Active Rain....You're really bugging me!

Mortgage and Lending with Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 NMLS ID# 158606

Active Rain.  I can't stand you.  I'm obsessed.  Really!!!!   I got "talked into" joining you and you promised me all this wonderful things and delivered on nothing.  Of course, to be fair, I didn't know my head from my ying yang when it came to cyberspace.  I knew how to check e-mail but that's about it.  '

Of course you've changed me.  As a result, you turned 35 today.  That means that you've given me my 35th referral this past weekend.  Of course, I had to do all the work.  I had to write a post on non-occupant co-borrowers and educate the public.  I decided to let the world know what I had to say by using you as my forum.  I could have gone with microsoft or blogged on my company website, but I chose to honor YOU by investing in your website.

I've wasted so much time building relationships within Active Rain and in the cyberspace community.  Yes, I've developed quite a following, but what have you done for me?  Sure you've given me 34 prior referrals.  Yes, those referrals came from people who wouldn't have seen me had I not used Active Rain.  Yes, I've received referrals from others in the Active Rain community as well.  OK, OK, OK...just leave me alone....

OK, I said, I received this 35th referral this weekend because of you.  But hey, I had to talk to the client and come in this weekend to work.  Listen...I know the economy stinks.  I know that the world is full of gloom and doom.  If you hadn't given me my 35th referral, I could have spent more time with my family instead of providing for my family.  How rude!!!!!!  I can't believe that Active Rain wouldn't counsel the client and take the loan application for me.   I had to actually print the docs from the borrower so that I could get this loan in for underwriting. 

I'm sure that there's something redeeming about Active Rain....I'm just not sure what it actually is.  Can you please give me some reasons why I should faithfully connect with other Active Rain Members?  Why should I blog?  I mean I'm 45 and you've only given me 35 referrals.  I'm sure one day you'll be older because you've given me more referrals, but I resent you because at 35 you have me by 10. 

I'm sure that I'll come up with some good reasons to continue to be invested here, but as of now, you've ruined my life.  I'm not copying rate sheets anymore and buying donuts to give to realtors.  I'm just getting referrals. YOU ACTIVE RAIN!

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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Larry, this was such a fun post to read on the power of Activerain.

Wow I am so impressed and excited for you. Way to go!!

Jun 29, 2009 07:54 AM #39
Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

Wow - 35 referrals - that is really amazing!  It is true that Active Rain does generate business - and that's a GREAT thing!!! Congrats!

Jun 29, 2009 09:12 AM #40
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Larry, congratulations, YOU DA MAN. What a tremendous amount of referrals.

Jun 29, 2009 09:50 AM #41
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


For a few bucks you might be able to get AR to take care of things for you :)


Jun 29, 2009 10:23 AM #42
Lisa Udy
Platinum Real Estate Group - Logan, UT
Logan Utah Realtor

Hi Larry,

WOW! 35 referrals, I can't believe you haven't received more. Maybe someday this AR thing will actually be worth the time you put into it. :o)


Jun 29, 2009 10:41 AM #43
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL


Congrats on all the referrals, you've obviously earned everyone with all your hard work.  I've only been on AR for two weeks and I'm just learning the ropes, but so far I love it too.

Jun 29, 2009 11:15 AM #44
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


I echo your post, I've ONLY had 18 referrals...however, they were great.  I agree, Thank you Active Rain.

Jun 29, 2009 01:33 PM #45
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

This post is very amusing.  It sound like AR's definitely been a terrible investment for you.  Just imagine what the ROI could have done for you elsewhere : )

Jun 29, 2009 01:45 PM #46
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

35 referrals is pretty darn good.  I have never kept track of how many I have gotten.

Jun 29, 2009 01:47 PM #47
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Congratulations Larry.. this is a great testament here on Active Rain.. Keep doing what you are doing.

Jun 29, 2009 03:39 PM #48
Vicki Pedersen
Pedersen Real Estate - Riverside, CA
Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service


Wow!  35 referrals from Active Rain is phenomenal.   Posts like yours helps  motivate me to be more consistent on AR.  Congratulations.

Jun 29, 2009 04:17 PM #49
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Larry, Congratulations on your amazing success with blogging on Active Rain!

Jun 29, 2009 04:46 PM #50
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Congrats on the feature and the referrals! It just goes to show you what a tool AR can be in your overall strategy.

Jun 30, 2009 12:45 AM #51
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Yeah, so what is it about this place that keeps the pros coming back? 

Love the 35 referrals, but how many relationships and friends have you established here?  I bet it's more than 35...  just a thought for another post.  (Big Smile!)  Congrats on your successes here, I hope they continue to "bug" you.  :-))

Jun 30, 2009 02:01 AM #52
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Can't complain about those numbers, can you? No doubt AR is the premier real estate and mortgage network around and being active in it pays dividends.

Jun 30, 2009 07:01 AM #53
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Your "tongue in cheek" blog is wonderful, gets your message across in a very entertaining way. 

Jun 30, 2009 01:21 PM #54
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

That's 34 more than me.  Weren't you the one that gave me a referral...  no I guess it wasn't you Mr Bettaq.  I guess I will have to give the rest of my referrals to that other great mortgage guy down the street.  Only kidding!

Jul 04, 2009 04:38 PM #55
Ron T. Weems Jr.
Weems Property Group | KW North Sound - Bothell, WA
Managing the details one home at a time.

Larry great job. I guess you are doing something correct.

Jan 15, 2010 08:00 PM #56
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Larry ... I am really really impressed with these numbers and AR needs to bug me more!

Apr 27, 2010 04:53 AM #57
Mike Crosby
Mike Crosby Realty - Placentia, CA
Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897

Larry, 35 refferal! very good.  Over what time period did you get the referrals?

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