You Mean Sharing Information Freely Isn't the Norm? It is on ActiveRain! Memories at ActiveRain

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You Mean Sharing Information Freely Isn't the Norm? It is on ActiveRain - Memories at ActiveRain

We gave a presentation at our local MLS last week on Using Social Media for Real Estate. We didn't have a huge turnout so we were able to really structure our presentation around the attendees, most of which were new to social media. It was a really fun presentation with lots of questions and good interaction. We shared what we knew and our experience with using social media to increase our listings, our sales, and our leads.


When the presentation was over, one of the brokers in the class approached us and really thanked us for being so willing to share with the group. She said that she's been a broker in our area for many years and that it's very unusual for agent to help other agents, especially from other brokerages.


I guess I realized that somewhat from our real estate transactions and what seems to be the competitive nature of the business.


However, we've been members of ActiveRain since Day 1 of our real estate careers, and agents on ActiveRain share information - AND LOTS OF IT! And they help each other out.

If it weren't for ActiveRain, we would be in a much different place than we are today. I told the agents at the presentation, and I tell all agents - Participating on ActiveRain is the SINGLE BEST THING you can do to improve your real estate career.


We've also attended two ReBar Camps where real estate professionals from all over the country gather together for the sole purpose of sharing information on real estate technology and social media. So many people have shared their knowledge with us that it only seems fair to share what we have learned with others.


Some (There are MANY - this is only a few) of my vivid memories of people sharing and helping us on ActiveRain - THANK YOU for sharing, and for making ActiveRain such a great place!

Missy CaulkMissy Caulk - Missy is one of the best mentors on ActiveRain and is always willing to share her expertise. Missy went above and beyond sharing her blog posts but actually shared some of her checklists with me. I was so surprised and excited that she would be willing to do that for someone she's never even met.



Midori MillerMidori Miller - Midori has some great posts on low cost real estate tools that you can use to help promote your business online, as well as lots of great advice for agents. Midori's posts got me to explore many of the options out there for agents today.



Rebecca LevinsonRebecca Levinson - Rebecca has a great blog called Blogging in the Rain, and she's also a genuinely nice person. Rebecca's encouragement and positive feedback on our Localism posts early on in our blogging kept us going and her positive posts continue to provide assistance.



Bill GassettBill Gassett - Bill is one of the top agents on Localism, and for good reason, he knows how to promote his local area and shows up at the top for local search terms. So when Bill Gasset commented on one of my listing posts - this is a great listing but you'll never get found by the search engines with that title. So with some great info from Bill, I learned a lot about marketing listings online and getting them "found" by the search engines. 


Mary McKnightMary McKnight - Mary doesn't post as much as she used to on ActiveRain but her blog has some of THE best information on SEO on the Internet, and it's in language that you can understand. I was, and am still impressed that she would share so much great information when others charge a fortune for far less.


Rolando GillRolando Gill - Rolando posted information about improving the results at at Open House and provided us with the information sheet he has visitor's complete. Using the form has helped us to be able to share quality feedback with our sellers, and learn more about what each potential buyer is looking for.


Some of my other favorites and friends on ActiveRain include Clint Miller, Kim Daugherty, Jason Crouch, Renee Burrows, Jeff Turner, Brad Andersohn, Mike Mueller, Carole Provenzale, Jeff Dowler, Rene Fabre, Jeff Belonger, Nick Bastian, and Kathy McGraw.

Thank you for making "Sharing the Norm" on ActiveRain and at ReBar Camps!




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June Piper-Brandon
Houwzer Inc - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Kevin and Monica, unfortunately sharing information isn't the norm.  I've always been one to share information freely with other agents, brokers and potential customers.  I don't know any other way of being.  I love ActiveRain and I've learned so much here and I can always count on my AR friends to give me the best possible advice.

Sep 19, 2009 12:45 AM #1
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

It is funny how sharing info here at AR is done so freely and willingly, but around town it's every man and woman for themselves.  Cracks me up!

Sep 19, 2009 12:57 AM #2
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

June - I guess that's true, fortunately AR is a sharing community.

Bob - That does seem to be the case.

Sep 19, 2009 01:01 AM #3
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

GOOD for you for giving a presentation for your Association! It's true that sharing comes easily for some and is difficult for others. I just ignore non-positive, non-helpful people. And I love it here in the Rain BECAUSE of everyone's desire to share and assist.

I have encouraged fellow associates to join AR, but have not had much success. Their loss!

Sep 19, 2009 01:29 AM #4
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Thanks Lori, we love it here on the Rain for those exact same reasons.

Sep 19, 2009 05:04 AM #5
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Kevin & Monica - Thanks so much for the mention in your post! I am glad my tips on the title of your blog have helped:) SEO should be a huge consideration when you are blogging and setting up your website!

Sep 21, 2009 07:19 AM #6
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Kevin and Monica,

Thank you so much for your kinds words.  Your localism posts made me want to move to Montana, or at least own some property there....keep up and keep on 'cause early on you understood how to reach consumers:)

Now you are sharing this with your association...kudos to you.

Sep 21, 2009 09:09 AM #7
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Bill & Rebecca - thank you both for your comments here and for sharing your wisdom here on ActiveRain. We really appreciate you both! :)

Sep 25, 2009 04:08 AM #8
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Kevin & Monica - What a fun post and sorry it took me a while to read it!

Oct 11, 2009 05:26 PM #9
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