active rain: CALLING ALL TEXAS RAINER'S ~ GOING TO T.A.R? LET'S MEET UP! - 08/11/14 11:37 AM
Hey Rainer friends, the Texas Association of REALTORS® Conference is coming up!  September 5-8 agents from all over Texas will descend upon the beautiful city of San Antonio for the annual conference.    The keynote speaker will Eric Stomer who is a popular host on many HGTV and TLC shows.
 
The Hyatt Regency Hotel right on the historic San Antonio Riverwalk will be the site of the conference.  San Antonio is always a great city for conferences with the wonderful restaurants, lodging and sight seeing available.  Of course there are many, many excellent authentic Mexican food restaurants!
 
Jerry Newman … (8 comments)

active rain: AR BLOGGING REAPS BIG RESULTS ON LOCAL BOARD - 07/27/14 08:24 PM

My real estate board, Houston Association of REALTORS has what I believe to be one of the best MLS sites in the country.  Now I may be the slightest bit biased but from what I hear from our clients and other agents who visit our site, many agree with this statement.  
 
When they added the blog roll I immediately signed up and import my AR blogs right into it.  The other day I clicked on the Blog Directory and found that my blog was the #4 Most Viewed Blogs on their site!  Wow!  I had no idea!
 
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active rain: WARNING ~ YOU BETTER TAKE THAT POST DOWN! - 04/10/13 01:10 PM
WARNING ~ YOU BETTER TAKE THAT POST DOWN!

Today as I was working at my desk I received a very interesting phone call.  The man identified himself as "Mr. Hard Ball, You Better Take that Post Down!"  He was referring to a post that I wrote here on Active Rain over two years ago.  The post he was referring to was a company that was sending bogus leads to agents.  I had received one of those emails and the supposed "lead" berated me for ten minutes as it was the agent himself and the house was NOT actively on the … (57 comments)

active rain: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A MEET-UP! - 03/15/13 01:04 PM
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A MEET-UP!

Yeah, we have a Houston Active Rain Meet Up planned.  Greg Nino and I will be co-hosting this event so we are hoping for a fantastic turnout!  And those of you who know Greg know that if he is involved, there will be some FUN times for sure!  No excuses you guys!  Houston is the 4th largest city in this nation, surely we can have a successful meet-up!
So, here are the details:
Wednesday, April 10,   2013
STRATA
Vintage Park
 5:30 - 8:30
110 Vintage Park Blvd, Ste 270 Houston, TX 77070 Be there or … (16 comments)

active rain: WHAT DOES 3 YEARS OF BLOGGING LOOK LIKE? - 02/24/13 07:42 PM
WHAT DOES 3 YEARS OF BLOGGING LOOK LIKE?

I just realized that on February 12, it marked 3 years of blogging on Active Rain.  Wow, where did the time go?  I had to go back and look at some of my statistics just to see what has gone on these past few years.
718,515 points in that time equates to approximately 239,505 points per year.  19,959 points per month.  2,851 points per week. 1253 blog posts written averages 418 posts per year, 35 posts per month. 1253 posts average of 300 words is equivalent to 375,900 words total.   Now for … (9 comments)

active rain: OPEN BLOG ~ INSERT COMMENT! - 02/21/13 04:34 AM
OPEN BLOG ~ INSERT FOOT COMMENT!

The other day, I wrote a blog regarding the frustration experienced when trying to show a home.  The post was met with one really nasty comment and as we all know, those can happen occasionally.  While I have thick skin and understand that we can't have 100% positive comments all of the time,  downright ugly comments are never appropriate!
Blogging is a great way to share ideas, learn new things, connect with other professionals and in the process, gain valuable friendships.  Posting super negative, degrading or slanderous comments is never, ever called for.  We can all disagree on … (54 comments)

active rain: RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS...... - 02/11/13 11:16 AM
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS......

