The Lonely Realtor Before ActiveRain and ...Now

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Real Estate Agent with Momentum Realty

Once upon a time there was a lonely real estate agent. She worked from her home office. And as much as she enjoyed it, sometimes it was lonely. Every morning she checked her email, made her phone calls and reviewed her paperwork.  When clients wanted to see properties, she made appointments and showed them houses. When potential clients wanted to list homes she prepared CMAs and met with them. Several times  a month she paid her bills and reviewed her paperwork.

Life was good, but it was boring.

lonely desk

One day, while reading a real estate publication, she came across an article that talked about a website called ActiveRain. Always trying to be cutting edge, this lonely real estate agent logged on to the ActiveRain site and became a member. She snooped around the site and read some interesting things. She decided to write a blog post and held her breath as she posted it live to ActiveRain. And one by one, people read what she wrote. 

Each day, she would log on to AR and read what others were writing. Sometimes she would send them an email but most often she would post comments and they would respond. These same people started posting comments on her posts and she would respond. Eventually, more and more people posted comments and she had more and more people that she was communicating with on AR. Soon she had ActiveRain Associates.

Eventually, she decided not to renew her newspaper advertising. She had never gotten any direct clients from the advertising and her improved web presence as a result of ActiveRain gave her credibility with the kinds of clients that she sought, anyway.

Little by little, the lonely real estate agent realized that she wasn't lonely anymore. Her home office had
Unity hands become her office at the center of the real estate industry. She had access to the best and the brightest from all over the country. When she had a technical question, it was just minutes before she received a collaborative answer. She could share her ideas with potential clients and publish information that was helpful to buyers and sellers. When she was frustrated, she could look to her new colleagues for sympathy and advice and when she needed new ideas there was no shortage of people ready and willing to help.She could share her ideas with potential clients and publish information that was helpful to buyers and sellers.

This lonely real estate agent had become a real estate agent with a huge network of caring and talented real estate agents to work with and found a large community of potential clients with whom to communicate.

Thanks, ActiveRain...you have changed the way I do business. Life is good and it is NOT boring!


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Rainmaker
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Karen Singbeil - Shuswap
RE/MAX at Mara Lake, Personal Real Estate Corporation - Salmon Arm, BC
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That is great there is still so much to do and learn on AR!!

Oct 14, 2009 08:10 PM #56
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Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
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Holly -- very nice post and so true.  I have learned so much on AR in the few months I have been a member.  IT is absolutely the best place for realtors to share and connect.

Oct 14, 2009 08:21 PM #57
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Chris Webster
Island Palms Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
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Fantastic post! I felt lonely like I had no friends then all of a sudden the AR gates opened!

Oct 14, 2009 08:45 PM #58
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Melissa Brown
Savvy + Co Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Holly,

You summed it up for so many of us!  Sometimes I feel guilty for the amount of time I spend on this site, but then I realize how many times a day I quote something I LEARNED on ActiveRain.  It's really a positive thing....

Oct 14, 2009 09:37 PM #59
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Playing in the rain really is so colorful. Great post!

Oct 14, 2009 09:57 PM #60
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M

It's amazing what there is to be learned from Active Rain and what a difference it can make to both our business and our lives.

Oct 14, 2009 11:27 PM #61
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Holly Weatherwax
Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
Moving Your Dreams Forward...

Thanks to everyone for your great comments!  Not only am I not lonely anymore :), but I keep making new friends. Is this site great, or what!?

Have a great day!

Oct 15, 2009 06:32 AM #62
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Dave Sulvetta
Dave Sulvetta, ReMax Connection, Gloucester County Realtor - Sewell, NJ
Realtor

AR is definetley addicting and fun... not to mention GREAT Google Juice!

Oct 15, 2009 10:11 AM #63
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Jeffrey Burnham
Encore Realty - Las Vegas, NV
The Wizard

And the lonely Agent lived happily ever after?? Gee, I can hardly wait for the sequel, lol.

Jeff Burnham, Rosen & Co, Las Vegas

Oct 15, 2009 12:39 PM #64
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% o... - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

Hi Holly -- what a great blog.  I am exactly the same way. 

Oct 16, 2009 01:00 AM #65
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Joyce Kelley
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Oh you nailed it, I am a Broker running a team of 4. I get my training from A/R, inspiration and core network group. I enjoy the get togethers locally and when at conventions etc.

Oct 18, 2009 11:35 AM #66
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices

Holly,

The wealth of information and willingness to share made me stick to AR, even though not from the first time I bumped into it at its very beginning.

Oct 20, 2009 12:46 AM #67
Rainmaker
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Haris Dedic
RE/MAX Villager 847-878-2588 - Glenview, IL
Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore

I really enjoyed this Fairy tale blog.  AR is a virtual trainer and broker  :)

Oct 20, 2009 01:03 AM #68
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

What a sweet story - it is a bit of a fairytale here isn't it? :)

Oct 21, 2009 01:11 AM #69
Rainmaker
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California) - Roseville, CA
Placer County, CA (Roseville, Loomis, Granite Bay)

Holly, as others have said before me, I can see many other AR members writing your same story...thanks for sharing something many of us can identify with! :)

Leilani

Oct 22, 2009 01:26 AM #70
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Very original Holly, I'm glad you don't have to be the lonely Realtor anymore and congrats on the feature.

Oct 22, 2009 08:24 AM #71
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Congrats on your contest entry for Active Rain. Each one has been interesting.
Oct 23, 2009 06:09 PM #72
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Holly, this is a great post, well deserving of the star and well deserving of the mention! I have to say, the journey here has been amazing, and I am so enjoying reading what others have to say about it!

Oct 23, 2009 06:52 PM #73
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Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Holly- Wow not only did you get a much deserved feature but a PAWS contest recognition as well. Great story and one I so relate to. Once lonely never more. :0)

Oct 23, 2009 07:20 PM #74
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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Congratulations, Holly.  I have never read a post written "fairy tale-style".  It's a wonderful tale about finding friendship, deeper purpose, and more business! --Sara

Oct 26, 2009 12:44 AM #75
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