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We have the wonderful pleasure of announcing Missy Caulk, Associate Broker at Keller Williams in Ann Arbor Michigan and you probably know her as one of the leading bloggers in the Active Rain community. She’s a Certified e-Pro and GRI, Member of REMAX Hall of Fame, Platinum Club, and Number 1 Top Producer in Remax Platinum, but what is also impressive is her prolific blogging career- her voice is so easy to relate to and she has great bravery in her convictions (I’ve seen her first article, I promise she’s brave).

We met her face to face in San Francisco in July and knew instantly that we wanted her here at AG- she’s optimistic, aggressive in her business plan and doesn’t believe in quitting. Anyone who has met Missy in person knows that her straightforwardness, southern accent (despite 25 years in Michigan) and sunny disposition make her the real deal. She’s always excited to talk about real estate and has pride in her work and her environment. Please welcome Missy in the comments, we’re glad to have her at AG!!!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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44 Comments

  1. Elaine Hanson

    September 25, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Missy will be a wonderful addition to this site! I have enjoyed reading her on Active Rain. Her expertise is a godsend. Welcome, Missy!

  2. Kim Wood

    September 25, 2008 at 9:40 am

    What a fantastic, honor MISSY CAULK!!!! YAY!!! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say 🙂 !!!

    Love ya and ((HUGS)) Congrats to you!

  3. Todd Waller

    September 25, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Well, surprise, surprise, surprise!

    Congrats AG, and Congrats Missy!

  4. Jay Thompson

    September 25, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Meeting Missy (and Christa) was one of the highlights of Connect SF. She has LOTs of “it”. The good it.

    Welcome Missy!

  5. Jason Sandquist

    September 25, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Congrats on the new addition and looking forward to the reading your thoughts

  6. John Lauber

    September 25, 2008 at 10:14 am

    That’s great Missy. Congrats. Looking forward to reading what you have to say.

  7. Mike Mueller

    September 25, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Yeah Missy!
    It just keeps getting better and better.

  8. Teresa Boardman

    September 25, 2008 at 10:29 am

    This makes my day. 🙂 love Missy!

  9. Teresa Boardman

    September 25, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Lani can you talk her into writing my posts for me? LOL

  10. Missy Caulk

    September 25, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Wow, what an honor, and to be perfectly transparent I’m blown away, yet excited beyond belief. Been lovin’ and following AG for months. So humbled to be associated with such quality bloggers in our RE industry.

  11. Maureen Francis

    September 25, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I love Missy! She is a great person and a super blogger. Wonderful addition to AG!

  12. Kelley Koehler

    September 25, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Woot! Welcome Missy!

  13. Irina Netchaev

    September 25, 2008 at 10:36 am

    What a great addition! Missy, congrats!!!!!! Can’t wait to read you here on AG. 🙂

  14. Matt Stigliano

    September 25, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Welcome Missy. Can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to AG.

  15. Sharon Simms

    September 25, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Great choice in adding Missy to Agent Genius! I always enjoy reading her blogs and look forward to seeing her additional AG posts.

  16. Mark Eckenrode

    September 25, 2008 at 11:14 am

    congratulations and welcome aboard.

  17. Ginger Sala

    September 25, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Wonderful addition! Missy is a class act who has always impressed me with her willingness to learn every new thing. Her genuineness and transparency shine through her all of her writings. Way to go Missy!

  18. Elaine Reese

    September 25, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Missy is the cream of the crop! She will be an excellent addition to AG. I have a lot of respect for her professionalism, but she also seems like she would be a delight to know in person … even if she is from that state up north. I’m so glad to see her get this extra recognition.

  19. Sarah Cooper

    September 25, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    You’re one smart cupcake — AG is lucky to have you! (((HUGS)))

  20. Lisa Sanderson

    September 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Looking forward to getting to know this Missy person! =) Bring it on, girl!

