In our Active Rain forum guidelines are established to ensure as participants we represent our industry as true, transparent and professional. The very first word in our AR community guidelines is the word “RESPECT.” This is the foundation our guidelines are built on. It’s important to exhibit mutual respect for our industry, fair housing and the ActiveRain community.
Understanding our attitudes and actions towards each other will have a greater positive impact on the viewing/reading public than anything we could ever write! Liz and Bill Spear wrote a post recently: “Can you answer the Question? We often get asked the question “How is the market?” It’s knowledge of our local market, expertise and posts that we write that determines the interaction not only with the public but with other Active Rain members. It’s important to respect the writer who is talking about their local area..it may be different from yours. If open houses don’t work in your area you don’t have to comment slamming open houses the writer is discussing. Maybe its food for thought and something you might try for something new in your area. The whole premise is “I comment, you comment, we comment and the community grows."
Remembering our ideas and comments we present set the tone for the level of professionalism we exhibit. Are we tolerant of others ideas? Are we willing to learn from others? Do we show compassion? Do we know how to communicate in a professional and positive way which builds rapport and relationships with colleagues and the public? Do we remember once words leave our lips it’s like squirting out tooth paste, you can never put back in the tube! How we interact with our comments gives our readership of buyers and sellers a clue to how we operate and conduct out business.
ActiveRain is a site to learn, share and develop friendships. Reading posts from Barbara Todaro is like taking a mini course on marketing every day. In her recent Post: “Marketing a New Area/Focus on Listings/One Listing Becomes Many!!” There so many takeaways: Don’t be afraid to tackle a new area, court the buyer agents for your listings, best business practices and direct mail is not dead! What great tips if you’re open to expanding your mind with something maybe you hadn’t considered.
ActiveRain was built for a community of real estate professionals to network and create a sense of community. This is our community and it’s up to us to make it a special place. We can only reach our full potential when we all learn to consistently demonstrate mutual respect for one another.