Karen  Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward (K1 Realty Group)

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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

I joined for the business opportunities and stayed for the networking, education and learned it could also be fun along the way due to the relationships that were found(a total surprise for me).   

Apr 20, 2017 12:06 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor - That Leaderboard - and inspiration from members like Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , Barbara Todaro to just name a few.

Apr 19, 2017 10:38 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A steady flow of seo.

 

Apr 19, 2017 09:29 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

There are many reasons each person may have for staying active in the Rain.  For me, I just love the chance to read other agent's blogs, and to learn from the many encounters we get by responding as well the the knowledge I gain and challenges I receive from other's in my profession.  In addition, for some it's all about SEO and Referrals.  Others it's about points and moving up the ladder to reach the highest rung on the ladder that is possible for each individual.  Others like the contests and other great opportunities -- to share personal stories, professional concerns, experiences and oh the list just goes on and on.   Hope some of this has given you the umpf to set yourself some goals.

Apr 19, 2017 07:07 PM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

In no particular order: Making connections all over the Country. Receiving referrals. Having a face I recognize to send referrals to. Advice from other experienced agents.

Apr 20, 2017 03:23 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
  • Education-Relationships-Friendships
  • Opportunity
  • Closed escrows from referrals
  • Interviews in magazines, other blogs and Podcasts
  • My Podcast was offered to me because of my blog.
Apr 19, 2017 09:18 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

blogging for business. I have a weekly plan and just do it

Apr 19, 2017 08:22 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Bottom line it brings in business through my blogs. That is the primary reason I am here though the relationships and fun are a very nice side benefit.

Apr 19, 2017 07:31 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

AR enables me to provide quality content to my readership (social media)

Apr 20, 2017 06:50 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's always been sort of a game for me.

Apr 20, 2017 06:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

The interaction with other members.

Apr 20, 2017 04:36 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

My objective and goals should not be the basis on which you set yours. If you are goal oriented, as you say, you need to think about your own priorities and set goals around them.

Apr 20, 2017 04:10 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Persistence.

Apr 20, 2017 04:06 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Karen,

We all have our own way of assessing what works for us.  Your goals are yours and my reasons for being here have nothing to do with your reasons, simply because we are each unique individuals with a unique focus and definitely differing core values.  In my opinion, you have to discover it for yourself.  A

Apr 19, 2017 09:39 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Networking is probably one of most important results of me being here; exposure to large audience; learning from members ~ that is huge! 

Apr 19, 2017 07:44 PM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Costa Mesa, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852

Business, plain & simple.  I love the relationships here, but if it didn't translate to business, I wouldn't spend so mcuh time here.  My phone rings regularly with people who found me through my blog, and other time from agents in the rain who have clients that can use my help.  I've picked up 2 new clients this week from the same blog post I wrote back in 2014.  This is an amazing place!

Apr 20, 2017 11:54 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The Internet is todays meeting place for many. To know & be known...

Apr 20, 2017 07:03 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I don't really have goals here, I come for the points and the comaraderie with other agents

Apr 20, 2017 06:32 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor Michael Jacobs summed it up nicely.

Apr 20, 2017 06:27 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I look at it like this, my goal to join Active Rain was to get more customers. I was not sue what to expect. WHAT I GOT was a community who welcomed me with open arms, in a nice way gave me tips to improve my blog and my writing. I was able to not just learn new things but made friends, relationships and acquaintances which i speak with those same people near every day 7 years later. My tips are write a blog daily, read other blogs and comment on at least 10 a day. Be open to learn, share, teach and entertain. The only goal that let me down was thinking i would get more features. For a while i was a feature machine, which then hurts when the feature gods shun you for months on end. My advice on features is do not focus on them, focus on the results from your blog as you will drive yourself nuts if you focus on features.  

Apr 20, 2017 05:54 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thank You to all the activerain memeber that gave me referrals over the years.

 

Apr 20, 2017 05:54 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Praful Thakkar nailed this one!

Apr 20, 2017 04:22 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It keeps me on the front page of the internet in my area

Apr 19, 2017 08:02 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor there are so many great reasons to participate!  The people, the learning and the business you get from ActiveRain is SO worth the time and effort you invest here! 

Apr 19, 2017 07:52 PM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The knowledge shared here.

Apr 22, 2017 08:04 AM
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Melissa Jackson
United Country Real Estate FW - Fort Worth, TX
REALTOR® Matching Buyers & Sellers

A few reasons I'm here.. Education and knowledge from members.  Hanging out as an active member raises my awareness to a variety of issues in our field from different people.  Looking forward to the seo benefits.  Earning points - pushing myself to reach monthly goals.  There is always something new to learn.  Don't really have goals - I enjoy being here. 

Apr 20, 2017 10:19 PM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  These people are my family.  What else can I say?

Apr 20, 2017 06:07 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Getting results from hyperlocal posts and having the best network of agents across the country that I can refer business to.

Apr 20, 2017 04:23 PM
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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

We "get" each other here. If we are having a bad day or need some answers, the AR members know what we are going through.

 

Apr 20, 2017 12:47 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The people are wonderful here and so helpful

Apr 20, 2017 12:45 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I started so I could ask some basic questions about best practices/tech people were using (I was starting up a newsletter system for past clients and also looking into mass mailing).  Enjoyed the Q&A section so much I became a paying member, started blogging and set a goal for the 500,000 point free account.  Along the way becoming #1 in my city and county were intermediate goals along the way to 500k (hit those by 178k).  Once I hit that, getting to page 1 in the state (top 50) was the goal.  Now I'm #47 in the state and aiming for the top 40.

Apr 20, 2017 09:18 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

the Google Juice, first and foremost.... secondly, I love the networking.....the rest is learning and sharing....I like both of those, too....

Apr 20, 2017 09:02 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

I am with Michael Jacobs - all of that and more. The relationships created here cannot be explained. It is good for business, referrals from other agents, learning, fun .... the list goes on and on. 

That said, you need to find your own reasons to be active. 

Apr 20, 2017 08:22 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Relationships with people I have never met and some that I have1

Apr 20, 2017 08:16 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Referrals, publicity online and entertainment.  Good luck! -Kasey

Apr 20, 2017 07:33 AM
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Lise Howe
Long and Foster - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

the points reflect my consistency - and consistency results in buyer leads and listing leads. That is of course what keeps me in the rain - and it works - but the points are the day to day track of that. 

Apr 20, 2017 07:21 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Apr 20, 2017 03:41 AM