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300,000 Points and 43 referrals later.....IT'S ALL GOOD!

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

OK....I'm there....FINALLY THE MONKEY IS OFF MY BACK.  I'm real.  I really am a part of Active Rain. 

I guess that I've always had myPlaying in the Rain can Be so much fun eyes set on the 300,000 point number ever since joining Active Rain two and 1/2 years ago.  My story is simple.  I'm a net neophyte who was dragged into Active Rain kicking and screaming.  I was told that this was the wave of the future.  I was told that it was a great way to get your name out on the net.  I relented and moved forward in stupidity and angst as I struggled to learn BLOGGIN 101.

Eight months later I received my first referral.  Well.....to shorten a drawl, it's been two and 1/2 years and I just received my 43 referral from the rain.  Let' snot forget that I've been able to give out a number of referrals to other lenders as well as other realtors.

HTML is an abbreviation for .....  "what you talking about Willis?"

SEO....I just learned about 4 months ago that it's Search Engine Optimization (I thought it was something ot do with real estate...kinda lika a CMA).

Social Networking....isn't that done at a bar or a Chamber of Commerce mixer?

Either way....it's for those who are serious.  If you're serious it's a great place to be.  The rain's not an add on...it really is part of a serious business plan.  But if you're serious...then you'll find that your success means that you can have fun playing in the rain too.

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Deeba Khader
Harry Norman, Realtors - Marietta, GA

Thank you for sharing, since I'm a newbie your success is inspiring.

Sep 10, 2009 04:29 PM
Roland Woodworth
Blue Cord Realty - Clarksville, TN
Blue Cord Realty

Larry... Congratulations on reaching 300,000.You are a great testament to Active Rain.

Sep 10, 2009 04:33 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Congrats!! I just started blogging...300,000 sounds like a lot of points.  I hope I can be so lucky!!

Sep 10, 2009 04:36 PM
Carol Pease
JP & Associates Realtors - Bastrop, TX
CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320

I hit 40,000 today and I can't even imagine how long it will take me to get where you are.  Congratulations on all the hard work. 

Sep 10, 2009 05:39 PM
Cassi @ Knightyme Video Tours
Knightyme Video Tours - Lawrenceville, GA

We are having a ball playin in the rain! Thank you for sharing. This is all very positive.

Sep 11, 2009 12:47 AM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Congratulations on your success story.  It's quite an encouragement to the rest of us. 

Sep 11, 2009 01:31 AM
Jon Sutton
EXP Realty LLC - Southlake, TX

That is amazing!  Nice work.  I didn't even know the point system went that high...just goes to show you the sky is the limit.  Keep it up.

Sep 11, 2009 02:50 AM
Derek Meyer
AmeriTitle - Bend, OR

43 Referrals! Wow. Congratulations Larry. Im working on getting a few realtors up and running in our neck of the world. Social media marketing is a very untapped resource in the willamette valley. Your story inspires me to speak with more and more people about active rain! Thank You!

Sep 11, 2009 04:00 AM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Larry. You're obviously doing well. Congrats on the points and on the referrals!

Sep 11, 2009 11:46 AM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker



Congratulations. That's quite an accomplishment. However, it's also good to see that it's paying off financially.


Sep 11, 2009 02:10 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Congrats on 300K, Larry! It's great to see that all of the effort you've put into earning those points and participating in the community has paid off with an impressive number of referrals.

Sep 11, 2009 08:32 PM
Marie-Denise Kratsios
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Huntington, NY
Where ever you are, that's where I'll be!

Awesome job on the 300,000 points and on this great post.  Hope it rubs off ont he rest of us.

Sep 12, 2009 04:50 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

You deserve the leads you got, you more than proved yourself here in the rain, you have showed your knowledge over and over and when you can do that, you get business!

Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Sep 12, 2009 05:05 PM
Mark Velasco
West Shores Realty - Whittier, CA
Top Producing Broker Associate

Wow. Congratulations Larry. You have been doing great work. You deserve the referrals.

Sep 13, 2009 10:46 AM
Fortunato Campesi
Bergen Couny, NJ Remax Elite Assoc. - Short Sale Specialist - Paramus, NJ
Bergen County Realtor, Bergen County Short Sale Sp

Congrats Larry.  Great job and keep up the good work.  Wish you the best in 2009.


Sep 13, 2009 11:38 AM
Fortunato Campesi
Bergen Couny, NJ Remax Elite Assoc. - Short Sale Specialist - Paramus, NJ
Bergen County Realtor, Bergen County Short Sale Sp

Congrats Larry.  Great job and keep up the good work.  Wish you the best in 2009.


Sep 13, 2009 11:38 AM
Judy Greenberg
Compass - Long Grove, IL
Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove

Larry, I'm sorry it took me so long to congratulate you on all of your accomplishments! 

Sep 14, 2009 02:05 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Congratulations to you.  It is great to know people like yourself in the Rain.  Much continued success.

Sep 15, 2009 01:34 AM
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

Larry - As they say in my world !!

We all should "BOW DOWN" to you

Sep 21, 2009 07:24 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good post, humbling education as you get immersed in the AR zone, blogging, SEO. (We're Not Worthy....Wayne's World chant in background) Good job!

Sep 22, 2009 09:21 AM