California (part 2), Are YOU on a quest to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Get Recognized?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

With California having so many members I thought that just having 7 new members recognized would not give credit to the state with the most members.  So, I made an executive decision to do a two part post with 7 new members in each post.  I went thru over 400 pages of members to find these folks so I hope you will stop in and say hello.

This post is a result of two posts by my friend Richard Weisser down in Georgia.  The first post was "How do you expect to get drenched in the rain if you don't even want to get your feet wet?" dated 5/21/09 in which he offers 6 suggestions to those of us here in Active Rain.  In addition he also offers his personal guarantee "So, for those of you that want to succeed at blogging, I offer you this challenge. Before you throw in the towel, write at least one hundred quality posts before you make your value assessment. It takes that long to develop the correct skills and disciplines and also to create a body of content large enough to have a significant SEO impact on your business.  Now that is some guarantee wouldn't you say?  Richard then follows that post with another post titled "Achieving national celebrity status as a result of ActiveRain blogging becomes a reality! (of sorts)" where he talks about a recent interview with Realtor Magazine on line where he was interviewed about blogging for business.  So, IMHO, Richard is not only a celeb but one that knows where of he speaks.

With the numerous posts talking to newbie's here in Active Rain on how to be a success in their blogging venture to improve their visibility to the public I am setting out on a quest.  I am not going to suggest things to newbie's or those that are less active on AR; I am on a search for some of these folks for introduction to our AR family.  Here is my 2 step plan:

  1. Go on a state by state search and post between 5 and 7 people each Saturday
  2. Then you the MEMBERSHIP will be able to see and encourage them by responding to their most recent post

The end result will be, hopefully, an increase in activity with more members becoming visible.  Now there is a really BIG problem with this plan.  I will not be able, my rule, to suggest those that have not done a post or even posted their picture to their profile.  You see there won't be any secret agents, lenders, stagers, inspectors, etc. shown.  Sorry, if you want to be considered I need to see who you are, sorta like your picture on your business card.

California has a total of 21882, it jumped another 14 members since last night, this represents the largest number of AR members in a single state as of this morning.  I would say that with that many members Jeff Dowler #1 and Jeff Turner #2 could have some competition coming up behind them.  So, say hello to:

Vicki BeamanVicki Beaman with Tarbell Realtors in Lake Elsinroe, CA.

Vicki did her first post just a couple of days ago and ask a very common question and that is, Why Not Place a Lockbox on the Home to better help show the property?  Come on I am sure that there are some of you that have an answer to her dilemma, care to share and help a fellow Rainer out?

Theres MartinTheres Martin with Vista Pacific Realty in Gardena, CA.

Theres' first post was at the first of the month and she would like some help.  She would like to know which you think is better, the ActiveKey or the eKey and why.  Anyone, Anyone?

Denise CalkinDenise Calkin with Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, CA.

Denise wrote her first and only post in February and offered a brief description on the Stimulus bill that had passed through the Senate.  I am thinking that shemay need some more encouragement to do some more writing for our benefit.  I am sure that there are some agents out there that may be interested in the taking on this task.  Say hello to Denise Calkin

Michael TranMichael Tran with Prudential California Realty in North Hollywood, CA.

Michael wrote his first post in January introducing himself and had a goodly amount of comments but, has not followed up with any other posts.  Maybe he is out playing some beach volleyball and having too much fun.  Hmm maybe there is someone that can take on the challenge of getting him involved once again?

Brad StoddardBrad Stoddard with The Home Loan Group in Berkeley, CA.

Brad wrote about the changing FHA guidelines for Appraisers and how it will effect the process.  He asked the question will the new guidelines make the appraiser's job harder.  I am sure some of my Lender friends here in the Rain as well as my REALTOR® friends would like to make at least a comment on this post!

Paul GonzalesPaul Gonzales with Realty Executives in Santa Clarita, CA.

Paul's first blog written in January was in his own words a rant about short sale protocols and losses.  I am sure some of you may agree with some of his feelings on this issue.  Drop in and say hello.

Heidi PaineHeidi Paine with GreatWest GMAC Real Estate in Sacramento, CA.

In March Heidi wrote a nice look at the Tahoe Park Neighborhood.  I am sure that she has more to offer that just this first and only endeavor into blogging.  I am also sure there is more than just one neighborhood in Sacramento.  Drop in and say hello to Heidi.

Please stop by and encourage these guys and gals and let's see if we can improve some of the participation.  Thanks for stopping in.

