What is Active Rain That is the Question

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

What does Active rain mean to me that is the Question!  How can I answer that as it is part of my daily life?. There were days that I felt as if Active Rain was the Real Estate Company I worked for because I learned more when I log into this platform than going to a Real Estate Office. The agents and people here taught me so much. How to Blog and get to the people I wanted to reach on the internet. The long tail and short tail and just how to use them in a post. I went to Rain Camps and met fascinating people that knew me and I knew from blogging. We learned even more technology and even more importantly made friends with the same interests. I met Ed Silva, Bob Stewart , Ben Kinney and Patricia Kennedy with her side kick Cindy Jones plus Brad Andersohn what a knowledgeable group  

Years went by and times changed. My blogging had paid off. My phone was ringing and buyers and sellers called me from my posts . Today I still get calls from posts that I might have written on an area from years past. I am so grateful for all I have learned. Pick an area and farm it. Write about, talk about a section. Tell  the people what it is like to live there. The schools in the area, where to eat and shop be the local expert.  Yes of course you want to let people know about the sales and solds too. You may even want to do charts . Our friend Liz and Bill Spear  showed us how to embed maps in our posts making it stand out even more. You may even want to follow up with a mailer as our friend Barbara Todaro  would say also Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 in NY and my guru Jeff Dowler, CRS taught me so much  

During Covid My State of Pennsylvania was shut down. Real estate was  not essential  from March until May we were shut down. I also could not log into AR but saw an email there was going to be a ZOOM meets. You have no idea how amazing that was. To see and talk to so many of my Active Rain friends. I was in lock down and to see and talk to my blog friends wow for a whole hour.

Zoom became a weekly session we have speakers every week All these people are so important to me. Everyone works so hard to talk with someone to speak and teach on these sessions. I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate all who attend and take part in these meetings  George Souto who reminds us each Sunday and Brian England indoors or outdoors . What is the question how much does Active Rain mean well we just took a class and were certified CSI designation I will would say we have come a long way baby. It is even recognized by NAR

How can I mention everyone without leaving someone out ? I have made so many important friendships that I treasure. Like Elyse Berman, PA who, after years of friendship found out she walked her dog with my brother in law such a small world after all. Kathy Streib  called me every day to see how I was after my eye surgery . Endre Barath, Jr. Who comments on all my Instagram posts. Let's not forget Debe Maxwell, CRS as we both love each others accent . Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS and Will Hamm and Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 cannot find the giant ice cream cone photo blog Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 when you call her on the radio she will talk to right away so be prepared. I have pondered Michael Jacobs and Ron and Alexandra Seigel  if I did not mention you, please forgive me oops Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker and Myrl Jeffcoat and my sista Carol Williams , Nina Hollander, Broker   They are what Active Rain means always there OMG Craig Daniels 

Carol Williams and me at The Three Monkeys on the Famous Road Trip 

carol and Hannah

Active Rain  forever friends and family plus so much more!  You  are so very special to me. How can I answer what does Active Rain mean to me when asked . Simple I would say business , knowledge and friendship all wrapped into one.  I love all of you one and all .  You are never alone friendships and business all wrapped into one you even read my weekly Philadelphia Steals & Deals now that is Friendship     

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Hannah Williams is known throughout Philadelphia as HelpfulHannah – and if you’ve spent more than five minutes with her, you know exactly why. She’s an expert at anticipating people’s needs, she has a real feel for real estate, and she’s an accomplished problem-solver.

Hannah has been helping people buy and sell homes all over Philadelphia since 1984. Many of her clients purchased their first, second and even third homes with her expert help, and Hannah wouldn’t have it any other way.


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Comments (33)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah,

There are many Rainers who I feel are part of the "Legacy" group.  You are one of them.  It is so interesting to read about your journey. 

Apr 28, 2022 10:28 AM
Hannah Williams

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Oh, you are so sweet, but so are you ! Your posts and videos are so amazing. You are part of  the Zoom group forgive me for not including your name. Your posts are amazing as are you 😃

Apr 28, 2022 11:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah, great job on the post.  ActiveRain is a multitude of things, and has something for everyone.

Apr 28, 2022 01:23 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

George Souto  Active Rain is such a special place with such amazing people. So many I could not mention them all. So much to learn too ! What a glorious place it is !

Apr 28, 2022 01:36 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Interactivity amongst one another creates a bond, much like a family one and when we meet, it's like a reunion of sorts because of the online relationship. Fantastic post on your AR journey, Hannah!

Apr 28, 2022 04:56 PM
Hannah Williams

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  I have never met you in person, but have on Zoom and know you love to wear hats. Most of my dear friends like yourself I have cultivated through Active Rain and have not met in person but adore you. Carol Williams and I finally met in person we knew each other immediately. We both had been communicating so long for years  there was no surprise we already knew each other. 

Apr 29, 2022 07:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hannah-what a wonderful and very heartfelt post!  I thank you for including me in your awesome list. I an so thankful for our Zoom meetings because I was able to get to know many of the people (including YOU) whom I'd long admired in the community. 

