active rain: Where have you been Joe DiMaggio - 04/07/15 10:04 AM
What a quote!!!!  I hate when someone says...."where have you been?"  Times change and so do people and cirucmstances and situations.  I was all in for my first 800,000 points....being #1 in Illinois for years as well as top 100 nationally through A.R., but then comcast went down.....and I mean DOWN....for 3 months. 
What's the rule?  3 weeks to create a new habit?  Some studies say 54 days.  Three months had me covered.  Here I was.....committed, but now to a new habit....and yes, a bad one.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get back in.  I wrote and published … (4 comments)

active rain: Routine is Half of the Battle with Active Rain - 02/24/14 10:14 AM
I said that I was back in the game, but I wasn't.  There were two primary reasons. 
First, and most importantly, I have just accomplished a major goal of mine in getting published.  The book, No Rewind, should be in print within the next two weeks.  The Active Rain issue was that any writing time was spent devoted to accomplishing a new goal....GETTING PUBLSHED!!!!  But alas, I won't bore you.  I'll save this for another blog post.
Secondly, during my first seven years on Active Rain, I would draft my posts the night prior to publishing.  The problem routine or … (3 comments)

active rain: Blogging in the Rain Pays Dividends! Why do you? - 10/09/13 01:17 PM
I keep thinking of all of these topics to post about.  But invariably you're so much better if you have the "why" as to anything in life.  So, for me, I'm thinking to myself...."I know why I blog, but do you know why you blog?"  Like anything in life without a passion, it really becomes quite mundane or interest is lost.  Here are the reasons that I blog:
Active Rain Works - As of this date, I'm exactly at 124 referrals from Active Rain since I started posting.  I have so many consumer referrals that it's ridiculous.  I love being on … (14 comments)

active rain: Active Rain....Thanks for your patience - 08/11/13 11:02 PM
I was gone.....adios!  Sayonara!  Out of here!
3 Weeks to create a bad habit. My internet was down for two months at home and so I was gone from Active Rain.  Even when it came back up, I was sooooooo gone!
1 year later I made a pledge to get back in the game.  Since returning three weeks ago....
three different purchase referrals.... all from the rain!  Even last week on vacation, I blogged.  Active Rain works.....and what the heck was I thinking?
Thanks for not giving up on me.  I love being back!

active rain: When The Going Get's Tough...the Tough Start Blogging!! - 07/09/13 02:03 AM
So....Active Rain....I said that I'm back, and I am with a full vengeance.  When I left off (pre-sabbatical), I had 117 new transactions because of my time blogging, free associating and just throwing up into cyberspace in Active Rain.  Then....I had that divorce.  During the divorce things went well for most every lender.  Things are still going great for me even with the rates creeping up. 
However, in my short 1+ week back, I just received my first Active Rain application this week! 
I don't really NEED to be back, but in truth, if I'm thinking of my economic future,
I can't … (5 comments)

active rain: My Sabbatical Is Over - 06/28/13 11:16 AM
After living in the rain for years and years.....I disappeared last year when I had lost my internet for two months.  Unfortunately, it doesn't take a lot of time to create a new habit.  I was off.  I was out....despite the best intentions.  Well, God willing, I'm back.  Thrilled to be back in the saddle.  Life is good.  God has been good to me, but it's time for me to get it going and start to drip a bit on the rain.  So....forgive me for my absence.  Glad to be back in the saddle!

active rain: KNOW ME, LIKE ME, TRUST ME - 01/27/13 11:25 PM
Sales 101 - Know me, like me, trust me. That's the fundamental mantra of those getting in sales. Last year I had the privilege of handing out 17 purchase constract referrals. 
KNOW ME!!!! I have never had the ability to know or get the ability to trust someone outside of my demographic area. How could I do business with someone I don't know. How could I put my name behind them? I want someone … (18 comments)

active rain: Active Rain and New Year's Resolutions - 12/30/12 10:15 PM
In April of 2007, I posted my first Active Rain blog.  I had no idea what the heck I was doing.  Quickly found out and climbed the ranks nationally here, but then my internet went down at home for 2 ENTIRE MONTHS.  Unfortunately, habit become created quickly and soon, even after restoration of my internet, I was in a bad way avoiding the Rain.
My New Year's Resolution is to get back on track.  I've spent one entire week posting almost daily.  It's fun, and it pays.  117 referrals from the rain to date.  I am back in the 2013, … (10 comments)

active rain: The Problem with Active Rain - 10/15/12 04:45 AM
I have done very little blogging this year compared to my prioir years on Active Rain.  I had 2 months of being just shut out because of the internet.  By the time that I got back....I had formed a bad habit.  Something kept nagging me and told me that I needed to get my ying yang back in the blogosphere. 
However, even away from Active Rain. and working on my business.....I kept getting deals.  I have written a number of posts about buying one day after a short sale.....
Yes, You Can Buy After A Short Sale....IT CAN BE DONE!!!!!   … (25 comments)

active rain: How About Active Rain for THE PUBLIC??? - 10/01/12 12:40 PM
I've received some more business off of Active Rain.  Truth be told, I'm finally up to over 112 referrals since joining Active Rain.  Over the past three months, I've had a number of calls from non-active rain members who said that they love reading my blog.  I get to thinking to myself..."Oh really?  Why would you be interested in me?"  I'm gracious and accept the compliment and then delve into the line of questioning that invariably comes from a potential client. 
image provided by  JUST THIS PAST WEEK....I RECEIVED A CALL FROM SOMEONE.... who said that she and her husband follow … (16 comments)

