The Lesson I Did Learn Earlier in My Career

Real Estate Agent with McGraw Realtors

There's a contest going on at Active Rain right now.Debbie Reynolds

You can earn an extra 1,000 bonus points for writing a blog about a Lesson you wished you had learned earlier in your career.  This contest was brought to us by the wonderful Debbie Reynolds.  You can find the original blog post here in case you want to jump in and play along.  But you'd better hurry because this contest ends tonight!

My entry for this contest is going to be a little different.

I want to tell you about a lesson I learned early in my career that was one of the best things that has happened to me in Real Estate.  And that is this.  I found Active Rain.  Now before you quit reading because that sounds all cheese ball, build yourself up garbage like, let me explain.

When I started Real Estate in 2007, the party was on.  All you had to do was to get out of bed and you were going to make money.  It was a crazy stupid time.  I came into the industry after losing my job and not wanting to move because I had kids in high school.  I remember sitting at my desk after getting my license and thinking, "Okay cool.  Now what?  I don't know what to do."  I started searching the Internet for how to sell Real Estate.  And it was then that I found this little website called Active Rain.  

I was blown away by Active Rain.  

Here there were others who were asking the same questions I was asking.  I found friends.  And I found my voice in Real Estate.  I learned how to write with clarity so that people not only read what I wrote, but that they understood what I was trying to say (most times). 

Bob StewartAt Active Rain I have been able to see what is happening in other parts of the country.  When I travel it is fun to meet up with other Rainers in other cities.  I got to meet this guy named Bob Stewart who has been huge in helping me drive my Real Estate career by learning new things and adapting to massive change in our industry.

These days I don't blog as much as I used to, but I still hang around Active Rain in the shadows.  I watch new comers to Real Estate discover this amazing place as they put on their blogging hat and start making new friends with the wonderful people who hang out here.  And I have a kiddo of my own who is in this crazy world of ours and he is now a Rainer.  And I love that.

So the lesson I learned early in my career was that Active Rain is an important place.  It gives you a voice.  And it gives you friends.  You can learn from others here.  Learn how to sell Real Estate and very quickly be visible on the Internet...all because of Active Rain.  

So thank you Active Rain.  

Thank you Bob Stewart.  And thank you to the many friends I have made here in the Rain!  If you are new here, welcome to one of the most important places you can hang out as you build your Real Estate career.  

As we like to say around here, "I'll see you in the Rain!"

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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Active Rain was a big boost to my home staging business back in 2007 when I came here too. Best yet I met great new stager friends from around the country who are still friends. We formed our Real Estate Staging Association out of people who mostly came from the rain. I feel like there is a special bond between us because we came from early on. 

Jun 29, 2016 11:57 PM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bob, ActiveRain is really a sort of real estate university.  There is so much wonderful information that members share.  Glad you found it!

Jun 30, 2016 12:44 AM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Bob - That was a great bit of fortune for you - not so much in finding AR, but in recognizing the value of what you found. I have been disappointed many times in referring new agents to AR, only to see them join and then disappear, first from AR and not too long after, from the industry.

Jun 30, 2016 05:54 AM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That's a great story and a positive lesson I think a number of us have experienced with finding AR. So many lessons we learn are uncomfortable, and even costly - nice to have one with so many rewards!


Jun 30, 2016 08:38 AM #4
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob Haywood though I joined ActiveRain much early, it took me more than 2 years to be a regular here.

And like many of us, ActiveRain has changed the way I think about this career.

Love ActiveRain...

Jun 30, 2016 03:07 PM #5
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Bob Haywood 
You certainly are right - at least - you are for me, too. Loved your post.

"I found my voice in Real Estate." [with AR]

All the best - Lynn

Jun 30, 2016 03:44 PM #6
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That wasn't cheesy at all!

I found this site right away as well, and I learned so much about how real estate works, and about issues I might encounter, and about various ways to find clients. It was truly a great thing that I found it as well so I totally get your point!

Jun 30, 2016 08:52 PM #7
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Hello Bob - shoouting or an Ambassador title,, oh you already have one  LOL - J/K - thanks for sharing your story

Jun 30, 2016 09:11 PM #8
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Bob!

Active Rain is a great place to meet others from all over the country, building great relationships as well as friendships.  We also learn from each other to improve ourselves and our businesses.  Glad to be a part of this community.


Jun 30, 2016 09:37 PM #9
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with you. I too have learned a lot from active rain. 

Jun 30, 2016 10:24 PM #10
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have to agree as well. We should never take he opportunity AR provides fro granted either.

Jun 30, 2016 11:20 PM #11
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The sharing of anything that one finds of value keeps the value going as it should. Thank you for doing your part Bob

Jun 30, 2016 11:58 PM #12
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It has been a long road for all of us--here to stay

Jul 01, 2016 12:17 AM #13
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I hear you!  I had to find a career after a very messy divorce and just moving to Arizona.  I can imagine what your world was like as mine were teenagers, too.  Good for you for sticking with it and being a success! 

Jul 01, 2016 06:31 AM #14
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I'm with you. AR changed my life. I wouldn't even be in this business today, if not for what I learned here.

Jul 01, 2016 07:40 AM #15
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