Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach


One of the most visited sites on the reported by Richard Westlund!  The article is called "Ka-ching Best Marketing for the Money", and it was an article in our most recent Florida new's magazine.

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The article was talking about marketing dollars and where to put them. It also talked about marketing strategies and where to put your dollars or where you don't have to - that is to benefit by proxy...

What Richard Westlund says are the most visited sites in the real estate arena are the following:  Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, and Live, according to an online tracking site called "Alexa". 

HOWEVER,  the BEST part of the article stated that the "TOP FIVE REAL ESTATE SITES ARE:,, ACTIVERAIN.COM,, and AOL Real Estate (

WOW, When I read this article, I was so proud to have been a member of AR pretty much from the onset that it made me teary eyed.  I have to say that many of the members I met from the very beginning of AR have become some great friends.  Even though I have never met many of them, I consider them family.

To be listed in a real estate magazine as one of the top 5 real estate sites, with less than 300,000 members is just awesome.

Congratulations to the AR staff and the members of this community as being a class act and being one of the greatest communities out there for the public to appreciate.

I was overwhelmed with emotion when I read this article.

Thank you all for building and making this one of the top 5 sites in the world!

Karen Monsour, REALTOR(r), SSRS


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Best regards,

Karen Monsour, REALTOR®

Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach
4757 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
954-464-4194 cell
954-969-9974 fax
A recent recipient of®'s "Award of Excellence" for online marketing.

Multi-million dollar producer.

Comments (47)

John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Karen,  Kudos to you for bringing this to our attention and kudos to AR for doing a stellar job promoting and managing the rain! I know I am glad to be here.  Not so much with

Sep 03, 2011 04:40 PM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents
That is great to hear about the popularity of AR all over the country. Congrats!
Sep 03, 2011 04:41 PM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

That is really grat news. Congrats to all. I am proud to be here!     

Sep 03, 2011 05:32 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Karen - No problem at all. I was just asking for some clarification. Sorry to have bothered you.

Sep 03, 2011 06:39 PM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

I certainly get better results from AR than anything else...

Sep 03, 2011 06:54 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

John N., No problem at all...please let us know if you find anything out!

Sep 03, 2011 06:59 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

John M.,

Thank you.


Me too!

No one really realizes how wonderful this site is for real estate agents and the Localism they provide to our customers!


Sep 03, 2011 07:04 PM
Scott Fogleman
Richmond, VA

Goes to show the power and quality of AR

Sep 04, 2011 12:52 AM
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Good to know we are working in the right place!!!

Sep 04, 2011 04:16 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I think its great. Florida Realtor magazine is a terrific magazine. Look forward to it. Think its better then NAR magazine. Great Publicity for AR.

Sep 04, 2011 05:00 AM
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

I second that emotion. I had a good 8 month period there where AR was having technical diffuclties when I stopped blogging. Since coming back early this year I have definitely seen a pick up of leads generated from my AR blog. Congrats to ActiveRain!

Sep 04, 2011 05:48 AM
Robert Rucker III
Fairbanks, AK

Hello Karen,

That is great news! Thanks for sharing! The entire AR website is very well done and the professionals here are top notch!

Congratulations to AR! They rock!

Sep 04, 2011 06:19 AM
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

Wow, that is awesome news.  I enjoy AR and now there is proof that lots of others do as well.

Sep 04, 2011 09:35 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

That's neat....I think that AR is really becoming more popular out there. People are realizing the great value.

Sep 04, 2011 10:19 AM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

To all, I'm proud to be a long time member...Nothing better than the people you meet here on AR...the best of the best!

Sep 04, 2011 04:50 PM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Active Rain is definitely having a positive effect for it;s  members, glad to see it is getting recognized.

Sep 04, 2011 05:28 PM
Steven Zimmerman
Belloise Realty Tropical - New Port Richey, FL
Husband & Father, @Gulf_Harbors Resident Realtor


Being a Member of ActiveRain, I too was proud to see AR mentioned ...and placed/ranked as number 3 ! ...and not to be a kill-joy, I then wondered; How a web site of only 213k Members would achieve such a ranking among these other ad-based sites ?

Just saying ~

Steven Zimmerman Realtor ABR GRI

Sep 04, 2011 05:47 PM
Robert Rucker III
Fairbanks, AK

Maybe its not about the quantity but more about the quality. Which I guess could include things like activity, interaction, amount of hits, response times to questions and concerns and overall service. Whatever the's a good thing:)

Sep 05, 2011 07:57 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Active Rain is a great place to be.  I am glad I got going with Active Rain or not sure where I would be now.

Sep 05, 2011 02:10 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


I think it's the Localism portion that people are hitting on...and also the fact that when people submit listings...John Q Public is seeing them out there. JMHO.

Thank's to the rest of you who posted positive comments.

I wouldn't have closed a few nice sales if it wasn't for my membership here...........


Sep 05, 2011 05:51 PM