What New Things Have You Tried Lately?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Venture Realty International

clipart purchased from iclipartOne of the great things about the 2012 Big Jumpstart Blog Challenge is that it encourages us to take a closer look at ActiveRain. 

The guiding principles and philosophy of the organization (Weltanschauung) is set forth and is a great guideline for us. 

Principle #7 is: "We encourage dissenting and contrarian points of view because our industry is better served by continually examining the status quo.  Challenging conventional wisdom is often essential for the evolution of our industry and the development of new opportunities."

ActiveRain has been quick to point out new and better technology and offers many educational opportunities which allow members to view and learn new things. 

Often a member will post about new things and different ideas as to how to work within our industry.  I'm certain that some members don't really care for some of the ideas expressed but the forum has allowed them to be discussed. 

This benefits all of us and our industry.  I know in reading it, I stopped and thought about changes I have seen in recent years in real estate and it made me feel that I need to be more proactive in trying new things.  I want to evolve and be the best possible in our industry.


Follow my blog as I give you tips and fun facts about Latin America, expatriates, relocation and making referral income.   



palm tree at night




 Latin America --  Isn't it about time you learned more about the opportunities for YOU?






Yaz & Books






Viva Latin America





If you are looking to

 Buy or Sell real

 estate contact

   Gary Coles 






Do you have questions about real estate in Latin America? We are glad to provide assistance if you are considering a real estate purchase in Latin America



We LOVE Referrals


As a thank you for reading my blog, send a real card NOW to someone you are thinking about. Postage and card are free - Just click on the SendOutCards Logo.


SendOutCards Logo


Comments (9)

Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I think that has to do with change.  We need opposing views to stimulate our creative process.  I love Mexico.  Since I am a birder my goal is to go to Costa Rica on our next vacation, so I can bird to my hearts content.

Jan 28, 2012 03:07 PM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

LOL! You're getting this one in JUST in time! Whew! This was quite a Challenge!

Jan 28, 2012 03:59 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Gary, I think when opposing views are professionally presented, it's good.  As we all know, there are at least 2 sides to every story and, when handled with professionalism, the discussions can lead to a new knowledge for everyone.  In every relationship - marriage, friendship, business relationship - there will be differences.  

If I wrote, "you're a complete idiot for posting this", that would be rude and unprofessional.  If I wrote, "Gary, I disagree with this post because........." and cited my feelings or facts to support why I disagree, well, then, I may be dissenting and contrarian, but at least I could point out why I have a contrary view to yours.

How's Yazmin?

Jan 28, 2012 04:03 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Wow -- I am having technical difficulties tonight.  I have this open in two different computers and on one it shows the completed post and on the other it shows the first draft which only has the quote from ActiveRain.  I tried refreshing both and got the same results.  Finally I copied the completed post and pasted it into the other post that was not complete and I now have both computers showing the same thing. 

I don't know what you saw as you read the post but I hope you all saw the completed one. At least now both my computers are showing the same thing.

Jan 28, 2012 04:49 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Evelyn, I agree - opposing views are really important.  And, I hope you really enjoy Costa Rica.  I'm looking forward to some photos from you.

Jan 28, 2012 04:52 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Cheryl, Actually, I do have some more time -- the contest was extended due to technical problems in the Rain. It is quite a challenge.

Jan 28, 2012 04:53 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Judi, I don't know -- if you wrote that I was "a complete idiot for posting this", I would probably agree with you. LOL. 

Actually, I think your comment is excellent -- we do need different viewpoints and in a professional manner.

Jan 28, 2012 04:56 PM
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Sacramento, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

Discussing opposing viewpoints is just part of the process at AR.  Just as buyers and sellers have different viewpoints, this helps us to find a middle ground which is essential in bringing everyone together.

Jan 28, 2012 08:29 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Doug, You make a great point -- especially about Buyers and Sellers.  we often forget that they have differing viewpoints.

Jan 29, 2012 04:29 AM