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I came across this article and I wanted to share with all of you.  

On January 10 2007 CNN published an article titled: "Tech Trends Rock Real Estate World"  

This article has brought out of the shadows (at least for me) and into the light the concept of bloggin and how this new technological trend is going to change the real estate industry in a blink of an eye....ladies and gentlemen; we are at the verge of a new "technical revolution." 

I am sure many of you already knew this; the proof is in the pudding.  Real estate bloggers such as Kristal Kraft, Maureen McCabe, Angus, Rich Jacobson and Craig Schiller; just to mention a few, have been at the front of this revolution.  I have seen them out here every day proudly wearing their rain boots challenging us to find our own voice and since I have joined Active Rain they have been a wonderful source of motivation and inspiration

I like to think of myself as a tryout pioneer of new technology affecting my industry, so I can almost kick myself for not seeing this trend arise earlier on.  I said almost because I have plunged into the water....just in time.

And I am so glad...The CNN Money article quoted Mr. Brad Inman saying "Social networking is lifting real estate and in the next 12 months it's going to overwhelm real estate." 

I am not afraid of this new movement, I have learned to embrace technology and now with gleaming hope I can't wait for the rain to begin to pour.  I know that by contributing as a member of Active Rain I will enjoy the support and great company of all of you, making it impossible to drown.

And yet, there are still many people on this site that are still lurking, waiting or undecided....What are you waiting for?  Get your feet in the water don't waste one extra day to place a stake on the ground and claim for yourself a piece of this virtual land

This is my favorite comment in this article; "Inman says that real estate professionals have two choices when it comes to confronting the changes wrought by technical advances: engage it or pretend it isn't there"   

Are you still sitting there?  Go and put your rain boots on!  

Comments (73)

Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission.
Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. - Cooper City, FL


Nice to see you`re starting to get noticed.I can always claim I was one of your "First Fans"... Keep up the good work! 

Jan 18, 2007 11:30 PM
Larry Vecchio
CondoDomain - Boston, MA




Brad Inman is right on the money...there are many companies who are offering new technologies to RE's a very exciting time for all.  All the best in 2007.

Jan 18, 2007 11:32 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

You are so right blogging will be a big influence on the real estate industry, I can see the potential and have also noticed the  rewards some are already repeating; so I am doing my best to embrace this technology.

Jan 19, 2007 12:02 AM
Fran White
North Kansas City Real Estate, Reece and Nichols Residential - Kansas City North, MO
Kansas City North Real Estate, 816-682-3897


G R E A T P O S T!  I even ran out and bought an umbrella !!

Congrats on being "Featured"

Atta Girl !

Jan 19, 2007 12:08 AM
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal


Thanks for sending me notice on who the plagiarist was.  He has a lot of agents in Georgia on his Associates list, including me.  I quickly blocked his association with me.  I am now very grateful for that little feature.

Jan 19, 2007 12:25 AM
John Hruska
Homes Charlotte, LLC - Charlotte, NC
I still find it hard to believe that there are some agents in my marketplace who do not use the internet.  Hello !
Jan 19, 2007 12:33 AM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. We are here basking in the rain, boots and all. I'm ready!

Jan 19, 2007 01:36 AM
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty
Blanca, I liked your post.  I read the CNN article and it was good!  Who would of thought blogging would have this kind of potential in the real estate industry. 
Jan 19, 2007 02:12 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Congratulations on the featured post Blanca!

Yesterday when I was online sometimes mid or late morning I saw 315 members here!  WOW!  I do think there are still many who will not/do not participate in blogging or commenting and it is a shame.  We all have a lot to learn from others and be taught by others.

As far as those who don't understand the tech thing, let's just make it our doity little secret and keep it to ourselves ;)

Jan 19, 2007 02:34 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Very well said!  We have to embrace this while it's still relatively fresh. 
Jan 19, 2007 03:28 AM
Blanca Cholewczynski
U - Oak Brook, IL

Eloise that is the magic of the rain.  It washes things out and allows us to move on!  Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate them!

Angus As said you are way ahead and at the front of the storm.  Where you a boy scout? : )

Scott Ah! The truth finally comes out.  Don't be are my No 1 Fan LOL

I just hope more people begging to buy boots in large amounts Nick.  Preparation, Preparation, Preparation right?

Take the time to learn from the Pro's and plant your stake on the ground Jennifer!

Fran I can see you all the way from here with that umbrella : )

Tim He has actually made a public apology, I am moving on.  I have learned a valuable lesson and I have gained a new found deeper respect for all the hard work many of you put in your blogs.  Heart and Soul!

These agents are going to be left out, scratching their heads, wondering what the heck just happened!  Find your voice and don't be shy about blogging.   I know....sometimes I also want to wear the big size rain boots.  With patience maybe one of these days!  Welcome to Active Rain John

William I can totally see you guys are having so much fun!  Wait for me!!! : )

Patricia I know what you mean, I came in a little late and only by chance.  I am glad for recognizing it's great potential...just in time!

I wonder the same thing Renee everyday when I am signing in.  Amazing!

Caron He is so generous.  I do have to say that the title from this blog was inspired from one of his featured posts. 




Jan 19, 2007 03:46 AM
Blanca Cholewczynski
U - Oak Brook, IL

technology is a nessecity, not an option...good Post

Jan 19, 2007 03:49 AM
Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
I just had to post a comment to get you some extra credit, you deserve it after being so gracious even in light of being ripped off. =)
Jan 19, 2007 04:25 AM
Blanca Cholewczynski
U - Oak Brook, IL

Come in Jim & Maria....where have you been?  Glad you are here!

You said it Chris!

Thank you so much Leigh for your comment, I am so honored with your visit. : )

Jan 19, 2007 05:29 AM
Michael Roberts
Real Estate Professionals of Glynn - Saint Simons Island, GA
I like your last line engage it or pretend it is not here... Many in this area try to engage it through out sourcing their sites, newsletters and blogs to thrid parties.  Which is tailored to individual areas isn't bad but unfortuantely they don't grow themselves so when they do make contact they sound like the same ole game... If you're going to use technology you need to become personally involved so you an speak intelligently to clinets when trying to gain them as a client.  The day of smoke and mirrors is rapidly passing.  The public is no longer easily fooled by words and catch phrases.
Jan 19, 2007 05:34 AM
Blanca Cholewczynski
U - Oak Brook, IL

Great comment Michael! I do have to tell you that line you refer to is an actual line from the article that inspired this post.  I wish it had come out of my own pressure cooker but I am barely poaching eggs right now with this blogging thing   

Jan 19, 2007 05:44 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Normally technology and water don't mix, but ActiveRain has found a way. Now it's up to us to leverage this huge opportunity to improve service levels to our clients and efficiency levels within our business.
Jan 19, 2007 08:58 AM
Blanca Cholewczynski
U - Oak Brook, IL
Great way of saying that John!  Good title for a post....wink,wink.   It is now 01/19/07 5:012....just in case you need to trade mark the title ; )
Jan 19, 2007 09:03 AM
Nice post Blanca... thanks for the info.
Feb 20, 2007 01:09 AM
Blanca Cholewczynski
U - Oak Brook, IL


Thanks, and Welcome to Active Rain! : )

Feb 21, 2007 12:03 PM