Rebekah's Blog Post Roundup

Real Estate Technology with Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency

As I reviewed my blog posts from 2011, I spent quite a bit of time pouring over past articles, comments and statistics.  It’s a great way to get a feel for the content Active Rain readers connected with and how I might adjust my message. 

Through this process I’ve compiled a list of some of my most widely read posts. The posts are broken down into blog categories based on topic.

I will warn you that this is not a short list, but a worthy one if you’re up for the reading challenge.

I hope you enjoy and will make your way back for my future posts!

Signifies a Featured Article

Active Rain

Active Rain has been an outstanding arena for me to share my industry knowledge, insight and a few lessons I’ve learned over the years.

Find Your Bloggers Voice on Active Rain

Top 5 Reasons You Should Blog on Active Rain

100k Active Rain POINTS | Blogging for the Next Milestone!

Blog Tips & Tools

Blogging has become my passion and the result is 7 Featured Articles on Active Rain within this category. 

20 Sure-Fire Blog Titles that Get Results

Blogging Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make 

How to Write a Catchy Blog Post Title that POPS 

5 Tips to Writing a Great Blog Post 

How to Revive Old Blog Posts and Increase Reader Buzz 

10 Free Tools to Make Blogging Easier 

The Naked Truth | Facing Your Blogging Fears 

Career & Motivation

This is one of my favorite topics.  As an owner and a manager, assisting others in finding their “key to success” has been an incredible honor.  Below are a few tricks I’ve learned along the way.  I hope they resonate with you as well!

You Can Be a Referral Magnet 

Success Secrets of Top Real Estate Agents

Conquering the BIG "F" 

Warning: Setting Goals Could Explode Your Business

Flying High | Soaring Above Your Fears

Forty, Fabulous and Ready for the Journey!

You're Talking, but Is Anyone Listening?

WHY Do You Get Out of Bed Every Morning?

Business & Life Lessons I Learned from My Mom

Are You Wishing, Dreaming or Taking Action In Your Business?

Are You Walking the Talk in Your Business?

Lessons Learned from my Girlfriends

The Riches in Your Niches |How to Define & Conquer Your Niche

Colorado Springs Living & Entertainment

I have the pleasure of living and working in beautiful Colorado Springs.  Even though I’ve resided in the area for 19 years, I still find a multitude of things to do that I never knew existed. 

25 Free Things to Do in Colorado Springs

Things to Do If You're Moving to Colorado Springs

Why I LOVE Living in Beautiful Colorado Springs, CO

Garden of the Gods | Nature at its Best

Credit Score and Credit Repair

In the articles below I dispel several credit myths that are so often believed by consumers and industry professionals as truth.

Myths the Credit Bureaus Want You to Believe

Myths the Credit Bureaus Want You to Believe - Part II

FHA Loans

FHA loans have seen many changes over the last several years, but they still remain the most widely used loan program for first time homebuyers.  Keep up to date and in the know when it comes to FHA loan guidelines.

FHA Kiddie Condo Loan is Too Cool for School

Top 3 Mistakes Made by FHA Homebuyers

FHA Loan Myths | FHA is Only for First Time Homebuyers

Rehab Reboot | The FHA 203k Just Got Easier

Two FHA Loans at the Same Time | Is it Possible?

FHA Loan Limits in Colorado | How Much Home Can I Afford?

Newlyweds say “I DO” to FHA Bridal Registry Gift Funds 

What is FHA Mortgage Insurance and Why Do I Need It?

Simple Steps to a Complete FHA Loan Application

Top 5 Reasons an FHA Loan Makes Sense in Today's Market

What FHA Closing Costs Can the Seller Pay?


Are your marketing efforts tired and stale or do you need a new tool or two to add to your current plan?  Check out my growing collection of internet and business marketing ideas.

5 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes in Real Estate Marketing 

Top 4 Rules for Using Video on Your Website

Using Google Voice to Attract Buyers & Sellers 

The Riches in Your Niches |How to Define & Conquer Your Niche

Mortgage & Homebuyer Topics

Whether you are looking for advice on how to get over the down payment hurdle or an article you can pass along to clients on the benefits of homeownership, you will find those tips and many others here.

Successful Real Estate Closings Start with Communication

5 Reasons Buying a Home Beats Renting

How the Mortgage Loan Process Works

What the New Credit Score Disclosure Means to You

Home Loan Down Payment Secrets

Getting Over the Down Payment Hurdle

Tips For Buying Your First Home

5 Steps to Determine if You're Ready to Buy A Home

Home Loan Terms You Need to Know BEFORE You Buy

3 Signs You Need to Fire Your Loan Officer

Choosing the Right Lender | Local vs. National

Prequalification & Loan Approval

Why should a first-time home buyer get preapproved for a loan?  That question and many more are answered in the articles below.  Understand why preapproval is so important.

What Happened to My Loan Approval 

Why PreQualification Just Isn't Good Enough

How to Avoid Loan Approval Delays or Denial

Your FHA Loan Application Can Make or BREAK Your Deal

How to Avoid Loan Approval Delays or Denial

The Benefits of VA Loan Pre Approval


Don't you detest wasted time? There's nothing worse than spending hours at the office and getting nothing done.  Change your habits and your skills and you can go from scattered to productive in no time.

Time Management Tips You Can’t Do Without

Do You Suffer From Procrastination Disassociation?

