Why Do I Participate in Contests and Meet-Ups

Real Estate Agent with Sun Lakes Realty DRE #01492138

 Why Do I Participate in Contests and Meet-Ups

I have been an active member of Activerain for over 3.5 years and have learned so much to enhance my career, meet many great friends across US and Canada and also a way to show off the photographs of nature I take. 

Contests- In Novemember, there was 3 contests and I had a lot of fun writing them plus another great benefit is that I got 4,000 points for my posts plus I had already gotten the 225 per post as I published them. How easy was that? 


Here are the 2 current contests for December. If you have not participated in the past contests, I highly suggest you start now. Frankly, I love the contests and cannot wait on the 1st of each month to see what new contests we have. The experience of writing your entry, reading other member's entries, seeing who won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and sometimes honorable mentioning is a great learning experience and......getting the extra points is just 'icing on the cake'.

Go to Resources at top and then click on Contests or just click below to read the current contests:

Participate in Contests and Meet-Ups





Show Us Your Home for the Holidays...December ActiveRain Challenge






Participate in Contests and Meet-ups




Pay It Forward ActiveRain Challenge For December





Meet-Ups: I cannot say enough about attending meet-ups. It is great to know other bloggers and comment on their posts and have them comment on yours but to meet in person is a wonderful experience. I my area, one of my colleuges, Christina Hood and I have had three seperate meet-ups and typically get repeat participants and new ones too. How exciting is it to sit and visit and learn about others and get a chance to do referral business with AR members in the future. I am looking forward to the upcoming meet-ups in January 2015. If you host a meet-up, you get 2,500 points and for just showing up, you get 1000 points.




Meet-ups and Contests

 MeetUps, January 19th-24th - Can You Host? 



So if you have not participated, start now and see how much fun and knowledge you will get out of it.


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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the reminder about the two contests this month. Have a good day.

Dec 04, 2014 08:09 PM #20
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Have yet to get to a meetup--but, I do like the contests as I learn so much about my colleagues in the Rain and feel so much more connected to them as they post their personal and professional stories.

Dec 04, 2014 08:21 PM #21
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My little pal Kristin.............she & Christina put the meat in the meet-ups....

Dec 04, 2014 10:41 PM #22
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I knew about one contest and happy to see there are now two....thanks for the heads up!

Dec 04, 2014 11:43 PM #23
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Thank you for putting together a quick and easy synopsis of how to participate in up coming AR contests and meetups. I alsays have the best intentions so now I have no excuses to not know what's going on! Now to just make myself join in! 

Dec 05, 2014 12:04 AM #24
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

The contest entries always make for some enjoyable and educational reads.  I missed a meet-up in Long Beach due to a schedule conflict but maybe next time.

Dec 05, 2014 12:07 AM #25
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Kristin...thanks so much for promoting my contest. I appreciate it.

Dec 05, 2014 02:29 AM #26
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Always nice around the first of the month to get a big bonus haul of points from the contests.  Makes getting those milestones much easier. 

Dec 05, 2014 02:34 AM #27
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group - RealtyQuest Team, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Kristen -- I used the 30/30 November contest to challenge myself and get back to blogging.  Happy to say I made it, but it was hard with being busy and holidays.  I LOVE the meetups.  It's like being with old friends and everyone, and I mean everyone I have ever met through AR is just the best!  SO many nice people I would likely not met otherwise.

Dec 05, 2014 04:14 AM #28
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Kristin!   I am a Contest person.  As far as meetups... I will attend one soon enough.

Dec 05, 2014 06:11 AM #29
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Kristin,  Thanks for the shout out.  I love that the December contests are holiday related.

Dec 05, 2014 07:26 AM #30
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Hi Kristin - you should be the spokesperson for AR contests and meet up. There is truly no one better than you. I still remember the first time I met you at a meetup and you were so gun ho about showing me how to participate in contests. At that time, I didn't even know about contests...(S)

Dec 05, 2014 07:34 AM #31
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I prefer contests that help me grow my business in some way.

Dec 05, 2014 07:45 AM #32
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Kristin, I may not be able to participate in every contest that comes along, but I do make an effort when I have the time, and the contests are very beneficial to others. As far our Meetups, I will most likely me hosting the first one in January next month in my area.

Dec 05, 2014 08:40 AM #33
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kristin, the contests originally were a learning experience for the way the departed Bob Stewart set them up.  Their tone has changed a bit since, but they are still fun for the interaction.

As for the Meet-ups, who doesn't want to have a lunch with a few AR buddies?

Dec 05, 2014 09:01 AM #34
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Kristin Hamilton ~ there's no doubt about it "AR" is the place to hang... And participating and getting involved in all the activities is the best way to hang

Dec 05, 2014 09:01 AM #35
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Kristin Hamilton -Love Activerain. What more can I say? But I got to attend some Activerain Meet ups though. On my 2015 Calendar.

Dec 05, 2014 10:36 AM #36
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Debbie, some of the contests are easier for me than others.

Dec 05, 2014 11:41 AM #37
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
HomeSmart - Phoenix, AZ

I like this thank you, I'll have to go see when the contest are I was not aware that so I will look it up I like to compete myself

Dec 06, 2014 04:42 AM #38
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great post Kristin, these contests do a great job of encouraging community building and better blogging.


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