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Sorry for the Extended Absence

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Sunday, June 28th, 2009 at 9:17pm.

I just wanted to apologize to everyone (especially to my clients and friends) for having been away for such a very long period of time. What started out as well deserved break (in my opinion) from 18 straight months of creating my blogs and working on the website (right before last Christmas), turned unexpectedly into a lengthy and unwanted hiatus.

Basically, the Florida real estate market exploded in January. We were so busy in the first quarter that January, February and March are now just a blur in my memory. Then, right after St. Patrick's Day, my wife, partner and right hand, Terry, got sick. It was a real shocker as she has been one of the healthiest people I know. To say it was devastating is an understatement. It was 12 weeks of total craziness. I had no choice but to wear every hat possible as we took care of her and something had to give. Unfortunately, it was my ability to do some of the things I like best, like blogging and social networking. There just was no available time for it and I'm not sure I could have done it anyway considering my state of mind under the circumstances.

Fortunately (thank the good Lord), she is better now and we have finally been able to start putting our lives back together. You have to always play the cards you are dealt even when you sometimes don't want to. That's how the game of life is played. So, I plan on getting back at it here shortly. So much has happened in both our industries this past six months, I know I'll have no problem in finding some things to talk about.

Sincerely, Benjamin

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About the Author

Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

Contact Benjamin Dona at 239-948-3955



5 Responses to "Sorry for the Extended Absence"

Gail Tassey wrote:
Welcome back to the world of blogging, I will be watching for more posting and information. It is good to hear your wife is on the way to recovery of her illness.

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 at 11:59am.

Mike in Miami wrote:
Benjamin,

I've been reading this blog for quite some time, and just started recently posting comments. I'm so glad to hear your wife is doing better. I'm sure the remainder of 2009 will be a pleasant one.

Best,
Mike

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 at 12:50pm.

Benjamin wrote:
Things are much better now and I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Posted on Saturday, July 4th, 2009 at 9:20am.

Jim Gilbert wrote:
Ben, thanks for sharing some of your story. May the Lord Jesus continue to bless your wife in her recoveries. It is also good to hear that some positive things are happening in your area of the FL market.

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 11:35am.

Cary NC wrote:
I am sorry to hear about your wife's illness. I hope she is enjoying a full recovery!

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 2:31am.



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