Active Rain Is A Community That Became a Family!

Real Estate Agent with United Real Estate Dallas TREC# 0544069

Active Rain is a unique community of real estate professionals energized by the knowledge and creativity of its members. With a few key strokes, members engage with each other twenty-four hours a day. Although Active Rain was built for community, I consider us more of an online family.


Members absorb positive energy from upbeat Rainers. After a frustrating day in the trenches, readers search for articles written by community members who have lived through similar situations. In the Rain it is clear that real life as a Realtor is definitely stranger than fiction.


Bloggers have fun on the Active Rain platform. How many times have you come upon an entertaining post written with a keen sense of humor? Comments pile up like a feeding frenzy. Rainers love to join the fun, with responses representative of our colorful personalities.


Members are always up for the challenge of improving the day of other community members and putting smiles on faces. We cajole writers who leave a wake of grouchy comments into a better frame of mind, by writing something positive. We console our friends who are enduring personal loss or health issues, by acknowledging their concern, frustration, or pain. We send private emails and make personal phone calls to those who need to know that we care about our online family. Simply put, we are genuinely there for each other.


Rainers celebrate the success of other members. We share weddings and the birth of children and grandchildren. We help each other reach a new point level and share in the excitement of the moment. We love to share the good times!


We have gone beyond community to become an online family!



Posted by

 Sharon Parisi,  Realtor®

Helping Dallas area buyers and sellers meet their real estate needs


United Real Estate

Comments (16)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sharon what a great way to describe it, I hope the new ownership will not want to break up the family. To me the most value I get is the relationships I build... hope others feel the same way, Endre

Jan 26, 2016 04:23 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharon. Your title caught my attention and your post is very true. We are an online family.

Jan 26, 2016 10:39 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Endre, I agree with you completely.  The free flow of information and ideas is nourished by our connections to others on this site.

Jan 26, 2016 11:28 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Sharon indeed so! I have felt this way for many years. ActiveRain is our online family that keeps on giving in so many ways! I've met with many rainers over the years and we spend quality offline time together too!  That's a gift!

Jan 26, 2016 11:59 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

It's the truth!  I consider AR a family and feel very lucky to have become part of it.

Jan 27, 2016 04:09 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Anna, I agree.  I love the offline time, as well!

Jan 27, 2016 05:42 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sharon, I look forward to reading and commenting on posts every day.

Jan 27, 2016 05:44 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sheila, I love that we can bounce ideas off one another.

Jan 27, 2016 05:46 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Sharon Parisi , Very nice blog showing what Active rain has to offer and a family as well.

Jan 27, 2016 07:12 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Larry,  the Active Rain community rallies around those in need in record time with short notice which qualifies it for family status.

Jan 27, 2016 02:02 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's really quite amazing.

Jan 27, 2016 04:50 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Georgie, well said!  I believe it's amazing due to the outstanding professionals attracted to the concept of Active Rain.

Jan 28, 2016 06:14 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Sharon Parisi You have nailed it with this post.  I believe it's a community of like-minded professionals who are always there to help when you need it - an "online family."  It's an amazing group of people and I'm thrilled to be part of it.

Jan 30, 2016 08:37 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Elyse, I agree with you.  I feel fortunate that I was introduced to this platform by Lorrie Semler.

Feb 01, 2016 01:05 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Sharon, I don't think there's anything to've said it all. I joined back in 2009 not knowing what to expect, but certainly not what it turned out to be! A place where friendships are formed, business connections made, knowledge is willingly shared and gained and ultimately the consumer benefits. I think for all these reasons it always needed to be "ActiveRain" and would not have continued to grow or succeed if associated with Zillow or Trulia.

Feb 07, 2016 10:43 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Nick, you have made the best point of all.  In the end the consumer benefits!

Feb 08, 2016 04:00 AM