Thanks A Million!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

Almost ThereSo, after almost three years playing in the Rain, I made my Million today. It's obviously a major milestone, and one that comes with a lot of emotional content. The most compelling emotion I'm experiencing right now, however, isn't one of achievement, or even relief - it's gratitude.


When I first arrived here three years ago, I was a different person. I think it's fair to say that after 19 years as an agent, I was close to something suspiciously like burn-out. I was tired, disillusioned and hugely disappointed with the industry. I was finding very little inspiration and there weren't many challenges of interest. And I was very angry - life at the bottom of the real estate food chain can be an ugly struggle, particularly when your livelihood has become the main staple for the organizations that should be nourishing you (at least in my imaginary better world) instead of sucking your blood.


In all honesty, I'm still disappointed by the industry, and still disgusted at the predatory behavior of its organizational infrastructure. But I'm no longer tired and I'm no longer wasting energy on anger. I am stimulated and challenged. My energy levels are much higher and I'm a lot happier.


The difference? ActiveRain has showered me with gifts. And it's all because of you guys.


I have met and become friends with people whom I deeply respect, who represent the best standards and ideals of what we do, whether its real estate, construction, staging, lending, inspecting, part-time furniture sales or just plain living. You have inspired me.


I have learned so many things. Some make me a better agent, some make me a better person. Some extend my capabilities into areas that, three years ago, I didn't even know existed. What you have shared has found an eager audience.


I have become part of a community I care deeply about, one that is unique among the weird lands of the Internet. This is a strangely nice place for an industry known for its less savory practices, and it's that way because we all want it to be that way.


I have become a better writer. While 80% of what I write is simply to feed the Google monster, that other 20% has been pure reward. The opportunity to express myself freely, and have some of you actually like it, is insanely cool and immensely appreciated.


ActiveRain has been great for our business. What we do here, when done properly, works and translates into income. But that's never been sufficient to fuel my fires, and there are other ways to get Google's attention. But most importantly, by your example, you have shown us that there is a better way possible and have given Mary & I the confidence to strike out on our own, on our search for that better way.


So please accept my heartfelt thanks. You guys are great and it has been enormous fun - you're interesting, engaging, entertaining and funny, and you have made me laugh - a lot. We like to say that all real estate is local - Well, AR is one awesome neighborhood. I'm hopelessly addicted and I'm sticking around for the next million.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS


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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Fantastic! Congrats on the milestone - but mostly thanks for sharing your journey. Have a terrific rest of 2014.

Mar 21, 2014 11:50 PM #81
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Dick  Congratulations and wishing you and Mary a million more!  Here's hoping to meet you someday!  Gotta re-blog.

Mar 21, 2014 11:51 PM #82
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Congratulations, Dick! Yours is very much an inspiring "story" to keep the rest of us running to catch up with you.

Mar 21, 2014 11:56 PM #83
Kathy Smiley
Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village - Westlake Village, CA
Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!"

Congratulations Dick! Tell me, because I want to hit a million some day, was it mainly blogging every day and commenting that got you to a million? Or contests, etc along the way? I know you blog alot, but honestly I think I could blog every minute and it would take forever to reach a million!

Mar 22, 2014 01:23 AM #84
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Congrats on your milestone!

Mar 22, 2014 01:28 AM #85
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good to see you're getting a lot of love here. ;)

Mar 22, 2014 01:37 AM #86
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

It is amazing how the life of an agent can be very independent at times and it is easy to get down and out. I too have leaned on ActiveRain in times of self doubt or disgust with the industry and found an amazing support network of people I would not otherwise have met. I'm glad that you are finding the community so nurturing as well. Congratulations on hitting the million mark!

Mar 22, 2014 01:56 AM #87
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I love that you posted this while you were at 999,999.  Pretty cool.  I was on the road all day yesterday and missed the Rain but looks like many of your AR friends helped you celebrate.  Congratulations my friend.  I'm glad I found you in the Rain.

Mar 22, 2014 02:48 AM #88
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great job Dick on making that million and so fast also.  You are the man!

Mar 22, 2014 03:04 AM #89
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Dick and Mary, congratulation on this 1M milestone...onward to the next million. 

Mar 22, 2014 04:54 AM #90
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Congratulations, Dick! A million points on Active Rain is quite the accomplishment!

Mar 22, 2014 04:55 AM #91
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Kudos to you, Dick. I remember when you first started on ActiveRain. You've been in the business much longer than I have, and I too find the predatory practices of our industry disgusting, and rightfully so, to be concerned about. I never want to be that agent who will do anything for a sale. Participating on ActiveRain has given me an education and a chance to interact with people like you, and for that I'm grateful. I know you'll make another million... Congratulations!

Mar 22, 2014 05:06 AM #92
Nancy Lamb
Home Smart LifeStyles - Fountain Hills, AZ
& Loving AZ Team-Fountain Hills AZ

Congratulations, Dick and Mary on a great milestone. I enjoy following your blog and it serves as much inspiration to me and the AR community. Wishing you another million!

Mar 22, 2014 06:55 AM #93
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Wow, Dick, and congratulations on this milestone. 

AR is such a unique place. I love it, too. In ways it has changed me as well. It also allows me a creative outlet with my writing when I decide to use it that way. 

Mar 22, 2014 10:31 AM #94
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Congratulations to reaching a million, way to go. I can not even imagine your achievements but it is wonderful to hear that you find joy and camaradiere in the Rain!I have not read your other posts but will, there is always something new to learn.

Mar 22, 2014 11:37 AM #95
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Congrats on passing THE major milestone.  I've always enjoyed your posts and look forward to many more.

Mar 23, 2014 03:28 AM #96
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Congratulations on this milestone. To have made it in three years means you have created many posts and comments in a day. 

Mar 23, 2014 04:47 AM #97
Eric Galuppo
Real Estate Rev - More Leads Means More Revenue

CONGRATULATION Dick! You’re a millionaire now and that’s a great accomplishment for being a Rainer. We’re happy for you. 

Mar 23, 2014 04:53 PM #98
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dick I had to wait a long time to be able to Congratulate you:)) I saw the numbers were 999,999 hence I wanted to be the 99th comment! Congrats to your achievement, your Los Angeles Connection, Endre

p.s.: I could have done it yesterday but my internet was down....


Mar 25, 2014 11:26 AM #99
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Congratulations, Dick! It's amazing what a community can do to help us, and how we can contribute.
Mar 27, 2014 09:24 PM #100
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