activerain challenges: November 2020 Gratitude Challenge Ends on the 30th - 11/21/20 04:26 PM
November 2020 Gratitude Challenge Reminder!
Deadline is November 30th
 
The November Gratitude Challenge is well under way, and this is your reminder the challenge ends in a little over 1 week. Your posts are due by 11:59 PM on Monday November 30!  We'd love to hear about what YOU are thankful for!
 
With the Thanksgiving holiday close by, and hopefully you are taking time away from work and being online, you don’t want to forget about the Challenge if you want to participate.
 
Who wants to scramble to write a post or 2 at the last minute?!
 
We’ve had plenty of Rainers submitting 1, … (28 comments)

activerain challenges: A Thankful Challenge for November 2020 - 10/28/20 08:03 PM
Gratitude Posts for November 2020
 
Every year for some time there has been a November Challenge leading up to Thanksgiving with a focus on what we are grateful for. And what could be more appropriate right now?
 
It’s not that we aren’t thankful all year long, but at this time of year we tend to reflect more on all we have to be grateful for. And perhaps in 2020 it’s even more meaningful.
 
This year our thankfulness challenge has a little twist to it…are you ready?
 
THE CHALLENGE:
For the November challenge you are to write a post on EITHER of the 2 topics below. ActiveRain … (147 comments)

activerain challenges: May ActiveRain Challenge – Zooming with Marte Cliff - 05/15/20 09:01 PM
May ActiveRain Challenge
Zooming to Network, Learn and Have Fun
 
Jeffrey Richman is hosting a challenge for May to encourage Rainers to get involved in the learning each week at Zoom meetings on Tuesdays at 2 PM EST (you can figure out the other time zones, right?).
 
Not only do you get to see and chat with your AR friends on the Zoom calls, and meet some new friends, but there is a speaker each week. Just think of all the benefits!
 
See your friends and chat
Meet new friends
Become more familiar with Zoom and how it works
Practice good Zoom etiquette (don't forget everyone … (52 comments)

activerain challenges: The Perks of Living in My Community - March 2020 Challenge Reminder - 03/16/20 01:54 PM
The Perks of Living in My Community
Reminder about the March 2020 Challenge
 
We are halfway through March, but there’s still plenty of time for you to write and share your thoughts about the perks of living in your community, with multiple photos and, if you are ambitious, an original new video.
 
 
Yes, there is a lot going on right now, in the news and in our lives, with changes daily. And perhaps blogging, and an AR challenge, are the least of your worries. I totally get that – our clients need our guidance and support, along with family members, friends and neighbors!
 
But for … (11 comments)

activerain challenges: The Perks of Living in My Community – March 2020 ActiveRain Challenge - 02/29/20 08:35 AM
The Perks of Living in My Community
 ~ ActiveRain Challenge for March 2020 ~
 
I bet most, if not all, of us really like where we live and find it easy to talk about why that’s so, especially when asked by buyers.
 
We know buyers are not just searching for the right house, but for the neighborhood that fits their particular lifestyle and needs. Buyers search for homes, but also areas that appeal to them and the amenities they offer.
 
It’s clear that posts about larger communities and individual neighborhoods typically get a lot of traffic, and are of interest to prospective buyers, and perhaps … (137 comments)

activerain challenges: My Client Touches – Who, What and When. The Why is Obvious - 01/11/20 04:25 PM
My Client Touches – Who, What and When!
The Why is Obvious!
 
One of the things I have tried to do over the years is stay in touch with past clients.
 
I realize in the early years this was not something I did very well, despite knowing, and being told, it was important to do.
 
I don’t have a good excuse for why that was the case…I suppose, in part, it was just not viewed as a priority, although it certainly should have been.
 
And it definitely had not gotten to be a good habit.
 
Over the years I improved in how I stayed in … (107 comments)

activerain challenges: Grateful for Firefighters, First Responders & Emergency Personnel - 11/17/19 12:02 PM
Gratitude Post #2 - Thankful for our Firefighters, First Responders & Other Emergency Personnel                  
 
How can one say enough thanks for the firefighters, first responders and other emergency personnel this year…or in many years here in California?!
 
