Friends ask hows the market? and how are you doing? Maybe both questions are rhetorical but they ask. If you don't have the horse power to throw money around in your marketing budget, my good friends here have allows me to run with their (free or low cost) suggestions, and active rain itself has given me face time and world wide web recognition.
We all grumble at the media, But lets face it the strong will survive and we can't control the negative spin and "the news business".But we do control our own business, livelihood and how we conduct ourselves in public. I'm pretty sure my clients don't want to hear me whine, they want me to tell them it's a good time to buy so they can feel good about that decisions.
Kudos to people in the rain, As I read free tools for Realtors, S.E.O. & Blogging, and featured blogs I become flush with thanks, where else could I find this level of quality information for free. The week in review keeps me up-to date, the comedy groups keep me cheery, and the friendships I have developed keep me connected with Realtors across the country.
Moving on from here, I can't say this enough we all benefit from our groups collective knowledge, those that choose to join want to share and have taken a steps to survive in the real estate industry. When people I know in the business say "I'm thinking about doing something else", I say I decided long ago I love my work and I am think about how to stay. Active Rain has helped me understand that our bright and ambitious members want to help clients, and by helping this Network they can further their own career and help their clients with new tools and referrals they can trust (at the same time). We are saying let me help and connect with you and you can do the same for me (and us collectively).
What questions do you have that you were afraid to ask, The greatest benefit of all, is we can search for an answer without everyone knowing we had to ask. When I read a post but don't make a comment don't think I didn't get something from your wisdom. So thank you: Gary, Brad, Bill, Jason, Anne, Val, Sharon, Fran, Laura, Bob, Monica, Shannon, Jerry, and all that contribute to our collect success, sometime you just need a boost to reach the top.
Happy to be in the rain, and staying afloat.. thanks again to my friends, who I now consider colleagues.