25 Things To Do When ActiveRain Is Out Of Sorts

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

So you're trying to get your ActiveRain fix and the site's not cooperating?  Login glitching, or just really slow, or the raincoat Chihuahua is FIERCE?

Look I love ActiveRain just as much as most members after all my years here, but I'm also a practical engineer.  If I'm getting an obstacle here that I can't fix, well frankly my time to waste is pretty much nonexistent.

So what to do instead?  We're real estate agents, so chances are there is NO shortage of things we COULD be doing!

1.  Pet the dog or cat.  You're stressing because you can't get your fix?  Studies show that your pet can help calm you.

2.  Get to work on YOUR own site.  We don't own ActiveRain and MOST of us probably don't pay a dime, so for those of us on a free account...quit yer beefin' and get to work on something you can control:  your own site.

3.  Create ANOTHER custom IDX search page.

4.  Do #3 again.  And again.   And again.....

5.  Call/text a past client to chat.  A little top of mind is rarely a bad thing.

6.  Review your listings (especially if they're not selling).  Is there a data glitch in the way?  Time for a new picture?  New marketing remarks?  Time to have that pricing conversation ONE MORE TIME?

7.  Go visit a new construction community or two or three.  My personal experience is building a relationship with the builder might just save you a paycheck when one of your buyers walks in without warning you first.  And buyers love new construction don't they?  So it pays to know it.

8.  Work on your next snail mail mailing if that's part of your marketing.  If not, you might want to spend a few minutes checking out EDDM to see if it's a good fit for you.

9.  Got Continuing Ed coming up?  Knock out an hour or three of online training.

10.  Go take some pictures.  Blogs need pix, and having your own is great.

11.  Run your numbers for your next market report.  You know how often I get to talk about information I gained by writing my market reports?  FREQUENTLY!

12.  Run another search for that buyer prospect you just got.  And maybe try a different approach instead of the standard approach in case a data glitch is "hiding" the perfect home.

13.  Clean up your email Inbox.  You just might find a prospect you forgot to follow up with and maybe it's not too late to save them.

14.  You a door knocker?  Knock.

15.  Read your local newspaper/website.  You might find out about a new subdivision you didn't know was coming.

16.  Google yourself.  What's coming up?  Any surprises that need fixed?

17.  Write a blog post in Word or whatever your method is so it's ready when AR is back to normal.

18.  Check the Facebook referral sites for your location.  Your location not up?  See any locations for some of your ActiveRain friends?  Give 'em the nod.

19.  Go down the rabbit hole of a real estate themed Facebook page.  It MIGHT be useful, or you might run away screaming.

20.  You recruit other agents?  Reach out to someone you think would be a great fit for your team or office.

21.  Just go do something you enjoy.  Doesn't have to be real estate related.  A refreshed you is a better performing you.

22.  Organize your office. 

23.  Call one of your ActiveRain friends (but remember the time zone differences!). 

24.  Try to change someone's political opinion (and THAT could keep you busy for the rest of your life).

25.  Send Bob Stewart 25 emails asking "Is it fixed yet??!"


See....there is plenty of things you could be doing, and that wasn't even a complete list :)

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz


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Awesome Realtor serving Philadelphia and suburbs!


Jan 12, 2018 03:50 PM #15
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

#1 sometimes my dog doesn’t want petting or attention and what he wants usually sets the rules
#25 Bob may start identifying your address as spam
and can I add
#26 go to a hockey game with friends

Jan 12, 2018 04:16 PM #16
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Bill, you are killing me here with this post.  Done. Done. Done. Done. No rabbit holes thank you very much. 

Politics ...no way Jose. 

Send Bob 25 emails times X number of members ... hysterical.  

I needed this relief this afternoon.  Thank you.

Jan 12, 2018 04:41 PM #17
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Great list, there is always so much to do if we could just get organized and get started.

Jan 12, 2018 05:10 PM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

LOL I'm just now seeing this, Bill and it's fabulous! I had plenty to do and worried very little about the issues myself. Great advice,!

Happy Friday!

Jan 12, 2018 05:25 PM #19
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

Some very good ideas here that I definitely need to keep in mind... I especially liked #25 ;)

Jan 12, 2018 06:57 PM #20
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

My favorite is #25

Jan 12, 2018 08:10 PM #21
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


Now that is a great list of suggestions of things to do, even if AR is behaving itself! There are several I would NOT do, including the last 2. LOL


Jan 12, 2018 10:25 PM #22
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Okay... great ideas... but about #25.... is Bob still out there?? We were talking about him on another post... he used to show up and explain things, fix things, let us know everything going to be all right... where is Bob?

Jan 12, 2018 11:29 PM #23
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

This is awesome and So deserving of a feature. I think I am going to print this out and save as a list of things to do instead of candy crush when I am stuck waiting for someone or instead of pulling my hair out

Jan 13, 2018 03:30 AM #24
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great advice, an essential to do list for anytime of things to do.

Jan 13, 2018 06:43 AM #25
John Wiley
EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Liz and Bill Spear I am with you 99%.

Obviously, you had your tongue in your cheek when you wrote #'s 24,25.

The whole point is we can take a glitch as an excuse or see it as an opportunity.


Jan 13, 2018 07:14 AM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Whatever you choose to do instead of sitting there frustrated is a good thing! Wasted time is never a good thing!

Jan 13, 2018 08:44 AM #27
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Bill - love this - and I suppose I could add - review my insurance policy, call a past client, check to be sure I have oil in my car, call a potential buyer/seller, refill the windshield wiper fluid, call the most recent closed buyer/seller, ask my husband about our personal budget :-( or call.............I get the picture you've painted too and will take it to heart.

Jan 13, 2018 09:09 AM #28
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Life goes on with or without our approval. It is wise to carry-on at all times

Jan 13, 2018 11:15 AM #29
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear BLiz,

I love #22. Did not get around to that last year, so it is high time.

Jan 13, 2018 11:56 AM #30
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

So true - there's never nothing to do. Just, sometimes, a lot of things we don't feel like doing at the moment.

Jan 13, 2018 12:24 PM #31
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I need to save this list.  Thanks.

Jan 14, 2018 05:14 AM #32
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Start drinking a couple glasses of wine? Maybe read a good book lots of other wonderful things you can do and lately that has been the case, Endre

Jan 15, 2018 10:05 PM #33
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

You can pout or....find a way to be productive !

Jan 19, 2018 02:46 AM #34
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