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Active Rain has been very good to me in so many ways. It's been a long journey with some ups and downs, but the end result has been better than I could have imagined.

I first joined Active Rain on October 1st 2006 all because Brian Brady had been pushing me for like a month to join. I am so glad that he pushed. Back then, I thought I joined when there were only like 5,000 members or so, but it says that I was member 8,218.

I didn't submit my first post until October 5th.  How many closings get botched the day of settlement? Or maybe the week of? Never close....or even if it does close, disgruntled clients?

Talk about a crappy post.... A very long title, no pictures, and a bland post. But hey, you need to start some where. My advice : Just get out there, try it, you will get better at it. But you need to take that first step.



Dedication, Work, & Accomplishments

600000 points

Just a few words on this.... yes, the points are awesome... they are fun and entertaining. But don't get so caught up in climbing the point board. In my opinion, this is not what brings you the business. Just don't lose your main focus. If you can ever attend an AR function, may it be AR's RainCamp, a gathering, etc... goo.. they are fun. Here are many gatherings that I have been to or people that I have met : AR gathering in Philadelphia with other links to other gatherings




I see many when joining Active Rain, that they get frustrated when they don't get results right away when writing blog posts. It can take time people. You need to sometimes be patient. I didn't get my first true lead until my 11th month and it didn't close until my 13th month. In that next full year, I closed 11 more transactions from blogging on Active Rain. In my whole time with AR, I have closed over 30 transactions. Many from consumers finding my blog posts. Some from other realtors and or loan officers on AR. It does work, but you need to work it and be patient at times. Word of advice : Don't believe everything you hear about how to blog and such. Talk to more than a few, because some of the information is incorrect and misleading. And again, just be patient if you are new.




So many on Active Rain are very giving of themselves. There is so much to learn and there are many good professionals on this site that share it well. May it be about real estate, mortgages, tech tips, blogging tips, and so much more. Word of Advice : Never hesitate to reach out to anyone on Active Rain. Sure, you can ask those that are a part of Active Rain, but many members will be glad to help you also. And if they don't know, they can usually refer you to someone that can. But again, just be careful of what you read at times. Just because it's posted on AR doesn't mean it's always right or correct. Sorry if this sounds negative, but AR is just another platform for realtors and others. But I will say this... it is the best one that I have come across and it can work for you.




Wow...  were to start with this one. Over the years, I have made many many friends from all over.  But I guess I would only have time to mention those that I first met on AR, that either welcomed me, helped me, have inspired me, and so much more. Brian Brady, Broker Bryant, Missy Caulk, Renee Burrows, Sally Cheeseman, Angus "Moo" Woodbury, Ann Cummings, Thesa Chambers, Lisa Hill, Jason Sardi, Jennifer Monroe, Patricia Kennedy, Cindy Jones, Ken Cook, Robert Ashby, Leigh Brown, Randy Prothero, Jason Crouch, Chris Griffith, Brian Block, Neal Bloom, Jeff Dowler, Katerina Gasset, Rich Jacobson, Debe Maxwell, Lenn Harley, Laura Monroe, Erica Ramus, John Novak, Kristal Kraft, Ardell DellaLoggia, Carole Provenzale, Loreena Yeo, Jeff Turner, Margaret Woda, and the late Laurie Manny. I know I missed many... and I have made some new excellent friends just recently. Just another example that no matter old or new to AR, that you can still grow with AR and always keep meeting new people that could change your life.

AR STAFF - A whole other topic. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan Washburn, Matt Heaton (ex & co-founder), and a few others...  but I do have to give a shout out to Bob Stewart who has always been there for me and I consider him a true friend, except when he took the love of my life away from me... Christa Caulk. (what a lovely couple) When you meet hime though, don't be scared of his "crazy eyes". And a small shout out to Kerrie Greenhalgh, who is doing an excellent job taking over some of Bob's duties and just connecting with so many on AR.


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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Congratulations, Jeff - this is no small landmark! Keep going..(and to tell you the truth, I am at almost 10% of your points - but looking forward to this landmark in ..perhaps three years when you touch a million mark!)

Oct 23, 2010 04:03 AM #1
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Jeff, that is incredible.  600k shows a ton of dedication and consistent effort.  Congratulations!

Oct 23, 2010 04:35 AM #2
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jeff, Congratulations!  It is more about the learning and the relationships here on Active Rain than anything else.  It is a great place!

Oct 23, 2010 05:51 AM #3
Alan M. & Associates (TheVancouverLife.ca)
RE/MAX Crest Realty - Vancouver, BC Canada - Vancouver, BC

Thanks for this post Jeff.  It's encouraging to hear success stories on AR for those who persevere.

Keep adding to those points!

Oct 23, 2010 06:24 AM #4
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


PRAFUL.... .DAMON... . TONY... . & ALAN... .  thanks for the kind words and for the comments...


Oct 23, 2010 07:16 AM #5
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Congratulations Jeff I can identify to everything you shared in just a short amount of time. This is encouraging for everyone who does blog regularly.  Eventually all the SEO and visibility kicks in with results!

I discoverd the rain in February 2010 and have already closed on a deal as a direct result of a localism blog I wrote.  Its encouraging and I hope to be around for alot longer so get used to seeing me LOL I am addicted and my family thinks I need blog intervention!

I am very excited about meeting some of the AR folks in New Orleans soon for Rain Camp too.  It will be nice to put faces with the names :)

Oct 23, 2010 08:32 AM #6
Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

600K is an awesome #!  Way to go!

Oct 23, 2010 08:47 AM #7
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

That is a rockin' achievement!  Great job.  :)

Oct 23, 2010 09:16 AM #8
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Thank YOU for continuing to supply great informative posts for the community's benefit.  You are awesome!

Oct 23, 2010 10:06 AM #9
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

Very cool, and very inspirational. Congratulations on 600k!

Oct 23, 2010 12:07 PM #10
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Thank you for including me on your list..... I know I can always count on you for accurate, no-fluff mortgage information. Most of all, your friendship!!!

Oct 24, 2010 12:43 AM #11
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Congratulations, sorry I am late to the party.  But, I hope there are still candles on the cake so I can like the frosting.  You are probably half way to 700,000 by now.

Best wishes. 

Oct 25, 2010 02:29 PM #12
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, I am so glad that you blog on Active Rain!  You are a fun friend and I love it that you use a photo that I took for your profile shot.

Oct 26, 2010 03:15 PM #13
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Belonger - Not sure why such a milestone wasn't featured, but congrats anyhow!  What a ride, eh?  I have a feeling you will continue to be a mega-contributor going forward.

Oct 27, 2010 06:09 AM #14
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