No doubt many have seen the horrific photos, videos, and live coverage of the fires raging in California, with multiple fires happening at the same time, and often spreading rapidly due to windy conditions and record dry vegetation. While wildfires are common here it’s never something one gets accustomed to, just as you don’t with other natural disasters happening in other parts of the country.
 
Words … (11 comments)

activerain challenges: I’m Grateful for my Clients - 11/10/19 10:44 AM
I’m Grateful for my Clients
Week 1 in the Gratitude Challenge November 2019
 
As a business owner being grateful for clients is no small thing, but also pretty obvious.
 
If I don’t have buyers or sellers to work with, and to help them make some of the most important, and expensive, decisions in their lives…and life changing decisions…I can’t pay my bills (sorry, no trust fund here) and do the things I want and need to do personally and with family and friends.
 
But while having clients means having money, and financial stability, this is not about that at all.
 
One of the primary things … (12 comments)

activerain challenges: Reminder - The ActiveRain Challenge for October 2019 - 10/21/19 08:25 AM
A Reminder About the ActiveRain Challenge for October 2019
 
Halloween is coming up quickly, and you don’t want to be haunted by the fact that you didn’t participate in the October Challenge about your past life before real estate. And missed out on those 1000 bonus points for your reflections.
 
This is a friendly reminder the deadline is 10 days from now, on October 31st, at 11:59 PM PST. Since that IS Halloween and you could be busy with other things that evening, don’t put on writing your post til the last minute and miss out.
 
It’s been great fun to read the posts … (10 comments)

activerain challenges: An ActiveRain Challenge for October 2019 - In My Past Life I… - 09/19/19 07:23 AM
An ActiveRain Challenge for October 2019 - In My Past Life I…
 
Some here on ActiveRain may have moved into their full-time role as a REALTOR, or mortgage officer, or some other real-estate related position as their first “real” career. But most of us had one or more prior careers before transitioning into the real estate business.
 
THE CHALLENGE:
Tell us about your previous career, and your path to becoming a licensed real estate professional, staging professional, home inspector, mortgage officer, title or escrow officer, real estate consultant, and so on.
Our gallery - MARK GALLERY - in Cambridge 2002 - 2005
 Here are some … (272 comments)

activerain challenges: What a Difference a Decade Makes – A Reminder about the Challenge! - 07/26/19 12:12 AM
What a Difference a Decade Makes!!
A July Challenge Reminder!
 
This is a friendly reminder, for those who are up to the challenge and want to earn some additional points, that the deadline for the “What a Difference a Decade Makes” challenge is coming up fast.
 
Entries for the challenge are due by the end of the month, July 31st at 11:59 pm PST, which is next Wednesday!
 
Some of you luckty ones can stretch it into the very wee hours of Thursday am!
 
In case you missed the challenge, it’s about reflecting back on the last 10 years and what’s happened in your … (33 comments)

activerain challenges: What a Difference a Decade Makes – The July Challenge for You! - 06/27/19 08:19 PM
What a Difference a Decade Makes
A Challenge for You in July!
 
Your challenge, should you decide to accept it and want to earn some additional points, is to reflect on what’s happened in your life in the last decade, business-wise and personally, and share AT LEAST 10 things that have happened or changed.
 
And I betcha when you start reflecting back on the last decade you’ll think of all sorts of changes, some significant, that you forgot about.
 
Some changes may have just happened, as they tend to do, while others were made deliberately.
 
No doubt you’ve experienced both positive and negative changes in … (151 comments)

activerain challenges: What a Difference a Decade Makes – The July Challenge for You! - 06/27/19 08:19 PM
What a Difference a Decade Makes
A Challenge for You in July!
 
Your challenge, should you decide to accept it and want to earn some additional points, is to reflect on what’s happened in your life in the last decade, business-wise and personally, and share AT LEAST 10 things that have happened or changed.
 
And I betcha when you start reflecting back on the last decade you’ll think of all sorts of changes, some significant, that you forgot about.
 
Some changes may have just happened, as they tend to do, while others were made deliberately.
 
