Three Active Rain "newbies" who deserve your attention - check them out!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks

I have found three real estate professionals who joined Active Rain just a couple of months ago in September, have each written a few posts, set up their profile pages, and have what it takes to be blog leaders here, once they get into the habit of posting regularly.  They are all pros at what they do, and please join with me to wish them every success in their businesses and in their blogging experience.


La’Juana Ransome is a Keller Williams agent working in the Inland Empire area of Southern California, in the communities of Rialto, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, and surrounding areas.  Although she is new to Active Rain, she has years of experience in her local market, and she has done a great job of setting up her profile page, with a good home search link, testimonials, and a nice personal introduction.


She seems like a very caring gal, and eager to learn whatever she can about blogging.  Since she is not yet a Rainmaker, I hope she will do that as soon as she makes a commitment to regular blogging, so that her potential clients can see what a great choice she would be for their agent.  I enjoyed reading her post about the 90 year old couple (check it out).  Stop by and say hello!



Kim Gaston, owner of Front Porch Home Interiors, is a home staging consultant in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Her impressive credentials include Certified Color Consultant, alumnae of The Decorating and Staging Academy as well as Interior Redesign Industry Specialist, and member of the National and Colorado chapter of Real Estate Staging Association (@RESA).


Kim hasn’t written many blog posts yet, but she is a Rainmaker, so once she starts blogging in earnest, I’m sure that Active Rain will be a great business builder for her.


She has some great before and after photos on her most recent post, showing how her staging minimized the negative issue of strange wall colors.  In fact, her after shots turn those colors into a plus.  You have to see to believe.  Check her out!



Michael Morgan is a Remax agent working in Seminole County Florida after serving a year in Afghanistan.  He has been in the Army reserves for 12 years, and understands the hardships a family goes through in dealing with the moves and adjustments to new places.  I think he would be a great resource for anyone who is relocating for their job, whether or not they are in the military, as he prides himself on giving the extra attention and empathy that such a stressful event naturally brings.


Michael has also been one to ask for help and advice in making his blog special, but I think he is off to a good start, sharing personal thoughts and providing great community information such as fun places for family events for Halloween.  He clearly has a lot to offer Active Rain members and potential clients, and I look forward to his becoming a Rainmaker so he will have a wider readership for his posts.  Take a look at what he has posted so far and you’ll see what I mean.



If I could give these three and any other “newbies” some great advice, it would be to read the blogs of others and comment on them.  But that’s not all.  Use those bloggers to find groups.  Each of these three "newbies" I profiled have joined a few groups, but the ones they have joined seem to be primarily just for their own interests – what they like to read.


My number one tip is to use the groups to distribute your posts to your target audiences.  For example, if you are writing a post about what sellers should do to prepare their homes to sell quickly and for the highest price, you may want to post that as usual, but before you make it public, remember that you can make sure that post also appears in up to 5 groups. You would want that post to Advice for Sellers, and maybe Luxury Home Marketing, among others.  



For posts, such as Michael’s about the Halloween events, there are some great groups in which to share the information.  Check out 365 Things to Do in Your Town, Area Events, Hyperlocal Neighborhood and Community Posts, Local Expert, Things to Do/Places to Visit, and if there are groups specific to your area, you might want to post it there too.  If you do home staging, find those blogging on that subject and see what groups they post to.  Join those groups.  The same advice is true for lenders, inspectors, or whatever field is yours.


Make sure you never distribute any post to less than 5 groups, and you will always get a wider readership.  Where do you find those groups?  Once again, from the blogs of others.  When you read a post on a subject similar to something you want to cover on your own blog, see what groups they posted it to.  And if that blogger has been here awhile, go to their profile page and see what other groups they have joined.  Click on any that you find of interest and join them.

I find new groups to join all the time.  Want to see my groups?  Check out my profile page and click on "Groups".  Welcome to Active Rain!  I have learned that if you contribute regularly to this community, it will give you more than you expect - clients, great ideas, education, and friendship.

As for the benefits of being a Rainmaker, I will save that for another post, but you can check it out in the Guidelines in the meantime.  The great thing is that the more you blog, the less your Rainmaker status costs you - but by then you are considering it an investment rather than a cost, because you will get loyal readers that turn into clients and referrals.  What a deal!


 Susan Neal

Broker / Realtor
Century 21 Noel David Realty
Fair Oaks, California

Full time real estate services in Fair Oaks CA, with friendly professionalism, 30+ years experience. 

I work hard to give my buyer or seller a low-stress transaction.

"Happy clients make me happy."


For all your real estate needs or questions, call me at (916)705-8951or visit my website at

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Thinking of selling your home?  Remember, it costs you nothing for me to come out and discuss your home, the market in your area, and give you a market analysis and presentation so that you will know what you can expect to get for your home.

Call for appointment:  (916) 705-8951

Also Remember, if you are planning to buy a home, I can help you to tour any home for sale in Sacramento County and the surrounding areas, no matter what firm has it listed, and I can help you with your purchase if you find the perfect home for you.

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Susan Neal
Broker / Realtor

Susan Neal Fine Properties
Fair Oaks, California

Full time real estate services in Fair Oaks CA, with friendly professionalism, 30+ years experience. 
I work hard to give my buyer or seller a low-stress transaction.

"Happy clients make me happy."

For all your real estate needs or questions, call me at (916)705-8951 or visitmy website at    

HUD homes resource            Search HUD Homes

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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

Thanks, Susan - that is so gracious of you to reach out to the newbies!  Although I've been here a few months - I still consider myself a "newbie".  I appreciate so much when one of the AR "veterans" would recognize my blog and comment - and you have even gone the extra mile!  I will definitely mosey over to their blogs and give them a shout! 


Nov 05, 2011 10:04 AM #1
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

Good choices Susan. Visiting them next. I liked your advice to the newcomer, a great way for them to get started.

Nov 05, 2011 10:07 AM #2
Gayle Beyer
Welcome Center Realty 772-336-8583, FLA777 - Port St Lucie, FL
Port St Lucie FL Real Estate Broker

Great advise for Newcomers and those of us who need reminding. Welcome Newcomers.

Nov 05, 2011 10:14 AM #3
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Million $ Guild Cert Luxury Home KW Land Division

Great job.  I invited 6 and they didn't seem to want the help.  Thought it might make them work hard or something.

Nov 05, 2011 04:36 PM #4
Kim Gaston
FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTORĀ®, CNE (719)661-6987

Susan - Thank you SOOO much for the shout out! I certainly appreciate your support and everyone else's that I'm meeting in the rain. Its pretty exciting... I'll check out your recommendations. Thanks for the help:)

Nov 05, 2011 05:49 PM #5
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Susan - What a great post and tips for newbies.  And this oldie loved the tip about the new groups too!  Going to check out some of those groups myself!  :)

Nov 06, 2011 01:52 PM #6
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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Susan, that is really generous of you to scope out the newbies and bring them to everyone's attention.

Nov 06, 2011 01:53 PM #7
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Susan, Thanks for you entry for our Newbie Contest. Great job of Introducing three Newbies to our AR community. I especially love the tip about joining as many groups as you can and posting in at least 5 with every post. Great way to introduce yourself to other RainMembers. On my way over to Welcome all three.

Nov 07, 2011 01:00 PM #8
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