What is Active Rain?

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What is Active Rain?


I read a post this evening by Ed Silva about Active Rain, and it got me thinking about what Active Rain is to me.

Active Rain

It has been a Marketing University - I don't think I even knew the meaning of SEO before I joined AR.

It has been a referral source -I have had many referrals from other members of AR.

It has been a lead generator.  I met with a buyer just this evening who contacted me via AR.

It has been a source of support when the market changed, and there were so many others here to offer advice and suggestions.

It has been a friend source.  The networking on AR is amazing, and yet, it's the friendships that I have made here that I treasure the most.


Active Rain may not be just about real estate, but I think that is part of what makes it such an amazing place to be.


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About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

Are you upside down in your home? Is it worth less than you owe? Are you concerned about making your mortgage payment? For more information see Options to Foreclosures, understanding short sales or contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com to discuss your options.

If you want to buy a home or to list your property for sale, please click Newport Beach homes, Costa Mesa homes, Huntington Beach homes or Orange County homes.  Click the link if you are interested in buying a home at a courthouse auction sale.

Contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com or 714-319-9751 to learn about her system which will make your buying and selling experience easier.

Disclaimer: All information in this blog is deemed reliable but is subject to change at any time and is not guaranteed to be accurate nor are there any warantees either express or implied. This blog is not intended to offer any legal, tax or other advice.

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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Christine - You are spot on, AR is more than another social media or real estate site.

May 03, 2011 01:17 AM #10
Mark Woodward
Floor Coverings International - Randolph, NJ
We bring the flooring store to your door

Yes, it is such a wonderful community - a great place to learn - continuing Ed.

May 03, 2011 06:41 AM #11
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


ActiveRain is golden.  Your blog says exactly what I feel about ActiveRain and the wonderful people who are Rainers. 

May 03, 2011 07:24 AM #12
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

I enjoy Active Rain and the help it provides to me in marketing and SEO. I wish that some of the recent bugs would go away.

May 03, 2011 07:50 AM #13
John Michailidis
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M

I agree with all of your points and I'll add one -- it's a way to practice and improve your writing!

May 03, 2011 10:26 AM #14
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

I completely agree. Its also my comfort for the day. I love reading content from other members and learning. The value of resources and content we provide each other so willingly is totally underestimated here.

May 03, 2011 10:53 AM #15
Virginia Dean
Keller Williams Tulare County - Visalia, CA
Real Estate Done Your Way

I haven't really gotten brave enough to blog much, but everyday I learn something from the many bright and experienced members of active rain that make me a better Realtor.

I am grateful to have found you.

May 03, 2011 02:05 PM #17
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Christine...Active Rain is many things to many of us.  That is exactly why we are here year after year.


May 03, 2011 02:22 PM #18
Susan Brown
Fonville Morisey, a Long and Foster Company - Cary, NC
REALTOR - Cary NC Homes for Sale

As someone who's just getting into it I can definitely see the benefits and perks!  Hopefully it will be a source of business in the future but until then I'm happy to be meeting people and learning a lot about the industry and about blogging in general!

May 03, 2011 03:43 PM #19
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Christine, I would have to agree with you on all accounts.

May 03, 2011 05:12 PM #20
Kate Hamlin
Century 21 | Hometown Brokers, Inc. - Billings, MT

Good to see!  I am a newbie and still trying to learn the ropes.  I think it will be a great resourse.  

May 03, 2011 06:19 PM #21
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Patrick -  You're welcome.

Debe - I am with you on the saving my business part, never mind the truly amazing people I have met here.

Gayle -  It's just how I feel.

Lorinda-  AR is like going to university every day.

Doug - I'm glad it's been great for you too.

Stacey - It's so true.  Isn't it nice to have found SEO?

Peter and Linda  - It's good to hear it's been a good experience for you too.

Peggy -  Having such a wide network makes it so easy when we need to refer.

John - AR is a great tool.

Michelle - It's a great combination, and I like the new picture.

Mark -  It is like continuing ed, but fun too.

Evelyn - Active Rain is like the Golden Ticket.

Steven -  I think we all wish the bugs would go away, and hopefully they'll get them worked out soon.

John - It is great for practicing your writing skills.

Mike - There is a lot of comfort to be had on AR too.  It's amazing what we gain here.

Erica - You're right.

Virginia - One of these days, you'll be ready to jump in and the Rain will embrace you.  Please let me know if I can help.

Kate -  There are so many reasons I come back each day.

Susan - That's a great attitude, and with patience and work, you should find it is a source of business.

Tammie - I'm glad you see it the same way.

Kate - You'll learn, and be sure to ask if you need help.

May 03, 2011 06:32 PM #22
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

All of the above. Great post!

May 04, 2011 12:59 AM #23
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Christine, it is a great business tool, and the more time spent here learning and growing our blog and our business, the social aspects develop and that's when we truly get to appreciate this wonderful family we all drop in and visit when time permits.

May 04, 2011 01:38 AM #24
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Christine, it is a web of people to share many things. Lots of good folks here.

May 04, 2011 02:45 AM #25
Andrew McGrath
Donovan Group Realty - Santa Ana, CA

Marketing University-ABSOLUTELY

Source of support-no doubt about it

Referral source and Lead generator...I am sooooo looking forward to that, just a matter of time



May 06, 2011 02:32 PM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Donald - Pretty much.

Ed - It is a family, isn't it?

Gary  - It's a web within the web.

Andrew - It's definitely been a Marketing University for me.  As to referral source and lead generator, you'll get there.

May 17, 2011 07:06 PM #27
Chris Evans
PresPro - Charlotte, NC

I'm new to Active Rain! I hope I will be as successful as you guys in using this! :0

Jun 10, 2011 06:37 AM #28
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Chris - I hope you are as well.  If you need help, just reach out.

Jun 10, 2011 04:34 PM #29
Chris Evans
PresPro - Charlotte, NC

Thanks Christine! what do you think is the best way to start ?

Jun 16, 2011 03:37 AM #30
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