How to set up an Automatic Alert for the Referral Network

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Executives Brio

Every member of ActiveRain needs to set up an Automatic Alert!  This feature is potentially one of the most important features ever released on AR.

The Referral Network Automatic Alerts represents that finishing step that gives the Referral Network the ability to become useful on a widescale basis. 

A couple weeks ago, ActiveRain presented a forum whereby members of this great community can post referrals for other members. The referring member is then contacted by members that would be willing to work the referral based on the agreed upon terms. It gives the referring member a great chance to see who among us is willing and eager to work with their client, at the same time giving them a chance to check out that person before making the referral. 

I really believe that agents who find the time to be diligent in their participation here probably have it together in the other facets of their business. Taking a minute (or twenty) to read through the blogs someone has posted can really give you, as a referring agent, a sense of who you are referring to and conviction that that person will take good care of your client.























However, it was a little cumbersome to go into the referral area every day (or more often as I'm sure a few of you may have done) and check to see if anything was posted in your area. Alas, Matt and his team (and by team I mean James and Ben) have given us Referral Alerts.

Now, as a member, you can go into the referrals area and create 'Referral Alerts' so that when someone posts a referral to the specifications you have pre-determined, you are alerted. 

At first glance, I think it could use a little more flexibility. With the price range for instance, if I am interested in any referrals over 500K, it looks like I would have to set a couple of alerts up, one for each of the price ranges.

If ActiveRain as a collective community can rally behind this new Referral Exchange I believe that we could change our entire industry for the better!


Comments (57)

Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama

Cool feature!!!  I had not noticed the addition of the alert.  I tell you Active Rain gets better and better by the day!!

Update: I went in and set up the alerts.  It was quick and really easy!!  AR is the B-E-S-T!

Aug 10, 2007 05:17 PM
Duane Hosek
Coldwell Banker - Lewis-Kirkeby-Hall - Rapid City, SD
WOW..........Thanks man..............Great info.
Aug 10, 2007 08:20 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
Oh no!  You've gone to the same school of graphics mark up as me!  Bob Carney has to teach a class one of these days so we can all put our crayons away.
Aug 10, 2007 11:30 PM
Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public
Thanks, Bob, for the update!  We should try to have a specific location for suggestions and ideas in relation to this feature.  Perhaps we already do...I am going there now.  It sounds way groovy!!! 
Aug 11, 2007 12:05 AM
John Contabile
Coldwell Banker - Temecula, CA
Good idea...I bet quite a few of us have not done this yet!
Aug 11, 2007 01:16 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I hadn't notice the referral alerts -- that is a great feature and I will have to set up the appropriate alerts.  This is definately one of the great benefits of AR.  It is time that those of us in the real estate community take back our profession from those who resale "referrals" for an arm and a leg! 
Aug 11, 2007 01:42 AM
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GREAT TIP! I've been looking for that!


Aug 11, 2007 02:26 AM
Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
More great stuff from the AR network?  Wow!  Thanks for this.  We're heading over there now.
Aug 11, 2007 02:28 AM
Colorado Springs Real Estate
Colorado Springs, CO


This is something that I was not aware of with the referral network! Thanks,

Aug 11, 2007 02:58 AM
Ken Bell
Realty Executives Brio - Bellevue, WA


Haha.........yeah my kid did the drawing on that one.........haha. I'm not the most gifted graphics guy around, there is no question about that.  

The rest,

Thanks of commenting everyone. I'm glad I could bring it to your attention!!


If you have a suggestions of how it could be better, leave a comment here. I'll make sure you get credit for it when I take it up with Jon and Matt.  

Aug 11, 2007 04:57 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
I am trying to set up additonal towns on the same alert.  It is only letting me select 2 towns; is that because i have put the county also?  Should I just put the town and not the county.
Aug 11, 2007 05:03 AM
Ken Bell
Realty Executives Brio - Bellevue, WA


I just set up four towns. I think James said five was the max. They are all in the same county, and I did specify a county. Are you just hitting the 'add' button?? That worked fine for me.

Aug 11, 2007 05:21 AM
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge
Pretty cool..However, I looked at referrals posted for my area and the link was broken!! OOps.  Also, North Carolina is a big state..they should break down the area a bit...
Aug 11, 2007 07:01 AM
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor, Team Lead
Glad to see this function finally up & running. VERY valuable!
Aug 11, 2007 07:48 AM
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity

I completed my alert. Thanks for the heads-up.  Poor Matt and his stolen thunder.

Aug 11, 2007 10:10 AM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Sure makes things a lot easier with the alerts. Thanks to you and to Matt.
Aug 11, 2007 10:28 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Thank you, I didn't know this was here.....just set it up.
Aug 31, 2007 01:35 PM
Jason Schweiger
Network Funding LP - Auburn, WA
Loan Originator / Branch Manager NFLP
Thanks for the info. As I am learning about Active Rain, all good info is appreciated. Keep em coming!
Sep 18, 2007 05:52 AM
Lance Winslow
I appreciate you explaining how that works, it all makes sense now. thank you very much - sincerely, Lance.
Dec 26, 2007 10:47 AM
James Wexler - Scottsdale, AZ

this makes sense, i was always too late , and I thought I responed quite quickly, thanks

Aug 29, 2008 06:05 PM