The Rain Bucket - 1.31.14

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain, Community Manager

Where did January go?  We've knocked one month off the 2014 calendar and continue to fill the Rain Bucket with editorial love.  ActiveRain University has written a post on best practices and Kris even started a media team for those interested in spreading their name and expanding their reach.

Let's take a look at a few Rainers who made the last week of January a successful one.


Patching Up Business
Betsy Purcell got picked up by her chapter by using the infographic AR provided regarding Biggest Home Seller Mistakes.  Fred Carver was successful on this approach as well on Realty Times.


Inman Love
Greg Harrleson's post, Say No to Selling and Yes to Serving was picked up and featured on Inman this week.  He talks about the "game changer is how the consumer attitude matures without the industry taking notice".

Mistakes & Crooks

The top clicked on post last week was ActiveRain's Seller Mistakes Infographic with Noah Seidenberg's Crooks Are Stealing Houses coming in 2nd.  Many of the comments on Noah's post are words of thankfulness, as they weren't aware of this particular problem.

Pinning is Winning
Bobi Bigelow's pins are getting her extra exposure and look great too.  Pinterest drives a ton of traffic, all of your posts with pictures should be pinned.

Posted by

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comments (32)

John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Kerrie  Great to see the Rain covers a lot of ground!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day

Jan 31, 2014 09:34 PM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Kerrie thank you for sharing. Guess it's time I ramp up on Pinterest!

Jan 31, 2014 11:40 PM
Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate
ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES - Charlotte, NC
Certified Residential Specialist

Yes Kerrie, thank you so much for sharing! Where ta heck "did" January go?? Seems like a blur. We've been smoking here (and not crack)! Lol! I've definitely got to get back with the program here on AR and on Pinterest. My "green posts" are still getting me leads though!

Jan 31, 2014 11:57 PM
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Looking forward to February, but have to admit January slipped by too fast and I have a lot of AR goals to catch up on, not to mentioning revamping my Pinterest use.  I do like how you showcased just how diverse the posts and information on AR are; a good reminder for me to read and learn not just post. 

Feb 01, 2014 12:39 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

The "Seller Mistakes" is a great info-graphic. I've posted it on my personal website. The article about "Crooks" was revealing!

Feb 01, 2014 01:06 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Nice wrap up of AR activities and suggestions of what's working for others. The infographic went straight to my Pinterest board :-

Feb 01, 2014 01:23 AM
Jim Miner
Miner Noh & Associates - Phoenix, AZ
Loan Modfication & Short Sale Specialist

Honey, cancel the Superbowl Party, I have to learn how to use Pinterest!!

Feb 01, 2014 04:30 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It's great to read about others' successes.  Thanks for the reminder to upload more pics to pinterest!

Feb 01, 2014 07:02 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
Kerrie: January started fast and furious in my business. Can't wait to see what February brings.
Feb 01, 2014 07:31 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Kerrie,  here is a link to Preston Hollow-North Dallas Bubble Life that goes out to people in Dallas.  They are picking up my posts several times a month.  The only down side is that the links do not stay active forever. 


Feb 02, 2014 12:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kerrie, great list, and kudos to these bloggers getting noticed, and missed a couple of these.

Feb 02, 2014 10:24 PM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

You gave me a lot of great ideas, Kerrie.  Now, if I can just figure out how to "pin" my posts to Pinterest, I will be on my way!

Feb 03, 2014 02:02 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Ron - I added the "Pin" button to my toolbar which makes it so convenient.  Check this out:

Feb 03, 2014 02:37 AM
Bobi Bigelow
Jim Green Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Advertising / Marketing Administrator

Kerrie, thank you so much for always being such a wonderful support system to us. I really enjoy using AR and keeping in touch with everyone. I just have to figure out how to get the "Follow Me" feature on my profile to work??

Feb 03, 2014 03:18 AM
Nora Sims
Northern Shadows Realty, Inc. - Sedona, AZ
helping folks like you since 1978!

I feel like I'm still playing catch up, Kerrie, though 1/12 of the year is behind me. But, I do believe that "little by little one travels far" and will keep working at going forward. Thanks for the tip about adding the "Pin" button to one's toolbar.

Feb 03, 2014 03:20 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Bobi - You will see it as grayed out on your profile as you can't follow yourself.  It works for everyone else that is a member and visits your page.

Feb 03, 2014 03:23 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate


I think that as I get older the Earth revolves around the Sun faster and faster.  Where does the time go?

Feb 03, 2014 10:46 PM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Kerrie~ the rain bucket "AR best practices" would be a great group? Lets fill the rain bucket with lots of "best practices" 

Feb 05, 2014 02:19 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Where did January go Kerrie?

Feb 05, 2014 07:27 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Kerrie~ I'm starting to use Pinterest more to share my blog posts. I'm really excited about it too! 

Feb 19, 2014 07:15 AM