Ask An Ambassador: Pay It Forward Is What We Do

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

 

Learn and climbIf you've been here any length of time you've probably noticed that ActiveRain is different than most other online places agents congregate.

I can pick any number of Facebook groups dedicated to real estate agents and most likely within 10 minutes of entering I'll regret that decision.  Too often it's just another form of political jousting.  Agree with me or you're an idiot (or worse).

Do you REALLY think a facepalm emoji response to my civil, thought out statement is the appropriate way to discuss the issue?  Another mental entry into my "that agent will never get a referral from me" list...yeah, I know it's not much of a punishment, but what are the odds that someone from my market is moving to Silicon Valley anyway??

But you step inside the ActiveRain community and you'll quickly notice a difference.  A HUGE difference.  There's a culture here that has become self-sustaining, a Pay It Forward philosophy that the vast majority of active participants get and adhere to.

Helping each other is what we do.

I can not recall EVER asking another Rainer a question or for help and not being given help.  The reason I know as much as I do is because others have helped me, and I'm more than happy to share what I've learned.

There's a trust with each other established over the years.

Other members become the Help Desk for each other for all things NOT behind the ActiveRain green curtain and beyond our technical control.

Could you imagine going on Facebook and saying I have a problem and having someone say "I need your username and password" and actually GIVING it to them? 

I wouldn't there, but I have here.  No kidding.  I've had a couple of short stints in the hospital over the last two years and I composed posts in advance and did the autoschedule.  And just in case it didn't work, I had Plan B in place with one of my Rain friends set up with my username and password to make sure that post went up if the system didn't work. Complete trust that they wouldn't mess up 8 years worth of blogging or leave a comment under my name telling someone off :)

When we learn from each other, we all gain.  I give you a technique that works for me, you share one that works in your area of the country.  Maybe neither will work in the other place, but it's surely worth evaluating isn't it?  Make the exchange often enough, lend a hand often enough and it all adds up.  We start from a higher place of capability for our clients and our business.  And that in time means more income too. 

What's not to like about operating in a Pay It Forward community like the Rain?

 

 Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz

 

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Serving others is pr0fitable in every way....

Aug 08, 2018 06:48 AM #5
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bill

It really is true. Despite griping about system issues, spam, and occasional bad behavior AR has been, ever since I started ages ago, a place where people helped each other, sometimes in very profound and significant ways, and sometimes just through a simple gesture or kind word. You can't put a price on that!

Jeff

Aug 08, 2018 07:44 AM #6
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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Liz and Bill, we are like a family and family members help each other.

Aug 08, 2018 07:48 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Does this mean you're not giving me your facebook info so I can post feminist stuff to your wall? 

Aug 08, 2018 09:22 AM #8
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz too) - even with the occasional glitch or interruption, there is something about this place that feels like "home" . 

Aug 08, 2018 09:41 AM #9
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I have given my password to Liz, many times... but Bill... I dunno, seems kinda sketchy.

Aug 08, 2018 02:12 PM #10
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The folks here are more dedicated to the professionalism of our business.  At least those that blog.  Can't speak to the members that seem to lurk solely in the Q&A.  That is an entirely different area.

Aug 08, 2018 02:57 PM #11
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill- I know that my password has been given to two trusted souls here and I've never thought twice about it. This is the most giving community I've seen. 

Aug 08, 2018 03:02 PM #12
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Hi, BLiz. 

       ActiveRain has a true "culture".  There is a bond among the ActiveRain members that simply does not exist on Twitter, or Facebook, or LinkedIn... or even among our local and state Boards and Associations.

Aug 08, 2018 03:06 PM #13
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Bill it is the very best thing about the ActiveRain community -we're truly here to help each other out. And thanks again for you help last week.! And I just posted another post with a shorten video and it was so easy peasy all because of you!

Aug 08, 2018 04:02 PM #14
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good Evening Liz and Bill Spear,

You are so right..one of the reasons I live AR..its all about the culture..most all of are professionals and we all share and pay it forward because its what we do. One of the things I love about my office..I know there are many that don't feel that way about where they work but our culture is one of ALWAYS paying it forward and the rewards are immeasurable!

Aug 08, 2018 04:03 PM #15
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I should spend a bit more time here like I did before. I miss my old AR peeps. I am still watching over the daily activities as this is where it started for me. Learning about marketing and enjoying mentorship from the very best in the country has been a very remarkable journey. I need more hours in the day to keep up with everything and retirement is on the horizon. =) My time here has been time well spent for sure!

Aug 08, 2018 05:41 PM #16
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill well said with this post, I recall quite a few years ago we were talking on the phone as you were driving home and you were trying to walk me through how to shrink photos.... that was before AR came out with a photo shrinking tool....Endre

Aug 08, 2018 05:44 PM #17
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Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Hi Bliz,  Thanks for the standing offer and I will take you up on it if I need to.  I a have asked for help and received it graciously here.  

Aug 08, 2018 05:55 PM #18
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Abby Stiller
Premier Realty Homes of SWFL - Cape Coral, FL
Real Estate Agent Serving Southwest Florida

 

Liz and Bill Spear I will always be thankful for helping me to put my map service area in my signature. Everybody here in the AR world are wonderful. I have learned a lot!

 

Aug 08, 2018 06:46 PM #19
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Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Well said, Bill. I've met some incredible people on AR, and I've communicated with many dozens more that I consider my go to people if I have a referral or a question. AR is truly a unique place to hang out. 

Aug 08, 2018 07:02 PM #20
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

AR is a wonderful place. I share things on Facebook and LinkedIn now and then - only because my son nags me to get it done.

I come here because its a warm, friendly place filled with people who seem almost like family.

Aug 08, 2018 07:37 PM #21
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's a special place we have here and the trust is strong. I know I can get help if and when I need it and I'm certainly willing to help others when I can. 

Facebook is a whole other story. I don't trust things I receive from my closest family and friends there because odds are they have been hacked,

Aug 09, 2018 06:48 AM #22
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Beverly Cannon Jones
PARKS - Hendersonville, TN
Real Estate Agent Serving Nashville, TN

Hi there:)  I'm new to the group and looking forward to participating!

Make it a great Thursday!!!

 

Aug 09, 2018 06:50 AM #23
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

This community does have a strong sense of goodwill, and seems that it is free of the lot of negativity everywhere else on the Internet.  That is a good thing. 

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