All Aboard The Rain Train

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Train Under Clouds With A RainbowI was first licensed over 10 years ago.  At that time the industry was beginning to undergo significant changes.  Listings came in optional paper catalogs.  The main method of access was with a dial-up system.

Today is a very different world and many innovations have forced sales people to stay on their toes.

A few months ago I interviewed Brian Brady.  At that time Brian pointed out to me how becoming a member of The Rain is like hitching a ride with “the geeks.”  In this particular case the geeks had put together an innovative real estate network.  I'd like to see The ActiveRain Real Estate Network stay that way.

There will always be changes to how marketing and promotion gets done.  Over the last 10+ years real estate marketing has been moving on-line.  As more changes come, The ActiveRain Real Estate Network will seek to help bring the benefits to the membership creating a better work experience for us all.

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Robert and Lisa Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
You bet Caleb!  We're on board the AR Train and we're not going anywhere but where that train takes us.  Thanks for all your help.
Apr 11, 2007 05:57 PM #5
Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...
ActiveRain is a wonderful resource and I am blessed to be a part of it!  Change happens and you guys are always on the leading edge of it! 
Apr 11, 2007 06:13 PM #6
Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA

Right on Caleb. The greatest about hanging with the "geeks" is that it results in referrals and repeat business!!!!!!!!!


Apr 11, 2007 06:28 PM #7
Dena Stevens
Century 21 Canon Land & Investment - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
So geek is a fancy way of saying you are the conductor of the train?
Apr 11, 2007 08:17 PM #8
George W. Miller
Keller Williams Realty - Naugatuck, CT
Naugatuck and Beacon Falls Real Estate
Caleb: good post. Its a great place to TRY to keep up. At least in my case.
Apr 11, 2007 08:20 PM #9
Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Great post and i wanted your flat stanley,good to make changes for the best.
Apr 11, 2007 08:58 PM #10
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
I was on the techie train before Active Rain, but I must say I've learned a whole lot about a whole lot of things techie by being here. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Apr 11, 2007 09:02 PM #11
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Caleb, where is the train going? Are you laying some new tracks? Choo choo all aboard...
Apr 11, 2007 09:50 PM #12
Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
Caleb, how the world turns - I left the world of IT for real estate and find myself right back in the middle of it - the difference is i love what technology does to allow us to deliver better service to our clients and be able to be face to face more often. Thanks for the great community you've created and for once I'd be a happy to be thought of as a "real estate geek" - I have a feeling the geeks will win this one :-)  
Apr 11, 2007 10:12 PM #13
Rick Turner
Key Realty - Toledo, OH
Puts People In Their Places!!


You've made geek look pretty sheik!


Apr 11, 2007 10:18 PM #14
Brian Brady
San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751 - San Diego, CA

As more changes come, The ActiveRain Real Estate Network will seek to help bring the benefits to the membership creating a better work experience for us all.

I have no doubt about it, Caleb.  Membership in Active Rain does let us "hitch a ride with the geeks".  Loosely translated, it means that it allows us non-tekkies to get cutting edge information about online marketing.  Active Rain is the premier spot for such a learning experience.

I am a proud member of Active Rain for 9 months.  I link to it, I link from it, I promote it, I criticize it.  Why?  I love this network. 

Apr 11, 2007 10:41 PM #15
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311
I am on the rain train and plan on hanging on for the full ride!
Apr 11, 2007 11:20 PM #16
Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach RETechCampus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
Hey, where the heck is my seat belt?  Is this gonna be anything like the Polar Express? (Big Smile)
Apr 11, 2007 11:35 PM #17
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Man, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love the rain train! I've gained so many amazing marketing ideas here and insight on how to deal with certain situations. It's invaluable and I greatly appreciate you all for making it possible.
Apr 12, 2007 11:15 AM #18
Ralph Nudi
Weichert, Realtors® - Precision - Kenosha, WI
Team NuAltitude Taking Service to New Heights
I want to write a new song.... it will be sang to the tune of Kat Stevens' Peace Train... but it will be the RAIN TRAIN. I'll let you know as soon as I have lyrics... perhaps I'll post them for all to enjoy!
Apr 12, 2007 10:08 PM #19
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Caleb...  I agree with Craig S.....  he brings up a great point. And Brian Brady brings up a great point, because I am not one of those techie geeks. So, because of that, I have learned so much.... thanks to all.

                                                                                                            jeff belonger

Apr 13, 2007 12:04 AM #20
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I think of ActiveRain as one big mastermind session. There's always great info on a wide variety of topics, and that's in great part due to the technology that lets us communicate so easily.

Apr 13, 2007 12:41 AM #21
Caleb Mardini
Bellevue, WA
Awesome comments everyone, Thanks!.  Ralph...I can't wait!
Apr 13, 2007 02:57 PM #22
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Great post! I too have recently joined the Rain Train...end of February and it is a great ride! Nice analogy!
Apr 17, 2007 11:43 AM #23
Devon Thurtle
Heffernan Law Firm - Kirkland, WA
Ooh, striking photo.
Apr 20, 2007 06:00 PM #24
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