Special offer

Spotlight on Newbies

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

No, I'm not going to start another newbie spotlight series. I was just doing a little reminiscing yesterday about how back in 2010 - 2013, I used to do a couple of Newbie series. They were titled "BDAM from Bham Spotlights a Newbie and "Last Week's Newbie:  First Posts." I didn't get a chance to finish my post, so I stuck it in draft. Ironically, I woke up this morning and found that Debe Maxwell, CRS had stumble upon and commented on a post titled "Dear AR Newbies: A Letter From a Backdoor Ambassadorso I thought I'd go ahead and finish the post.

Anyway, I started thinking I wonder where some of these people are, so I went back to my Newbie posts and clicked on the links to their pages.  There was Lauren Selensky, Sinead McAllister, Christine Selzler, Alex Morris, Craig Daniels, Rebecca and Michael Straley, Ron Cooks, and Tom Jansson.

This is a noticeably brief list and I'll tell you why. I must have browsed through all of my newbie posts and clicked on some of the featured newbies and what I found was that

  • Many of them didn't hang out here much longer after they started.
  • Some lasted through the year they started and some only had one or a very few posts.
  • Others hung out here as recently as 2016 and 2018.

That's a shame because there was and is so much to learn from ActiveRain. I know you must be thinking "who am I to talk?" The way I keep weaving in and out of the rain. But hey we're not talking about me😀.

Needless to say, ActiveRain couldn't get rid of Craig Daniels if it tried. Hi Craig. Among my favorites were CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, Christine Selzler, Alex Morris, and Ron Cooks. They hung around for a while. Ron was hilarious. No, I didn't forget to mention Craig Daniels as being among my favorites, because it is obvious, he is among everybody’s favorite. 

On a final note, I want to give a shout out to Kathy Streib. I'm not sure when she picked up the mantle of featuring post (newbies or otherwise), but she has never dropped the ball. Thank you, Kathy, for your commitment.

Photo by Redd F on Unsplash 

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We are now just starting to see a slight drop in our local Realtor population . ………….

Dec 19, 2023 06:56 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Only recently and not historically?

Dec 19, 2023 08:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Charita - trying to explain ActiveRain to anyone outside this community can be a challenge.   And within the platform, you can get a difference of opinions too.  I enjoy the moments when a familiar AR member makes their presence known.  🎁

Dec 19, 2023 06:57 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Michael when I was more active in the Rain, I used to try to convince local agents that they were missing out and inviting them to join ActiveRain.  Some may have joined but a lot of people fear writing.  I'm just glad I'm one of the lucky ones.

Dec 19, 2023 07:01 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

It's always great to see new people participating in Activerain.  Comments and welcoming them to the Rain is a very important part of this community, in my opinion.

Dec 19, 2023 07:24 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Definitely hope that it’s encouraging to them

Dec 19, 2023 08:14 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Their departure could be similar to the departure of people from the business.  

I once read that better than 50% of people that start a real estate license class do not finish. Of the ones that take the licensing exam, better than 505 do not pass and of those that do get a license 80% are gone within the first year. 

The business looks glamours and the money is intriguing but very few are prepared for the work involved.

Dec 19, 2023 08:07 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 I wa thinking more like they either lost interest or got too busy.  Believe it or not I had not considered that they were no longer agents.  Now I’m even more curious.  I may do some more investigating.

Dec 19, 2023 08:13 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Charita Cadenhead   The percentage of those that stay in the business longer than 3 years is alarming, as it drops down to single digits.

Dec 19, 2023 08:20 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
I can consider myself among the lucky ones.
Dec 19, 2023 08:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Charita, so many think they will dive in and start blogging, but cannot stick with it for long.

Dec 19, 2023 11:23 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Joan Cox I am sure they probably have good intentions.  This blogging thing requires a combination of commitment, discipline and a desire.  

Dec 19, 2023 11:26 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good to see the post and to respond to your comment Charita Cadenhead !

Dec 19, 2023 11:33 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Some people come and go, some come and stay, and others come and go and come and go and come and go :)  The beauty of this place is we each get to find out what is best for us and roll with that flow, and even that is adaptable.  I spent years blogging daily, my new normal is that AAA post every Tuesday that I promised someone from Birmingham that I would write every week, and I take my commitments to my friends very seriously :)

Dec 19, 2023 09:33 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Leave it to Bill Spear to incite an audible laugh out of me. Hey I can appreciate it when someone talks about me to my face (hence the come and go and come and go).

Your commitment to the AAA has not gone unnoticed.  Every time I come and go and come and go, I think how great it is that you’ve stayed committed to the AAA that a few of us Ambassadors started.  It’s still adding value to the platform

Dec 19, 2023 09:47 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Still driven to add value to this community, some obvious ways, some not so obvious ways, but still here to do what I can until it stops making sense to do so.  Retirement is on the horizon, but not here just yet.

Dec 19, 2023 09:52 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Love the banter between you & Bill, Charita! SO glad to have you back and I totally get the come-and-go thing - been there, done that too! Hey, life changes and so do we, right?

I love those you have featured - especially Kathy! She is AR's sweetheart and we are so grateful for her positive light and constant support she gives everyone here. 

I also adore Carol Williams, whose weekly features, shed light on those who may have been missed by our readers. She's also a true gem in the Rain!

Did I say I'm SO glad you're back! And, I really did love that you joined us for our ZOOM call last week. I hope you'll come back each Tuesday - we'd love to have you.

Dec 27, 2023 08:07 PM
Charita Cadenhead

Debra, Bill is the wisecracking real estate/Engineer.  He always has a comeback.  Props to Carol as well. Both she and Kathy continue to knock spotlighting posts out of the park.  It’s great to have a lists of must-reads.


As for Zoom, I will absolutely be back.   It was good to see you all.

Dec 27, 2023 09:37 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Enjoyed reading this post so much! I too have come and gone so many times over the years since I joined in 2008! I’m looking forward to connecting more with my AR friends. There is so much to be gained for all of us.

Feb 18, 2024 06:38 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thanks Joyce Marsh.  Looks like we are both in the same boat.  It's ironic that I wrote this post and here I am rekindled by blogging mojo at the end of the year and just vanished😀.  Blame it on my short attention span and sometimes getting overwhelmed.  So as long as I'm here, I may as well browse around and see what my friends have been talking about.

Feb 18, 2024 06:51 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Life is very different than it was back in 2008 and it’s hard to believe the changes that have taken place. It’s hard to keep up for sure with life in general. I try to check in to just see what’s going on and say hello. I’m happy to meet you and look forward to connecting more in the future. 

Feb 18, 2024 08:32 AM
Charita Cadenhead

It's like a whole new world.  Have a great day Joyce.  We might both just need a day to ourselves today.

Feb 18, 2024 09:03 AM