25 Things To Do When ActiveRain Is Out Of Sorts

Reblogger Gabe Sanders
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

The "Rain" appears to be back to normal again.  But, if things get wonky again, here are some good tips for the Rain addicted members to do while waiting for the platform to come up again:


Original content by Liz and Bill Spear SAL.2002007747

So you're trying to get your ActiveRain fix and the site's not cooperating?  Login glitching, or just really slow, or the raincoat Chihuahua is FIERCE?

Look I love ActiveRain just as much as most members after all my years here, but I'm also a practical engineer.  If I'm getting an obstacle here that I can't fix, well frankly my time to waste is pretty much nonexistent.

So what to do instead?  We're real estate agents, so chances are there is NO shortage of things we COULD be doing!

1.  Pet the dog or cat.  You're stressing because you can't get your fix?  Studies show that your pet can help calm you.

2.  Get to work on YOUR own site.  We don't own ActiveRain and MOST of us probably don't pay a dime, so for those of us on a free account...quit yer beefin' and get to work on something you can control:  your own site.

3.  Create ANOTHER custom IDX search page.

4.  Do #3 again.  And again.   And again.....

5.  Call/text a past client to chat.  A little top of mind is rarely a bad thing.

6.  Review your listings (especially if they're not selling).  Is there a data glitch in the way?  Time for a new picture?  New marketing remarks?  Time to have that pricing conversation ONE MORE TIME?

7.  Go visit a new construction community or two or three.  My personal experience is building a relationship with the builder might just save you a paycheck when one of your buyers walks in without warning you first.  And buyers love new construction don't they?  So it pays to know it.

8.  Work on your next snail mail mailing if that's part of your marketing.  If not, you might want to spend a few minutes checking out EDDM to see if it's a good fit for you.

9.  Got Continuing Ed coming up?  Knock out an hour or three of online training.

10.  Go take some pictures.  Blogs need pix, and having your own is great.

11.  Run your numbers for your next market report.  You know how often I get to talk about information I gained by writing my market reports?  FREQUENTLY!

12.  Run another search for that buyer prospect you just got.  And maybe try a different approach instead of the standard approach in case a data glitch is "hiding" the perfect home.

13.  Clean up your email Inbox.  You just might find a prospect you forgot to follow up with and maybe it's not too late to save them.

14.  You a door knocker?  Knock.

15.  Read your local newspaper/website.  You might find out about a new subdivision you didn't know was coming.

16.  Google yourself.  What's coming up?  Any surprises that need fixed?

17.  Write a blog post in Word or whatever your method is so it's ready when AR is back to normal.

18.  Check the Facebook referral sites for your location.  Your location not up?  See any locations for some of your ActiveRain friends?  Give 'em the nod.

19.  Go down the rabbit hole of a real estate themed Facebook page.  It MIGHT be useful, or you might run away screaming.

20.  You recruit other agents?  Reach out to someone you think would be a great fit for your team or office.

21.  Just go do something you enjoy.  Doesn't have to be real estate related.  A refreshed you is a better performing you.

22.  Organize your office. 

23.  Call one of your ActiveRain friends (but remember the time zone differences!). 

24.  Try to change someone's political opinion (and THAT could keep you busy for the rest of your life).

25.  Send Bob Stewart 25 emails asking "Is it fixed yet??!"


See....there is plenty of things you could be doing, and that wasn't even a complete list :)

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

You can pout or....find a way to be productive !

Jan 19, 2018 02:45 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, Gabe, for sharing this reblog selection.

Jan 19, 2018 03:34 AM #2
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Excellent choice for a reblog, Gabe. The frustration that arises when AR is out of sorts is that we often waste time  not understanding what is happening, why it's happening, or if it's happening just to us personally. It's the initial waste of time that is so annoying... it's not like I don't have other things to do. If AR would send out an announcement saying "we have problems, come back later," I would do that and not lose time.

Jan 19, 2018 04:28 AM #3
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gabe Sanders ,

This was a great choice to re-blog. With the many wonky days we have experienced in the rain these are great tips!

Jan 19, 2018 05:42 AM #4
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Nice repost for I didn't notice things being off here. Have been struggling with a couple personal issues. cheers cvc

Jan 19, 2018 08:36 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great tips and we all know that it is not a matter of if things will go wonky again in the Rain, but when, haha.

Jan 19, 2018 08:44 AM #6
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, LOL, missed this one.  When we only have the morning to get AR stuff done, it throws our schedule off.  I just waited, and did some stuff in the evening.

Jan 19, 2018 01:28 PM #7
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Gabe Sanders great list of tips for while waiting for ActiveRain.

Jan 19, 2018 03:28 PM #8
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Haha! Love this reblog. Missed it the first time. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 19, 2018 03:32 PM #9
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

This was a great choice for a reblog Gabe Sanders several wonderful suggestions on filling Rain downtime

Jan 19, 2018 08:48 PM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my re-blog.

Feb 06, 2018 06:39 AM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for your comments. It’s always good to hear from you.

Feb 06, 2018 06:39 AM #12
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