In Active Rain or Out.

Real Estate Agent with Windermere Real Estate
As a newbie, I thought I would post the question (ask the advice);  should my focus be building the relationship inside Active Rain, or creating a localized Blog to help in developing my sphere?

Comments (14)

Roland Woodworth
Blue Cord Realty - Clarksville, TN
Blue Cord Realty
I would recommend doing both. there are alot of great people here on AR that can help you in many ways...... Read, Learn and Blog often !
Feb 19, 2008 02:12 PM
Meg Zoller
Keller Williams - Houston, TX
Houston Fine Homes
Dean - You honestly need to do both.  The good news is that it's very easy to do now that you are a member of Active Rain.  I wish you great success with both of them.  Have a great week!
Feb 19, 2008 03:14 PM
Quakertown, PA
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578

Hi Dean:

JUst post to your blog on a regular basis.  When posting  always include your tags, and post to 5 groups that are interesting to you.  Always post to localism at the same time.  You will be the expert in your area, and your phone will ring.  This is a great place



Feb 19, 2008 10:56 PM
Bill Somerset
Re/Max Realty Group - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
Dean, I think both are very important aspects of Active Rain.  You can gain great exposure in your community by blogging, and you can also gain great contacts through networking with your blog.
Feb 19, 2008 10:57 PM
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


I would recommend doing both, there is a great bunch of people here that you can learn from. Some will blow your mind away, than develop localism, here people looking for Real Estate on the Internet can find you.

60% of my listing have come to me via the Internet!

Feb 20, 2008 02:54 AM
Walter Jones
901 Realtors - Memphis, TN
Real Estate Entrepreneur and Realtor
Good information.  I'm still learning this myself.  What is the best way to post to localism?
Feb 20, 2008 04:23 AM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


I both, I didn't take advantage of Localism when I first started, and now I will see the differences.

Welcome and good luck....

Feb 20, 2008 05:14 AM
Dee Nofziger
|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog - Toledo, OH
Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty
Thanks for mentioning about not forgetting to post to localism, too. I forget about that. I really need to get on the localism bandwagon. Hopefully I will arm myself with my camera within the next few days and get to work on localism!
Feb 20, 2008 05:24 AM
Marvin Thomas
Allegiance Mortgage Corparation - Fayetteville, NC
Welcome to AR.  I think the localism and advice will put you on the map so that customers can find you.
Feb 20, 2008 06:06 AM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

Dean:  Absolutely both.  Also, keep in mind that you are developing your sphere by building relationships on Active Rain too.  No question about it, do both.  Welcome to Active Rain.

Feb 20, 2008 06:44 AM
Dean Makela
Windermere Real Estate - Maple Valley, WA
Realtor - Maple Valley
Thanks for all the advice.  Looks like I need to do both.  "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time."
Feb 20, 2008 06:45 AM
Sandra Workman
Coldwell Banker Realty - Bradley, IL
Make sure you save some time for a "life" outside of the rain.  This place can be extremely addictive!
Feb 20, 2008 07:19 AM
Clark Garrison
Taylor 1 INC - Atlanta, GA
"Loan Modifications"
I believe everyone is in accord. You should work on both! That's the best way to get the most out of AR. Good luck
Feb 20, 2008 07:20 AM
Alex Mordas
EarthSTEPS - Tallahassee, FL
Green Building Consultant
I've been wondering the same thing. It seems like some posts would be really relevant to both AR and localism, but others are more specific. I'm planning a mixed bag approach.
Feb 20, 2008 07:59 AM