Working Harder Doesn't Make You Smarter

Create To-Do Lists Like a Pro

Make Online Presentations Easy & Affordable

Short Sale, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy

It’s no secret that a short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy will significantly impact your credit.  Know the details on how each will affect your ability to purchase again before making such a large decision.

VA Mortgage Underwater: What Are the Options?

VA Home Loans | Purchasing a Colorado Springs Home After Bankrutpcy

Buying a Home After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Short Sale

Social Media Marketing & Tools

Social media marketing presents a challenge for anyone eager to build their brand and find the right voice for your company.  Get started with a few social media marketing tips and tactics to market your business.

How to Use LinkedIn to Generate Real Estate Business 

7 Simple Steps to Build and Promote Your Facebook Fan Page 

Twitter for Business | The Who, The Why and The How

Should You Be Using Twitter in Your Business

5 Ways to Build Your Facebook Fan Page Following

What Does My Google Page Rank Mean?

Top 3 Social Media Tools I Can't Live Without

VA Loans

VA loans have many advantages.  Learn how you can take advantage of this important government program.

8 Amazing VA Home Loan Benefits

Imagine What a VA Home Loan Could Do For You

VA Loan Tips | What is the VA Funding Fee?

VA vs Conventional | Which Loan is Right for Me?

How to Buy Your Colorado Home with a VA Loan

VA Credit Score Requirements | Does Yours Make the Grade?

VA Mortgage in Colorado Springs | How to Obtain a Certificate of Eligibility

Website Traffic & Optimization

Are you ready to get found online?  Learn how to increase website traffic and earn new leads!

Simple Steps to Get Your Website Found NOW!

6 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website or Blog 


Comments (17)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rebekah- thanks for the round up and especially for breaking them down into categories.  This is one of the things I love about Active Rain... if you're not learning something new here every day, then you're looking.  I know I've not read all of your posts but this will give me a good starting point. 

Jul 22, 2011 01:27 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What a great list, Rebekah!  There are so many things that you have 'taught' that I have often wanted to go back and find, so this is an EXCELLENT breakdown .  Thank you!

Jul 22, 2011 01:36 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

What an excellent compilation of excellent post. I love how you've organized them.  You have so much to offer the AR communicy.  I suggested, in case people missed some of these.

off to bed now (or bath) and then I'll read the few that I missed tomorrow.

Jul 22, 2011 02:09 PM
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

I so agree Kathy - its what makes Active Rain so amazing.  There is so much information to be found right at our fingertips!

Thank you Mimi!

Thank you Debbie!  And PS..a bath right about now sounds wonderful.  Hmmmm...

Jul 22, 2011 02:19 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Awesome as always.  I'm glad you posted all these past blogs because I missed a bunch.  You're controlling my bookmarks.  8-)  Thanks so much!!

Jul 22, 2011 02:42 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Rebekah, this is super great putting them all together by major category. Kudos for your effort with this organization of blog posts.

Jul 22, 2011 02:44 PM
Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Thanks for the list, I bookmarked and will read it over the weekend.  Thanks for spreading cheer here in the rain!!!

Jul 22, 2011 03:35 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
Rockin it Rebekah. Since I can't possibly catch up on everything I've missed-this helps organize the topics I need to know by priority. Eventually I'll read them all. You're that good
Jul 22, 2011 05:19 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great list Rebekah, what a list!

I've read much of your posts in some of the categories, they are all very well written and I often get something valuable from it. Thanks for all your efforts this year.

Jul 22, 2011 07:31 PM
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Rebekah - great list and I want to make sure I go back to read each one.  You are truly an inspiration to me and I am so glad we met!

Jul 23, 2011 03:57 AM
John Saari
Worcester, MA
"The Mortgage Buddy"

You just put a complete encylopedia for us. Thank you so much.

Jul 23, 2011 04:09 AM
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

Hi Rebekah, thank you for taking the time to put this list together, will certainly help me going forward.

Jul 23, 2011 02:25 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Rebekah and a great round up I might add, and thanks for the tips friend!

VB ;o)

Jul 23, 2011 03:38 PM
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

LOL Mike - that's funny!  I hope I'm controlling them in a good way! ;)

Thank you Gary!  It was worth all of the work to get it organized.

You're welcome Mary!  Hope you're having a great weekend.

Thank you Debb - that's really nice of you!!  And you're right - there's no way to possibly keep up with all of the blogs on AR.

Thank you Tom!  I'm always so appreciative of your feedback.  It's great to have you here as a friend in the rain!

Jul 24, 2011 01:41 AM
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

Louise - You always humble me with your comments.  I'm so glad we found eachother and connected!

Sorry for the amount of info John.  sounds like you have some reading to do! ;)

Thanks VB for always being such a huge support to me!

Jul 24, 2011 01:47 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Rebekah - you know I love these catalog pages, this is the first time I've happened upon your version - it is never to late to ssssssugest is it? :)
I came back over to visit by way of Cameron's first blog page. Looks like the kid has talent (like his mom) -  Rebekah always has great info. This page is bookmarked! 

Oct 10, 2011 03:05 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wow and another Wow! Just subscribed to you.

What an awesome idea! Now to find someone else who would like to take my 1000+ posts and organize them...that would be on my bucket list!

Thanks for sharing so much with all of us.


Oct 25, 2011 01:53 PM