So Many Reasons to Be Thankful for ActiveRain

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cam Realty and Property Management

So Many Reasons to Be Thankful for ActiveRain

I’ve read some great posts from other members on the subject, I don’t think I can measure up. It is not that easy to list only five reasons why I am grateful for ActiveRain, reasons are plenty!

When I joined this wonderful platform, I had no idea what it was about so I spent months lurking around until I didn’t. One of the first members I followed was Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker , I probably read every single post she wrote. I know how it is to be a newbie on a platform as large as ActiveRain, my advice to all newbies is not to wait too long but jump right in.

ActiveRain is my safe place in the virtual world. I know this is a place where I can learn and share freely. Sadly, I can’t say the same about other platforms. I know we’ve had some challenges but glad to see that’s almost behind us.

When I was very new to blogging, I attended almost all webinars via ActiveRain University and learned a ton. The learning hasn’t stopped and never will. The best way to learn is from other professionals.
I can’t go without mentioning some of the members who inspired me then and still do;


Michael Jacobs with his market reports as well as pondering posts. He makes me stop for a few minutes and think...great things happen when you start thinking.
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP her posts are written from her heart and very passionate regardless of what she writes about.
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist , I just LOVE her! She’s very knowledgeable, funny, easy to talk to.
Brian England, his smile is contagious. I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person but I can just tell he would be a great friend.
Endre Barath, I appreciate his upfront and honest approach to everything. He’s not one who will hide his words, I have the utmost respect for that. I love his random pictures from his drives, his fur babies, and of course his food.
Ron and Alexandra Seigel, although they specialize in luxury marketing, we can apply what they share with us to any market, any price range. Even if you are here just for entertainment, just follow them and enjoy the beautiful photos they share with us.
Oh goodness, my list can go on and on. I am grateful to all ActiveRain members, especially the ones I interact with more regularly, you are my cherished friends.

As a REALTOR®, we look for business and work hard to obtain it. I am so grateful for all the referrals I have received from ActiveRain. Some of the clients I received through ActiveRain referrals have become my friends, that’s priceless.

Another perk is the online presence thanks to ActiveRain. I can’t tell you how many calls I received from my blog posts. Just an example, I listed two homes in a subdivision in Clermont from my market update posts. If you think blogging won’t bring you any business, think again.

Jeff Dowler, thank you for hosting this great contest. It was an honor to meet you in person several years ago, hope to see you again in person.

So Many Reasons to Be Thankful for ActiveRain


Comments (34)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jeff Dowler, CRS You inspire me just as much most of the time I am on here and I’m very thankful for having you in my virtual life, Jeff! Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 19, 2020 10:43 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Beth Atalay what a nice narrative giving ActiveRain a shout out.... enjoyed reading it.

Nov 20, 2020 02:52 AM
Beth Atalay

Thank you so much Barbara Todaro

Nov 20, 2020 05:58 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such kindness you always show to me and others in the Rain!  I still hope that we will eventually get to meet in person!

Nov 20, 2020 03:59 AM
Beth Atalay

I hope so too Brian England

Nov 20, 2020 05:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Beth... like you, I lurked for a long time in AR before taking the plunge. Once I took that plunge and honed my skills... those who I thought were intimidating didn't seem so any more.

Nov 20, 2020 04:12 AM
Beth Atalay

Good morning Nina Hollander, I am blessed to call you my friend. I hope we can meet in person one day.

Nov 20, 2020 05:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful "thank you to ActiveRain" post! There certainly are a lot of benefits from participating in this community!

Nov 20, 2020 05:10 AM
Beth Atalay

Thanks Kat Palmiotti

Nov 20, 2020 05:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Atalay - Thank you, for the lovely words you shared about me. The honor to know you is all mine. Congratulations on the FEATURE but my sentiments go deeper. I remember the very first time we talked by phone, you gave me the confidence of knowing I was speaking to a true professional, one with heart and soul. In other words, you impressed me. Then, as time went by and every year that followed, your blog posts, comments to other bloggers, and additional conversations between us solidified just how real and special you are.  Plus, you're an incredible BROKER. I'm sure your success rests largely because you're approachable, knowledgeable, compassionate and not a doormat. In other words, I feel confident in saying you consistently prove that you are trustworthy and you operate your business best practices with integrity.

As far as lurking around AR goes, I'm going to be bold enough to say at minimum 80% of the members did the same. For me, RAINCAMP helped, but what helped even more were those meet-ups like you shared in this blog post. Wasn't it refreshing to meet other agents locally and those who drove the distance? I recognize all the ladies in your photograph, except the man.

Also, I remember the blog posts I read after your meet-up and dinner in Orlando as a result of the CRS members' Sellabration event years ago with AR Members such as Jeff Dowler, CRS and Debe Maxwell, CRS.  To be honest,  reading blog posts and comments about what a success Sellabration was because of how welcomed you made everyone in that group feel, is the reason why I was determined to achieve my CRS (RRC) Designation just to visit with you, Debe, Jeff and all the other great leaders in the industry and members of AR, plus receive the best education too. 

My good fortune from being motivated by that blog post you wrote about 4 years ago led to a future Sellebrations in Dallas, Jeff, Debe, Sylvia Duke and others. It was wonderful! However, I was hoping  you would have been there. Someday, if we meet, I think I would recognize you right away and we wouldn't feel like we were talking to a stranger.