  21. Nick Bastian

    September 25, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Another stellar addition. A great style with such a personality that really shines. It was great to meet her and Christa in San Francisco after reading her for so long. Can’t wait to see her additions to AG…

  22. Paula Henry

    September 25, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Missy – Life and work have a way of bringing us full circle. You were one of my first Active Rain friends and a person whose opinion is highly valued. Congrats and welcome!

  23. Danilo Bogdanovic

    September 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Welcome Missy! Now I don’t have to run over to AR to read your posts 🙂

  24. Missy Caulk

    September 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Danilo, yea you do….some of them.

    Paula, I KNOW, isn’t this crazy ?

    Elaine, I think we would be friends even if most of our friends would think we were crazy. GO BLUE!! Well, maybe not this year, it is going to be a long season for us.

    Sarah, my bud, thanks.

    Ginger, I know I do have to try it all, don’t I ? But, you never know what will be the next BIG thing.

    Teresa, I could say so much but YOU have been such a great mentor to me since I first started blogging.

    Jay, I got CC to write her first post, so finally.

  25. Sherry Baker

    September 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Yay, Missy’s here! SO looking forward to reading what you have to say here, Missy. Woohoo!

  26. Louis Cammarosano

    September 25, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    hooray for missy!
    A perfect addition.
    Louis

  27. Poppy Dinsey

    September 26, 2008 at 4:49 am

    YAYYYYYYYYY! I’m thrilled! Welcome aboard Missy!

    We better avoid having all the AG contributors in one room at one time, the world might stop spinning!

    Congrats and I look forward to reading you here 😀

  28. Mack

    September 26, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Personally, I am looking forward to your contributions at AG Missy.

  29. Karen Moorhead

    September 26, 2008 at 8:19 am

    How exciting! Congrats Missy & AG.

  30. Vance Shutes

    September 26, 2008 at 9:28 am

    An outstanding choice! I’ve known Missy for many years, closed deals with her, and have followed her blogging career closely. She will bring wit and wisdom in her writing, and bring a smile to many faces in her work. Congratulations, Lani, for bringing Missy’s work to AG!

  31. ines

    September 26, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Missy!! how cool is this!!! I’m so happy you are here – Welcome!

  32. Nickie Rothwell

    September 26, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Missy!!

    So happy to see you here as one of the gang!

    Congratulations and welcome!

    Yippee!!

    🙂

  33. Desiree Daniels

    September 26, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Yeah Missy Caulk!! I am proud to call you friend and have the greatest of respect for you in your wonderful real estate career …. Congratulations!

  34. Susie Blackmon

    September 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Missy, my office CLOSED today so sorry I missed this news. CONGRATS!! AG is lucky to have you.
    XXOO

  35. Antoinette Scognamiglio

    September 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    How did I miss THIS???? Whoa, Missy, congrats to an amazing, compelling writer and astoundingly strong REALTOR! What a great addition to AG! YEAH!

  36. Stacey Pfeifer

    September 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Hey Missy Congrats on the AG Gig!!!

    I read AG regularly and see your comments so often that it’s about time you went pro here too. I hope you are doing well out there in Michigan and that the summer hasn’t entirely abandoned Ann Arbor quite yet.
    ..looking forward to your first saucy article…

  37. Robert D. Ashby

    September 26, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Congrats, Missy. Looking forward to your genius being let loose.

  38. Missy Caulk

    September 27, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Stacey, Hi can you believe this? So great to meet you at Inman after talking to ya on the phone so many times.

    Robert, well we’ll see ’bout that.

  39. Rich Jacobson

    September 28, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    My Dear Sweet Missy: Just took a few moments to crawl out from under my rock to congratulate you on being a part of AG. You’re an amazing RE pro, and a natural addition to our family!

  40. David Matney

    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Congratulations Missy! That is Fantastic!

  41. Mariana Wagner

    October 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Yay! Welcome Missy!!

  42. Chet Hill

    October 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Congrats Missy ,
    you are such a ROCK STAR !!!!!!!!!

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