Ringing and Singing in the Rain - Jon Kolsky

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

So I know I am a little late to the party, but after an incredibly busy January I wanted to jump in on the Ringing and Singing in the Rain contest being put on by Debbie ReynoldsDeciding who would be my first call was an easy choice.  

My pick was Jon Kolsky. He was the first member here on Active Rain who reached out to me through email and text after I had first joined. Being a newbie he helped me navigate through the many questions I had when I joined the Active Rain community.  I learned so many things about Jon during our conversation which lasted over an hour but seemed like much less time than that.

Jon made a decision in 2010 to take the step in his career to launch an online internet presence. His first step was to sign up through Zillow as one of their preferred agents. He sought to receive lead generation and to blog content to help people in his local market gain tips and understanding of real estate related topics.  His experience there did not end up being what he had hoped for and he quickly found himself frustrated and a little discouraged.  It was during this phase he was introduced to Active Rain.  

Despite being a little jaded by his first online experience he gave Active Rain a try and found he had a much better experience. His goal and desire to put out relevant content to help the public gain insight and understanding into his local market was quickly reached. He found himself learning from the other members blogs, and was quickly embraced into the Active Rain community.  The most exciting result, however, was he found his voice though writing and fell in love with the process. Writing was a foreign method of communicating for Jon when he first started his online journey.  It took him a little while to warm up to the process but five years after joining, Jon now has 59 featured blogs and remains a strong presence here in the AR community.  

He is now taking his real estate career to the next level and testing for his Brokers License. Anyone that knows Jon knows that he will be a knowledgeable and caring mentor for any agents that would be lucky enough to hang their license under him.

Any new members that are looking for help should not hesitate to contact Jon. He is a great and friendly resource to go to.  As for those home buyers or sellers looking for assistance with any real estate needs in the Long Beach area, Jon Kolsky is your man!


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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Nicole that is a beautiful statement about your experience in talking with Jon Kolsky . It is heart warming how these friendships have become more intense by putting a voice to a blog or a comment.

Cool blog and right on to you and Jon. I really get a good feeling by reading this.

Jan 30, 2015 10:24 AM #1
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ~ with your busy schedule I was pleasantly surprised to receive your call today! As you know I love what the Rain stands for. We learn here, we grow here, and we help each other out. & not only do I enjoy the back and forth online connection but also I enjoy connecting with Rainers offline too! Your call was no exception.... So, thanks for the amazing post and thanks for the call, you are awesome

Jan 30, 2015 10:29 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

What a wonderful write up on Jon. I have followed him for some time, and got to actually meet him IRL at a meetup in Orange County last year which was terrific. I have a great deal of respect for what Jon and what he stands for in his blogs and in real life.


Jan 30, 2015 10:33 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nicole- that's great that you reached out to Jon.  He is a sincere gentleman.   I've spoken to him once before and he is what you read in his post. 

Jan 30, 2015 10:39 AM #4
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

What a great shout out to Jon. I've been a follower for a long time. He is a valuable asset to the community.

Jan 30, 2015 11:02 AM #5
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Nicole, nice shout-out to Jon. I've always found Jon's posts encouraging. Good job.

Jan 30, 2015 11:12 AM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I remember the first person who reached out to me here too.  That's a special connection in the rain.

Jan 30, 2015 11:32 AM #7
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Jon is a great contributer to our community and he was a great choice for you to reach out to.  Well done!

Jan 30, 2015 11:41 AM #8
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

Nice choice to Ring Jon.  He comes across in his posts as a very warm and genuine gentleman.  Glad to know it's all true!

Jan 30, 2015 11:48 AM #9
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert  - I am glad that you got a chance to reach Jon and share with us. He seems like a valuable member of ActiveRain!

Jan 30, 2015 02:45 PM #10
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Nicole. Good to hear and see that you had a chance to reach out to Jon and share some information with us. Thank you.

Jan 30, 2015 05:26 PM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Brokers exams are not easy but I'm sure he'll do just fine.  I've seen his name but have never read one of his posts.  Think I'll go take a look and see what he has to say

Jan 30, 2015 07:53 PM #12
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I've spoken to Jon several times, but it's been a while.  You made a great connection.

Jan 30, 2015 08:27 PM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Nicole This is a terrific post about a good guy. I follow Jon too.

Jan 30, 2015 09:43 PM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

He is a class act, and I'm also a follower. Busy schedules make it tough to get everything done on our lists.  Glad you chose Jon. Have a great day, Nicole. 

Jan 31, 2015 01:08 AM #15
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

You picked a nice guy to contact..... Jon Kolsky brings much to the AR family.

Jan 31, 2015 01:46 AM #16
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Nicole,

What a great write-up on Jon.  This contest has been so much fun, learning even more about our fellow Rainers.

Jan 31, 2015 02:02 AM #17
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Nicole, there have been several Rainers who reached out to talk with Jon during this contest. He is very passionate and finding his "voice" with the written word, seemed quite natural...it was just waiting for him to find it!

Lovely that you two connected and that he's been a mentor. I'm a follower of both of you!

Jan 31, 2015 06:56 AM #18
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Nicole, Jon Kolsky is one of our passionate guys in the Rain. He is passionate about everything he does and and especially ActiveRain.

Feb 04, 2015 09:52 PM #19
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