April '22 - Success And Friendship! That's What ActiveRain Means To Me

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside

April '22 -  Success And Friendship!
That's What ActiveRain Means To Me.


Back in the Dark Ages of 2010, interesting posts from a group called ActiveRain began to show up in my reading. Looking into the community, I discovered that it actually had a phenomenal philosophical base.

The Founders offered a set of Community Guidelines for individuals within the group. In fact, right there, they spelled out good conduct and "bad" as well. Good conduct included maintaining ActiveRain as

"a place where real estate professionals can network with their peers and discuss industry insider topics. It is also a public forum where consumers can pull back the curtain and see what the real estate industry is really about.

"Because of this level of transparency and openness, ActiveRain members must remain zealous in their quest to represent our industry in as true and professional of a light as possible, for both their fellow professionals, and the consumers who access this platform."

Other unacceptable behavior could subject people to exclusion: 

"Please take these rules seriously. Don't try to look for loopholes; instead, take them to heart and respect the spirit in which they were created. We administrate this community using logic and common sense, and we will give greatest regard to the intention of the rule. If we decide to terminate your account as a result of a violation of these Community Guidelines, you will be prohibited from ever signing up for another account!"

The Founders stated their Guiding Principles and the philosophy of the organization, that is the World View or WELTANSCHAAUNG. 

"ActiveRain believes that it is in the best interests of real estate professionals to build a community that is focused on educating one another. ActiveRain believes its future depends on members of all experience levels openly sharing their experiences and best practices with others in the field. This communal dialogue offers a unique opportunity for professional growth and is the way to share in the dynamism and excitement that constitutes the modern real estate business."

Building any structure requires a strong  foundation. ActiveRain Founders provided that for us.


Learning more and more about real estate on ActiveRain led to my enjoyment and enjoying my work led on to success. Meeting Clients and Support Professionals over the years made everything that much better.

Getting to know others from all parts of the USA and Canada broadened my horizons and increased my knowledge. I am proud to call many ActiveRain Bloggers actual friends.

Over the years, as I traveled, I would contact people in those cities to see if we could get together when I was in their area. In fact, I started an AR Group called AR-Ups so others could share their travels! 

Met people when in Boston, California, North Carolina,  and even Hawai'i! Also at our wonderful Atlanta Airport as AR members had connecting flights. Lately, I have met other members who even stayed at my home!

Every photo in my collage is the holder of many stories. In fact, I could have done an additional 50 collages and still had people and their stories left over! 

THANKS ActiveRain!

Comments (17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lynn - ActiveRain is a continuing education in so many different aspects of real estate like nothing else I have experienced.  

Apr 30, 2022 10:26 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think that might be the case but then again I second-guess myself  lik everybody else’s

Apr 30, 2022 11:01 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I do agree with the continuing education analogy because there’s so much to be pulled out and gotten from regarding any subject at all

Apr 30, 2022 11:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Lynne! Every member has a great story, don't they? I can't imagine where my business would have been without AR. Friendship & success are the foundation on which this platform was built - and what it means to me too! 

Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge. Stay tuned for a wonderful challenge, hosted by Kathy & Carol for May! I hope you'll participate in that one too.

Apr 30, 2022 11:29 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There’s a great diversity of opinion on here from traditional business to the art and philosophy end of things as well

Apr 30, 2022 11:45 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

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

May 01, 2022 04:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynn. So many participants, so little time. Thanks for you contributions to the platform. Enjoy your day.

May 01, 2022 05:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love your photos! Thank you for sharing your thoughts of ActiveRain!

May 01, 2022 05:55 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I have ever read the guidelines but I think I have behaved myself over the years, for the most part, haha.

May 01, 2022 06:28 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Brian England 
If I may say so, it is not about "behaving" but about deepening your own understanding of the foundations of the community.
* That's why when people join, one requirement (more in breach than observance) is that the new Member read both the Community Guidelines and the  WELTANSCHAAUNG. 
* Give them a try... You will find them in concert with your life views as you've expressed them over the years I've listened to you on AR.  Lynn

May 02, 2022 02:33 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Hello  Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727  You are such a force on AR learned so much on your contest every January . Still looking for our ice cream picture .GREAT POST 

May 01, 2022 07:51 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn if the answer someone is looking for is about Real Estate it can be found here in on ActiveRain.

May 01, 2022 01:58 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lynn, great post, and amazing how many AR members we can actually call friends! 

May 01, 2022 04:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lynn- I have to say that I miss your challenge that you used to have at the first of the year that focused on the Community Guidelines and Weltanschauung. thank you for the dedication you have to this platform. 

May 01, 2022 06:20 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Kathy Streib 
I am very flattered by your kind comments!
Thanks - Lynn

May 02, 2022 02:26 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Lynn,
What a ride this AR journey has been. My first recollection of you was as the leader of the WELTANSCHAAUNG. Challenge.  I think that was an awesome thing to immerse the AR members into the Founders purpose of the community. It was brilliant really. 

I am so honored to be among your collage of memories. 

Sorry I had to bug out of the session early yesterday. I had a follow-up eye appointment for my secondary cataract procedure.  All is well.  That said, I'm going to work on keeping my inbox under control!  Thank you for inviting Greg to be our presenter. 

May 04, 2022 06:20 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Carol Williams 
Hope this next trip is wonderful!
And, thanks for all the kind words above!
All the best - Lynn

May 09, 2022 12:07 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Carol Williams 
I think the photos of you and Virginia together came out great! 
Take care - Lynn

May 09, 2022 06:03 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Clearly, Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, you have gained a great deal from your participation in Active Rain over the years. And...you have added value to be shared by AR members and you continue to do so.

May 22, 2022 12:26 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

John Juarez 
How kind of you! 
Hope you enjoyed your weekend.
Have a great week ahead, Lynn

May 22, 2022 05:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I haven't seen you on here lately. You are missed! Hope you are doing well!

Jul 20, 2022 02:32 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Kat Palmiotti Missing all of you as well. Lynn

Jul 21, 2022 09:28 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Happy Birthday Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 !

Sep 11, 2022 06:25 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 
Have always hoped that one time I am in Boston visiting family I would have some opportunity to meet you. Have learned a lot from you over the years. Stay well - Lynn

Sep 11, 2022 05:44 PM