Active Rain Emails Continue to Come

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792

Although I have been absent from Active Rain for several years, I have continued to receive emails from Active Rain members asking questions about how to place their listings on Active Rain as well as thank you emails for all the many articles I wrote back in the day helping Realtors ®. It has been my pleasure to continue to help Realtors ® on the side while spending the majority of my time with Riede Real Estate and writing on my own outside blog, Sacramento REAL Estate Voice.

Those were the days...back in 2006 when

PenguinsMarch of the Penguins won Best Documentary Feature...

which reminded me of how it felt being a new blogger back in 2006 on Active Rain and having such great camaraderie here to help each other out since we were all new bloggers.

Even Active Rain was new back then and needed the support of all the users.

We had to be patient just like the the penguins...there were tons of new changes at Active Rain and we all needed to support each other.

It was a GREAT time, full of memories, friends and clients.

An email I received just last week from Margaret Rome thanked me for jpg's I shared with Listings By Address and she mentioned how appropriate all of the articles from 3 years ago were and how they are still being used today. I remember when I started the group, Listing by Address and the "AR gods" asked, ...WHAT, WHY??? This was before companies got into the Listing Agent's pocket for single URL address sites...and mine was FREE!  Still is and your home seller's love it. 

I'm so glad that Listings by Address is alive and well being used as a FREE site that gives the Listing Agent the upper-hand!

 

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William Johnson
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Hi Gena, I personally miss you so much. I surely wish you would come back. I am suggesting this for featuring because the early adapters need to be recognized for paving the way for the rest of us.

Aug 23, 2010 03:12 PM #5
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Marchel Peterson
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Gena, What a surprise to see you pop up on my blog roll.  I'm not as busy with the rain as I use to be as I'm also working on my own blogs and website.  I just did a major overhaul converting my static site that I started in 2000 to a wordpress site.  What an adventure that was!  One time I knocked my whole site down but luckily was able to retrieve it without having to re-do everything; just part.

I have enjoyed the photography post and have done more of those lately than anything.

Our friend is still waiting for her double transplant.  I spoke to her a few months ago and she sounded tired of the wait.

 

Aug 23, 2010 03:17 PM #6
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Gena,

Soooo very nice to see you here again on AR. And yes, I remember those days myself, it was a fun time! Btw, Margaret Rome is the first person who called me too from AR, since then I've read where she's called many others...what a nice thing to do!

Aug 23, 2010 03:23 PM #7
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Lizette, Thank you for the warm welcome.  I'm sure some things have stayed the same but nothing can beat the small group where we knew everyone...this is now a very large community (more like a State).

 

Aug 23, 2010 04:31 PM #8
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
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Michael, thanks for the welcome.  Maintaining my own outside blog that brings my business is essential but I'm sure I'll pop in.

Aug 23, 2010 04:33 PM #9
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Robert, the emails have been from Active Rain members mainly who needed help.  And of course other Realtors who had referrals. My clients come from my outside blog.

Aug 23, 2010 04:35 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Hi Larry & Sheila,  Many of us have our own outside blogs that bring us business and that's primarily where we focus. We got an excellent start years ago here on Active Rain and moved on.  It's always nice to come back for homecoming!  Thanks for the welcome.

Aug 23, 2010 04:38 PM #11
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Oh my William, an old face...(meant in the nicest way :).  It is marvelous to see you, too.  I assume you stayed here active on Active Rain holding down the ship for us.  Seems like I came home for Homecoming week and so glad I got to see your friendly face.

Hope all has been well for you.  Are there any 4 legged additions to your house?

Aug 23, 2010 04:42 PM #12
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Marchel, WOW what a tremendous fête to take on.  You'll have to give me the URL so I can check it out.  I have wondered how our friend is and so glad you've been in touch...I have wondered. I emailed her but never heard back.  I would imagine she must be exhausted through this whole process.

So nice that you wandered over here to say hi...love seeing your happy face.

Aug 23, 2010 04:47 PM #13
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Lynda, love the photo!  Haven't seen that one before. Margaret has called and emailed for a couple of years now so today I thought after helping some AR folks who had emailed me for help, I would put my feet back into the RAIN. 

Thanks for the nice "RAIN" warming...

Aug 23, 2010 04:51 PM #14
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William Johnson
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Hi Gena, Just like old times , some of us know to come to back. A couple things, the old face was right , just the way you said it. I saw a photo that someone had taken and I couldn't believe how much I have aged. Oh well there is always surgery and I could sure use a whole body trim out, LOL.

I messed around for a number of months and never did my ten posts per week like I should have,so I feel way behins and others just moved up. I did all my comments though soon to be hitting 17,000 comments made soon.

After I lost the last little one ( Tinker) to a poor procedure while having her teeth cleaned last year, I have not brought any new ones babies home. I came close a couple times but I was able to take a few trips since both are gone and not sure I will want to go through this again. Time will tell.

I got involved with photography as a new hobby and have literally taken many thousands of photos since.

The market is sort of slow here right now.

That about brings me up to date for the moment. What doing in your life?

Aug 23, 2010 05:55 PM #15
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I subscribed to your blog years ago--and it was nice to see your face pop up at the top on my blog roll.

Aug 26, 2010 04:33 PM #16
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Oh William, you have such a good sense of humor.  And yes, we could all use a tuck or two! But, you know how I meant it...a blast from the past!

In terms of what's happening with me is lots of work.  Real Estate is as you well know a hard-working machine. It takes all you have to give these days, working longer and harder.  You have to love what you do these days. And I do, so that's a good thing!

I was excited as hell that I got one of my Short Sales approved in 34 days and almost had to pick myself up off the floor. Also, working with First Time Homebuyers and had to list a dear friend of over 25 years home who passed 3 weeks ago, which has been difficult.

But, life is good, I'm healthy and working hard.

Aug 28, 2010 03:37 AM #17
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Norma, my goodness....years! Well I'm glad I popped up. It has been a long while since I was on Active Rain but my blogging has certainly never stopped.  Due to the real estate market and working long and hard these past few years has left very little time to be on Active Rain.  But, glad you popped on over to say hi and introduce yourself.

Aug 28, 2010 03:39 AM #18
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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Gena, Delighted to see your post and delighted for the mention. I love your Listing by address group...Oh there is a blog a coming...stay tuned! There are over 2400 subscribers and over 18,000 posts. You have made a difference...thank you!!

Margaret

Aug 31, 2010 10:57 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Hi Margaret, Between you and your phoning and emailing as well as all the Active Rain members emailing me about their listings, I thought it was time to come on over and see how the RAIN is dripping or flowing.

Thank you for always being so supportive of Listings by Address.  As you well remember, there were many times those in power wanted to take away points and didn't see the value in Listings by Address but we prevailed.  That's our bread and butter...so I'm glad to see that it is alive and thriving!!

Aug 31, 2010 11:09 AM #20
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You were the inspiration of one of my latest posts. Thank you so much!!

It is alive and thriving.

Margaret

Sep 09, 2010 05:58 PM #21
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Gena it was good to see your comment last night! It would be nice if you dropped by more often:)

Sep 10, 2010 12:52 AM #22
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Margaret, you are too kind!  It is good to see that the community is alive and thriving and Listings by Address is a vital part for the Realtors ®. 

Sep 11, 2010 02:54 AM #23
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Gena Riede
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Bill, I couldn't resist.  You wrote an excellent article.  As time permits I plan on stopping by more often. 

Sep 11, 2010 02:56 AM #24
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