Dear AR Newbies: A Letter From a Backdoor Ambassador

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

Dear AR Newbies:  A Letter From a Backdoor Ambassador (30DC3)

First let me start by saying Welcome to ActiveRain.  If you ask me, ActiveRain has got to be the most valuable real estate resource at our disposal.  Right here, you're in the company of some of the most knowledgeable people in the business.  The expertise runs the gamut here to include, but not limited to:  real estate agents and brokers, mortgage loan officers and brokers, home inspectors, attorneys, title company representatives, appraisers.  You name it.  Every possible field that you are likely to encounter in your real estate career is right here:  congregating in the Rain.

Talk of the townWhat's All of This Fuss About ActiveRain?

This is probably the question that lead you here in the first place.  What's all the fuss about?  I know, I know.  You didn't expect to be so heavily engrossed in reading people's post and comments that you can't drag yourself away from your laptop to..... you know, GET SOME WORK DONE. If you are anything like I was, my mind was going "Oh My God.  This is GREAT!!!!!  You quickly found out that all the fuss was about people just like you were talking about real estate.  People are sharing what they know and the experiences that they've had.  Got a question that's been bugging you?  Just keeping hanging out here.  You'll find the answer.  Or better yet, just ask somebody.  After I got a little comfortable (some may say cocky), I opened my big mouth and wrote a post.


You've Joined So Now What?

You don't have to tell me, I already know that you're asking yourself the same thing:  What do I do nowNow what that I've joined. You're probably asking yourself what you should write about or if you should write anything at all.  I know you're a little anxious especially if you haven't been in the business as long as some of the veterans that hang out here.  But don't be intimidated by that.  There are some people here that can recite real estate law (in their respective states) in their sleep and if you happen to say something that turns out not to be a fact, you're likely to be called on it.  But don't let that scare you because most likely what you'll actually incur is someone's opinion that differs from your own so don't always mistake those opinions as statements of fact.  And finally, whatever you do......

Don't Be Scurred!

ScaredDon't be scurred (a.k.a. scared) to write.  We're only people (just like you).  Trust me, chances are our BARK is MUCH bigger than a newborn baby's BITE.  Hey, after all, we've got a reputation to live up to:-}.  I know you want to write something and perhaps you're afraid that it will sound stupid or silly.  But I wouldn't worry to much about that because even if you feel like being purposely silly, there's an app for that, but around here we call them (apps) GROUPS.  Find a group where you'll fit.  As a matter of fact, your first group should be AR Newbies.  Just like the brokerage where you hang your license, before you signed on with a company, you had to make sure that you were a fit.  Don't focus on what you don't know, just talk about what you do know.

If All Else Fails

If you're still a little apprehensive, call on one of ActiveRain's designated Ambassadors.  You'll recognize them by the AR badge with a star and the big ole word AMBASSADOR under their names.  And if all else, fails you can call on me:  Your Backdoor Ambassador (BTW that's code for:  I don't have a star but I'm still willing to help).    I'll be glad to help if I can.  One thing about me; I can admit when I don't know something, but chances are if I don't have an answer, I can point you in the right direction.

Once again, welcome to ActiveRain.   Don't forget to have fun.


Charita H. Cadenhead, Your Backdoor AR Ambassador


Comments (98)

Lesley Wagstaff
Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC - Coquitlam, BC
For Real Estate and Mortgages

Great post.  THanks for sharing your great ideas and thoughts with Newbie's.  It is a lot to work out when you are starting out.  TO have someone to fall back on is awesome.

Aug 29, 2010 04:35 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Lesley you're telling me.  When I first joined AR, I thought I was going to lose my mind.  I didn't want to get out of bed.  All I wanted to do was read, read, read, learn, learn, learn and absorb everything like a sponge.  Then it hit.  I actually had a job to do:  Sell some real estate!  Best wishes and you'll do fine I'm sure.  Just call me if you need me.

Aug 29, 2010 05:13 AM
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Hello Ms Back Door Ambassador:) Very cute. It's people like you that have made AR what it is. And yes we all need to remember to sell RE, but AR keeps drawing you back in. It's a full time job just reading everyone's posts and comments!! It's always nice to see someone offering help:)

Sep 01, 2010 03:30 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thanks Karen.  Blogging has become such an integral part of the entire real estate marketing schematic that it can be easy to get write up in the frenzy.  Especially when you've got colleagues like the members here at AR that support you, educate you, make you laugh, make you cry, etc.

Sep 01, 2010 03:37 AM
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Charita, this is such a great idea. There should officially be a group for BDAMB's - a group of us who are more than willing to share and encourage new AR members, who have not been officially knighted by the AR gods for that purpose, with all of its perks....hmmm....

Sep 06, 2010 11:29 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Chartia...I'm so glad I clicked on the link in your latest post.  You did a great job here.  Newbies, and anyone that's been around for awhile but hesitant to blog, should be inspired to jump in.  I'm happy it was featured.


Dec 09, 2010 11:20 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
William consider yourself knighted a BDAMB
Dec 09, 2010 11:33 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Tunis Kate. I had a lot of fun pulling this post together and I hope it helped someone.
Dec 09, 2010 11:34 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Glad to see that "star" madam ambassador! I have tried twice but no got the juice!

Mar 13, 2011 03:49 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thanks Gary.  It's an honor to wear it. And even though ActiveRain let me in the front door, I still sneak through the back door occassionally.

Mar 13, 2011 03:54 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Great post, yes i wish i would have found a post like this when i started as well, it is nice of you to share with others. I enjoy reading your posts.

Jun 07, 2011 01:01 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thanks Scott.  You really went and pulled one up from the history books.  And thank you for reading my post.

Jun 07, 2011 01:04 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


You are a very good ambassador.  Newbies should take you up on your invitation.  Happy New Year.

Jan 01, 2012 03:30 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I love  And if all else, fails you can call on me:  Your Backdoor Ambassador (BTW that's code for:  I don't have a star but I'm still willing to help).

But I do see a star and an AMBASSADOR badge under your photo. When did that happen?

Jan 13, 2012 06:03 PM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Charita, you sound like my Sunday school teacher.  When I first walked into the classrooom I felt all alone.  She put her hand on my shoulder, reassured me all would be well and for some reason, when she said that "I knew ALL would be well".

Jan 13, 2012 09:08 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Wel Bruce, I proudly accept and thank you for that compliment.
Jan 13, 2012 11:16 PM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Charita, I can relate...It was skurry for me too, but now I don't even know why I was skurred!

Jan 18, 2012 06:32 AM
Mary Sheridan
Keller Willliams - 1033 Hamilton Place,Johnson City TN 37604 - Johnson City, TN
Creative Marketing, Buyer Agency 423-943-7655

Charita, I'd have got started earlier if I'd found helpers like you.   I love to write and have been postings regularly, but I need help with getting people to read.  My "audience" is mostly people to whom I mention specific posts, and they don't keep reading later.   What am I missing?  

Mar 10, 2012 06:44 AM
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

Charita, this is a great post - lots of great informatin that will work for us old times as well.

Mar 18, 2012 05:07 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Charita... That's sage advice my fellow Rainer! I so totally agree, "focus on what you do know!" Share it with others and it'll grow in no time here on AR!

Apr 21, 2013 06:27 AM