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Starting Out Can be Scary...

Real Estate Agent with The Prairie Path Realty Company, P.C.

I have officially been a licensed Realtor now for roughly a year. I am truly fortunate to be working with the team of people at my company. They are more then happy to lend a helping hand, to teach me the ropes and to support me when it is needed. Even so, at times I can still find things a bit overwhelming. I never knew how much was truly involved in the transition of property from one party to another. The numerous details are absolutely mind boggling!

This journey has proven to be one that keeps me challenged, growing as I continue to learn something new around each and ever corner. Luckily, it is a profession filled with very knowledgeable people that don't mind sharing procedures and ideas that have worked for them so this gal doesn't have to reinvent the wheel so to speak! Couldn't even fathom doing that in a million years.

I would like to thank one such individual, AR blogger, Kelly Sibilsky. Somehow, wading through the hundreds of emails that as a professional we receive every week, I was lucky enough to find and read one that came to me from NSBAR. Currently, my membership is through RANWC. The mail spoke of a blogging seminar and happened to pique my interest. So here I am!


Blogging Basics - March 14th
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

In a world where there are so many Realtors, starting out on a new journey can feel very overwhelming. There are so many things out there to pick and choose, to try and to decide against. I am happy that there are people like Kelly out there sharing their knowledge with the rest of the world, shining a light for us to follow. I look forward to meeting and corresponding with other "beacons" here within the pages of ActiveRain to share smiles, strategies and successes!

Thanks again Kelly!

Comments (15)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Linda, I have found Active Rain and the many "voices" highly comforting and educational as we all go along this real estate journey.
Mar 13, 2008 10:42 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Linda- Welcome, and I do not know your personality yet, but there are Blogs for just about everyone.....every personality and interest.  I found you in the Positive Attitudes Group....and see that you are on the Dashboard (the Group Features).....Always nice to welcome new people, so have fun and you will see there are a lot of Kelly's here :)
Mar 13, 2008 12:46 PM
Jimmy McCall
JimmyMcCall.com - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant
Linda,  Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first blog.  I think you can really benefit from AR.  I recommend reading and commenting on 10 blogs per day.
Mar 13, 2008 01:13 PM
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru
Linda, first, let me welcome you to ActiveRain. Secondly, thanks for blogging here in the Rain on your first day. And lastly, if there is anything that I can do for you to help your experience here in ActiveRain a better one, please do not hesitate to ask.
Mar 13, 2008 03:04 PM
Tammy & Terry Coleman
Coldwell Banker Snow & Wall - Murfreesboro, TN

Linda, I have just recently got involved with AR. Welcome! You are going to be amazed at the friendships you will make on here and the wealth of knowledge you are about to receive. Good Luck!

Mar 13, 2008 04:40 PM
Dorene Shirley
The Mortgage & Property Connection - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley Real Estate
Linda - Welcome to the Rain, make sure that you browse the site and become familiar with everything this site has to offer.  The more you browse the more you will learn.  I have found this site to be really helpful to me.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, I will do whatever I can to help.


Mar 14, 2008 02:52 AM
n d
Naoma Doriguzzi - Virginia Beach, VA
yes welcome to active rain and although you are new you are off to a great start with your blog! 
Mar 14, 2008 02:56 AM
Linda Dressler Schaumburg
The Prairie Path Realty Company, P.C. - Hoffman Estates, IL
~ Hoffman Estates ~ Helping from the Heart!

I would like to thank everyone for being so welcoming. It is genuinely a treat to find like minded people willing to share. I am sure that as I delve into the various avenues of AR, I will find a plethora of wealth and information.

A question I have now, if any of you might know the answer.... Is there a way to change my "name" so that it can include much as yours do... the list of helpful/useful linking items when it comes to searches. If you know, please feel free to leave me a note.

Thanks again! 




Mar 14, 2008 04:31 AM
Elaine Hanson
Coldwell Banker Realty - Malibu | Topanga - Malibu, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent

Linda - Kelly is a great blogger!  She will be an excellent example. 

There is a group called Active Rain Newbies that is full of helpful info.  You can also search "profile page" and a bunch of helpful blogs will come up.  The clue I can give you is that first and last name is where you will put your info.  You can put your entire name in the first name and your area or whatever in the last name space.

Happy learning and welcome to the Rain!

Mar 14, 2008 04:51 AM
Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate
Linda - Welcome to Active Rain.  You're in for a treat because this is a great resource for agents starting out.  You'll find wonderful marketing ideas, a place for support and encouragement, and a forum for incredible technology "training".  I sure wish I would have had a tool like this when I first started in the business.  Thanks goodness it's never to late...  Best wishes for a great 2008!
Mar 14, 2008 09:41 AM
Linda Dressler Schaumburg
The Prairie Path Realty Company, P.C. - Hoffman Estates, IL
~ Hoffman Estates ~ Helping from the Heart!


Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!  Think that about covers it for now.... LOL



Mar 14, 2008 09:42 AM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Linda,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!


Mar 14, 2008 06:24 PM
Laurie Jenner
Your Home Team Advantage - Cary, IL
Kelly got me going, too!  I'm thrilled to be here.  I just finished inviting lots of the agents from my office.  This is just so exciting.
Mar 15, 2008 10:34 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
Welcome to Active Rain. Wish you good luck.You will learn a lot here.
Mar 15, 2008 10:35 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Welcome and all the best to you.  You have joined an incredible group here in the rain and everyone is here to help.  Keep up the blogging.

Mar 15, 2008 11:37 AM