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we're going to get thereWe've been members of this community since August 30, 2006.  Now we promptly went AWOL after joining and didn't come back for 3 years. 

After that, it took a bit to fully buy in, but once we did a commitment was made.

Why did it take so long?

There's a host of the usual reasons/excuses.  Too busy (and this was before Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social media outlet was sucking up our time).  Knew we should blog, but just didn't make the time.  We had other irons in the fire.  You know the drill!

But ultimately what got us to engage?  The helpfulness of this community.

Here's my perceived reality.  I can take plenty of online C.E. classes and learn very little.  Often just a necessary digital hurdle to keep my licenses active.  Don't mistake that for thinking I don't find value in continuous learning because I do.  And that's where this community comes in.

Here's where I find the resources that actually help me in a day to day practical way.

There are many very smart people in this community tuned in to the latest shiny gizmos & techniques and they're willing to share what they know. 

From there, I can assess what makes sense for me and what doesn't make sense.

And if I don't understand something, it's just a matter of asking.  I have NEVER in my entire time here not had someone willing to help when asked.  From the simple things like how to add a link in a post all the way to the complexities of setting up our WordPress site, there's always been someone here to lend a hand when I asked. 

Frankly, there are many here that operate as an unpaid ActiveRain support desk.   It's not an Ambassador thing, but a Rainer thing.  People that understand the Pay It Forward mentality of this community get the importance of helping each other out.

We have quite a few resources here, and a lot of posts written that can be retrieved with a few clicks.  Step by step tutorials, advice on what to write, SEO advice, etc. and etc. and etc. 

Need help?  Just ask!  We're here every day :)



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

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz 


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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

"No one is as smart as everyone."
I'm glad you're here!!

Apr 09, 2019 05:23 PM #1
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I am with you, my brutha!  I can't tell you how many CE classes I've attended and been bored to death, and learned very little, if anything.

I learn something new, here, almost everytime I step through the digital door... nowhere more than in your house.

Apr 09, 2019 07:08 PM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

That’s all it takes is to just ask and be open to receiving criticism and help and also trust yourself to know the difference between good criticism and bad.

Apr 09, 2019 11:21 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Alan May A lot of people who organize this stuff don’t look at every map and women in the audience and say, “Would I enjoy this?”

Apr 09, 2019 11:23 PM #4
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Amazing people are here in the rain. The knowledge and experience shared is priceless... you cant put a price on it! Add humor and friendship and it is a true daily happening!  Pretty special group of people who would never have met without Active Rain...

Apr 10, 2019 12:15 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I agree. There is a huge wealth of both knowledge and willingness to share here. I've learned a lot!

Apr 10, 2019 03:09 AM #6
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

If I have a question, I go to Q&A and get immediate responses.  Not only are we here every day... there is almost always someone here at any given moment, just waiting to be helpful. 

Apr 10, 2019 04:16 AM #7
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I remember trying to negotiate the monthly fee at first and being told of the value here and having nothing to say after that.Why? Its true! Paid my bill!

Apr 10, 2019 06:45 AM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Bliz - BINGO! The helpfullness of the community has been and still is tremendous over the years.  You personally have solved some of my techie issues and I thank you for that!

Apr 10, 2019 11:52 AM #9
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hip Hip Hooray for AR!  YES it is about the people here more than anything else and we share your bottom line view.  Thanks to all for helping out on several issues I have had!

Apr 10, 2019 06:06 PM #10
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

One of the things I like most about AR is the wealth of knowledge found here. If one person can't help you with something, they usually point you to someone who can and that is priceless. It doesn't stop online, either...I have had many phone calls and emails offline with members who have either helped me out or, like today, who I was able to help...not to mention the support provided when dealing with personal issues, large and small.


Apr 10, 2019 07:10 PM #11
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was inspired to become an instructor and write state approved classes in my state because of AR.  I knew there was stuff to be learned here.

Apr 10, 2019 07:41 PM #12
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Bliz - you spoke the truth - I've learned so much here on Active Rain, and the relationship that have flourished are priceless.

Apr 10, 2019 08:03 PM #13
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Active Rain is a unique place in the world. I can't think of anywhere else where "competitors" come together in this way to help each other grow and learn. On top of that, the friendly interaction and the long-distance friendships formed are priceless.

Like you, I joined and then wandered off. I'm SO glad I wandered back.

Apr 10, 2019 08:10 PM #14
Anne Edwards Johnson
JP and Associates - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260

Great Post.  Question? How do I post a question?  Is there a category for that.  I have sent a few emails to admin to help with the side bar on my page....but no answers yet.  There are some, like me, who tune in daily but don't know the proper way to  post questions. 

Apr 10, 2019 08:44 PM #15
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I just wish there werr more hours in a day!  I try to get on AR every single day to get my "fix".  I feel like I have made a handful of friends here that I could call on and they would know who I am and we would be available to help one another any way we can. Thank you!!!  

Apr 11, 2019 12:02 AM #16
Kris Collis
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Buy & Sell with Professional Results you Expect

Thanks for this post, Liz and Bill, could not have said it better.  AR is the go-to place for some of the best real estate minds in the country.  Here are the smart colleagues who also take time to share.  What a gift.

Apr 11, 2019 01:02 AM #17
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

Thank you for the frank delivery of this information.

Apr 11, 2019 09:30 AM #18
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Bill,

I've always felt like I'm taking a mini education class each day reading posts in the Rain. My life has been turned upside down right now but I still when I can try and keep up. Thank you for all that you do for this is most appreciated.

Apr 11, 2019 06:27 PM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I kept scrolling down to the end and as I did so, suddenly your map shrunk down to Cuba and I thought to myself, "Oh, Liz and Bill sell real estate in Cuba, too?" OK, not really, I just wondered why the map shrunk, but I obviously must have touched it with my mouse while scrolling.

However, I always find somebody on the Rain to help when I have a question. And vice versa, anybody can pick up the phone and call me, if they know my phone number, heh, heh.

Apr 12, 2019 07:13 PM #20
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