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 … (8 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 … (115 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)

activerain challenges: Marketing Winners, Losers, and the Future: Challenge for February 2018 - 02/01/18 08:08 AM
Marketing Winners, Losers, and the Future:
Your February 2018 Challenge
 
We all know how essential marketing is for success in our business, whether its lead generation, or marketing ourselves, our services, or our listings. Some things we do work well and yield results we want and expect…hopefully most of them.
 
But sometimes our marketing efforts are a bust for some reason, with money and/or time spent with limited or no results. It’s a good learning experience, but a tough one, and maybe costly.
 
There are 3 parts to this marketing challenge, with 2000 points as your reward for sharing your experiences.
 
PART 1 - … (144 comments)

activerain challenges: Competence, Referrals and My Health – A Few Goals for 2018, and Beyond - 01/31/18 09:28 PM
Competence, Referrals and Health
Three Goals for 2018, and Beyond
 
Debbie Reynolds encouraged us to share 3 goals we have for the year and talk about how or why we chose them, why they are important, how we will track them and so on. I gave it a lot of thought before committing to a post, not because there were no goals but more about what I wanted to share.
 
Goal #1 – My Health
In my mind this is really the most important, no matter what the other goals are, since without good health the other stuff pales in comparison. And while none of … (14 comments)

activerain challenges: The Spirit of Education is Alive and Well in the ActiveRain Community - 01/26/18 04:55 PM
The Spirit of Education is Alive and Well in the ActiveRain Community
 
As part of the 2018 Blog JumpStart Challenge we are asked to share our thoughts on the Weltanschauung, the guiding principles and philosophy of the Activerain community.
 
Of the various principles I particularly like the view that “ActiveRain believes that it is in the best interests of real estate professionals to build a community that is focused on educating one another.”
 
There are a couple of reasons why.
 
First, I am a strong believer in life-long learning.
 
It energizes me, it’s fun, it exercises the brain, and as far as being in … (37 comments)

activerain challenges: 2018 January Blog Jumpstart Challenge - Full Details On January 5th - 12/26/17 01:55 PM
It's that time again...for Lynn Friedman's January Blog Jumpstart Challenge, now for the 7th year in a row.
 
If you have participated before you know what fun, and a challenge, it can be. There are a varuety of topics to write about and different levels depending on how inspired you are or how much time you have. What a great way to kick off the new year!
2018 January Blog Jumpstart Challenge -
Full Details On January 5th
 

 
Take this opportunity to learn ---
bump your Blogging Skills to a higher level.
 
PLUS ..........
 
MAXIMUM BONUS … (14 comments)

activerain challenges: Thankful for My Health Even Though it’s Not Perfect - 11/13/17 04:35 PM
Thankful for My Health
Even Though it’s Not Perfect
 
Debbie Reynolds is sponsoring a Thanks Giving challenge over 12 days, November 12th through Thanksgiving Day November 23rd, for us to share what we are thankful for! And there are bonus points for each of the 12 posts, whether you do 1 or all 12 (1 per day max gets bonus points)! No doubt we all have many things we are thankful for, so let’s share them. They will be fun and inspiring for us to read!
 
One of the things that’s easy to be thankful for is my health, even though at this … (21 comments)

activerain challenges: Making the Most of the Time I Have - 10/25/17 05:14 PM
Making the Most of the Time I Have
 
Grant Schneider has invited us to share our thoughts on time management for his October 2017 challenge – Time Management is not a Time Management Issue.
 
 
By the way time IS running out - you have until next Tuesday night (that's Halloween BTW) to get your post in.
 
 
We all have the same amount of time to work with each day, like it or not. It’s what you do with it, personally and business-wise, that makes the difference.
 
 
I really value my personal time, a big part of which is family-oriented, and more so these days … (17 comments)

activerain challenges: Habits: A Good One, A Bad One, and a Change! - 09/03/17 09:28 AM
My Habits: Good Ones, Bad Ones, and Needing to Make Changes
 
 
Debbie Reynolds has invited us to hang out the laundry in her challenge for September: Habits, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. We all have them…good habits that help in so many ways; bad ones, that may be minor but perhaps are better if we got rid of them; and those ugly habits we have successfully ditched, or perhaps still need to – Yay!! Please don’t judge me…here goes.
 
 
I decided to turn things around a little and end on a more positive note!
 
 
THE UGLINESS - SMOKING
Yep, I was a smoker … (21 comments)

activerain challenges: Best Business Practices - The Past, The Present and the Future! - 08/31/17 08:58 PM
Best Business Practices
The Past, The Present and the Future!

In her August challenge Anna “Banana” Kruchten encouraged us to share our best business practices when starting out, to talk about our best mentor or coach, and to describe the business practice(s) we are attempting to put into place.
 
 
PART 1 – Starting out in the Business
15 years ago this past June I made the move from the corporate Human Resources world (with a gap in there at our art gallery) to real estate while living in the Boston area. Selecting my broker was simple! I had gotten a recommendation from a colleague of … (21 comments)

 
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