Ask An Ambassador: Long Term Benefits of The Rain

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

August 30, 2006.

We're a week shy of our 16 year anniversary in the Rain, and that day in 2006 we had no idea what we were getting into, and it's gone far, far beyond just being a "blogging site".

We've seen your kids and grandchildren go from little to not so little.

We've met a fair number of you in person and far more via phone calls, emails, and texts.

A lot of the relationships have left this original location and moved elsewhere, but the roots are still here in the Rain.

We've gained a network that goes coast to coast and north of the border.

We've tapped that network during family crisis because we knew we could rely on the folks we know here.

We've watched the site change significantly in appearance, ownership, and how its used.

We've exchanged ideas and if something new was on the horizon, chances are we heard it here first.

We've written content (LOTS of content), and we learned how to write it better and how to get results thanks to others here.

We've got evergreen content that works for us year after year.

We've learned tools to help us find out what we need to find out.

We've made money thanks to our work here, more than enough over the years to pay for that 10 acres on a mountaintop that will be our future home (it's been SLOW getting there, but progress is being made, more tortoise than hare, but we'll get to that finish line).

There's a lot of lessons we could pack into this post, but we'll cut it short.

ActiveRain is and has been a long term investment for us.  The cons have been minimal, the pros significant.

ActiveRain can be as large or as small as we each choose for it to be.

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

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

Posted by

Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas

The Liz Spear Team of Transaction Alliance
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
Ask for us by name if you visit the office!

Bill Direct:  513-520-5305
Liz Direct: 513-265-3004     
Fax: 866-302-8418


Search Homes:  Https://

 FacebookWordpressYouTube Pinterest






Comments (12)

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Congratulations on your 16 year anniversary on ActiveRain!  You have been a tremendous gift to many of us over the years and I for one,  so appreciate all you are willing to do and give to our community and continue to do!  So looking forward to your new home coming together and you two enjoying your new life! Woo Hoo!

Aug 23, 2022 08:31 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Once we came back and got active, I don't think we've missed a day in the Rain.  Our comment count might not say that any longer, but I'm still poking around daily, just don't have as much time for the social aspect as I used to.  We're anxious to get our new place built, hopefully next year by this time we'll be looking down the valley :)

Aug 23, 2022 09:04 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I'd be focusing on the new build as well Bill!!  Good luck with it all!

Aug 24, 2022 11:16 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Featured in BananaTude!


Aug 23, 2022 08:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I was reading your post and at the end of each sentence, I nodded, and said "yep!" Everything you listed is indeed a long term benefit of participating in the "rain." I appreciate you!

(PS - 16 years! Time flies...)

Aug 24, 2022 04:28 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

We're glad to be here!  You're among the friends we'd have never met without this community.

Aug 24, 2022 07:19 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I started in 15 years for me. I have done quite a few deals and met quite a few friends along the way...including a deal you guys referred to me a few years ago. Great post.

Aug 24, 2022 06:27 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Referrals are another nice benefit of the site.  We've got a buyer referral in progress from another Rainer who pointed another non-Rainer agent our way.  She hasn't been very active here lately, but she has us top of mind for our market and we for hers.

Aug 24, 2022 07:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - Happy ActiveRain Anniversary in Advance.   Your AAA posts as well as others have continued to be quite readable.  

Aug 24, 2022 06:33 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's getting more challenging to come up with something new to emphasize.  After years of writing these, a lot of "well I just did that 6 weeks ago, what else can I do?" :)

Aug 24, 2022 07:21 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Not nearly as long on AR as you, but certainly learning and earning from it!

Aug 24, 2022 06:55 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

This community has been a very productive contributor to our business.

Aug 24, 2022 07:22 AM
Robert Rauf
CMG Home Loans - Toms River, NJ

I have no idea how long I have been here, but it has been a LOOOOOONG time!!  While I am not as active as I was, I still check in often - especially if I need a little more google juice.

Aug 24, 2022 08:14 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

May 31, 2007, so we didn't get here much prior to you!

Aug 24, 2022 08:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bill and Liz,

Wow!! Congratulations on almost 16 years with Active rain! I will be coming up on 14 years and is so hard to believe! You are a blessing to the Active Rain Community and contributed so much for the betterment of the site and its members. Just think, next year at this time you will be in your new place looking down the valley!

Aug 24, 2022 09:02 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

We've always tried to help here, we've had plenty of help ourselves along the way.  Looking forward to being up on that mountain and the change in life workload that will come with it.

Aug 24, 2022 10:24 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Bill,
Your post made me realize my 16th anniversary on ActiveRain will be coming up in October.  I don't think any of us knew what we were in for when we started, but now I can't imagine life without my ActiveRain peeps.

Aug 25, 2022 07:28 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's been a daily part of our lives for a long, long time.

Aug 26, 2022 08:05 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow 16 years!  Has anyone been in longer than you?  Doubtful many have that legacy.  So appreciate your comments and thoughts here.  Good for you!

Aug 25, 2022 03:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

There are some that have been here longer and still here regularly.

Aug 26, 2022 08:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Happy Anniversary today, Bill and Liz. What a journey it has been, right?! I joined about a week after you did - it was fun to look back and see the history.

We're so glad the words of wisdom and blogging advice continue to flow from you.



Aug 30, 2022 05:08 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I suspect most from our era of joining the Rain are now out and about elsewhere.
Fortunately one of the consistent things about this community is that the culture of giving continues to thrive.  Glad you're still here too!

Aug 30, 2022 05:10 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Belated congratulations on your 16th anniversary Liz and Bill Spear !  I joined in 2009, but it's been a positive ride with wonderful friendships and connections made.  Nothing else like it.

Sep 17, 2022 09:54 AM