The rain is pouring down today here in our next of the woods!  We need the rain so it is welcomed.  I remember the Karen Carpenter song "Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down".
No getting me down here and I am not just referring to the physical rain drops falling outside.  The Active Rain is something that I always look forward to on a Monday.  A new start to a busy week, checking in with blogger friends and learning something new on the blog roll for sure! 
Monday is the day I like to leave sort of … (13 comments)

active rain: 700,000 POINTS ~ ANOTHER ACTIVE RAIN MILESTONE! - 01/27/13 06:59 PM
700,000 POINTS ~ ANOTHER ACTIVE RAIN MILESTONE!

My how time flies as an Active Rain member.  It seems just like yesterday when I was beginning in my quest with this adventure in the Rain.  I had no idea what I was doing and looking back, was such a novice in blogging.  My700,000 point journey has been exciting and full of surprises.
I began my AR quest back in 2010.  It was Spring and I stumbled upon the blogging site and was intrigued from day one.  As I carefully constructed my first blog and hit the submit button, I had no idea … (29 comments)

active rain: CHERISE SELLEY ~ YOUR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL IN COLORADO SPRINGS - 01/25/13 09:58 AM
CHERISE SELLEY ~ YOUR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL IN COLORADO SPRINGS

Cherise Selley has the perfect name for her profession in Real Estate!  She is a "selling" machine.  Cherise knows her market and is passionate about serving her clients professionally as well as compassionately.  Colorado Springs is fortunate to have such a caring individual in their area serving them in the real estate industry.
I had the pleasure of personally meeting both Cherise and her husband Gordon a few summers ago.  As we had met via our blog through Active Rain, having the opportunity to meet in person was a treat.  I felt … (6 comments)

active rain: BLOGGING SECRETS ~ DISCOVERING YOUR BLOGGING STYLE! - 12/16/12 03:43 PM
BLOGGING SECRETS ~ DISCOVERING YOUR BLOGGING STYLE!

I get asked a lot how I find the time to blog, what I write about and basically how I do it?  I believe that there are many people out there who believe that blogging is difficult and only for experienced writers!  So not true!  Let me share a few blogging secrets that you may not have picked up in school!
FIRST let me say that emphasis that you do NOT need to be a professional writer or have any special writing skills in order to succeed with blogging.  I find that the … (60 comments)

active rain: 12 REASONS TO ACTIVELY BLOG! - 12/12/12 12:32 PM
12 REASONS TO ACTIVELY BLOG!

So here we are on 12/12/12.  How cool is that?  My title "12 Reasons to Actively Blog" was inspired by the date of course but so much more. 
Writing posts is one thing but here on Active Rain, we "actively blog".  We interact with one another, care for one another and learn from one another.  There is so much more to it all. 
So here are my 12 Reasons to Actively Blog:
LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS! An enormous amount of cool information. Increased Google juice! Localism blogs boost your image as a community "go-to" person. … (19 comments)

active rain: DO YOU CONSIDER BLOGGING A PART OF YOUR JOB? - 12/05/12 03:54 PM
DO YOU CONSIDER BLOGGING A PART OF YOUR JOB?

When I began blogging over two years ago, I simply went at it blindly not having a clue of what I was doing.  I read through a lot of posts out there and became familiar with what people were writing about.  As I have stayed with this blogging phenomenon, I have come to really love it.  
While I have learned a lot over the past few years, I have found my voice here in the Rain.  My posts are sometimes very random but I truly write what I feel like … (82 comments)

active rain: AN ACTIVE RAIN FAMILY MEMBER BOOK REVIEW ~ DR. GORDON SELLEY - 11/16/12 06:19 AM
AN ACTIVE RAIN FAMILY MEMBER BOOK REVIEW ~ DR. GORDON SELLEY

One of Active Rain's own bloggers now has a book out that he has written about living with pain.  Dr. Gordon Selley who is married to our own Cherise Selley, wrote and recently released this book.  I was fortunate enough to have a personalized book sent to me.
Most of us have lived at some time or another with pain.  Gordon looks at pain in a very different way.  Physiologically, pain is there to warn us that something is wrong.  Pain always gets a bad rap and we all … (11 comments)

active rain: HAVE YOU LOST YOUR BLOGGING MOJO? - 11/12/12 09:46 AM
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR BLOGGING MOJO?