If you are looking for a very simple way to move up in your standings for the state that you live in, here are two small suggestions:

  1. Make one comment on someone's blog post.....Just pick one of the Featured Posts and read it then comment on what you read and
  2. Complete your profile and then if you are looking for other suggestions
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Rainmaker
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Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
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Hi Don.  Great goal.

An agent from Missouri reaches out across the country...

Thanks for writing,

Ken

Jun 27, 2009 03:10 AM #1
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Don...Now that the Grandbabby is here, I plan on getting back into the groove of contacting "New" friends  also.

Jun 27, 2009 04:34 AM #2
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Ken,

Yes sir, I think that I can get to all 50 states without falling short thru discouragement.  California was a tough one tho.  Now I know what to expect.

Have a GREAT weekend my friend.

Jun 27, 2009 04:34 AM #3
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Mr. Bill,

You could start here(?) if you would like.  :-))  I hope that you won't stop playing with the grandbaby tho just to make friends.

Jun 27, 2009 04:39 AM #4
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I can see where California would taje a couple of posts to get through. There seems to be a lot of bloggers out there.

Jun 27, 2009 08:42 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

JL,

I was trying to be fair with them and give them a fair number of people. 

Jun 27, 2009 09:04 AM #6
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Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Great job geating these folks noticed. Thanks for the post. Have a great weekend.

Jun 27, 2009 02:12 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good evening Terry,

I thank you sir.  Trying to get a few more involved.

Jun 27, 2009 02:47 PM #8
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
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Hi Don:

I figured that California would be your biggest challenge...

A 2-parter....Well done!

Jun 27, 2009 02:51 PM #9
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

This is not really the topic you're addressing, but since you're addressing all the newbies, I have some thoughts along those lines.

As I watch the AR numbers increase so rapidly, I keep thinking 1. Many people in the real estate industry just watched as more and more business was going to the bloggers who put their efforts into building their business with Web 2.0; and they finally jumped on the band wagon, not really knowing what to do, except follow. (I don't feel sorry for them) and 2. How many of them will really put forth the effort that's required, once they realize how many hours we put into blogging for our business; and along those same lines, how long will they stick with it? Time will tell. And I'd like to see a roster of how many of these accounts are truly active.

Jun 27, 2009 03:38 PM #10
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
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It's too hot here for me right now maybe next week when the weather cools down. Great idea to get the new people involved.

Jun 27, 2009 03:43 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Toula,

I'm thinking that maybe Florida and Texas may be a big undertaking too.  Thanks for stopping in.

Jun 27, 2009 11:23 PM #12
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Lisa, Lisa, Lisa,

You have asked a really good question and made an even better observation.  Without going into a blog, and maybe I will, I'll answer this way:

1. Many people in the real estate industry just watched as more and more business was going to the bloggers who put their efforts into building their business with Web 2.0; and they finally jumped on the band wagon, not really knowing what to do, except follow. (I don't feel sorry for them):  There are quite a few.  It took me over 400 pages of members in California to find 14 folks that have just placed their picture in their profile and written just one post since Jan.

2. How many of them will really put forth the effort that's required, once they realize how many hours we put into blogging for our business; and along those same lines, how long will they stick with it? Time will tell. And I'd like to see a roster of how many of these accounts are truly active.  IMHO, I think that you will find them in the first 5-6 pages in each state.  As to how long will they stay around?  That is a very, very good question, I would hope for a long time but I think that a lot of them will be moving to places like Facebook and Twitter and while away the days just being friends and not really building teir business.

Hmmm, maybe I may write a post after all.

Jun 27, 2009 11:32 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Thank you Terry,

I hope it cools off for you pretty soon, I know that I will be glad when it cools off around here.

Jun 27, 2009 11:34 PM #14
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Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Don,

A system!  Love it.

Mike in Tucson

p.s. (The link to #3 at the end of the post seems to be broken.)

Jun 28, 2009 01:32 AM #15
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Mike,

Thank you sir for the heads up on the broken link I will be going back in to fix it.  Have a GREAT weekend my friend.

Jun 28, 2009 02:37 AM #16
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Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Well Don, I don't care what anyone says....I think what you are trying to do for the newcomers is very altruistic.  I hope your efforts are appreciated.

Jun 29, 2009 07:46 AM #17
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Gail,

I am glad to see that someone appreciates all of this hard work I'm doin' :0)  No, really I am just tryin' to make this a better place and we will only know sometime in the future.

Thanks ma'am for your kind words and appreciation.  It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

Jun 29, 2009 08:20 AM #18
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