What Does Acid Rain Have to Do With Real Estate?: A Newbie's Advice For Newbies

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

BlocksI've sure come a long way since uttering those words!  You see, I knew absolutely nothing about ActiveRain until I heard of its existence at a networking luncheon.  But, once I understood the difference between AcidRain and ActiveRain, I was on my way!  Last week, I celebrated my 60-day anniversary on ActiveRain and as I reflect back on this awesome two-month journey, here's an account of what has helped me most to enhance my ActiveRain Newbie experience.

ClickCLICK ON EVERYTHING IN SIGHT

Start clicking like crazy!  Initially, I found the ActiveRain University tab and after taking the orientation class and watching a couple of tutorials, I went everywhere -- blogs, profiles, more blogs, contests, statistics, a list of all the states in the US -- basically anything that resembled a link.  I was overwhelmed!  Yet, just like pulling off a Bandaid, the anticipation and fear of the unknown is the worst part.  Go for it!  It won’t hurt for very long and you won't have to look back!

TAKE AS MUCH NEWBIE ADVICE AS YOU CAN GET

Remember, everyone started out at Square #1, so everybody here has been in our shoes before.  They all know the agony and ecstasy of being an ActiveRain Newbie.  Luckily, many seasoned Rainmakers have written posts which illustrate valuable steps for getting started, blogging, Newbie etiquette, you name it!  Most recently, I read a blog by Patricia Kennedy that was chock full of great ideas.  It's been reblogged a few times already, but in case you missed it, check it out here.  P.S. I learned how to do this on ActiveRain :)  And, for us Newbies, blogging can be scary!  However, stumbling through the blogging process doesn't have to be so nervewracking.  Kristin Moran recently wrote a nice blog about the stress of embarking on your blogging maiden voyage so check it out here.  Oh ... and the search feature at the top of the page is my new BFF!

EnvelopeREACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE

Or, at least send them a message.  I’ve written messages to several ActiveRain members (you guys know who you are -- thank you!) requesting feedback and guidance after reading their blogs and profiles.  I'm sure they remember how it felt to be the new kid on the block, and their willingness to share their experiences and expertise was very encouraging.  Not to mention the emails I've written directly to ActiveRain about quirky things I didn't quite understand (Hey gang in Technical Support, how's it going?)  And last night, I went to my local ActiveRain Meetup where I met some great folks who also offered valuable Newbie advice.  So basically, ev
eryone I have reached out to here has been extremely helpful and supportive.  I'm grateful for the assistance I’ve received and hope to pay it forward someday as an ActiveRain Veteran.

FunOH YEAH ... THERE'S ALSO STUFF ABOUT REAL ESTATE 

Undoubtedly, there is a wealth of information here pertaining to the real estate industry -- working with buyers and sellers, how to generate more leads, social media marketing, staging, and insightful ways to reach more clients and grow your business, just to name a few.  However, there seems to be no shortage of valuable information on a wide variety of other interesting topics as well.  Plus, a network of 
amazing people and the fortunate opportunity to connect with them.  So, whatever the reasons for being here -- there is something for everyone.  Just Get Out In The Rain ... and don't forget to have some fun!

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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

nope... it drew me in quite nicely, thank you.

Dec 15, 2011 04:18 AM #46
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Linda: Yes, there is a lot to learn and many places to get answers!

Chuck:  Thanks, glad you liked it!

Ken:  Yes, I am having too much fun :)

Kimo:  Thanks ... I have found that "Clicking is King"

Alan:  Oh, shoot ... wonder if I can get a refund on my tuition!

 

Dec 15, 2011 05:01 AM #47
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

Great post! From connecting and sharing with collegues to learning from home inspectores, to education yourself how to SEO really works and matters, Active Rain is a great tool for Real Estate!

Dec 15, 2011 05:06 AM #48
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Gina Nugent
Donohue RE - Palm Beach, FL
Real Estate Agent - Palm Beach, FL

Aren't you the fast learner....congratulations!