Those of us who blog constantly can sometimes get into a blogging funk!  We can even lose our blogging Mojo!  As I was going through my subscribed to bloggers on Active Rain, I realized a familiar face that I have not seen lately. 
I sent her a quick email to say she was missed and I just got an email back from her that she has lost her blogging Mojo!  I am sure that we can all relate so it got me thinking, how do we lose that blogging "loving feeling" and how can … (74 comments)

active rain: I MET TOM FERRY TODAY! - 09/25/12 05:15 PM
I MET TOM FERRY TODAY!

Many of you may not have heard about Tom Ferry!  I first learned of him here on Active Rain when I read a post of his about MY LIFE! BY DESIGN & MY DEFINING MOMENT!.  He challenged us to write a post to discuss a defining moment that we have experienced.
Within a few hours of my posting, my phone rang and it was Tom Ferry himself on the other end.  I was shocked!  He said, "Hey I just read your post and wanted to give you a call to encourage you!"  It was the neatest thing.
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active rain: SORRY BUT I DON'T EAT SPAM! - 06/07/12 07:44 AM
SORRY BUT I DON'T EAT SPAM!

Today as I was reading my daily blogs, I am seeing more and more SPAMMER comments!  These are super distracting and unnecessary!  Do these people really believe that we will all visit their sites for discounted Ralph Lauren or other goods the claim to have the best prices on?
I know that the powers that be with Active Rain are working hard to keep these guys at bay.  You can go into your settings and not allow non member comments.  I have done this but still get SPAMMER comments.  It is important to report each and … (21 comments)

active rain: 1,000 BLOG POSTS ~ 1,000 REASONS TO BLOG! - 05/21/12 03:57 PM
1,000 BLOG POSTS ~ 1,000 REASONS TO BLOG!

With this post, I officially hit my 1,00th blog post!  I can hardly believe it?  What on earth have I posted about 1,000 times?  How did I have time to do this?  How can I keep the pace up?
Those of you who are active bloggers understand the commitment and dedication it takes to post regularly.  Finding new and fresh content takes some creativity and diligence.  However, the rewards are wonderful!
When I began as a "Baby Blogger" on Active Rain just a few years ago, I had no idea of what … (68 comments)

active rain: I've Missed the RAIN! - 03/11/12 08:52 PM
I've Missed the RAIN!

Although it has been raining here finally in The Woodlands, Texas, I have been missing the Active Rain!  My time has been incredibly stretched due to work, family, etc.  I have just had to let some things take a back seat and unfortunately that has been my blogging. 
This however does not mean that I love you any less my blogger friends!  I LOVE the Rain and miss you all so much.  Active Rain has been a huge connection for me so when I am not active - I feel blue for sure!
I hope that you all … (12 comments)

active rain: TWO YEARS BLOGGING IN THE RAIN! - 02/13/12 08:02 AM

TWO YEARS BLOGGING IN THE RAIN!
I cannot believe that it has been two full years since I began blogging here in the Rain!  The time has flown by and what I have gained through my blogging efforts h
as been amazing!  It truly has been a fabulous journey and the people that I have met have embraced me and taught me a ton along the way.
For me, the best part of blogging for me has been the people that I have met here in the Rain.  I never knew when I began this blogging journey that it would end … (22 comments)

active rain: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN ON AR TIME - 11/13/11 11:55 PM
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN ON AR TIME
Ok, this is one of those nights that all Active Rain addicts can appreciate.  I had a tremendously busy week and weekend and could not get all of my posts in.  Now here I am Sunday night right before the cut-off time trying to get a few blogs in.
Am I nuts or what?  Yes!  I just hate missing getting them all in so here I am typing away.  I pledge to try and do better next week.  Sadly with my traveling the week before I was in the same position this time last week.  … (11 comments)