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Active Rain "Best Kept Secret in Real Estate?"

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Long and Foster

Let me first take this opportunity to thank everyone who responded to my inaugural blog.  I have to say that I was surprised by the response.  Some just to welcome me and others to offer helpful hints or words of encouragement.  What a great feeling it was to receive such a warm and responsive welcome.  

Prior to posting my first blog, I did rummage through the network to see what all the BUZZ was about.  I didn't lknow what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the network.   Before I learned of Active Rain, from Margaret Rome, I thought it was just something that happened during HURRICANE SEASON.  I then spent some time exploring the avenues it had to offer.  I spent time reading, looking and then reading more.  I joined groups and have even subscribed to others blogs.   WOW  The information you find on this network is overwhelming, to say the least.   And it was so reassuring to see so many Realtors, lenders, stagers, you name it -  CARING AND especially SHARING with each other.  

And after seeing all the information available to me, I found it unbelievable, as a ROOKIE Realtor (in the literal sense) that I had never heard of Active Rain before.  How could all this knowledge be available, and through all my Real Estate classes, networking and training, never heard it mentioned.  Which really leads me to the point of this blog.  To me the Active Rain Network is the "Best Kept Secret in Real Estate".   Maybe it was in front of me all the time, maybe I hang out with the wrong crowd or maybe when people were talking about it I thought they were discussing the weather conditions.  I don't know.   All I do know is that I have found it and to that I say THANK YOU.  So for those those of you who may read this blog, my question is this:

WHERE, WHEN AND HOW WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO THE ACTIVE RAIN NETWORK?

 

Angela Meeler
Keller Williams Atlanta Partners - Monroe, GA
Hi Nancy I was introduced to the AR through another agent I met at a K.W Conference. He sent an email and said it was a great way to learn. He failed to mention it was very addictive!!! So watch out!!
Mar 27, 2008 12:49 PM
Judy Greenberg
Compass - Long Grove, IL
Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
I think you are right-it is the best kept secret.  I was at a Coldwell Banker expo and I met the number 1 blogger who was teaching people how to blog.  I owe him!  Welcome
Mar 27, 2008 12:54 PM
Bill Byrd
Byrd Property Group - Charleston, SC
Charleston SC Real Estate Expert
Well said! What I find amazing is how many people I invite to check it out that don't sign up! We know how good this is but it's just like the old saying..."you can lead a horse to water"...
Mar 27, 2008 12:59 PM
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
It is very addictive.  I am hooked.
Mar 27, 2008 01:07 PM
Nancy Wolk
Long and Foster - Hampstead, MD

Angela and Chuck - I know what you mean about addictive.  Just not enough time to take in all the information.  Just can't keep up BUT I am trying.  

Mar 27, 2008 01:29 PM
Nancy Wolk
Long and Foster - Hampstead, MD
Judy - I learned of AR at a luncheon where, Margaret Rome, also a major blogger on AR, spoke on the topic of blogging.  I feel the same way you do.  I don't know when and how I would have heard about it, had I not attended that luncheon. 
Mar 27, 2008 01:35 PM
Nancy Wolk
Long and Foster - Hampstead, MD
Bill - Only reason I can think of why they wouldn't sign up is maybe they thought you were asking them to subscribe to a weather channel? 
Mar 27, 2008 01:39 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Nancy, I am so proud of you for accepting the Active Rain invitation and being such an important part of the WCR blogging audience!
Mar 27, 2008 01:50 PM
Jonathan Benya
The Benya Group - Waldorf, MD
The Benya Group
Nancy, welcome to active rain!!  I'm curious, where is upperco, MD??
Mar 27, 2008 02:23 PM
Nancy Wolk
Long and Foster - Hampstead, MD
Margaret - Wouldn't be writing this right now if it wasn't for you - Thanks again
Mar 27, 2008 03:59 PM
Nancy Wolk
Long and Foster - Hampstead, MD
Jonathan - Upperco Md borders Baltimore and Carroll Counties, Northwest of Baltimore.  I am approx. 5 miles north of Historic Reistterstown Maryland.   Thanks for the welcome.
Mar 27, 2008 04:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Nancy, You are welcome. Left you a message this morning.
Mar 28, 2008 01:08 AM