Dec 15, 2011 05:26 AM #49
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Elisa:  I agree.  There is enough here for everyone ... and then some!

Gina:  LOL ... thanks!

Dec 15, 2011 06:38 AM #50
Rainer
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Jairo Arreola #SOLDBYVETERAN
PRG Real Estate - San Jose, CA
VA Home Loan Specialist - SF Bay Area

I will look into my local Active Rain meetup. Sounds fun

Dec 15, 2011 07:13 AM #51
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jairo:  If you have one in your area, I highly recommend it.  Great folks and lots of fun!

Dec 15, 2011 09:09 AM #52
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Elaina Westry

Carie, thanks for the tips. I been on Active Rain for about two weeks now. Wrote some stuff but nothing this good. Congrats on the feature.

Dec 15, 2011 10:14 AM #53
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Carie:

Nice post and good referral to agents who have great posts that newbies should read.  I haven't read Kristin Moran's blog, so I am heading over there now.

Dec 15, 2011 11:09 AM #54
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Carie, Welcome to activerain and seems like you've got it all down pat!  It took me forever to get up the courage to write my first post so kudos to you for stepping right in.  Congrats on the feature and looking forward to reading more from you.

Dec 15, 2011 12:04 PM #55
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Active Rain is the most important business tool I have (other than the MLS of course).  It has kept me going in this tough market.

Dec 15, 2011 02:11 PM #56
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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Carie, you are shooting straight to the top! Somehow, I don't think that's the first time in your career that you've done that! :) Excellent suggestions for anyone on Activerain, new or otherwise! Congratulations on 4 Features already! I have a feeling there are many more we'll be reading. Hope things are going well as you explore your options in Texas.

Dec 15, 2011 03:34 PM #57
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Carrie - Click on everything in sight, learn, ask questions reach out and get business about sums it up.

Dec 15, 2011 03:46 PM #58
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Carie, I still think I am a newbie on ActiveRain. There is always something new to learn from different contests, different posts and at times, from comments, too!

Dec 15, 2011 04:49 PM #59
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Carie,  Great post.  I wish I learned as fast as you.  After almost 2 years I am still learning AR!

Dec 15, 2011 10:13 PM #60
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Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Happy Anniversary! You cracked me up with the AcidRain/ActiveRain misunderstanding! You are going to go far on here! Keep it up!

Dec 16, 2011 12:25 AM #61
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Reading your posts, no one would ever guess you were/are a newbie.  Love the humor and the sharing of information that trademarks your postings.  I'm with Sylvie on the Acid rain - got a belly laugh from me!!

Dec 16, 2011 02:21 AM #62
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Elaina:  Thanks and welcome to AR!

Evelyn:  Thank you.  I've been doing a whole lot of reading here, that's for sure!

Lora:  Thanks!  Like you, I was scared too -- then just closed my eyes and jumped in :)

Gene:  AR is a wonderful resource, I agree!

Nina:  What a nice comment!  Thank you for the compliments and for your encouragement ... I appreciate it very much!

Christine:  Thanks ... it's worked for me!

Praful:  You're right ... I think I will always feel like a Newbie too -- with all there is to learn here all the time!

Bob:  Thanks ... I love to learn new things!

Sylvie:  Glad I made you smile :)  Thanks -- I'm having a fabulous time here so far!

Cara:  Wow ... thank you so much for the nice words!  Glad I made you smile too :)

Dec 16, 2011 04:08 AM #63
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David Evans
RE/MAX TOWN AND COUNTRY - Cumming, GA
HUD NLB Cumming GA

You've learned quite a bit, I have ALOT to learn still! But thanks for passing it on.

 

Dec 16, 2011 07:49 AM #64
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

David:  There's never a shortage of good information here, that's for sure!

Dec 17, 2011 03:47 AM #65
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