Thank you, Beth for being the special gift you are here on ActiveRain and in life! 

Nov 20, 2020 05:24 AM
Beth Atalay

Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, your kind words made me cry. The local meet-ups were great, I hope we can go back to them sometime soon. We have awesome members on this platform and blessed to have met them even if it's virtual. 

Nov 20, 2020 05:56 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Beth Atalay and Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Love when members share their appreciation of each other. Now we have both of you in happy tears!

Nov 20, 2020 03:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You see, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - THIS is what you do - you spread goodwill and kindness everywhere you go! You are truly a blessing to all of us here in the Rain. Simply put, you make people's days - you make our hearts smile! ❤️ ☔️ 😘  

Nov 20, 2020 06:08 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debe Maxwell, CRS and Beth Atalay - Between the two of you, I just turned into a bawl baby and I'm not even exposed to onions right now! 

I closed my eyes for a second for two and imagined I'm holding hands with a circle of friends here on ActiveRain. If you felt a little squeeze, it was my hand squeezing yours. 

Nov 20, 2020 08:26 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Beth Atalay - this has been a great platform for me as well and one of the benefits was also getting to know you. 

Nov 20, 2020 06:28 AM
Beth Atalay

Likewise Grant Schneider. I never would've thought I would gain so many great virtual friends when I first joined ActiveRain. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for the mention in your lovely post.  We follow all the people you have mentioned and enjoy them.  You are on my list of people I want to meet.  We have been to Florida more times than any other state and only once to Orlando for a NAR meeting.  Hopefully, next time, we will be closer to your area.  Happy Friday...A

Nov 20, 2020 07:05 AM
Beth Atalay

I would love to meet you in person Ron and Alexandra Seigel, you two are an asset to this community. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:43 AM
Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS
Bailey Properties, Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area

Now more than ever is the time for an attitude of gratitude ...


Nov 20, 2020 07:33 AM
Beth Atalay

That's a true statement Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS 

Nov 23, 2020 05:42 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Beth and you have alot to be grateful for.  I hope to meet you sometime if I make it down to St. Agustine and fly into Orlando.


Nov 20, 2020 10:02 AM
Beth Atalay

Hi Will Hamm, I hope our lives will go back to normal and we can freely travel soon. Hope to meet you in person. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:42 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Beth Atalay  You are so right there are just so many reasons to be thankful for Active Rain and you are one of them always so sweet and kind. So glad this post was Featured 

Nov 20, 2020 01:19 PM
Beth Atalay

Thank you so much for your kind words Hannah Williams, I appreciate it. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:41 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

"The learning hasn’t stopped and never will."

This sentiment is so true. When we stop learning, we lose traction and are passed by those who continue to learn and grow. AR and it members provide a great place to continue our learning.

Nov 20, 2020 05:06 PM
Beth Atalay

We are so lucky to be part of this great platform where members are always sharing their knowledge.

Nov 23, 2020 05:40 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm thankful you found this place and became part of my network.  There is a very happy family in Winter Park, FL right now because of us knowing each other through this place.

Nov 20, 2020 05:37 PM
Beth Atalay

Good morning Chris Ann Cleland, thanks to your referral, we became friends, gone out to eat a few times, I was honored to attend a few birthday parties at their home. Truly a beautiful family. Thank you! 

Nov 23, 2020 05:40 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth what a lovely post and I am honored and humbled that you mentioned me, I cherish the two phone calls we had about one of the Active Rain people you mentioned, you are probably one of the most caring individuals I had the pleasure of connecting with all thanks to Active Rain...Endre

Nov 20, 2020 09:52 PM
Beth Atalay

You're too kind Endre Barath, Jr., I hope we can meet in person one day. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:38 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Continually learning here is a great asset as you describe.

Nov 21, 2020 07:29 AM
Beth Atalay

Lyn Sims, indeed it is. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Beth Atalay ,

What a worthy post to be featured! Loved the post and so glad you found Active Rain and became a part of this network. I often feel like I'm taking mini courses each day when reading posts..always something of value and something to learn.

Nov 21, 2020 07:38 AM
Beth Atalay

Good morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, this platform is a great place to learn, share and be inspired.

Nov 23, 2020 05:37 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

There is so much to be grateful for from AR, I follow all those you mention and for many of the same reasons. This is a wonderful place.

Nov 21, 2020 10:22 AM
Beth Atalay

It truly is a great place Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Nov 23, 2020 05:36 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Beth,

I was reading your post and felt like I know all the people mentioned. What a great company to have. I agree, the market reports are bringing business, especially if they are focused on one area and consistent.

Nov 21, 2020 06:27 PM
Beth Atalay

Hi Steffy Hristova, we are one big family here in ActiveRain. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:36 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great post Beth! Active rain has meant so much to me! I don't write much because of poor writing skills. I have learned so much here. I am most thankful for Barbara Todaro! I have learned soooo mucfrom her! Thank you Barbara!

Nov 22, 2020 08:14 AM
Beth Atalay

Good morning Tom Bailey, we're our own worst critic, I say, go ahead and write if that's what you like to do. We all learned a lot from Barbara Todaro.   

Nov 23, 2020 05:35 AM