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Real Estate Agent with Allison James Estates & Homes

Hi everyone. 

I am so happy to be part of this marketing blog.  I just became an Allison James Estates & Homes agent.  They are a new and up coming virtual real estate office.  I left ReMax which of course already branded so I will need to learn all I can about marketing myself and getting out there.  One of the things I need to work into my marketing is that Allison James is the leading GREEN company in real estate.  So I will spend the next few hours reading every thing I can find in this group that might help me to get set up.  Any tips you have will be greatly appreciated.  Carlyn

Comments (25)

Howard Wilson
Wilson Than Real Estate - Santa Monica, CA

Carlyn, let me join the others in welcoming you to Active Rain! 

I still consider myself somewhat of a newbie here, and I've found that one of the areas that helps me get the most out of the site is the AR Newbie group (which I see you've already joined), and you might also check out the GREEN group since you mention that your company is focused on this important aspect of properties (

Hope you enjoy the sites many resources and supportive community.  Again, welcome!

Aug 08, 2008 04:14 AM

Have fun here > there is so much to learn and share!  All the best.

Aug 08, 2008 10:22 AM
Ron Brown NMLS #270845
NMLS ID: 40831 - Federal Way, WA


Welcome to Active Rain! Congrats on your first blog!  You'll find this a great place to learn, share ides, and most important, build your business!  If you ever have a question on running a VA Loan, or an FHA Loan feel free to contact me.

Ron Brown

VA & FHA Loan Specialist

First Mortgage Company of Washington

Puyallup, WA

Aug 08, 2008 12:58 PM
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Realty - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

I wanted to personally welcome you to active rain! This is a great community for learning as well as sharing. Join some groups, check out some blogs, and enjoy! Perhaps we will learn something from one another!

Aug 08, 2008 03:26 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Carlyn,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!


Aug 08, 2008 03:58 PM
Robert Monk
100% Realty, Inc. - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Florida Real Estate

Welcome to ActiveRain.  I'm here in sunny northwest Florida, at Santa Rosa Beach.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it here.  See you around.  Robert Monk, Realtor,

Aug 08, 2008 05:49 PM
Kevin Sandridge
Signature Home Funding - Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Mortgage Broker


Hi Carlyn!

Kevin Sandridge, here.  I just joined the Active Rain community myself and wanted to drop a line to share some of the good vibes and welcome wishes I have received already. It's great to see another FL-Based colleague in the network! 

I'll actually be hosting a Downpayment Assistance Program conference call at 2:00 PM on August 14th (next Thursday).  This is a don't miss event!  John Lamberg, the Florida Manager for the Nehemiah Corp. (one of the leading DPA programs) will be co-hosting with me!  If you're interested, let me know via email and I'll send you the link for it!

I'm very excited about this community - basically because folks seem so willing to help out, provide industry insight, and share their good news and experiences!

A couple of things: 

One:  Please consider increasing the information on your profile page.  Check out the profiles on other Realtor's sites here on Active Rain who are listed as "Featured" or "Tops" in their area (look for high point totals).  You'll find that this will seriously boost your presence on ActiveRain - via the added points. 

Two: I urge you to keep blogging on this site!  You will be AMAZED at the awesome feedback you receive very soon after they hit the network!  I use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs that provide me with ideas about what I'd like to comment on - both industry wise and just for fun!  Check it out I am more than willing to step you through the site and to help you get a few more blog posts generated if you wish - as a way of adding some value and paying forward some good networking vibes!  :)

Lastly, I'm sure you know that 33% of the FHA Loan purchased homes last year used Downpayment Assistance Programs.  Today, this number is way up  - actually over 40% in the 1st five months of 2008!  I'm actually hosting a conference call w/ the FL manager of Nehemiah on August 14th, if you'd like to learn more about DPAs and what's going on.  Drop a line to let me know and I'll be sure you get on the call.

I do quite a lot of work via social networks, email campaigns, and relationship building.  If I can ever be of any assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

Looking forward to what you'll share with us all here on Active Rain!  :)


Kevin Sandridge

Winter Haven, FL



Aug 08, 2008 06:01 PM
Carlyn Walton
Allison James Estates & Homes - Cape Coral, FL

Thank you all for your response.  I have been very busy just reading and trying to catch up.  See you all around.



Aug 09, 2008 12:16 AM
Carlyn Walton
Allison James Estates & Homes - Cape Coral, FL

Kevin thanks for all your helpful comments.  I will work on it.  As for the conference call, I will be traveling on the 14th.  I have a wedding to go to. 


Aug 09, 2008 12:21 AM
Paul Howard
Paul Howard, Broker, Paul Howard Realty 856-488-8444 - Cherry Hill, NJ
Paul Howard Realty, 856-488-8444

Carlyn,  virtual and green.  What a combo.  Do you know about the ecobroker designation?

Check out if you haven't already.


Paul Howard


Aug 09, 2008 12:36 AM
Carlyn Walton
Allison James Estates & Homes - Cape Coral, FL

Paul Howard thank you for the ecobroker info.  I am going to use that and get my training.  Thanks again.

Carlyn Walton

Aug 09, 2008 03:04 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

How does a real estate company become the greenest? By not having any carbon footprint of bricks and mortar? Just curious...

Aug 09, 2008 04:03 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Oops, forgot to check to get new comments and I would love to know about this :)

Aug 09, 2008 04:04 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Oops, forgot to check to get new comments and I would love to know about this :)

Aug 09, 2008 04:04 AM
Connie Rice
Keller Williams Greenville Central - Simpsonville, SC
Connie Rice & Partners - Greenville, SC Real Estat

Welcome to the rain! You've joined a great place to network, make and meet new friends and discuss lots of interesting topics. I see you are already off to a great start! Stop by if you get a chance. I would love to hear your feedback on our thoughts! Well, have great time and ENJOY. Look forward to seeing you around.

Aug 09, 2008 04:41 AM
Sharon Alters

Hi Sharon,

You can visit to learn more about our GREEN company.  We don't have offices all over town, no elctric usage, no paper trail, our files are all kept on line, we fax in our contracts, etc.  We are virtual. 

Aug 09, 2008 08:30 AM
Nance Burdette
Keller Williams Realty Partners - Spartanburg, SC

Congratulations on becoming a new member of ActiveRain. Being a new member myself less than a week and only posting a couple blogs so far I truly see the awsome advantage that this is; and only the beginning of a healthy and wealthy relationship of abundant professionals.    Best of Luck to all of us,  Nance

Aug 09, 2008 10:59 AM
Peg Gilliland
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
Broker, GRI, CDPE

I see that you are new to Active Rain and I just wanted to welcome you. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do and that you find it a great resource.

Aug 10, 2008 03:07 AM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Hi Carlyn, one great tip to marketing yourself:  When you go out, dress professionally and wear a name badge.  You will be surprised how many folks at the supermarket will come up to you and ask, "how's the market going?"  Remember to always keep your business cards handy -- and ask for their contact info in return.

Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at

Regina P. Brown
Allison James Estates & Homes

Nov 27, 2008 05:13 AM
Starstate Realty
Starstate Realty - Austin, TX

Hi Carlyn  - Happy New Year.  Welcome to ActiveRain. I look forward to networking with you and reading your future post. Have a great day!!!

Jan 06, 2009 01:42 PM