Very thankful for my ActiveRain Peeps

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I first arrived at ActiveRain by a very strange method.  I took a class in Atlanta and an agent there who picked up a card from me sent me an email and had a link to her ActiveRain profile. So I popped on and started reading a few posts of hers.  And though... .heck what a great idea.  So I set up a profile and the next day wrote my first post.  They had a questions section at the time and I was in the middle of a "real estate first" and if you're in real estate you know new problems happen ALL the time. 

I posted that I needed a contact at a lender (a bosses' bosses' boss) to help me with a problem and bam in 5 minutes I had a phone number and an email address and the help I needed.

And once upon a time I had a problem with AT&T, and it was a disaster and $4000 kind of problem and I had spent hours on the phone with them and gotten no where.  It just so happened at the time that the CEO of AR knew the CEO of AT&T and gave me his personal email.  I wrote an email and explained what had happened and his administrative assistant called me and my problem was solved.

And once upon a time I had a brand new washing machine and Sears wanted me to wait 15 days for a service appointment, my AR friends took to twitter and tagging Sears and bam, I had service in two days.

So there's all of that, which I all consider almost miraculous.

Then of course there is ... I learned the best ways to handle short sales here, I learned about the use of escalation clauses here, I learned about embedding maps here, I learned the importance of neighborhood posts here and I learned about lots of best places to share my posts here.  I've made thousands of dollars because of what I learned here over the years.

Then the most important thing... the friendships.  I've met A LOT of AR peeps in person.  I'd guestimate around 200 in total.  I've visited folks in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and even had lunch in California with a peep from Oregon who was visiting her son while I was visiting my mom in law.  I've attended Rain Camp and RETSO with AR peeps and been involved in several groups that have met both virtually and in person to share our knowledge and information that helped grow my business.  Many of those people I consider among my closest friends today.

I have had visitors in my office from AR from Alaska, Florida and North Carolina and New York.  And the back porch always will welcome any peep from ActiveRain to stop and sit a spell. And of course there will always be a beverage offered. Maybe even a meal if I have advance warning.

I have gratitude for the friendships, the information that helped my business and platform that gave me my first "blogging voice" to reach clients and the founders of the platform  and those who still maintain it today.

Comments (20)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Tammy:

Wow, the gratitude for AR and the people overflows in this post! Thank you for sharing your thanks for the November Challenge.


Nov 30, 2020 04:25 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Tammy Lankford, - I think you get the award for meaningful referrals on Active Rain.

Nov 30, 2020 04:41 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Tammy Lankford, these are a great group ActiveRain peeps.

Nov 30, 2020 05:30 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tammy:  even though your AR path was anything but typical, the connections you have made have been repeated often. 


Nov 30, 2020 05:40 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Wow Tammy Lankford, you have certainly made the most of your time in the AR community

Nov 30, 2020 06:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Tammy- I remember that your posts were some of the first I read here and always loved them. I love reading about Your Donald!  

Nov 30, 2020 06:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Tammy... you may have set the record if you've actually met some 200 people here in the Rain. I can't come close to that and doubt I ever will!

Dec 01, 2020 04:02 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I see faces that I recognize in that picture and I enjoy interacting with you in the Rain.  If you ever come to Arizona again, I hope that we will get to meet.

Dec 01, 2020 05:10 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Jeff Dowler, CRS I am so grateful.  Hopefully I can add another photo today too, I tried yesterday with no success.

Grant Schneider I think my friends get the awards for being so helpful.

John Pusa yes, and I was trying to add some other photos with no luck.


Dec 01, 2020 07:55 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Rocky Dickerson it's like that old saying, you get out what you put in...

Kathy Streib yes my Donald is now mostly Papa and he's an amazing Papa.  One day soon when his latest "saga" is finally resolved I'll have to write a members only post about it and catch you all up on my Donald.

Dec 01, 2020 07:57 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nina Hollander I've driven cross country 8 times so 16 one way trips and I have always made a point of making a plan to meet someone from AR along the way, as well as been involved in a group that met and had AR "meetups" and attended them.  But of course my travels have extended that number a LOT. And like I said, some have come to me.... At least 20 AR peeps have stopped by my office and visited.

Brian England probably some you don't as well.... some folks didn't continue on here.  Frankly I've been a slacker since my grandson was born, but that's the turn life took. I've been very busy in real estate and the time I wasn't I picked what to do and it was spend time with family no blog.  Maybe the market will slow down for the holidays and I'll post a little more.


Dec 01, 2020 08:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your positive experience as a member of ActiveRain.

Take care, be safe and enjoy the holiday season.

Dec 03, 2020 07:31 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I came across ActiveRain in much the same way. Although I haven't gotten any referrals in quite some time I still learn from this website and I have many friends that I have never met in person but I know them quite well from their blog posts

I hope you're having a great weekend Tammy Lankford, 

Dec 05, 2020 10:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love this post, Tammy but, more importantly, I love the friendship that we forged as a result of AR. I know that any time of the day or night, I can call you. Who would have ever thought this would have EVER have happened?!! 😘

Dec 16, 2020 09:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

And, I love that picture - we need to recreate that in 2021 - somewhere in the US!! I think Melissa is working on it...

Dec 16, 2020 09:04 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Debe Maxwell, CRS we definitely  do. I miss our sharing and chatting.  

Dec 16, 2020 09:50 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

❤️ Me too, Tammy! I know the others do as well - we just need to get to planning!

Dec 16, 2020 10:23 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Tammy Lankford, you are a real travelling lady. Enjoy your grand child.

Jan 04, 2021 03:08 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Just wanted to stop in and wish you a very Happy 2021, Endre

Jan 15, 2021 09:22 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m just going back into the archives and I’m very pleased to see this one again! Happy to have you in my circle too!

Jan 27, 2021 09:39 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

And we are so glad that you are here too - wishing you all the best - and lots of hugs for that new grandbaby

Jan 30, 2021 06:47 AM