well (not the "little 'ol part!), I think I will hold on to it!  Thanks so much for the kind words!  

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 6 years ago

Way to go - I knew you have a passion for writing - I love your posts.

And....I will be in Baltimore once again - Jan 22-25! Shall we plan something on evening of Jan 23 or Jan 24? This time. Cheryl Ritchie will be with us for sure!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 6 years ago

I LOVE this!  What a wonderful accomplishment and I just love how you thanked the AR members who inspire you.  Wonderful Bridget!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

Bridget, that is awesome. Hey, they're smart. If you want to know something, you go to the pros. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago

 A true testament to the power of Active Rain. Congratulations Bridget!

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 6 years ago

That is awesome!  I love it when one of my post gets featured but I can't imagine having 3 posted over a couple of weeks.

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Trend - Cape Coral FL) over 6 years ago

Congratulations on being featured in your local newspaper, much less AR!  Woo hoo!  It's always great to be recognized for what we do, so I can understand how you must feel.  Congrats on your many features as well!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 6 years ago

Congratulations Bridget - and thanks for sharing your knowledge with all of us at Active Rain.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 6 years ago

Cool.  It is always great when you get a call from influence makers who have read your post.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 6 years ago

That's wonderful.  Congratulations!!!

Posted by Sharon Sanchez, Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate. (Ace Home Realty) over 6 years ago

Wow! That's great. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. I've only had one feature and just can't seem to figure out how to get another. Great job!

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR and Productivity Coach (Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties) over 6 years ago

Congratulation of your Active Rain features and your mention in the paper not an easy feat.  This is what it's all about, good for you!

Posted by Trent Dalrymple (248) 854-0625, Allowing Mortgage Professionals to Lend Nationwide (Texana Bank) over 6 years ago

Way to go, Bridget! We love seeing our ActiveRain members using their blog to build up an online presence and become the go-to person in their market.  You are doing things right!

Posted by Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain (ActiveRain) over 6 years ago

Congratulations to you Bridget ... you're on a roll!  Hope it's just the beginning of many great things coming your way in 2014!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 6 years ago

AWESOME, congratulations....AR has amazing SEO and it wonderful that you experienced a positive putcome from it!!

Posted by Paddy Deighan JD PhD, Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D ( over 6 years ago

Big Congrats!

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 6 years ago

Well alright now. Hopefully I will be one of your referred real estate partners in 2014. Congratulations to you Mortgage Mama.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 6 years ago

I had the same thing happen when our office was unexpectedly closed by the sheriff 2 months ago !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 6 years ago

Congratulations to you.  It definately makes sense to keep on posting here in Active Rain.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 6 years ago

Congrats to you Bridget!  That is awesome to be quoted in the Baltimore Sun and to have three of your blog posts featured on here!  Very cool!  This definitely motivates me to keep up the blogging and posting!

Posted by Jack O'Neal (HomeSmart Elite Group) over 6 years ago

Congratulations and this is just one of the many advantages of blogging with Active Rain!  I wish you many more features in the paper!

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) over 6 years ago

Praful,  You are too kind!  I hope that we can meet up again when you are here in January!

Kerrie, Thanks so much!  I would not be where I am without the members here (and you!) 

Mike, I sure know that is why you are the go to guy in and around Winchester, VA!

Suzanne, It's a powerful force for sure!  Thank you!

Terry, I am incredibly honored by the features.

Jan, Thank you so much for your kind words!

Marte, I definitely get more than I give here in the Rain. It's an awesome platform.

Gene, Cool for sure!  My husband wanted to run out and get 10 copies...but they were all gone!

Sharon, Thank you!

Dana,  Thank you so much!  There are tons of posts about getting features and their elusive nature, you are not alone.  I bet you get a feature soon!

Trent, Thank you! The accolades are awesome, the clients are what it is all about!

Kris, Some of the sharpest minds in real estate are, or have been on ActiveRain!  So much knowledge being shared so openly!

Gene, Thank you, wishing you many blessings as well!

Paddy,  I love hearing all the ActiveRain success stories, the most positive outcome are new clients and lots of great friendships!





Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 6 years ago

John, Big THANKS!!

Lanre,  I am ready to help in any way I can! Thank you!

Michael, Ooooh, that's a tough way to make the paper!  Hoping things are much better now!

Joan,  Absolutely.  So many give up before they see the amazing results...keep on plugging are almost a MILLIONAIRE!!

Jack, Incredible things will happen, you will be surprised at how quickly you move up the ranks and get yourself out there!

Marnie, Thank you so much, here's wishing you lots of success!


Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 6 years ago

Just reminding you in advance, Bridget, Jan 23 or Jan 24 (may be, I'll send the email to you and Margaret.)

BTW, once again, thanks for the mention of my name.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 6 years ago

Well, that is a nice thing to have happen.  To be quoted and have your name out there.  Perfect testimonial!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 6 years ago

Congrats and excellent quote in the Baltimore Sun.  I agree with you. Even if interest rates go up, it won't stop people from buying homes.  They'll be more cautious with how much they spend and where they live. If you're pre-approved for $300K, for example, a buyer may be more comfortable spending $250K instead.

Posted by Rosie Moore (Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City) over 6 years ago

That's wonderful. obviously they must have been doing research on mortgages and your ActiveRain presence gave them a lot to look at when it came to Google

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

I've had similar experiences Bridget.  You have to love when that happens!  Nice job!!

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 6 years ago

I had a national trade magazine call me for q/a in a previous business that I owned. It was COOL to see myself in print, even tho it was for a small audience....STILL cool!

So, CONGRATULATIONS on a more public outlet!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: / cell: 334-494-7846 (iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\) over 6 years ago

Greta job on being quoted in such a big outlet.  It's sure to help make the phone ring!

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) over 6 years ago

Bridget-Been quoted in my local paper, but the Sun is a biggie!  Great!

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) over 6 years ago