Apr 28, 2022 05:59 PM
Hannah Williams

Oh Kathy Streib everyone who knew you loved you. When we started talking I knew why. I adore you and treasure our friendship. You even put up with my hot head outburst. You are the BEST

Apr 29, 2022 07:24 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was a delightful trip down memory lane and brought back many friends that took different paths along the way Hannah. Thank you for sharing 

Apr 28, 2022 06:02 PM
Hannah Williams

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  You were one of my first friends. I remember listening to some agent on YouTube in the office ranting about you she was awful. You took it so well . We were on opposite sides of the country and it was so interesting to hear your side of the market especially back in 2009 &10 and even now   

Apr 29, 2022 07:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Apr 29, 2022 07:09 AM
Hannah Williams

Roy Kelley, Thank you for your positive comments you always brighten my days 

Apr 29, 2022 07:30 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

You said it all Hannah. I so enjoy reading your blog posts about your neighborhoods, your listings and your GREAT Philadelphia Steals and Deals series which I try to catch every week. I also enjoy seeing your clever Instagram posts.

P.S. Thanks for the mention!

Apr 29, 2022 07:51 AM
Hannah Williams

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  We can not always comment on all of each others posts, but 😃 we do try don't we . That is what friends are for - Thank You ! 

Apr 29, 2022 11:58 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Hannah and thank you for having my name included in your blog.  I am proud to know you for sure.


Apr 29, 2022 09:11 AM
Hannah Williams

Will Hamm You are so sweet my friend from Pennsylvania. I feel bad to not have included everyone as there are so many who make the platform GREAT don't you agree ? I am proud to know you also Will 

Apr 29, 2022 12:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hannah Williams 

Outstanding entry into the challenge. I admire how you were able to mention so many members, and your kindness is exuded in this post.  I like the way you said:

"Simple, business, knowledge, and friendship all wrapped into one.'    Thank you for your entry. I do feel like I know you through our weekly Zooms. 

Apr 30, 2022 12:43 AM
Hannah Williams

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  We did meet many years ago in Philadephia at a Rebar meet up  Jeremy Blanton  was there with the Twitter Queens  and  Jeff Turner  it was quite exciting I think you came with Margaret Woda.. 

Either way I adore you 😍

Apr 30, 2022 09:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Hannah.

Have an outstanding weekend. I hope you will have time to shop for some bargains.

Apr 30, 2022 07:48 AM
Hannah Williams

Roy Kelley  I will post it later  I have an art class today at Delaire Landing should be lots of fun - Have a great weekend Roy 

Apr 30, 2022 09:38 AM
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

Hi sista,
I'm constantly amazed at the vision the AR Founders had in setting up the website and, yet, I don't think they had a clue how it would morph into the multi-faceted platform that it is.  We learn, we share, and we've become a unique kind of family.

I'm so glad I was able to stop in Philly during my epic road trip and enjoy breakfast and a fun chat with you! 

Apr 30, 2022 08:02 AM
Hannah Williams

Carol Williams  Sorry I was moving that week! Next time you come stay with me and we will have FUN ! You know I do not golf, but we can explore the wonderful places to eat 

The founders were originally a Real Estate company 

Apr 30, 2022 09:29 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 30, 2022 07:01 PM
Hannah Williams

Kathy Streib You are sweet, at least you make me feel special

May 01, 2022 10:44 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hey doll! What a lovely post and I couldn't agree with you more! Of COURSE I love your accent - and YOU! 

Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge. You are truly an ActiveRain GEM! ❤️

Apr 30, 2022 10:49 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Hannah - I appreciate knowing you, and have got to get down there.  So much change to see.

May 01, 2022 10:37 AM
Hannah Williams

Grant Schneider  Please forgive me if I did not write your name but we grew up together. We need to do a wonderful meal next time you come down here . I appreciate you so much .You are the BEST 

May 01, 2022 10:47 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is obvious that ActiveRain means a lot to you, but the converse is very true, you mean a lot to ActiveRain and to all of us.  Thank you for all you do.

May 01, 2022 11:32 AM
Hannah Williams

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  You are awesome too!

Good Luck at your OPEN HOUSE !

May 01, 2022 11:34 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well, I get to appreciate that you are considered a part of what Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  calls the Legacy group, whomever they may be although I can think of a few very distinct members that would qualify. 

I do remember the meeting in Philly at Raincamp and all the good thoughts and feelings that were carried by the AR group that attended

May 02, 2022 08:57 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ed Silva We had so much fun and learned so much at Rain Camp didn't we? Miss Cindy Jones  and of course Kerrie but we have such a great group now. Remember how you and Dagny Eason  drove down for the day Ben Kinney jumped into our picture. Now we have another Zoom group that we learn from I do love our group . Never stop learning 

May 02, 2022 09:26 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a great trip down memory lane!   I so appreciate your mention of covid and staying in touch.  Even though we were only down for 30 days, it felt like forever.  Walking the neighborhood and waving at other walkers.  Neighborhood children created colored chalk drawings all over the walls and sidewalks in my neighborhood.  It was definitely a different time!  

May 03, 2022 11:48 AM
Hannah Williams

Jan Green I felt like I was living in a Science Fiction movie during COVID  Great times here and great friends I have made at Active Rain you included 

May 03, 2022 12:37 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Hannah,

What a great job on your post for the challenge! I can see why you felt like you were living in a Science Fiction movie during COVID. We were so fortunate to be able to practice real estate as I can't imagine what would have happened with all our growth if we were shut down.

May 03, 2022 02:57 PM
Hannah Williams

Dorie Dillard Austin TXX It was difficult, but the way values soared once things opened up again the people who were patient and sat on their properties benefited greatly.  They were strange times Dorie and I was so grateful for my all of my Active Rain Friends and Zoom sessions    

May 04, 2022 08:22 AM