I used to play on Facebook now I play in the Rain - Active Rain

Real Estate Agent with Remax Realty Group 316581

   My workday usually starts with reading Facebook posts from the night before and commenting on friends' and clients' pictures and updates. It has been fun and productive. I can spend hours on Facebook. I then move on to Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,  and Linked-In. I then go to the MLS and keep that running in the background all day because my job is to list and sell homes!  But is it really work? Is it really helping my business?  I believe that Facebook and all social media is a wonderful way to connect with people and yes, I do believe it is business. Full disclosure - I love how it feels to get likes on my updates and I love to give back and Like friends posts. For me it is work. 

   Enter Active Rain...I am going to spend time growing here. Learning how to blog, spending time with my colleagues, learning about their neighborhoods, the latest technology to help my clients and business and maybe even doing some traveling to meet in person with the people that I have met online are all goals of mine. I love to attend Real Estate education seminars and learn about my craft! What a better way to do this than be on Active Rain!

   I have to give a big shout out and Thank You to my friend Roy Kelley. He has been talking to me about doing this for years. He was right! He is probably one of the brightest people I know. His photography is stunning and he has a keen sense for what is happening and what is going to happen in the Real Estate market. 

   I am bursting with excitement and enthusiasm! I am going to participate and join this community and it is going to be my pleasure to blog about my life in Real Estate as well as my neighborhood and Maryland. Yes, this is business and what a wonderful business this is!  I am so happy this journey has begun. I am hooked! 



Comments (31)

Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

All the best to your continued success. I was just wondering how you managed to get any RE work done with all the time you spent on those social media websites? What was your secret formula to managing your time effectively while still being productive? 

Oct 14, 2014 08:51 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Ann Marie

I would agree Roy Kelly knows his stuff.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 14, 2014 09:51 AM
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

We all get distracted by stuff not related to our business. Your production will triple by reducing stuff

Oct 14, 2014 12:02 PM
Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Will - Thank you! I am hoping to learn also! 

Marta - I do enjoy Facebook, but I have a feeling I am going to like this just as much. I love talking about Real Estate and really enjoy all the people I have met during my Real Estate career. 

Kimo - You are funny! I do sell houses, in spite of myself sometimes. No really...I spend a lot of time working but I do enjoy social media.

Lou - Roy really does. His office was across from mine for many years and I am happy that he is my friend, neighbor and colleague. 

David - It might - though I think I am blessed with lots of referrals from social media, there is no denying that I do connect with clients, friends & family on it.


Oct 14, 2014 12:19 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I prefer to think of it as playing with ideas about how to be the best you can be and that I can be at any site or social network.

Oct 14, 2014 04:37 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent that you will be adding ActiveRain to your repertoire!  This is a great spot for learning, networking, making friends, establishing a referral network,etc.  Welcome!

Oct 14, 2014 08:15 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Welcome, Ann Marie! You have a great friend and mentor in Roy Kelley 

Oct 14, 2014 10:13 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Active Rain has replaced Facebook for most of my online time. I learn and interact. I do check my kiddos pix and family updates...but market reports and new loan programs are better suited to my day, work junkie


Oct 15, 2014 01:47 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

You will love learning and playing in the rain!!  I use both, but AR is very rewarding!  K

Oct 15, 2014 02:31 AM
Barbara Le Pine
ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

I tend to visit AR more than I do Facebook, as well as all of the others. Active Rain blogging is time well spent. Great Post!

Oct 15, 2014 02:39 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Welcome Anne Marie!  Connect with and follow the folks at the top of the leader board to see how this truly works.  Write from your heart and the rest will follow.  Good for Roy for encouraging you!

Oct 15, 2014 03:19 PM
Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Laura - Yes, there are many wonderful ideas! 

Kat - I am looking forward to making friends and referring as well as being referred. 

Lottie - Roy is a wonderful mentor and friend.

Karen - I like that - "Work Junkie" 

Kathy - I am sure I will use both also - I can see that this will be rewarding, it feels so good already. 

Barbara - I feel like it will be time well spent. I read a blog today about thinking about time like you think about your check book. It was a great blog and I re-blogged it. I am learning a lot already. 

Jan - I will have to take a look at the leaderboard, I have not done that yet. Great advice thank you! 

Oct 15, 2014 07:59 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Ann Marie, it's great to meet you in the Rain!  This is a wonderful community with much to offer each other and the public. Welcome!

Oct 16, 2014 01:27 AM
Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Sharon - It is wonderful to mee you also! Thank you!

Oct 16, 2014 03:21 AM
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Kudos on the transition Ann Marie Clements with RE/MAX Realty Group to Active Rain instead of Facebook in Gaithersburg, MD at (301) 921-2657.

Oct 16, 2014 03:45 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Keeo a balance all of these can be great tools or great time wasters. I have found ranking high on ActiveRain is great but I would rather close an escrow.  

Oct 16, 2014 04:33 AM
Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Will - Yep! 

Gene - "Clear to Close" - are my favorite 3 words. 

Oct 16, 2014 04:36 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

When i log in there are two tabs that are always open, my MLS and my ActiveRain. When I have a distraction I find myself looking at the 'Rain' more than my social media sites.  Have fun with it! 

Oct 19, 2014 04:32 AM
Dawn Brenengen
Dawn Brenengen - Trailwood Realty - Raleigh, NC
Sales and Management

Welcome to active rain! Try not to get too bogged down in the site. There is a ton of great info to read, and if you're not careful, you'll have days where you don't leave the house because of it.

Oct 20, 2014 02:32 PM
Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Dawn - I love days in the house. I am addicted already. 

Tammy - it is already happening! 

Oct 20, 2014 03:19 PM