No doubt you’ve experienced both positive and negative changes in … (151 comments)

activerain challenges: I’m so Thankful for our Carlsbad Beaches - 11/22/18 01:29 PM
I’m Thankful for our Carlsbad Beaches
 
Debbie Reynolds is sponsoring the Thanksgiving Challenge that ends today, Thanksgiving Day, with abundant opportunities for us to share why we are thankful and for what! This is such a thoughtful challenge, and it’s been fun to read about the thanks flowing around ActiveRain and the country!
 
For the last post, I’m thankful for our Carlsbad beaches!
 
 
My town of Carlsbad is basically one big beach - 7 miles long – at the edge of the continent. There are a number of different areas, with names (Tamarack Beach, South Ponto State Beach, North Ponto State Beach, Hole … (19 comments)

activerain challenges: How I Use My Referral List and How to Get on It! - 03/30/18 07:54 AM
How I Use My Referral List and How to Get on It!
 
I suspect most of us enjoying giving and receiving referrals in our business. I certainly do.
 
I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the years developing my referral list, tracked in my CRS, so that I can share referrals around the country when the need arises.
 
I like having an up-to-date referral list since I never know when I will need it for a friend or family member, a past client, or a current client moving out of the area.
 
It’s also nice to have this referral list in case … (16 comments)

activerain challenges: An Absentee Seller, Breakfast Sandwiches, and an Out-of-Tune Piano - 02/28/18 11:43 AM
An Absentee Seller, Breakfast Sandwiches, and a Piano
 
One of my first transactions with RE/MAX when I moved to Carlsbad several months after getting licensed, was a listing I shared with my broker of a house in Cardiff – I was the official listing agent. It was a great experience overall as a way to start learning the paperwork and process, vastly different from how we did things in Massachusetts.
 
From the beginning it was clear the seller trusted us to do what needed to be done to prepare the home for sale and hopefully sell it quickly, following only a phone … (22 comments)

activerain challenges: I Loved, Loved, Loved This Transaction - 02/27/18 04:27 PM
I Loved, Loved, Loved This Transaction
 
For her February challenge Lisa Von Domek  encouraged us to write about 1, 2 or 3 transactions that we really loved, and to share our reasons, and learnings. There have been so many it’s hard to choose. This transaction stood out for several reasons.
 
We were on our flight to Kauai for an 8-day vacation, and upon landing I had a voice mail from an agent wanting to refer a buyer couple to me. They are interested in buying a beach home, and had a pretty good idea of what they wanted and needed, including an ocean view. … (10 comments)

activerain challenges: Marketing Winners, Losers and the Future Challenge is Almost Over - 02/25/18 08:14 AM
Marketing Winners, Losers & the Future Challenge 
Will We Hear from You?
 
The marketing challenge for February will come to an end on Wednesday the 28th…remember it’s a shorter month…but there is still plenty of time to get your entry in for all of us to enjoy.
 
Just a friendly reminder that the deadline is the 28th at midnight ActiveRain (Pacific Standard) time.
 
We have lots of great posts about the marketing strategies that did not work well for one reason or another, but more importantly about many successes that people have had.
 
And there are some different perspectives on what success, or … (9 comments)

activerain challenges: Harvard Square Condo Conversion & Multiple Sales – A Favorite Client - 02/16/18 08:03 AM
A Harvard Square Condo Conversion Led to Multiple Sales A Favorite Client in the Early Years
         
I’ve written before about my successes with floor time when I first started in the business – here’s another.
 
I started with RE/MAX Destiny in the Harvard Square area of Cambridge (photo is of Harvard Yard), across the river from Boston, when I was first licensed.
 
There was terrific walk-in traffic in this store-front style brokerage, and I took on floor time almost immediately. It paid off in spades!!
 
In 2004, about a year and a half after getting licensed, a gentleman walked in and being on … (9 comments)

activerain challenges: Do You See What I See? A Transaction with Fond Memories - 02/02/18 10:37 AM
Do You See What I See?
 
Lisa Von Domek encouraged us to write about as many as 3 transactions we loved for her Love is in the Air challenge this month. It’s an appropriate theme given the approaching Valentine’s Day, but what a wonderful way to reflect on our business and the many positive experiences we have, and the significant impact and involvement we have in people’s lives.
 
It’s hard to limit my reflections to just 3 – there are many, indeed most, that are memorable in very positive ways. But a choice must be made, and this transaction was such a pleasure, … (17 comments)

 
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