active rain: Going for the Gold - My Olympic Sized Goal - 08/12/12 01:40 PM
I thought of all of this work stuff.  I thought of all of my lending stuff.  I thought of all of my Active Rain stuff, and I deducted that I really need to stick with my heart on this Going for the Gold Contest that Anna "Banana" has put together.  Check out her blog post.  Go For the Gold - Active Rain Olympic Contest
My heartfelt goal that is burgeoning in the deepest depths of my soul that will stretch me in that it will take an Olympic Sized Effort is writing a book. 
My Goal - To Get Published I know … (8 comments)

active rain: Boy is it great to be BACK IN THE RAIN!!!!! - 08/06/12 01:10 AM
I have been back for over a month now.  But in truth, I've been back for two moths now.  It takes 4 weeks to create a habit....both good and bad. My internet was down for two months and it created such a bad habit that when I finally got my internet back, my bad habit was really well established.  I tried to come back, but in truth, it took me over 1 month to get back into the swing of things.   I had to force myself to get back into it, but now that I forced my discipline to do … (8 comments)

active rain: Active Rain Volume is the Key to Referrals - 07/19/12 02:47 AM
Over the last 2 weeks, I have received 7 calls from Active Rain for a mortgage.  That includes purchases and refinances.  I'm blown away and, quite frankly, it's quite amazing.  In any event....I got to thinking that it really stuns me for one reason in particular.
I have been very inconsistent in my Active Rain best. Most people know that an electrical storm totally fried my internet at home.  It took 2 months for it to get back up properly (without 5 minutes for a page to load).  It takes 3 weeks to create a habit.  Two months without home … (59 comments)

active rain: What I would do for my $500 Marketing Budget - 07/05/12 01:52 PM this is going to be short and sweet.  First, I'm not a realtor so I, for one, did not partake in the survey of the 2,000 realtors.  In any event, my $500 that I spend comes to me as a result from what I did with my realtor partner.  There are the two most important things for $500 per month:
1)  Client Appreciation Parties - Seriously...I don't need to do it each month, but I will tell you that a quarterly event is huge.  That's $1,500 per quarter.  Mouths and face to face meetings are the best way to grow … (8 comments)

active rain: Two Days Straight - 06/21/12 01:15 AM
It's been a great time getting back into the swing of things.  Two days in a row...albeit posting very little of value here in the rain.  Im just thrilled to be back in the game and posting on two consecutive days.  My business is rocking and I'm buried.  Signing on new loan officers and signing lots of mortgages.  It's been years since we've seen this amount of production.  In any event.....I spent the last 3 days going through 1,700 e-mails after heading up to northern Canada with my two oldest kids. 
More Meaningful Posts to Come...I promise! Just Landed..... … (3 comments)

active rain: Finally, Finally, Finally.....I'm BACK! - 06/20/12 05:16 AM
I joined Active Rain in April of 2007.  I have never been more than a week without posting here.  Done a lot of good things too!  Had a lot of fun and received 107 referrals since joining.  Two months ago, we had our internet blown out by a lightning strike.  It's taken two entire months to get it fully repaired.  I'm finally live at home.  My problem is that I write my posts at home and publish them the next day.  In any event, it became too much for me to battle and I just gave up until they did the … (9 comments)

active rain: Active Rain or Active Listings? - 05/17/12 04:16 AM
Just sitting here in this continuing ed...I'm in the back row, trying to get caught up on life...and trying to get caught up on Active Rain.  My internet has major issues, but should be back within the next week at home.  But in affect, it's shut me down for 4 weeks now. 
While scrolling the blog roll, I've done this 4 times so far....every post is a listing.  Is this all about listings?  Or is there a pertinent time for people to send their listings out to cyberspace.  I have never seen so many listings EVER, in my 4+ years here … (4 comments)

active rain: Of all of the Active Rain Referrals #106 was a Special One! - 05/16/12 02:57 AM
Active Rain, Active Rain, Active Rain..... For the longest time I was stuck in the 80's...thinking that I would never get to 90, much less 100.  But here it is, today, May, 16th, 2012 and I just received my 106th referral directly from the Rain.  What makes this one so speical is the woman who called me.
She wen through a short sale a couple of years back, and is a single mom....and is a nurse.  She works hard.  But what really got me is what I learned about her and the fact that she knew so much about me.  She … (10 comments)

active rain: When a Fire Comes....RUN TOWARDS IT!!!!! - 05/03/12 01:47 AM
So, I'm thinking that this year is all about change.  It's huge!  If we are going to go from good to great true and real change needs to occur.  Change can't be "feel good, esoteric crap.  A great friend of mine....Rich Brennan, founder and coach at The Brennan Method said that you need to....
RUN TOWARDS THE FIRE.... One is thing is conflict.  Most people hate it.  I do think that it serves it's purpose.  I remember hearing that Thomas Edison, when his barn that had all of the inventions burned down, called his kid(s) and said "come on out here … (7 comments)

active rain: Back in Business Part II - FOR GOOD I HOPE! - 04/25/12 11:56 PM
So...just recently, I wrote a post about being shut down about 3 weeks ago from a lightning strike.  I bitched.... I whined.... I moaned, but finally Comcast came out and got me restored.....and my internet back up.  Or so I thought.
Things don't go perfect for us all when it comes to the internet.  My router and modem didn't talk and communicate with each other.  I called my I.T. guy.  I called other folks...and blah, blah, blah....nothing
Long story short....
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE WEEKS I HAVE INTERNET AT HOME! I do most of my posting at night.  I … (7 comments)

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